Beyond the Closet: HEALING THE RIFT between Gay People and the Church offers Biblical principles for resolving the current crisis around gay people in the church. This upheaval peaked in 2004 when the Episcopal Church installed its first openly gay bishop, and the Southern Baptist Convention severed ties to churches allegedly supporting homosexuals, and their right to marry.But the church faces an even greater conflict. Its gravest threat is from those within it whose all-consuming self-interests oppose Jesus' precepts on obedience, holiness, and faithfulness. Lessons in humility, suffering, and chastity, and the Bible's supremacy in daily life, are being challenged as never before by adherents who refuse to be governed by the revealed Will of God. It has thus become extremely difficult to heal the rifts which divide in a manner both pleasing to God, and honorable to themselves. Infighting often prevents compromise, and intolerance too frequently overwhelms spirituality. To reaffirm Biblical themes relating to reconciliation, the book defines some 300 words on vital issues ranging from what true Christianity means, to love, sex, and marriage. The church is in real trouble, and urgently needs the cleansing power of repentance. For when it questions and undermines the Bible's legitimacy by choosing false doctrine over truth, God's profound judgments against apostasy cannot be far away!