Is it Okay For Christians to Identify as Gay and Celibate?

Up for Debate show

Summary: Is it okay for Christians with same-sex attraction to identify as gay and celibate? Some say doing so is simply an honest admission of reality. They’re skeptical of efforts to change sexual orientation. And, they say identifying as gay simply communicates to others the reality of their condition. Yet others say gay language is deeply problematic. It forecloses the possibility of God healing in a deep and fundamental way. And, it encourages believers to identify with a sin tendency, which is part of their identity in Christ. This Saturday on <em>Up for Debate</em>, Julie Roys discusses the issue with Joshua Gonnerman, a self-identified gay, celibate Christian—and Mario Bergner, someone who formerly was a practicing homosexual, but now is married and leads a healing ministry.