and the Good
Presentations of this research have often evoked questions from audience members about the men’s motive and intent for doing the kind of transformative work described in the last few chapters. I have often been asked if these men are not just fooling themselves and making the Bible say what they want it to so they can feel less guilty about their homosexuality. Those who ask these sorts of questions seem troubled by the men’s revised theology because it does not match their version of Christianity. The answer to these skeptics’ question is yes and no. By choosing (or being pushed) to step outside conservative evangelical Protestantism and joining a group that endorsed an alternative theological view, the men were choosing a theology that was more affirming of their sexuality or their sexual struggle. But the men’s goal was never to make the Bible condone their sexuality (Accept), to excuse or lessen the sin of homosexuality (Expell), or to change any aspect of Scripture. Indeed, for these men, biblical truth was the most important thing in their lives, and it guided how they lived. So, their quest was not to “make the Bible say what they wanted it to” but rather to figure out what their homosexuality meant within a Christian context.
That what the men now perceived of as the truth about homosexuality differed from other Christian interpretations is not surprising or unique, nor is it strange that other believers think one or both groups are wrong. There are multiple and diverse scriptural interpretations