Pastor Landon Schott is stepping into the ever-contentious battle over what the Bible has to say about homosexuality, releasing a new book that he's hoping will motivate Christians to both discuss the complex issue — and take action.
Pastor Landon Schott is out with a new book about homosexuality (Landon Schott/Twitter)
"I love gay people, God loves gay people and the church has done such a disastrous job dealing with the topic of homosexuality," Schott recently told TheBlaze. "And I just really felt just inspired by the Lord to get involved."
The pastor, who is the head of the Rev Ministries, admitted that he was nervous to pen and release "The Gay Awareness Book," which came out on March 21, as he believes tackling homosexuality can quickly land faith leaders with enemies on both the religious and gay activist sides.
That said, he pressed on. And through the book, he's hoping to help Christians find a balance between holding true to biblical values and showing love for others.
"We have to deal with it like Jesus did with the woman caught in the act of adultery, so what did he do? He addressed her and her sin," Schott said. "He never affirmed her sin, he never said it was okay, but he ministered to her right where she was at."
[sharequote align="center"]"The church has done such a disastrous job dealing with the topic of homosexuality."[/sharequote]
He said that Jesus also tackled the mean and judgmental Pharisees, finding a place in the middle of difficult paradigms by embracing "grace, truth and love."
Listen to Schott offer up his advice to Christians on how to balance homosexuality with biblical values — and his take on scriptures that tackle the issue — below:
Schott also addressed the six places in the Bible where he believes the act of homosexuality is explicitly condemned.
"Clearly, three main scriptures in the Old Testament, three main in the New Testament," he said, going on to cite Genesis 19, Leviticus 18 and 20, Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and 1 Timothy 1:10.
[sharequote align="center"]"We have to be unrelenting with love for people, while remaining unwavering in biblical loyalty."[/sharequote]
In the end, Schott said that "the Bible is so clear" on the topic and that, "more than anything else, what's important is what the Bible doesn't say." He argued that there are no scriptures that endorse same-sex behavior.
"We have to be unrelenting with our love for people, while remaining unwavering in our biblical loyalty," he continued. "We can't say we love people at the cost of disobeying and not loving Jesus."
Pastor Landon Schott holding his new book (Landon Schott)
But he said that Christians also must not be mean or hateful, saying that they need to treat acts of homosexuality in the same way that they would treat other biblical violations.
"When people say, 'How do I deal with a homosexual at work [or with a relative],' you deal with it like anyone else — like your heterosexual friends who are sleeping together or living together," Schott said, citing other sexual sins. "We still engage people, we're still kind to people."
[sharequote align="center"]"We can't say we love people at the cost of disobeying and not loving Jesus."[/sharequote]
In the end, the pastor said that he's not looking to change laws and is, instead, focused on changing hearts.
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