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from Dr. Merton Strommen

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VIDEO I — MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE: UNMASKING THE PSUEDO-IDENTITY OF HOMOSEXUALITY — Rev. Amy Schifrin

Many pastors and lay people have been silenced by the "political correctness" of the Gay/Lesbian/Bi-sexual/ Transgender agenda. In this video Schifrin presents an alternative view to what it means to act with justice towards people engaged in homo-erotic relationships. It is not by affirming an individual in an identity that is based upon homo-erotic affections or actions. Her pastoral experience has shown that such a pseudo-identity is rooted in dysfunction and/or abuse. To affirm such a pseudo-identity as God-given gives power to the perpetrator, the one who has taken away the person’s God-given sexual identity.

In a culture that accepts and promotes homo-erotic relationships as part of the norm for healthy behavior, the Church must be a voice of hope. Her task is to call people back to the One who created us to find human joy in the complimentarily of male-female relationships.

The purpose of this video is to encourage folks both to love and care for those in their communities who are engaged in homo-erotic behaviors and to help them deal with the underlying causes of such behaviors. A secondary purpose is to help adolescents who are working through age-appropriate homo-erotic feelings understand that such feelings do not determine a homosexual identity.

VIDEO II — BALANCING ONE-SIDED INFORMATION — Dr. Merton Strommen

The purpose of this video is to balance the one-sided information supplied by six influential institutions—information that has shaped the opinions and beliefs of people in the church regarding homosexuality. The balancing is done by sharing previously unavailable information about homosexuality: 1) that relates to a pastor’s desire for both a welcoming and a transforming congregation for gays and lesbians; 2) that identifies what science has established regarding homosexuality; and, 3), that alerts members to the likely future of youth identifying themselves as homosexuals.

The desired outcome of this video is twofold. First, those viewers will have gained the information they need to contest the assumptions underlying arguments being given for ordaining non-celibate clergy and blessing same-sex marriages. Second, those viewers become aware of the alarming implications for youth and families if the church votes to equate homosexuality with heterosexuality.

VIDEO III — ANSWERING QUESTIONS CONGREGATIONS ARE ASKING — Dr. Jim Nestigen

Dr. James Nestigen, Professor of church History, Luther Seminary, St. Paul addresses such questions as: "What’s the problem with blessing gay and lesbian unions"? and "what about ordination of homosexuals?" What is the authority of scripture in situations like these?

HIS POINT OF VIEW — The creation as we know it is not the creation as God intended it to be. Sin, in all of its reality, is a power that possesses, subverts, and destroys. Unrestrained, misdirected sexual desire is one, though certainly not the only example of this. In this situation, the church’s predicament is to care for the sinner without endorsing the sin. The church cares for the sexual sinner by speaking a word of forgiveness, by providing ongoing counsel and support. In its corporate citizenship, it can be an advocate for those who have been victimized. But to endorse the ideology of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and trans-gender advocates by blessing homosexual unions or ordaining homosexual relations is to surrender the authority of scripture. Given the serial nature of homosexual relations, it is to surrender the possibility of restraint. Thereby, it is to surrender of the church’s concern for the original goodness and integrity of created life. The only way that we can discuss a question like this without fracture is to serve the sinner without endorsing the sin.

VIDEO IV — THE WITNESS OF A FORMER LESBIAN — Miss Dottie Ludvig

The purpose of this video is to provide a message of the continuing transforming work of Jesus to all who are yielded to his Lordship. In this video, Dottie Ludvig tells her story of having been a lesbian involved in six different relationships and then experiencing the transforming power found in Jesus Christ. Following her release she has served as a therapist working with hundreds of men and women who have sought to be free from their same-sex attractions. Her experience and understanding of the faith has convinced her that speaking the truth in love is the best way to deal with sin which homosexuality has always been. For her, confession of sin and repentance, both essentials of the Christian faith, are God’s ways of dealing with this sin. She witnesses to the fact that today she is “truly a new creature in Christ”.

The desired outcome of this video is three fold. First, is to give hope to those who have same-sex attractions and encourage such persons to begin a journey toward wholeness by allowing God to heal the wounds underlying the attractions. Secondly, to caution those who favor the blessing of same-sex unions and the ordination of non-celibate gays and lesbians to rethink that approach. God has a better solution. Thirdly, to remind everyone who views this video that it is possible to take a biblical stand and still love as was Jesus with the woman caught in adultery.

ORDERING INFORMATION

The Church & Homosexuality; Searching for a Middle Ground

By Merton P. Strommen

The homosexuality issue wracks congregations and judicatories, causing sharp divisions and emotionally charged exchanges. The issue intensifies when people assume extreme positions at either end of the controversy. This book outlines a middle ground for the church. The author proposes a gospel ministry dialectic in which Christians live under the authority of the Gospel while demonstrating love to a much-maligned people.

  • ISBN 1-886513-17-1
  • 114 pages
  • $12.00 each
  • $9.00 in quantities of 10 or more (Free study guide)

Homosexuality: Perspectives for the Church

DVD

This DVD has four segments addressing the difficult questions with which the ELCA is struggling.

  • Pastor Amy Schifrin recounts her experiences in ministering to homosexuals (30 minutes).
  • Theologian James Nestingen speaks directly to the questions of ordination, blessing a union, and authority of Scripture (30 minutes).
  • Counselor Dottie Ludwig, a former lesbian, shares what she has learned through working with hundreds of gays and lesbians (30 minutes).
  • Psychologist Merton Strommen provides additional insight to inform the confusing environment of one-sided information on this subject (60 minutes).
  • Order Number: DVD03115
  • $30.00

Homosexuality: Perspectives for the Church

VHS

This DVD has four segments addressing the difficult questions with which the ELCA is struggling.

  • Pastor Amy Schifrin recounts her experiences in ministering to homosexuals (30 minutes).
  • Theologian James Nestingen speaks directly to the questions of ordination, blessing a union, and authority of Scripture (30 minutes).
  • Counselor Dottie Ludwig, a former lesbian, shares what she has learned through working with hundreds of gays and lesbians (30 minutes).
  • Psychologist Merton Strommen provides additional insight to inform the confusing environment of one-sided information on this subject (60 minutes).
  • (2-tape set)
  • Order Number: VHS03522
  • $30.00

Order from:

  • NEW CREATION
  • Lutheran Marriage and the Family Advocates
  • P.O. Box 390535
  • Minneapolis, MN 55439