Resolving the Bible

Posted: October 7, 2011 in Christian Ethics

So how do I as an LGBT person manage to be a Christian?

Surely the Bible speaks against it.

Well you know there are very good studies on the internet about the scriptures concerned but I kind of take a different angle.

Firstly What must I do to be saved?

Being “saved” involves receiving the free gift of God, Jesus said the work of God is this, to believe in the one he has sent. He raised the standard the pharisees tried to put on people to one no-one could attain. Well, in fact, he did not raise the bar, simply pointed out where the bar had always been.

So if all of us are unable to keep even the most basic commandments, then we are completely reliant on Jesus to deal with our sin. Surely the argument is not over what sin is, but if we are in a position of grace?

The Theif on the Cross

It doesn’t matter what people tell you, the thief on the cross next to Christ PROVES that you cannot be saved by what you do, good or bad. He was completely unable to be baptised, join a committee or do anything, simple faith saved him

This is a hard concept to grasp, in a world of rules that, in fact it is all worthless for the sake of knowing Christ.

So you see, it doesn’t matter which rules you obey or don’t, because they don’t count in Christ, only faith in him is worth anything.

How should I live?

Once you find Christ and live for him he will guide you on how to be. Jesus said, if anyone loves me they will do what I command. This is not saying that out of duty you will do what Jesus asked of you, but out of love. Working out our salvation with trembling and fear does not mean obedience to rules, but development of our relationship with Christ himself, out of that relationship comes the knowing of what is right and wrong.

If you try and live by the law, you have to keep all of it (so take off that mixed fibre shirt and stop eating that prawn salad sandwich). If you live by grace, it’s not a free for all but a freedom coming from a relationship with Christ.

I think a lot of “Bible Believing Christians” are simply living under law and not under grace. But only laws they choose to live by, the ones that are easy.

Christ, however, calls us to a higher place of total commitment to him and being refined by him into pure gold. In that refining is pure freedom, pure joy and hope.

We are saved by grace, not by law, so no-one can boast.

(I’ll edit this and put the bible verses in later, it’s written off the top of my head at lunch time).



  1. Marc says:

    Thanks for your ‘hastily written’ comments, which you say will be refined later. Sometimes the best things are said off the cuff. I found your few paragraphs both succinct while at the same time a valid comment on what the Christian life and commitment is all about. God bless Paul !

    • Marc says:

      also meant to exclaim HOW TRUE! re your comment “I think a lot of “Bible Believing Christians” are simply living under law and not under grace.”
      How wearisome it must be to be a Bible Believing Christian – I never seem to hear any happiness or joy coming from the vast majority of them.

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