Consider This Perspective – Derek Webb Part 3 (Advice to a Gay Person)

The first two parts of our video interview with Derek Webb have been among our most popular posts ever! In the first one Derek briefly talked about the lack of conversation about LGBT folks in the Christian music industry, and in the second he argued that everyone ought to have a gay friend. In this installment Derek offers advice to LGBT folks trying to resolve the potential tension between their faith and sexuality. In the whole series, Derek has demonstrated his humility and passion, but in this video we really get a glimpse of his heart. This one is truly beautiful. Thanks brother!


What do you think about Derek’s words in this video? How about his thoughts in the series as a whole? Anything to add? Anything you take exception to? Let us know in the comments section below. LOVEboldly!

8 thoughts on “Consider This Perspective – Derek Webb Part 3 (Advice to a Gay Person)

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  2. I’m *not* trying to be a judgmental jerk when I say this; I’m merely asking a question….

    How can you honestly say the cross will cover a *willing choice* once you know something is wrong? If you previously lived a lifestyle, then repent, yes, i understand. If you *CHOOSE* to keep living that lifestyle after you know it’s wrong….well….

    Hebrews 10: If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

    I just don’t see how you can get around that. It’s plain and simple right there in the Word.

  3. Yes God has eternal love for us all, but not eternal acceptance. The bible is clear about sin, regardless of what the nature of it is, it is still sin. Homosexuality is included. Are gay people saved yes, does that mean they should keep on sinning? No.

    Romans 6:1-2
    What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

    We come to the cross not to change, but to die, and be reborn in His likeness. To leave our old sinful self behind. To strive to be more like Christ and not ourselves. That is what Paul is talking about in Romans 6.You can be homosexual and not be practicing, just like I can be attractive to the opposite sex and not sleep around or look at pornography. Jesus saves us from our sin, but if we can’t recognize sin for what it is then what was He saving us from? What was the point of Him dying? Yes God loves homosexuals just as much as heterosexuals, but that doesn’t mean He needs to accept their un-repented sin. If Jesus didn’t care about your sin then shouldn’t I be able to live and do whatever I want? For if homosexuality isn’t a sin, then who are you to say pornography is a sin, or what about lying, or murder, or really any sin for that matter? We cannot pick and choose which parts of the bible we want to follow and which ones not to. Jesus ALWAYS tells the sinners they are forgiven and to go and SIN NO MORE. Do we all fall short? Yes. Do we all continue to struggle? Yes. But do we need to repent and try to leave our sin? Yes. The bible is clear about this.

    I have gay friends who I love, but I love them enough to call their sin for what it is and not sugar coat it. They know I don’t hate them for it, and I don’t treat them any different then I do heterosexuals, but I recognize that their homosexuality is sin. The right language is to be honest with people about their sin in a loving way, not a judgmental way, but to still be honest.

  4. New truths about existence are still out there. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” New International Version

    Maybe we are ready to learn that love comes in different forms.

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  7. I’m thankful for the continued emphasis of showing Christian love toward homosexuals, for love redeems us and should define us and our conversation toward all men. However, I would have to offer a couple of questions in response to this video – for the purpose of growing in our understanding.

    First, why would we ever think that God would never use fear as a motivation to run to the throne of grace for grace to help in time of need? Fear of the wrath of God is a primary theme of Scripture. “Do not fear man…but fear God, who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.” Fear of God is what motivates us to run to God. For “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” He is our shelter from His own wrath. That’s the gospel!

    Second, couldn’t teaching people that they should never doubt their salvation (while it sounds very right and good) potentially damn them to hell? I had similar ideas years ago. How could doubt and questions be good when our primary message is FAITH? However, after experiencing a terrible time of doubt which drove me to greater faith in Christ, and after considering these two passages, I have definitely changed my mind:

    “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?- unless you fail to meet the test.!” – II Cor. 13:5

    “…be all the more willing to confirm your calling and eletion…” – II Peter 1:10

    I am so grateful for those times I have doubted, for they provide the environment in which the Holy Spirit testifies with my spirit that I am a child of God (Rom. 8:16)!

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