Spirit-Led Woman

Want to receive SpiritLed Woman by email? Sign up here
Stephanie Singer
Stephanie Singer (The Foursquare Church)

The SpiritLed Woman podcast is empowering women weekly to follow their purpose in Christ and boldly walk in faith. Listen at charismapodcastnetwork.com.

When I walked away from the church into the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, it was because I felt like they offered a more appealing, better-tasting, longer-lasting love. At church, I couldn’t wrestle with my sexual identity because of the shame and fear of rejection. But the LGBT community offered something different.

They never rejected me through my struggle with sexuality and spirituality; in fact, they encouraged me and walked with me through my journey, and I found I was paralyzed by their overwhelming love. I believe the LGBT community often has out-loved the church.

While some churches have changed their theology and doctrine on the subject of homosexuality to become what the world wants, I believe God is calling us to a greater change in which we increase our ability to love others beyond our own comfort.

For me, my freedom came when I encountered the love of God at a new level. It’s a love not often seen expressed by the church. But if the church can offer this love—this authentic, real, true Jesus love—if the church can pour out this love on people we disagree with, on broken people, on people living in sin, then our Jesus love has the ability to be so overwhelming and addicting that even those who disagree with the church won’t be able to deny the love they experienced.

God’s Word says they will know we are His disciples by our love for one another (John 13:35). If there is one sin the enemy has been able to use to keep people separated from the church and feeling outside of God’s love, it is homosexuality. Alcoholics, gluttons, drug addicts, adulterers and idolaters feel more welcome in most churches than someone struggling to figure out his or her sexual orientation.

Our call is to preach the gospel everywhere, which includes the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. However, many churches do not feel equipped to do this and thus haven’t equipped their church members with how to respond when a homosexual couple does attend their church.

The need for us to be equipped and to educate others is great. With families being torn apart, media pushing its sexual agendas and political structures turning and pushing away from God, it is time for us as a church to join together in unity and be trailblazers in our communities.

God is calling and asking for us to make a change, to do a new thing, but are we ready? Have we succumbed to handle this subject as we always have, or is there a better way? Pastor Caleb Tyler said, “We can’t keep doing ministry the same way if we want to reach our community.”

Northwest District Supervisor Dave Veach said, “Change! It’s what’s required of me every day. What is the Lord asking you to change?” This is not a call to change doctrine, but this is a call to action in love, and it will require leaders to lead change in an area that a lot of people are not yet ready to move.

Instead of pushing these people whom God is pursuing out of the church, we can begin to love them into the church. Instead of allowing for shame and rejection to speak, we can allow these people to seek God in a safe environment and watch His love transform their lives as it has our own.

Let’s be careful to not judge people out and start loving people in—into wholeness through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Yes, this will require some change. It will take courage to stand up as we declare that we will not be out-loved.

Reposted by permission of The Foursquare ChurchStephanie Singer is the founder of Will Not Ministries and an active member of a Foursquare church in Southern California.

Draw closer to God. Experience the presence of the Holy Spirit every month as you read Charisma magazine. Sign up now to get Charisma for as low as $1 per issue.

Get to know the Holy Spirit and how to interact with Him on a daily basis. Learn to enter God's presence and hear His voice clearly for yourself! Go deeper in your faith with Life in the Spirit and change your life and destiny. Are you ready to start your journey?

Your Turn

Comment Guidelines
View/Add Comments
  • Chuck Pierce is calling the month ahead "critical."

    Chuck Pierce Prophesies 'Short, 10-Year Window' in the Nations

    Russia is a big part of what he sees.

  • Warring angels

    Prophetic Word: 'I Saw Angels at Almost the Speed of Light'

    Here is why you must pray them through for yourself and for your nation.

  • Cindy Jacobs is encouraging intercessors across the country to pray to keep the nation stabilized through December 19th.

    Cindy Jacobs Issues Critical Post-Election Prayer Alert

    Will you keep watching and praying?

  • Get the answer to your challenging circumstance in this insight from James 1:5.

    Early Warning Signs You're About to Make a Terrible Decision

    Is Holy Spirit sounding off these alarms in your life?

  • This revivalist had a vision of hell.

    Revivalist: I Went to Hell in a Dream

    After God took him on a prophetic journey, John Burton left with an important message for the ...

  • Don't let pornography impede God's plan for your life.

    How Watching Pornography Ruins the Destiny God Has for You

    If the devil can seduce you, he can reduce you.

  • Prophetic worshipper

    Prophetic Worshipper Kim Clement Passes Into Glory

    The prophetic worshipper has experienced health issues, including a brain bleed, for more than a ...

  • Victory not defeat

    Satan's Greatest Lie That Leads to Your Greatest Defeat

    Hint: Stop perpetuating this with your own mouth. It's a huge part of the battle.

  • Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Follow God on the most fulfilling journey of your life with Encounter the Holy Spirit! Break away from past hurts and press into the One who wants a personal encounter with you.

  • Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Reach your full potential and be led by His Spirit. In His Presence takes you to a deeper understanding of who God is and how he communicates with us.

  • Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Receive the power and gifts that come through the Holy Spirit Baptism. Don’t go empty-handed; accept all that He has for you! His power is available to those who ask.

  • Put on the Full Armor of God

    Put on the Full Armor of God

    Break every stronghold with the power of the Holy Spirit. Use the power of your tongue to declare and decree the Word of God. Witness heaven move on your behalf.

Use Desktop Layout
Charisma Magazine — Empowering believers for life in the Spirit