Statement of Sexuality

1. Same sex attractions (ssa), minor-attractions (ma), and transsexuality (tx) are not genetically caused, and science has failed to prove otherwise. The developmental theories have never been disproven, and there is scientific evidence that sexuality is fluid. In the Keys program, ssa/ma/tx temptations are regarded as just another kind of temptations to which some become enslaved, and from which one can be delivered by faith in Jesus (John 8:32-36).

2. Ssa/ma/tx issues are not really sexual issues, but rather a search to fulfill an unmet love need.

3. Ssa/ma/tx actions are sins in the sight of God, but no greater or less than any other sins. While society sometimes treats some sins as worse than others, we all need redemption in Christ, no matter who we are or what we have done.

4. God loves ssa/ma/tx people so much that He sent His only Son to pay for their sins on the cross (John 3:16-17). Jesus came to save the world, not condemn it.

5. Ssa/ma/tx people can find freedom from their sins through Christ, if they desire to be free (I Corinthians 6:9-11). No one is promised that their attractions will disappear entirely, though they may diminish to varying degrees. Attraction does not have to turn into temptation. Victory is defined as turning away from temptation and feeling glad that one did. Because sexuality is central to our identity, and because God wants us to surrender our entire lives to Him, the Keys program deals with the whole person.

6. There is no easy way out, but there is a way out. The Keys program is designed to give ssa/ma/tx people the tools to overcome their temptations. It can also be used to overcome other temptations.

7. Most importantly, salvation is a free gift of God’s mercy in Christ, Who made full satisfaction on the cross for all of our sins (II Corinthians 5:21). None of us come before God with any merit of our own by which we can earn any of His favor on our behalf (Ephesians 2:8-9). We cannot “clean ourselves up” in order to approach God; we can only come as we are and let Him clean us up (Matthew 9:13 & Luke 19:10). Ssa/ma/tx people are no exception.

8. To overcome ssa/ma/tx temptions, we begin by receiving God’s mercy in Christ. When we confess our sins, He forgives us as promised (I John 1:7-9). His forgiveness and our gratitude for it makes us willing to let Him work His changes into our lives (Romans 6:17 & 21).

9. Receiving assurance of salvation (justification) is an event, and sanctification (becoming more Christ-like) is a life-long process. We are sanctified by living transparently before God, confessing whatever sins come to our awareness, and receiving His forgiveness, confident of His mercy that covers us (I John 2:1-2).