We in the Zacchaeus Fellowship bear witness to the transforming power of Christ’s love in our lives.
As men and women who have struggled with same-sex attractions, we seek to be a voice of hope to the church and to others who share these struggles. We encourage the Church to stand firm in proclaiming to everyone who experiences same-sex attractions that Christ offers them new life and hope.
We know what it’s like to have homosexual feelings. Yet we also have come to accept the Biblical teaching that all sexual relations outside heterosexual marriage are contrary to God’s Will as declared in Holy Scripture.
In the New Testament, Zacchaeus had a personal encounter with Jesus and was radically transformed by that experience (Luke 19:1–9). A tax collector, Zacchaeus had grown rich by stealing from his fellow Israelites, who despised him for collaborating with the Roman occupiers.
Zacchaeus felt unloved – until he met Jesus. Jesus loved him as God the Father loves us: unconditionally. Jesus reached out to Zacchaeus and offered him God’s saving love. It was that love which transformed Zacchaeus, starting him on a new path in life – a path of honesty, justice, and doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord.
Assured of God’s steadfast love, Zacchaeus felt the freedom to confess his sins – all that he had done wrong in the past – and to turn over a new leaf. He chose to become obedient to God’s Will and to lead the life God created him to lead.
Like Zacchaeus, we have encountered Jesus in our journeys. And once the love of Jesus touched our hearts, there really was no turning back – though that choice is always there.
Like Zacchaeus, we just knew there was no other real option but to leave behind our lives of sin and to follow Jesus.
All of us in the Zacchaeus Fellowship have come to realize that homosexual acts are contrary to the Will and character of God.
Some of us were almost instantly healed of the brokenness that had led to same-sex attractions. Others experienced a longer period of healing and transformation into heterosexual wholeness. Others, though continuing to be tempted by same-sex desires, have determined to obey God’s teachings by living in celibacy.
Many people in our society, and even in our churches, have encouraged us to see our same-sex urges as God-given, and to give in to them. Even though men and women were created to be complementary, we have been told, falsely, that God does not care whether we express our sexuality with a partner of the same sex.
When Jesus spoke to the woman caught in adultery, he told her, “I do not condemn you. Go and leave your life of sin” (John 8:11). God’s message to us is likewise balanced. Unfortunately, in our experience, the full truth of the Gospel has too often been reduced by its human interpreters to either compassion without righteousness or righteousness without compassion.
In a variety of ways, each of us has struggled to live faithfully in obedience. Together we have built each other up in faith and in our witness to the wider Church family.