Impact Family Christian Statement on LGBTQ+ Freedom Counseling

In our commitment to serve and love as Jesus Christ has taught us, we acknowledge the dignity and worth of every individual, including those within the LGBTQ+ community. Our approach to LGBTQ+ Freedom Counseling is rooted in the transformative power of the Gospel, guided by the truth of Scripture, and motivated by a sincere desire to see all individuals live in the fullness of freedom Christ offers.

We believe that every person is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and deserves to be treated with respect, kindness, and compassion. Our counseling is grounded in the truth of the Bible, which we hold as the authoritative word of God, guiding us in all matters of faith and practice. We recognize that discussions around sexual orientation and gender identity are deeply personal and often complex. Our aim is to walk alongside individuals with love and understanding, helping them explore their identity in the light of Christ's love and the teachings of Scripture.

Our ministry is committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals to share their experiences and struggles. We seek to offer biblical counsel that is both compassionate and truthful, encouraging individuals towards a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. We understand that true freedom is found in Christ and His redeeming work on the cross, and our goal is to point individuals to this ultimate source of freedom and healing.

We also acknowledge the importance of community in the journey of faith and healing. Therefore, we strive to foster a supportive environment that encourages open dialogue, prayerful support, and spiritual growth. Our counseling is not about imposing change but about inviting the transformative grace of God to work in each person's life, leading to a deeper understanding of His love, purpose, and design.

In all things, we aim to reflect the love of Jesus, who calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31). We commit to engaging with all individuals with the grace and truth of Christ, trusting in His power to heal, restore, and reconcile.

As Christian counselors, we acknowledge the complexity of issues surrounding personal and sexual identity within the context of LGBTQ+ culture. We recognize that there are aspects of this culture that may not align with the biblical worldview of personal and sexual identity, as outlined in Scriptures. Our understanding of identity, sexuality, and family is grounded in biblical principles, which we believe offer a foundation for human flourishing.

However, our commitment to these truths does not diminish our profound commitment to offer love, support, and compassionate counseling to all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We believe that every person is created in the image of God (Imago Dei) and is deserving of dignity, respect, and love.

In our counseling practice, we are not focused solely on the aspect of sexual orientation or gender identity but are deeply concerned with the whole person. We recognize that individuals come to us with a variety of hurts, questions, and moral struggles. Our goal is to address the root issues of hurt and struggle, seeking a comprehensive understanding of each person’s life story, including their experiences of joy, suffering, and longing for fulfillment and love.

We approach counseling with a Christian therapeutic perspective that seeks heart, cognitive, and behavioral transformation. This approach is holistic, taking into account the emotional, spiritual, and psychological dimensions of a person’s life. We believe in the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ not only to redeem and heal but also to guide individuals toward a deeper understanding of their worth and identity in God.

Our aim is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where individuals can explore their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. We engage in open and honest dialogue, grounded in respect and empathy, while also sharing insights from a biblical perspective. We encourage individuals to seek truth, healing, and wholeness, guided by the Holy Spirit, through prayer, the study of Scripture, and the support of a faith community.

As Christian counselors, we commit to walking alongside each person with grace and truth, offering our professional expertise and our spiritual support. We believe in the potential for heart, cognitive, and behavioral transformation through the application of biblical principles, professional counseling methodologies, and the active work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those we serve.

This statement seeks to navigate the complexities of this issue by emphasizing love, respect, and the transformative power of the gospel, while also affirming an Evangelical commitment to biblical principles.

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