The following 2-hour video entitled, “There’s No Such Thing as a Gay Person,” features an in-depth discussion of Biblical Sexuality by Rosaria Butterfield, Christopher Yuan, and Becket Cook.
Friends, the good news of belonging to Jesus is not a popular one. It is in complete opposition to the predominantly self-focused message of our culture at-large. The Freudian doctrine which has saturated our screens and textbooks for decades, crowns emotion as our king. And if we serve them faithfully, we can be healthy and fulfilled. “Follow your heart!” “Come on! You deserve this!” According to God’s Word (The Bible), however, our identity isn’t defined by our feelings, nor is it tied to our temptations! No amount of self-betterment or self-focus can obtain the peace and hope found in Christ alone. He is our only hope!
Becket, Rosaria, and Christopher are going to share this exact sentiment in the clip below. But as you watch, please open-up your Bible at the same time…Remembering to always test what you hear alongside/against God’s Word. I pray this video and the resources that accompany encourage you immensely! Much love, Meridith
“The cross does not make an ally with the sin it crushes.”Rosaria Butterfield
Testimonials by Butterfield, Cook, and Yuan
Disclaimer: I have not read these yet…but share them based upon the recommendations of folks I respect. They are on my list!
Scripture Referencing “Identity”
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Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 488 helpful votes
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 434 helpful votes
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Jeremiah 1:5 ESV / 388 helpful votes
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Galatians 2:20 ESV / 367 helpful votes
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 332 helpful votes
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 320 helpful votes
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
1 Corinthians 12:27 ESV / 301 helpful votes
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
John 15:15 ESV / 264 helpful votes
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
1 John 3:1-3 ESV / 244 helpful votes
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 240 helpful votes
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Colossians 3:1-4 ESV / 211 helpful votes
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV / 182 helpful votes
To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Galatians 3:27-29 ESV / 179 helpful votes
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
Psalm 139:14 ESV / 171 helpful votes
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
John 15:5 ESV / 170 helpful votes
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 1:12 ESV / 165 helpful votes
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
Luke 9:23-27 ESV / 154 helpful votes
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
Isaiah 43:1 ESV / 148 helpful votes
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
Romans 8:14-15 ESV / 130 helpful votes
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
Romans 8:1 ESV / 104 helpful votes
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 4:24 ESV / 102 helpful votes
And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Colossians 3:3 ESV / 99 helpful votes
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Ephesians 2:6 ESV / 97 helpful votes
And raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Ephesians 1:4 ESV / 97 helpful votes
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
Psalm 139:1-24 ESV / 97 helpful votes
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. …
Colossians 3:12 ESV / 94 helpful votes
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
Romans 6:6 ESV / 94 helpful votes
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
Romans 8:17 ESV / 91 helpful votes
And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
1 Samuel 16:7 ESV / 89 helpful votes
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lordsees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Galatians 3:26 ESV / 88 helpful votes
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
Philippians 3:20 ESV / 85 helpful votes
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
John 15:16 ESV / 84 helpful votes
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
Psalm 100:3 ESV / 84 helpful votes
Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Colossians 1:27 ESV / 79 helpful votes
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Ephesians 2:19 ESV / 77 helpful votes
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
Romans 8:15 ESV / 74 helpful votes
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
John 3:16 ESV / 73 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Isaiah 49:16 ESV / 73 helpful votes
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.
Ephesians 1:7 ESV / 72 helpful votes
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
1 Corinthians 6:17 ESV / 72 helpful votes
But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
Colossians 2:10 ESV / 68 helpful votes
And you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
Ephesians 5:8 ESV / 65 helpful votes
For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
Ephesians 1:5 ESV / 63 helpful votes
He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
Colossians 3:1-3 ESV / 61 helpful votes
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 2:9-10 ESV / 61 helpful votes
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
Ephesians 2:8 ESV / 57 helpful votes
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Ephesians 1:3 ESV / 57 helpful votes
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
1 John 3:1-2 ESV / 56 helpful votes
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
Galatians 3:28 ESV / 56 helpful votes
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 ESV / 55 helpful votes
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:27-28 ESV / 55 helpful votes
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:11 ESV / 54 helpful votes
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
Romans 5:1 ESV / 54 helpful votes
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:1-12 ESV / 53 helpful votes
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. …
Isaiah 64:8 ESV / 53 helpful votes
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
1 Samuel 12:22 ESV / 53 helpful votes
For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself.
Ephesians 2:13 ESV / 52 helpful votes
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 1:13 ESV / 50 helpful votes
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 50 helpful votes
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
Revelation 2:17 ESV / 49 helpful votes
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’
1 John 3:1 ESV / 49 helpful votes
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV / 49 helpful votes
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
1 Peter 3:15 ESV / 48 helpful votes
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV / 46 helpful votes
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Romans 5:17 ESV / 46 helpful votes
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 46 helpful votes
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …
Matthew 5:48 ESV / 45 helpful votes
You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Ephesians 3:14-15 ESV / 41 helpful votes
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 ESV / 41 helpful votes
And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
1 Peter 3:3-7 ESV / 38 helpful votes
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
Matthew 6:26 ESV / 38 helpful votes
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Colossians 3:23 ESV / 36 helpful votes
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Romans 8:37 ESV / 35 helpful votes
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Psalm 139:1 ESV / 35 helpful votes
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 34 helpful votes
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 30 helpful votes
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 29 helpful votes
The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Ephesians 1:5-8 ESV / 27 helpful votes
He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
Psalm 95:6-7 ESV / 27 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice,
Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV / 2For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Psalm 103:15-17 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children
Scripture references regarding homosexuality (click here).