:nunchuk::nunchuk:Here is the LIGHT side of the truth!:nunchuk::nunchuk:
Christ’s church recognizes homosexuality as a cross, another way to reach Heaven!
The snippets below are proofs that the Vatican *officially *approves of homosexuals being full-pledged members of the Christian community.
LETTER TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
ON THE PASTORAL CARE OF HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS
Fundamentally, homosexuals are called to enact the will of God in their life by joining whatever difficulties they experience in virtue of their condition to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross. For the believer, that cross is a fruitful sacrifice which brings about life and redemption. While any call to carry the cross or to understand a Christian’s suffering in this way will predictably be met with bitter ridicule by some, it should be remembered that this is the way to eternal life for all who follow Christ.
it is none other than the teaching of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians when he says that the Spirit produces in the lives of the faithful “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control” (5:22) and further (v. 24), “You cannot belong to Christ unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions.”
It is easily misunderstood, however, if it is merely seen as a useless effort at self-denial. The Cross is a denial of self, but in service to the will of God himself who makes life come from death and empowers those who trust in him to practice virtue, not vice.
To celebrate the Paschal Mystery, let that Mystery become imprinted in the fabric of daily life. Refusing to sacrifice one’s own will in obedience to the will of the Lord is to prevent salvation. Just as the Cross was central to the expression of God’s redemptive love for us in Jesus, so the conformity of the self-denial of homosexual men and women with the sacrifice of the Lord will develop for them a source of self-giving which will save them from a way of life which constantly threatens to destroy them.
Homosexuals, as everyone, are called to a chaste life. As they dedicate their lives to understanding the nature of God’s personal call to them, they will be able to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance more faithfully and receive the Lord’s grace so freely offered there in order to convert their lives more fully to his Way.
The above paragraphs state that Christians with homosexual tendencies are to crucify these tendencies on the cross, in concordance with Christ, who bore everyone’s sins.
Does this make it harder for homosexual Christians to be true Christians? NOPE! Even though heterosexuals may not be tempted to have sexual intercourse with a member of their own gender, (THE HORROR!!!) they still have their own sexual impurities to conquer, like rape!
Everyone, not just homosexuals, must fight for eternal life: the above paragraphs do not indicate that it is harder for homosexual Christians to carry their crosses!
15 third paragraph
An authentic pastoral programme will assist homosexual persons at all levels of the spiritual life: through the sacraments, and in particular through the frequent and sincere use of the sacrament of Reconciliation, through prayer, witness, counsel and individual care. In this way, the Christian community can come to recognize its own call to assist its brethren without deluding them or isolating them.
A homosexual Christian does not need to repent for having homosexual tendencies! Rather, he/she must repent for any personal sins that he/she commits!!
Don’t deny the truths of whatever disorders you have been born with, but accept them with humility, and use them for God’s glory in some way.
From this approach there are numerous advantages to be gained, one of which is realizing that a homosexual, as every human being, deeply needs to be nourished at many different levels simultaneously.
The human being, made God’s image and likeness, can hardly be adequately described by a reductionist reference to his or her sexual orientation. **Everyone **living on Earth has personal problems, but challenges to growth and gifts as well. Today, the Church provides a badly needed context for the care of humans when they refuse to consider the person as a “heterosexual” or a “homosexual” and insist that every person has a unique Identity: the creature of God, and by grace, his child and heir to eternal life.
A Christian who feels scorn toward persons who are members of the LGBT community is being unloving. We must take great care not to harass others simply because of their sinful natures, for all are tainted with sin.