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Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You See Your Role as Minister to GLBTQ Persons?
I see my job as a minister to GLBTQ persons as being the person who tells this truth: God made you, God loves you, God accepts you, and He wants you to come and commit to Him as your personal Lord and Savior just the way you are right now in this time and space. It is my job to tell you that you are not junk, trash, or any other horrible name you may have been called by others. It is my job to help start you on a road to an intimate and personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to let you know He is here for you and so is His church. No matter who you are, what you may have done, or what has happened to you in the past, you are His child and He loves you.
What Happens After I Commit to Jesus?
God may make major and radical changes in a believer's life after their initial commitment or He may make subtle ones. He has done so for millions of sinners according to His plan for them. Becoming a Christian only takes a moment of surrender, but living the Christian life is a process of continual surrender. Once you have received the Holy Spirit, God will help you with this process. God may ask you to change your lifestyle and/or eliminate areas of sin in your life. He does so with most Christians in a loving, subtle manner, but some may experience dramatic and powerful moves of God. Either way, you need not be afraid. For anything He asks of you is for your good and the good of your soul. God is a gentleman. He doesn’t force His will on anyone. He woos us into falling in love with Him. Just like when we fall in love with a person, the more we love Him, the more we want to be better and do better for Him.
Do I Have to Stop Living a GLBT Lifestyle?
At Imago Dei, there is no right or wrong answer to this question. IF you feel that Jesus asks you to "pray the gay away" (I am not sure this is truly possible in the case of those who are born GBLT.) there are plenty of places you can go to be ministered to in that way. However, IF you feel Jesus wants you to be free to be yourself and live your Christian commitment too, you can also move onto a church that accepts GLBT members. I would be happy to help you find the right place for you. In other words, there is no judge and jury at Imago Dei. My ministry is not the final stop. I do not presume to have all the answers as many other ministries and churches do. I am just the fire starter or the relationship igniter. I journey with GLBTQ pilgrims in prayer, listen to them, support and love them as they make decisions about their own faith journey. My sole job is to point souls to Christ. He is their Savior, Healer, Redeemer, etc. Not me. I just entrust them to His care. This is the privilege He allows me at Imago Dei; He allows me to help welcome you into His church. So welcome!
What About GLBT Persons’ Civil Rights?
I believe that there is supposed to be a separation of church and state in this country for a good reason. I don't want some Satanist or other zealous religious sect telling me what I should and shouldn't believe or do. Therefore, I don't believe in allowing our legal system to tell others what to do. I believe that ALL persons should have the SAME civil rights in this country. Period.
What About the Nature vs. Nurture Argument?
I believe that a person can be born a GLBT person (the nature argument) and that another can choose the behavior based on environmental and other factors in their life (the nurture argument). Either way, the GBLT person is still a Child of God, made in His own image and likeness, and therefore, infinitely good. I believe God loves that person and accepts that person just as they are the moment they come to Him and accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior. I don't believe He rejects ANYONE who comes to Him and submits to Him as Lord. No matter who you are, what you may have done, or what has happened to you in the past, in that moment of surrender, you are His and He is crazy about you!