Matt Chandler on pastoral care for same-sex attraction

Meredith Flynn —  June 10, 2014
Matt Chandler (center) joined Danny Akin, David Platt, Thom Rainer, and Al Mohler on the Baptist 21 panel discussion in Baltimore.

Matt Chandler (center) joined Danny Akin, David Platt, Thom Rainer, and Al Mohler on the Baptist 21 panel discussion in Baltimore.

Baltimore | “If you don’t think that there are people in your congregation that are struggling with this, you’re foolish and let your assistant pastor preach until you dial in a bit. Because they are out there, and when you talk condescendingly or ignorantly, or even lean in in a way that’s heavy and lacks compassion, you push people who struggle into themselves, so that they feel unsafe to confess, unsafe to seek out help, unsafe to be honest about, ‘This is a struggle. I know what the Word of God says. I’m struggling right now. Help me.’

“If you create an environment where it’s not OK to say that, then you have created an environment in which the healing of people by the power of the Holy Spirit through the proclamation of the Word of God becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible.

“They will lose heart, they will feel judged, they will feel unsafe. And the Good News taking root in a heart and transforming it so that the narrative can change never takes place.”

-Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas

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Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.