Homosexuality has taken center stage in our nation, churches, and homes. Everyone knows or cares deeply for someone who experiences same-sex attraction, sexual confusion, or practices homosexuality. While the entire world talks about homosexuality, the subject remains taboo in many churches. The fear of being labeled as hateful, a bigot, or ignorant has kept many Christians out of the conversation. The church remains silent, leaving many people who love God confused about what the Bible really says about sexuality.
Did God make people gay? Does God love homosexuals? Will people have to deal with same-sex attraction their entire lives? Landon Schott brings truth and clarity to sexual confusion, using over 400 scripture references to reveal the heart of the Father and mind of Christ.
Gay Awareness exposes false teaching and deception that have created a false identity through the lens of sexuality instead of the eyes of God’s Word. Gay Awareness will stretch you and challenge you, but with relentless love bring you comfort and healing.
In Gay Awareness: Discovering the Heart of the Father and the Mind of Christ, top-selling author and nationally known speaker Landon Schott addresses:
• What the Bible actually says about marriage, sexuality, and homosexuality.
• Mistakes the Church makes when addressing homosexuality and the gay community.
• Contradictions between the gay lifestyle and the Christ-centered lifestyle.
• Clear insight into how to genuinely show Christian love to those who practice homosexuality.
• How people can experience deliverance and freedom.
Featuring an extensive interview with highly respected authority Dr. Michael L. Brown, a multiple book best-selling author and expert on spiritual renewal and cultural reformation, Gay Awareness is the book you’ve been looking for to find clarity, teach you what Scripture says about homosexuality and how to respond to people with love, grace, and truth.
What People Are Saying
Schott's latest project, a provocative book entitled Gay Awareness, focuses on the controversial topic of same sex attractions and the relationship between homosexuality within Christianity. Schott makes his position clear, the church needs to be unrelenting with our love for people but unwavering in a Biblical stance. He sights over 400 scriptures, and in equal parts teaches grace and truth. He takes the reader by the hand and leads them right into what he calls the heart of the Father on this matter and the mind of Christ on sexuality. This book will walk those struggling with same sex attractions into freedom and a firm biblical understanding.
The book recently went out to a focus group made up of individuals struggling with same sex attraction, and the feedback we're getting is groundbreaking. Here is what some of them are saying:
"Your content is truly life changing and I have gone through honestly one of the biggest attacks from the enemy while reading this book which PROVES God is speaking through this book to me."
Conner | Seattle, WA
"I believe it has the power to bring revival in this community. And equip the people of God on how to handle the issue. This book will bring revival to the gay community!"
Antonio | Orlando, FL
"I know this book is Holy Spirit led by how much spiritual warfare I experienced while reading it."
Ken | New York, NY
"I can't believe Landon didn't struggle with homosexuality personality. I've never met someone who wasn't gay who knew what I was going through."
Juan | Austin, TX.
It was the summer of 2008. I was watching the number one reality show in America. In it, a billionaire businessman plays boss to a group of excited contestants, or project managers. He gives them ridiculous tasks to manage in order to make the most profit possible. He fires those who fail the worst and kicks them off the show. The show had been popular for a few seasons by then, but that year there was an added twist. Several celebrities were enlisted as the new project managers, and they were all on the show to raise money for their favorite charities.
At the close of the show each week, a different celebrity project manager talked about his or her chosen charity. They talked about charities for wounded veterans with life-altering injuries, charities responsible for humanitarian efforts in poor nations, and more. The celebrities would also share why they had such a heart and passion for their particular charity.
On this specific episode, the project manager was an old ‘80s rock star who had won the challenge and led her team to victory. As the show wrapped up, the boisterous billionaire host asked her to talk about the charity she had selected to support with funds from the show. The noble cause she had selected was "gay awareness," and the charity was a gay/lesbian backed organization. I was completely shocked when I heard it. Not because it was 2008 and gay rights and gay marriage weren't mainstream yet, but because, out of all the charities that feed hungry people, clothe children, shelter animals, provide medical care for war torn nations, or save young girls from human trafficking, she had chosen gay awareness. There was no purpose in her choice beyond simply making the world aware of gay people. Things have changed dramatically since 2008.
The world is now very much aware of homosexuality, and America still leads the way in promoting gay "awareness." In fact, gay awareness has swept over our culture like a tidal wave led by Hollywood's influence and fueled by the media.
Later in 2008, pop star Katy Perry released her song, "I Kissed a Girl," and it launched an impressionable generation into bisexual curiosity. The wave of awareness continued to grow. About the same time, movies began pouring out that included plotlines supporting same-sex relationships, just about every TV show started featuring at least one gay character and storyline, and popular TV talk shows amped up their promotion of gay lifestyles. Now, professional athletes win awards not based on their performance on a field/court/track, but for their behavior in the bedroom.
Every time another athlete, celebrity, or TV personality "comes out," the nation seemingly erupts in celebration and gushes support. The most popular magazines feature the star on their covers. The star becomes a top trending subject on Internet search engines. And the most watched prime time talk shows interview him or her. On numerous occasions, even the current president of the United States of America has given nationally broadcast encouragement to gay athletes and celebrities on numerous occasions.
Awareness continued to spread spurred on by Lady Gaga's song, "Born This Way," a catchy song that launched to number one in the world. Taking the baton from Katy Perry, who essentially told everyone in the world to kiss a member of the same sex because they just might like it, was usurped by Gaga who basically preached: "Fully give yourself to the homosexual form of sexual lifestyle. You have good reason to—you were born this way."
