What we believe
Our teaching is based upon God’s revelation in both Old and New Testaments, which is ‘useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV).
We believe that ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ and all may be ‘justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus’ (Romans 3:23-24). This includes those who have engaged in any sexual activity outside of God’s intentions. The apostle Paul puts it this way:
Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. ((1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
We believe that in the Bible God gives us the only true pattern for living in this world. God’s intention is that sexual activity belongs exclusively within the context of monogamous, heterosexual marriage between the two partners in that marriage (Genesis 2:21-24). Jesus endorses this foundational biblical teaching, but also speaks positively about the value of the single life (Matthew 19:1-12). Jesus condemns all forms of sexual immorality outlined in the Old Testament (Matthew 15:19), and goes further in pointing out that lust can be as damning as an act of adultery (Matthew 5:27-30).
We believe that in addressing sexual immorality the Bible and Jesus expose the unhealthy and unholy nature of all controlling lusts and sexual activities. This includes but is not limited to pornography use, sexual addiction, and unwanted same-sex sexual activity.
We believe that orientation and activity should be separated and that unwanted same-sex orientation is not sinful in and of itself. Nothing is said in Scripture about people losing their unwanted same-sex attractions when they believe in Christ. However 1 Corinthian 6:9-11 speaks about a change of identity—being washed clean from sin, consecrated to God, and established in a new relationship with God in Christ. It also indicates changes of behaviour—people abandoned patterns of life that alienated them from God.
We also believe that human experience is varied, that every individual’s journey from conception onwards is unique, and that God is not bound to act according to our expectations but is free to act according to his sovereign and gracious will. When it comes to unwanted same-sex attraction, some with unwanted same-sex attraction testify to a complete change in the sexual attractions, and some grow into fulfilling heterosexual marriages. However, such experiences are not the outcome for all. Others experience some reduction in the strength of their unwanted same-sex attractions, but even this cannot be guaranteed. We strongly affirm the importance of having realistic expectations and seeking God’s will for each person individually. Our goal is not heterosexuality, but being transformed by the Holy Spirit into the image of Christ.
We believe that churches ought to be supportive of those in their midst who struggle with sexuality issues or who have a family member dealing with these issues. As well as ministering to individuals, Liberty exists to help churches and their leaders provide such assistance. Liberty provides support to those who experience sexual addiction, sexuality problems and unwanted same-sex attraction as well as to families and friends. Christians who are caught in behaviours, attitudes or thoughts contrary to their own Christian sexual ethic, may find such things as prayer, counselling, pastoral help, and healthy friendships to be of great assistance in their growth in Christ-likeness. Liberty’s goal is not ‘orientation change’, but for individuals to have a life-transforming, personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
What we do
- Offer support, hope and education to Christian men and women who experience unwanted same-sex attraction and/or sexual addiction and sexuality struggles. This can take the form of one-to-one meetings and support groups;
- Provide support to families, spouses and friends of those who experience these same issues. Support groups in Brisbane and the Gold Coast are available to help meet this need;
- Educate churches and individuals in an attempt to raise awareness about the Bible’s true perspective on sexuality and how it can be expressed in ways which honour Jesus Christ. We endeavour to equip churches to better care for the many people who struggle in these areas and seek to live a life according to the standards set forth in the Bible. Liberty aims to do this by providing speakers for churches and conventions, upon request;
- Produce resources to equip the community of Christian believers to support those with sexuality problems and those who love them.
What we do not do
- do not tolerate homophobia or anti-gay vilification, although we affirm the scriptural teaching on sexuality;
- do not advocate attempts at sexual orientation change as a primary goal. Our goal is to help people live holy lives in God’s sight, as laid out in Scripture (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8);
- do not suggest that Liberty or the support that it provides will result in people being ‘healed’ of their unwanted same-sex attractions. Ultimate healing and wholeness for all humanity is found only in Jesus Christ when we meet Him face to face (1 John 3:2-3);
- do not believe that unwanted same-sex attractions can be ‘cured’ or ‘fixed’. Like all temptations that Christians face they must be submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. We also need support from a loving Christian community to persevere in trust and obedience;
- do not evangelise the gay community or engage in political lobbying;
- do not believe that it has yet been established that people are born gay. However, we live in a world of complexity and mystery, and there are doubtless many contributing factors with unwanted same-sex attraction, some of which science may yet be able to uncover.