Merely putting the words homosexuality and Christianity together creates controversy. Many people claim that homosexuality equals filth, sin, immorality, and that one can never be a Christian homosexual.
Clearly, certain texts in the Christian scriptures have over the years been used to condemn homosexuality and, with a large percentage of the world’s population being Christian, that has made things indeed difficult for LGBT persons who often suffer condemnation from people who identify as Christians.
Seeking the facts about homosexuality and Christianity, the No Strings podcasts joined up with Dr. Stephen Lovatt, a British writer of philosophy, theology and poetry, to discuss these issues from a Catholic perspective. We also used his powerful, mind-blowing book: “Faithful to the Truth: How to be an orthodox gay Catholic.”
In the interview, Lovatt said:
“In brief, the book deconstructs all the arguments made to the effect that being gay is contrary to being a Catholic. It shows that they are all based on ignorance and prejudice and that neither the Bible, nor Catholic tradition, nor any sound philosophical analysis, supports such an assertion.
“The book goes on to outline a better way of looking at ‘love, sex and friendship’ that shows how marriage is really a sacrament and one that is open to all who have a concern to grow together in holiness and love.”
The podcast also deals with these questions:
- Did the Christian God really destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality?
- What is the Bible’s view of homosexuality?
- What does the Bible say about marriage, intimacy and sex?
- Who is a homosexual?
- Is there anything truly wrong with being gay?
The No Strings podcasts, which can be streamed or downloaded, provide a voice for the LGBTIQ community in Nigeria; they are the first of their kind in Nigeria. They are presented in the form of a traditional radio program that chronicles the struggles, tells the stories, and reports on issues affecting the lives of LGBTIQ Nigerians.