The Bible and Homosexuality: Wrong and Right Lessons

Rick Phillips

The news broke this week that City Church San Francisco has reversed its prohibition against practicing homosexuals being admitted into church membership (see here).  Previously, only celibate homosexuals were accepted as biblically faithful Christians.  Senior Pastor Fred Harrell explained the shift on the basis of recent "social science research" that convinced him and his elders that inhibiting homosexual practice "has not led to human flourishing" (see the church statement).  It strikes me from the reports of this shift, both at City Church and elsewhere, that the wrong lessons of history are being advanced while the right lessons are being ignored.