When they do, it’s not because they get much help from fellow Christians.

The universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, a denomination of and for practicing homosexuals, started from scratch in 1968 and today has 150 congregations in eight countries, with some 29,000 members. In the last two years alone, about 15 new congregations joined. It’s growing fast, not only because of its attractiveness to homosexuals, but also because conventional churches find it hard to minister to gays. The difficulty stems from the fact that most Christians with homosexual problems don’t dare run the risk of announcing themselves in their local congregations for the purpose of getting help. Nearly every one of some two dozen homosexuals interviewed by CHRISTIANITY TODAY for this article laughed at the very suggestion.

Clearly, homosexuality is near the top of any evangelical Christian’s list of problems facing the country. In recent years, that concern has boiled over into condemnation, hatred, and fear. Frank Worthen, a San Francisco businessman who wrestled with flagrant homosexuality nearly all his life before turning to Christ, then pulling himself out of it seven years ago, now runs a ministry to gays and speaks widely on the subject. He said he has run across only one church that knows how to minister to members with homosexual problems. “We get a lot of refugees from the churches,” he said. In fact, he said, his ministry gets more criticism from Christians than from gay activists.

Richard Lovelace, professor at Gordon-Con well Theological Seminary, said in an interview on the PTL Club television broadcast, “Most of the repenting that needs to be done on this issue of homosexuality needs to be done by straight people, including ...

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