Ministering to the Same-Sex Attracted
Friday, February 17
On March 21 at 7:00 PM, Mid-America Reformed Seminary will welcome Pastor Ron Citlau from Calvary Church in Orland Park, Illinois. Ron will be giving a lecture entitled An Evangelical Theological Anthropology, a ministerial presentation about ministering to those who battle with same-sex attraction.
In this presentation, we will see how current ways of talking about sexual identity have discarded the rich biblical vision that God has given us concerning what it means to be sexual beings. Consider joining us as we explore the Scriptures concerning the meaning of sex and sexual identity, learn why ‘gay identity’ is an unhelpful category, and most of all be theologically equipped to give an answer of hope to those who struggle with same-sex attraction.
Ron has experienced these struggles first hand in his younger days. He writes in his book, Compassion Without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth, that he lived a life which "spiraled out of control - marked by intense drug use and promiscuous same-sexual behavior. This was my teenage and early adult life. Though I had many partners, I was all alone. It was hard. It was painful, and it was the darkest time of my life. It was in this horrible place that I met Jesus. [Twenty] years ago, Jesus pursued me and found me, and my life is radically different because of him. I love the life that Jesus has given me!"
He has helped produce a curriculum on sexual healing which is used in hundreds of churches throughout the country, and his new book, Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted, is due to come out March 14. Ron lives with his wife, Amy, in Crown Point, Indiana.
This event is open to both students of the seminary and the public. If you are unable to attend at the seminary, make sure you register to live-stream 24 hours before the presentation.