The Guiding Principles and Goals of Strength in Weakness Ministries
- We assert that God's Biblical design for sexual intimacy is to be exclusively reserved between that of a man and woman bound together in marriage. (Genesis 2:18-25; Mark 10:7-8)
- We believe that all people are created in the image of God and are precious to Him, regardless of one's sexual orientation or chosen lifestyle and need to be treated with respect and dignity.
- We fully recognize that many in society celebrate and embrace homosexuality and do not agree with the stance taken by this ministry. We respect their freedom to choose as they desire. It is therefore not our intention to make judgements on, or to criticize those, who do not hold to the Christian sexual ethic (1 Corinthians 5:12). However, we also recognize that there are others who, also by that same freedom of choice, desire to keep to God's will for human sexuality as found in scripture, thereby deciding not to celebrate or embrace their same gender attractions, but rather learn how to deny them daily in submission to God. It is for these individuals that this ministry exists.
- We exist to offer support and Christian camaraderie in a secure and confidential atmosphere for Christians who come from a homosexual past and who currently live with unwanted same gender attractions. We recognize that all of us are at different places in our journey to find healing and that we must be tenderly patient with those have been trapped in sinful and dysfunctional activities that separate them from the will that God has for their lives while encouraging them to hold to the standard of righteousness as found in scripture. (Galatians 6:1)
- We endeavour to help same gender attracted Christians recognize that though they did not choose this as their sexual orientation, they do have the freedom in Christ to choose the path of self-denial and obedience to God in the daily decisions they make. (Romans 6:15-22). This is not offered as a one-dimensional antidote; for we appreciate that the issues are complex; but rather a profession that submission to God in personal righteousness must be a fundamental component to one's life if true healing is ever to be fully realized, regardless what kind of therapy one uses to discover that healing. (Luke 9:23-24)
We want same gender attracted disciples of Jesus to be reminded that everything Satan has meant for evil, God can use for good. They are not victims; rather they are a part of the solution; beacons on a hill in a dark and sinful world where they can help others find forgiveness and healing just as they have. The Lord is not ashamed or embarrassed of Christians who are same gender attracted, and He wants to use their lives to glorify Him whether that orientation ever changes or not. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)
- Same gender attracted disciples are simply God's children. They are not gay, or lesbian, or bi-sexual, or transgender, or homosexual, or even ex-gay. There is so much more to all of their lives than their sexual orientations, sexual identity issues or other areas that are broken. They are great husbands and wives, loving parents, loyal and trustworthy friends, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, trusted employees, hard working students and helpful contributors to their communities and churches, but first and foremost they are Christians; loved sons and daughters of God.[i] (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)
- This ministry desires to offer education to the church in order to de-mystify and de-stigmatize homosexuality and same gender attractions, so that our churches can truly be caring, safe sanctuaries for the same gender attracted Christian to find love and acceptance. We want to offer practical tools that all can learn in order to truly offer the love of Jesus in a pragmatic way to anyone with sexual identity issues. May the homosexual who comes through our doors to find God, and the same gender attracted brother or sister who we worship beside never again have to fear that they will not be accepted and loved with open arms and treated in a respectful manner in Jesus' church. May we all learn to journey together; humbly, respectfully, and compassionately.
[i] Chambers, Alan. "Hope for Those Who Struggle." Exodus International Conference. Concordia University, Irvine, California. 26 July 2007.