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              What many would consider their worst nightmare has become a reality for Christopher Yuan. While attending dental school, he began living promiscuously as a homosexual and experimenting with illicit drugs. Within a few years, he was expelled from dental school, imprisoned for drug dealing and discovered that he was HIV positive.

              But God has turned his nightmare into an exciting and inspiring story of redemption, grace and transformation. Christopher has an understanding heart for and a desire to minister to those working through issues of sexuality and to those living with HIV/AIDS. He speaks locally and internationally to youth, on college campuses, in churches and in prisons.

              Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005 and Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and is currently pursuing a doctorate of ministry at Bethel Seminary. He now teaches at Moody while continuing his speaking ministry which has reached four continents around the world. Christopher has spoken at both Saddleback Church and Willow Creek Community Church in America and at many conferences including InterVarsity's Urbana and the Moody Pastors' Conference and Men's Conference. He is also featured in the award-winning documentary, "HOPE Positive: Surviving the Sentence of AIDS" and has co-authored with his mother, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God, A Broken Mother's Search for Hope (forthcoming May 3, 2011 by WaterBrook Multnomah a division of Random House).

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Gays Fate Doomed???

I received a recent question, "If God made us gay, what would be the purpose to exist according to the Bible because our fate would be doomed? I don't think that God would contradict himself by making someone detestable and then condemning their existence." Here is the answer I gave him.

Thanks for your email and your sincere question. I believe that God created us to have feelings but not every feeling is good or from God (e.g. jealousy, envy, pride, etc.). I believe that as a result of the Fall in Genesis 3 (the doctrine of original sin), we are all born with proclivities for certain sins (cf. Psa 51:5). And therefore we should not be surprised that we have feelings that we can't explain and we never asked for or chose.

But this does not mean that God made us this way. This is more of a matter of feelings than identity. I therefore believe that sexuality is not so much who we are but what we experience.

Now is the fate of LGBT people doomed? Hell no! (Pardon my emphasis) Apart from Christ we are ALL doomed, but because of the atoning sacrifice of the perfect Lamb of God, EVERYONE can have hell cancelled and heaven guaranteed if they believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Rom 10:9-10).

In Leviticus 18:22 it states "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable." Notice that it doesn't state that "they" are detestable. In addition, the parallel passage in Leviticus 20:13 emphasizes what they have committed or done as being detestable. It never states that "they" are detestable.

So in layman terms, it is not one's orientation (feelings) that is condemned or wrong but rather we are held accountable for how we respond to our feelings. What our heavenly Father desires most is for us to surrender all that we are (hopes, plans, time, treasure, talents, even sexuality) and take upon our new identity in Christ. It may seem like self-deprivation but in actuality it is finding our true self and who we were created to be. I hope that this helps. I will be praying for you!


Blogger AB said...

Thanks Christopher. I wholeheartedly agree. As one who has left that life, I had to separate myself, whom God loves, from my former sin, which God hates. I've left the old ways behind and have adopted a new way that is pure and right. The old self that was created with the propensity to sin that way is gone, and a new identity is here in Christ Jesus.

March 8, 2010 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger Christopher Yuan said...

Thanks AB!

March 8, 2010 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Tommy said...

Amen! God always loves us, never because of what we did or how we feel.

March 30, 2010 at 1:50 AM  
Blogger BaseballGrrl said...

That is really well said! It took me years to come to that realization myself. I hated myself for awhile because of same sex attractions that I didn't want. thank you for your message, and I pray that you are given more and more opportunity to share it with the world. It needs to be heard.

May 11, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Ed. said...

But here's the thing: a man created with a propensity to lie is not condemned to a life of miserable loneliness by this fact. A man created with a propensity to steal can still get married (if he's also straight) and share his life with someone. But a man created to desire other men must remain celibate his entire life and eschew intimate relationships in order to honour God.

That's a life sentence. It's also cruel and unusual punishment. If God created us gay and having gay sex is wrong then he created us to be miserable, alone and alienated from a society made up mainly of heterosexual families.

And this is a God we should worship?

Does not compute.



November 15, 2011 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger sanM said...

Christopher, very well said..opposite of unfaithful heteroseuality is " HOLY" too... We forget that men/women indulge in adultery with opposite sex with extra hedonism, betray their married partner, betray small kids who have been give to them by God to tend to..that is as much of a sin. I am not sure if Homosexuality is a sin that deserves any more condemnation than any other sins like greed and jealously ( and in fact, homosexuality in itself may not be condemnable: the hedonism that accompanies it certainly is condemnable). I find your statement " I left homosexuality because I found something better not because it is bad" . So would apply to many heterosexual people feeling lonely and betrayed in their relationship: There is something better out there: the love of Jesus that will surpass any love from ANY human being

April 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Kevin Adams said...

Ed, you are still blind.God did not make you gay, you choose to be gay, God created man and keep praying and believe in God.not the world

November 10, 2013 at 10:57 AM  

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