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Christopher Yuan: If We Don’t Redeem Singleness, We’re Not Ready to Talk About Homosexuality

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Dr. Christopher Yuan is a professor at Moody Bible Institute. He is an important voice in the contemporary church, speaking regularly at seminaries, conferences and events on the topic of faith and sexuality. His latest book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel, equips us to better understand sexuality in light of God’s grand story and helps us navigate questions about sexual identity from a biblical perspective.

Key Questions for Christopher Yuan

-How do you define “holy sexuality”?

-What do you think the church has missed about the experience of being single?

-How can pastors help people who are dealing with same-sex attraction, but want to follow Jesus?

-What are your thoughts on conversion therapy? 

Key Quotes from Christopher Yuan

“My closest contact with the gospel was my parents. They lived the gospel before they preached the gospel.”

“My identity should not be defined by my sexuality, whether gay or straight or bi. My identity shouldn’t grounded in my desires, whether sexual, romantic or any other desires. My identity is not ‘gay,’ it is not ‘ex-gay,’ it is not even ‘heterosexual’ for that matter, but my identity as a child of the living God must be in Jesus Christ alone.”

“If Jesus was ‘tempted in every way’ and He is the Holy One, then we can’t say temptation in and of itself is sin.”

“Even if I had opposite-sex attractions, I would still need to resist temptations.”

“The opposite of homosexuality is not heterosexuality, but the opposite of homosexuality is holiness, just as the opposite of every sin struggle is holiness.” 

“We should be very careful as Christians when we use the words, ‘gay’ or ‘straight.’”

“People see sexuality and sexual orientations who they are, when in reality it’s how we are. That’s a big, important distinction.”

“I came up with the phrase ‘holy sexuality’ because I wanted to disentangle the confusion around sexuality.”

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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye