David Hoffman: How to Share the Gospel With LGBT People (Part 1)

It is very important to know how to properly share the Gospel with those who would consider themselves LGBT. As Christians living in our current culture, we have a responsibility to share the Gospel with everyone, regardless of how they define their sexual identity. This article will be part one of a two-part teaching on how to share the Gospel with people who consider themselves LGBT.

Many Christians feel intimidated about sharing with someone that is dealing with gender and sexual identity issues. This is often because of the prominent mindset pushed within the culture and media which says that those that disagree with gay marriage and believe in a Biblical view of sexuality, and gender, are haters.

Just because the culture has embraced an un-Biblical mindset about sexuality does not mean that we as Christians can forsake our responsibility to share the Gospel with those who are LGBT. More than ever, we need to know how to share the Gospel with everyone. In the following paragraphs, I will be sharing the method and strategy that has best worked for me in ministry.

I run an outreach and evangelism ministry where I, and those who work with me, do a large amount of street ministry and evangelistic outreaches. I have ministered to more LGBT people than the “average” Christian. The way the Holy Spirit has led me to minister in these situations has been to deal with the individual’s total identity rather than dealing only with the specific sexual sin.

If you have trouble knowing how to share the Gospel with someone who considers themselves LGBT, what I am about to share below will greatly help you.

It is important to understand that many people who are LGBT have automatic defenses up against Christians. Some of this is because they may have come across harshly condemning Christians throughout their lives. It can also be because they have a root of rebellion against God and heavy demonic bondage. And still, other times it is because the media often demonizes Christian morality and beliefs in a way that is “over-the-top” and inaccurate. It is also possible that there are various mixtures of all three of these things inside each individual.

When I am sharing the Gospel with someone who is LGBT, they will often throw their sexuality to the forefront of the conversation. Rather than arguing with them specifically about the topic of homosexuality, I will begin to talk with them about “identity.” When ministering, it is easy to get caught in mental back-and-forths and get lost arguing. The Gospel primarily deals with the heart. It is good to avoid fruitless arguments of the mind.

The first question I will ask the person I am sharing with is how long they have identified themselves the way they currently do. It is an important question to understand where they are coming from. Is it a recent decision? Is it a decision that has been embraced for decades? The answer enables me to better know how to approach the situation.

From there I will ask him or her, if there have been any events in their life that were very wounding. Sometimes, they will share that they experienced sexual abuse as a child, other times they will share about a horrible relationship with a parent, or even a former spouse. Sometimes, they will not want to answer, or they will say that they have not experienced any trauma. It is important to not be timid when asking questions. Many times, people are willing to talk about their hurt and wounding, especially if they sense the love of God when being talked to.

This is not always the case, but based on my many experiences, there is normally deep wounding in the lives of those who are LGBT. Surprisingly, they are also normally willing to share about it. They often don’t believe that the wounding led to their choice to adopt a different sexual identity, but nevertheless, I have seen people share transparently about their lives with me even though they only met me minutes earlier.

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SOURCE: Christian Post