OUR VISION

Liberty longs to see churches and Christian communities across Sydney become places where:

Sexual minorities will feel:

  • unafraid to share their struggle with their brothers and sisters in Christ

  • loved and supported in their journey of trusting and obeying Christ

 

And where all of Christ’s people:

  • are committed to the traditional understanding of biblical sexual boundaries

  • can withstand the challenges of our day with conviction and grace

 

WHAT WE DO

Liberty Christian Ministries Inc. aims to:

  1. Offer support, hope and education to Christian men and women who experience same-sex attraction. This can take the form of one-to-one meetings and support groups;

  2. Provide support to families, spouses and friends of those who experience same-sex attraction.

  3. Educate churches and individuals in an attempt to raise awareness about the Bible’s true perspective on sexuality and how it can be expressed in ways which honour Christ. We endeavour to equip churches to better care for the many people who struggle in this area and seek to live a life according to the standards set forth in Scripture. Liberty aims to do this by providing speakers for churches and conventions, upon request;

  4. Meet needs through its online presence by providing critical insights on the issue of same-sex attraction with features such as book reviews, testimonies, audio and visual literature, commentary on social issues, links to affiliated ministries, answers to frequently asked questions, and other information.

  5. Produce resources to equip the community of Christian believers to support those with same-sex attraction and those who love them.

 

What Liberty does:

  1. Speaking to churches and church workers of all denominations to address issues concerning same sex attraction from a Biblical perspective and to promote pastoral care for Christians with same sex attraction;

  2. Running seminars and conferences for pastors and other interested people aimed at addressing issues relevant to those with same sex attraction, their families and friends;

  3. Maintaining an office and handling calls from people looking for support or educational resources. We do not offer counselling directly but seek to refer interested people to counsellors or psychologists;

  4. Making regular updates to our website to cover relevant issues;

  5. We work in full accordance with the Faithfulness in Service Guidelines 2007 of the Sydney Anglican diocese 

 

 

What Liberty does not do:

Liberty does not necessarily share the same philosophies, interpretations of Scripture, and methodologies as other ministries.  We want to make it clear that we:

  • do not tolerate homophobia or anti-gay vilification, although we affirm the scriptural teaching on sexuality;

  • do not advocate attempts at sexual orientation change.  Our goal is to help people live holy lives in God’s sight, as laid out in Scripture (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8);

  • do not suggest that Liberty or the support that it provides will result in people being healed of their same-sex attractions.  Ultimate healing and wholeness is found only in Jesus Christ when we meet Him face to face (1 John 3:2-3);

  • do not believe that same-sex attractions can be ‘cured’ or ‘fixed’. Like all temptations that Christians struggle with, these issues need to be submitted to God in prayer, and we need support from a loving Christian community to persevere in trust and obedience;

  • do not evangelise the gay community or engage in political lobbying

 

OUR DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

Liberty upholds the fundamental truths of the Christian faith, including:

  • The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

  • The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.

  • The universal sinfulness and guilt of humanity since the fall, rendering men and women subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

  • The conception of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit and his birth by the virgin Mary.

  • Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death, as our representative and substitute, of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.

  • The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

  • The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective in the individual sinner, granting him or her repentance towards God, and faith in Jesus Christ.

  • The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.

  • The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 


AFES statement of belief. Used with permission.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Liberty is a non-denominational ministry committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of the Bible as God’s revealed word. Scripture teaches that sex is God’s gift to humanity, only to be expressed within the marriage of a man and a women. The gospel of Jesus Christ experienced in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit gives believers the power to resist sin and live godly lives as disciples of Christ.

 

Our teaching is based upon God’s revelation in both Old and New Testaments, which is ‘useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV).

We believe that ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ and all may be ‘justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus’ (Romans 3:23-24). This includes those who have engaged in same-sex sexual activity. The apostle Paul puts it this way:
 

Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers now swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. ((1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
 

We believe that in the Bible God gives us the only true pattern for living in this world. God’s intention is that sexual activity belongs exclusively within the context of monogamous, heterosexual marriage (Genesis 2:21-24). Jesus endorses this foundational biblical teaching, but also speaks positively about the value of the single life (Matthew 19:1-12). Jesus condemns all forms of sexual immorality outlined in the Old Testament (Matthew 15:19), and goes further in pointing out that lust can be as damning as an act of adultery (Matthew 5:27-30).
 

We believe the Bible condemns same-sex lust and same-sex sexual activity, but not same-sex orientation (e.g. Romans 1:24-27). In 1 Corinthians 6:10 two Greek words are translated by the expression ‘men who have sex with men’. These words refer to the passive and active participants in same-sex sexual acts.
 

Nothing is said about people losing their same-sex attractions when they believed in Christ. The passage speaks about a change of identity—being washed clean from sin, consecrated to God, and established in a new relationship with God in Christ. It also indicates changes of behaviour—people abandoned patterns of life that alienated them from God.
 

We also believe that human experience is varied, that every individual’s journey from conception onwards is unique, and that God is not bound to act according to our expectations but is free to act according to his sovereign and gracious will. Some with same-sex attraction testify to ending up in happy, sexually fulfilling heterosexual marriages. However, such an experience should not be our goal. Our goal is not heterosexuality, but rather, being transformed by God into the image of Christ.
 

We believe that churches ought to be supportive of those in their midst who struggle with same-sex attractions or who have a same-sex attracted family member. Christians who are caught in sinful behaviors, attitudes or thoughts, may find such things as prayer, counselling, pastoral help, and healthy friendships to be of great assistance in their growth in Christ-likeness. Liberty’s goal is not ‘orientation change’, but for individuals to have a life-transforming, personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the Lord of glory.

Liberty longs to see churches and Christian communities across Sydney becomes places where sexual minorities will feel:  Unafraid to share their lives with their brothers and sisters in Christ and Loved and Supported in their journey of trusting and obeying Christ
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