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Experiences of people living openly in The Salvation Army, & those seeking be the bridge between The Salvation Army & gender / sexuality diverse people.
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Us Not Them
Craig Hutson says that growing up gay in the church was ‘death by a thousand cuts’, but he is now using his faith to bring life to others. Ingrid Barratt discovers the human face behind the debate.
Welcomed and Accepted
I am thankful for who I am, who I can be and how I can contribute in life.
Why that gratitude? To be honest it's quite funny, I know that I am contributing but the answer to my own question is still a question for myself. Or is it the journey in life?
Making Sense of Scripture and the Salvation Army as a Gay Person Called to Officership
Some of my first memories of prayer are from a time I barely knew God. In fact, I may not have known Him at all. I remember the scene vividly. In my pre and early teens I would kneel at my bed and pray the same prayer: “God, if you’re out there, please make me normal... just for one day”. Tears would roll down my face as I begged God to take from me whatever it was that made me different, that made me think the way I did, talk the way I did, walk the way I did and most importantly, whatever it was that made the other boys so viciously and mercilessly abuse me each day. Why did God make me this way, why wouldn’t He take from me what people kept telling me was so bad – at school, in the street, on the TV – why wouldn’t He stop me having the filth, the abomination, the whatever it was that made me a faggot, a poofter, a gay. I went a long time thinking that God either didn’t exist or couldn’t answer my prayer.
Is it Possible to be Homosexual and Christian?
When I was told that the theme of my testimony at this Symposium was "being a Christian and homosexual", I thought it was fantastic! Because I think there is an "and" that connects the two things... they are not opposites, and although I consider that being a Christian is an intimate and personal relationship between me and God, I would like to use this space to express the difficulties of living your Christianity and being a homosexual inside the church.
I like to think of myself a “One-Twelve” Christian. Before I explain that, let me provide some background. I’m Colin, a gay man in my mid 60s from New Zealand. My parents were loving Christian ministers who modeled what it meant to be Christ-followers. While I never questioned the existence of God and accepted that I was loved, I knew from my teens that I was attracted to men. Over the years, I experienced the usual struggles to reconcile what this means in regards to my relationship with Christ, while being a member of a Fundamental Holiness-teaching church. Remember: this was during the 1950’s and 60’s, and we were living in a different social environment.