A Lutheran Pastor Struggles With Same-Sex Attraction/Homosexuality

Pastor Tom Brock

Pastor Tom Brock

Yesterday (Monday), I was watching television and switched to an Evangelical Christian channel, CTN. I watched an interesting program and when it was over, a second, much less well-produced program came on. Just a guy in a clergy shirt standing in front of a curtain talking. Nothing to get excited about. Only after a few seconds of listening, I was hooked. And then the pastor gave his personal testimony (briefly)— he had struggled with homosexual temptation most of his life, but had by the grace of God remained chaste. Yay, Pastor Tom!

And Pastor Tom has not only remained chaste but has been standing up for Biblical teachings on homosexual behavior. That is such a hard choice. In my own case, after I accepted Christianity and was taking instruction in the Catholic faith, I was willing to make a commitment for lifelong chastity for myself, I wasn’t at first willing to stand up for the idea that other Gay people, if they were Christian, should remain chaste and give up any homosexual acts. I did accept the Biblical and Catholic teachings on this matter in time. But when I first started speaking out, I was amazed at the level of hate I got for daring to say I actually had same-sex attraction/was Gay, but was standing up for Biblical teachings and living a life of chastity.

Pastor Tom Brock’s testimony is available at The Pastor’s Study web site— the relevant page is here: http://www.pastorsstudy.org/news/my-struggle-with-same-sex-attraction.html I hope all readers of this blog, not matter your views about homosexuality or about Christianity, will take the time to read his testimony in full. Because too many people are convinced that all people with same-sex attraction/Gay orientation think the same, have the same sort of beliefs about the Bible and Christianity, vote the same. We need to realize even minority groups are made up of actual people who have variety of opinions, whether the larger culture wants to admit that or not.

You know, all too often I’ve looked at the world of Evangelical Christian television and looked mainly at the bad things— those preachers who seem to be out to gain money from the flock. Like the preacher I listened to yesterday, who claimed he had supernatural knowledge that there was a businessman out there in the audience who had to give $5000 to the preacher’s ‘ministry’, and that would prove to God that the business had the seed of faith and God would prosper that man’s business.

But there are good ministries out there. I liked this one so much that I told my mother about it. Especially since Pastor Tom mentioned by name her own Presbyterian denomination (PCUSA) which has recently come out in favor of same-sex faux ‘marriage’, and said it was time for Christians to come out of that Presbyterian denomination. (Mom was more impressed by Pastor Tom saying that than by me saying the same thing several times— but then, Mom knows me. 😉 )  LINK: PCUSA Redefines Marriage

If you want to watch the episode of The Pastor’s Study that so blessed me yesterday, it’s available on YouTube along with many other messages. The topic is ‘You Must Forgive’.  Here it is:

4 thoughts on “A Lutheran Pastor Struggles With Same-Sex Attraction/Homosexuality

  1. Thank you for your honesty and commitment.

    I am single, straight, and chaste, and am often asked if I am homosexual. After all, being single and in my forties, I must be, right? (smiling, shaking my head) It’s uncomfortable and unpleasant, sometimes, to stand behind a commitment. Mine is not the same path that others have chosen to travel, and they don’t quite know what to do about that.

    Let’s be honest: Many people don’t want to sacrifice anything for what they say they believe. They want to be perceived as “good guys” or “compassionate” or “tolerant” or __________, but they don’t want to take the steps necessary to actually live out the consequences of their stated position. For instance, if they truly believed what they said, global warming apologists (Al Gore, et al.) would adapt their lifestyles, energy needs, and travel choices to fit their beliefs, but they’re still utilizing the very things they say are damaging the planet.

    We Christians are relaxing our stances on a lot of issues because we want to be seen as “nice” and “tolerant” by the rest of the world. The One we say we serve made the ultimate sacrifice for us — He laid down His life, was beaten and flogged and crucified — but we can’t be a bit uncomfortable? We can’t let our actions back our words? I hate mockery and physical pain as much as the next guy does, but I hope my life reflects my words, even in the face of pain, loss, mockery, threats, etc.

    So, again, thank you for your honest and your commitment, and for others like Tom Brock, who — no matter their struggles — remain faithful.

  2. The worst part is that even when we sacrifice part of our faith to be ‘nice’, we are still called ‘hateful’ Christians by the atheist/secularist crowd. So we might just as well be faithful to Christ as He’s been faithful to us.

  3. I would encourage the pastor and anyone else with an open mind to read Dr. Mel White’s pamphlet entitled “What the Bible Says—and Doesn’t Say—About Homosexuality,” which can be obtained from http://www.soulforce.org.

  4. I have an open mind, and a great deal of knowledge about the Bible— I pretty much had a minor in theology in college. Mel White’s approach is not anything I could endorse for its accuracy. In my own case, even when I was a political liberal and had fully rejected Christianity over the Gay issue, the Mel White type approach just seemed wrong to me— changing ‘what the Bible really says’ to make life easier for ourselves. I preferred to stay outside Christianity rather than do what felt like lying to myself about what Christianity actually teaches. (But God had other plans for me, which are working out very well.)

    That being said, thanks for the mention of the article and for your opinion. In these controversial issues it’s so important to be able to disagree with one another’s views and still obey the command to ‘love one another.’ Your comment and its kindness have made my day. 🙂

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