Debate: Can You Be Gay & Christian? – James White & Justin Lee [Audio]

Justin Lee & James White Debate


reformation montanaOn May 16, 2013 Reformation Montana hosted a debate and forum on the topic, “Homosexuality and the Church; Can You Be Gay and Christian?” Taking different sides of this discussion were Dr. James White (Alpha and Omega Ministries, host of The Dividing Line) and Justin Lee (director of The Gay Christian Network). 

This was a pre-conference bonus to the 2013 Reformation Montana Conference, which took place last week in Helena, Montana on May 17 and May 18.

Rich Pierce at the Alpha and Omega Ministries Blog wrote:

Though a debate in format, this was more of a dialogue, as Justin Lee dislikes the term “debate” and would not engage in disagreement over the specific texts relevant to the topic biblically. Despite this, a useful and respectful exchange that should challenge all believers to consider how we should properly interact with those who experience same sex attraction.


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Listen to the debate [150 min.]:

Update: 07/26/2013 – Audio also posted on SermonAudio

James White gave his comments on this debate on the beginning of the last Dividing Line podcast here:

The response James White did to Matthews Vine all compiled into one mp3 [5 hours]:

Here is the book James White suggested, in the debate, that Christians read to better understand this issue, and it is what he primarily interacts with:

torn bookTorn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate by Justin Lee

And the other book he recommended during audience questions:

Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert An English Professor's Journey into Christian FaithSecret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

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