Rosaria Butterfield, a former lesbian who was a tenured professor in queer theory at Syracuse University until she came to faith in Christ. She is now a pastors wife, author, and speaker. She recently addressed the celibate gay Christian identity movement, exemplified in the Revoice Conference, at the Family Bible Conference for the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

In this video, she explains why the celibate gay Christian identity movement is neither Reformed or Biblical. Watch below:

It is a long presentation, but here is the money quote for me:

You can not have union with Christ if you are unconverted. That might seem obvious, but there are a lot of people in this conversation who may very well be convinced, but not converted.  You can not have union with Christ unless you are truly converted.

And you can not have union with Christ if you have made your identity out of anything else including your sexuality. Union with Christ demands that Christ has exclusive claims on His people and Christ’s blood does not make an ally with the sin it crushes on the cross. 

These two forms of self-representation – sexual identity and union with Christ – compete for the same thing: your loyalty, your heart, your sense of self, your faith. Sexual identity is incompatible with Christ. Indeed you simply can not have an identity in your sexual orientation and your gender identity in Christ because there is no dual citizenship for a Christ-follower.

This was an excellent presentation and one that challenges those who were involved in putting together and attending the Revoice Conference

1 comment
  1. Hi, Shane.

    Ron Belgau, one of the speakers associated with Revoice, addressed the concerns about “gay identity,” several weeks before the conference. Belgau writes for the Spiritual Friendship blog, who actively promoted the Revoice conference. In answer to the charge that Revoice is promoting a “gay identity,” this is Belgau’s response:

    “But this is not how we see ourselves. Most Spiritual Friendship writers acknowledge an enduring pattern of same-sex sexual temptations. But rather than understanding this as the core of our identity, we have sought to reframe our self-understanding in light what the Bible and Christian tradition teach about human love and human sexuality. ”

    See the full argument here:

    http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2018/06/21927/

    It might be valuable to your readers to consider an alternative view.

    Blessings to you in your work and ministry, for the sake of the Gospel.

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