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Anonymous said: I was in New York for the first time the other day and went to Times Square and saw many Christians spreading hate for homosexuality. Isn't it a sin to judge? And what about the parts in the bible that encourage everyone to love others no matter what? It's sad that many people have this hate in their hearts and think that they're good Christians but they just make others look bad.

Very true. Whoever does not love is not of God for God is Love.

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Anonymous said: i have a question when it comes to coming to "peace" within yourself and being gay. My friends who believe that practicing a gay lifestyle is "wrong" believe that the war I have within myself is the Holy Spirit telling me that I need to turn away. How do I know its not them just making me doubt myself and the love I have for my girlfriend as opposed to the Holy Spirit? Is this common?

Those hardly sound like friends.

I think they need to be reminded to judge not, lest they be judged. Do not let their words of ignorance cause you to doubt how God made you. A good tree bears good fruit. And since your friends are making you feel pretty rotten right now, I think we know where the bad fruit are coming from.

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gaychristian:

I’m going to drop the porn debate. It is a complex subject and too divisive for this blog. If it’s that important to you, we can talk about it on my personal blog.

Also, I’d appreciate a reprieve on hot-button issues like porn or polyamory or whatever else I can’t think of in the future. I’m a Progressive Christian and a radical-minded person, but I don’t want to alienate our right and centre-right viewers. —Enrique

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I’m going to drop the porn debate. It is a complex subject and too divisive for this blog. If it’s that important to you, we can talk about it on my personal blog.

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Anonymous said: Lately I've been thinking about Focus on the Family and how they've been spreading so many poisonous lies about us. It makes me BURN with anger...(what did we ever do to them? -_-)

We are their scapegoat. It’s easier to rally people to donate and fill the pews of churches by scaring them with an ‘evil other.’ That’s a major factor in why fundamentalist and evangelical churches are growing and welcoming Progressive churches are sadly shrinking. But it won’t last forever. People, especially people from the Millennial generation, are wising up to this.

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Anonymous said: I came out at my current age (16), but only two people IRL know. Which means, I still have a lot of coming out to do--and it's not gonna be pretty. -_-

You won’t know how it will be until you do it. Those who you think might react poorly might surprise you.

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Anonymous said: I read the question of the last person and it made me think of a question. Is masturbation with fantasizing a sin?

I have no clue, but the important thing in life is how you treat others. I don’t think God is too worried about who you think about when you pluck your fiddle. (Otherwise, we’d all be in trouble, especially me!) -EM

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Anonymous said: How do you feel about polyamory? I am trying to talk to a friend about how God feels about this and I'm not sure what to say to her. I believe in God and have recently come to terms with the fact that I am polyamorous and bisexual; this is just how I am. But I'm afraid that a poly lifestyle will conflict with my beliefs.

I’m ok with non-monogamy for several reasons. One reason is that if monogamy were for everyone, there would be less instances of infidelity. Another is that some asexual people may have partners who are not asexual and need to fulfill their desires for intimacy with someone else, and people with disabled spouses might need to do so also.

Polyamory, however, is something I still have to think about a bit more. A certain married adult film star is a Twitter mutual on my personal account. He has a husband as well as a boyfriend. This is something I struggle to grasp, as I have my work cut out for me just maintaining one relationship.

I don’t judge him or any other persons whose relationships are different from my own. And I don’t know what God thinks about this, though we do know that many of the Bible’s heroes were polyamorous (Jacob and Solomon for example).

I reckon this is something every person needs to consider on its merits. I’m personally really more concerned with helping the poor, taking care of the environment, and things like that than micromanaging the romantic lives of people. I’m willing to let people be as long as they’re not hurting anyone, regardless of how I personally feel about this issue. -EM

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Anonymous said: Hi. I figured out that I am a bisexual asexual. I desire a relationship, and I get sexual urges, but I don't want to have sex with anyone. The most I will ever do is kiss, cuddle, and hug. What if I will never find a partner, because I don't want to have sex? And I found that the only way I can tame my sexual urges is through masturbation. Is masturbation a sin? Is asexuality a sin? I'm sorry if this ask is confusing. I'm sort of frantic and confused.

CALM DOWN. For some people sexual and romantic orientation is more fluid. Don’t worry about labeling yourself yet. Just get out and date; as many kind of people who are out there, I’m sure you’ll find one who is right for you.

And no, masturbation and asexuality are not sins! Asexuals, bisexuals, or anyone else with input, feel free to comment.

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blackstarsandstripes said: Do you support trans people?

Absitively posilutely!