Prominent Oxford Evangelical Vaughan Roberts Reveals Same-Sex Attraction

Well-known British evangelical chooses to remain celibate, believes in "greater openness to talk about these issues."

Following in the footsteps of Jonathan Merritt, a prominent British evangelical leader has disclosed his same-sex attraction.

Vaughan Roberts, rector at St. Ebbe's, Oxford, made the announcement as he re-released his book, Battles Christians Face, which describes eight struggles of Christian life and biblical sin (including homosexuality); Roberts says the book was written out of his own experience.

"As a single man I am celibate, because I believe the Bible teaches that the right context for sex is only in marriage between a man and a woman," Roberts stated.

In an interview with Evangelicals Now, Roberts says his struggle with sexual sin does not define him as a homosexual.

"I'm not making a revelation about my fundamental identity, other than that, like all Christians, I am a sinner saved by grace, called to live in the brokenness of a fallen world until Christ returns and brings all our battles to an end," he said.

Roberts is an ordained minister in the Church of England, which does not ...

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