Month after month and year after year, gay awareness has continued to spread throughout America and the world, and even reached the Supreme Court. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States voted to legalize gay marriage in all fifty states, despite the matter being voted down by the people in most states. We are now very aware.
I want to make sure you are aware of a few other things. I love gay people. I love the gay community. There is no homophobic hate in my entire being. I grew up in Seattle, so I would say I was more aware of the gay community than the majority of Americans. I spent a lot of time in the "Capitol Hill" district, the epicenter for the gay community there. My favorite coffee place was there, I would get my hair cut there, shopped there, and generally spent a lot of time there.
I have always had a heart for the gay community, and been drawn to minister to the people in it. Over the years, a number of my friends struggled with same-sex attraction, and I found myself drawn to them just as people. In high school and junior college, I was into the latest fashion. So every time I wore a daring outfit, others questioned me about my sexuality. It wasn't uncommon. I don't hate anyone, especially those in the gay community.
God loves gay people. God loves people. God loves us so much, He sent His son to die on the cross for us so that we could be restored to relationship with Him. The Bible teaches us God dislikes some behaviors and hates others, but that He loves people. He loves you!
I entitled this book Gay Awareness because I want you to be aware of God's heart towards you, homosexuality, and those who experience same-sex attraction. In this book I'm going to show you the heart of God and the mind of Christ on sexuality through His words, not through my own or any other man's opinions. I want you to be aware of what the Bible says and what it teaches followers of Christ.
As I spent years praying into this book, it was important for me to know its audience. This book is primarily for the individual who struggles with same-sex attraction, but truly loves God with all his or her heart. They follow Jesus, but struggle in this area. Secondarily, this book is for the Christ-follower who desires to know what the Bible truly says about homosexuality, and how to show love to family members and friends who struggle with this.
Maybe you've had this attraction as long as you can remember. Maybe you developed it along the way. Regardless of when you started having these feelings, you still have them and they are very real. Your conflict is in managing your attraction to the same sex alongside your fear of the Lord. This becomes excruciating for many people.
Many people pray and ask God to take away their temptation and same-sex desire, but when these don't go away, they give in to them or completely embrace them. Others battle these feelings every day, while believing God for complete deliverance and freedom. If you are praying and battling these feelings, this book is for you! I believe you are going to experience the freedom your heart desires.
If you are a Christ-follower you love God and love people, so it is most likely you have people in your life for whom you care deeply, who struggle with same-sex attraction or claim to be practicing homosexuals. It's a challenge when the God we serve contradicts the actions of the people we love. You want to know how to help those you care about, how to comfort a family member or friend, and how to honor God at the same time. This book will teach you what Scripture says about homosexuality and how to respond to people in different situations with love, grace, and truth.
This is not a book packed with the latest statistics on homosexuality. It is not to designed to paint the gay community as a plague on society. And this is not a scholarly work that will compare first century translations and arguments in the original language (though I will recommend books by brilliant, God-fearing men that deal with homosexuality from a scholarly approach). This is a book on the heart of the Father and the mind of Christ as found in God's Word.
This book may offend some and relieve others, but in it you will not see anywhere written (except here), "You're going to hell!" God is the final judge. And as I will show you in the chapters to come, He knows who His children are. Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and respect, no matter who they are. I want you to feel respected and safe as you read. I'm not going to yell at you. I'm not going to attack you. I want to show you how much God loves you, and how to respond by loving Him.
Over the years, the church made three primary mistakes in dealing with sexuality and those who struggle with same-sex attraction. The first mistake was to make homosexuality the greatest sin. Homosexual practice is not the greatest sin. Pride is! It's because of pride that Satan and his angels fell from heaven. Pride keeps us from repentance. It also keeps us from a relationship with God. And pride can keep us from entering heaven. This mistake has led to the demonization of people instead of the demonization of devils. When people feel demonized, it keeps them from coming to church. It causes them to not want to be around Christians. The enemy uses this to push them toward unhealthy people and unhealthy places.
The second mistake the church has made is, it has not addressed homosexuality. When this particular issue is unaddressed by the church, it leaves room for many unbiblical opinions and immature conversations to fill in the blanks. Due to a lack of biblical knowledge and the silence of the church, people are confused, left to wonder, and end up making unhealthy decisions that can be very destructive to everyone. Leaving this issue unaddressed helps no one, and can end up hurting everyone. Every church must address homosexuality. And every church must use the Bible as its ultimate guide for wisdom love and truth.
The third and most harmful mistake many churches have made is to affirm the sinner in his or her practice of homosexuality. It's impossible to affirm what God never affirms. It's impossible to call good what God never call good, and it's impossible to call blessed what God never called blessed. Because of the lack of biblical awareness, many churches have given in to the pressure forged in hell and embraced by man, affirmed homosexual practice, and asserted all that comes with it is blessed by God.
In this book, I'm going to show you that God loves the sinner, but sin separates us from the God of love. As followers of Christ, we must respond with unconditional love to individuals dealing with same-sex attraction, and remain unwavering in our loyalty to God's Word.
I almost entitled this book, What the Bible Says About Homosexuality, but I didn't want to sound presumptuous. The reason I contemplated that title is because there is so many Bible verses in this book: 406 Scripture references, to be exact. I believe the Bible is God's Word. It is the lamp that guides my life. Second Timothy 3:16 says, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." Again, I believe the Bible is God's Word. I believe the people and accounts are real. I have faith that it is God's Word.
On a nationally syndicated news show one night, I watched a news anchor interview a well-known pastor from Texas on current events. The pastor used Jonah as an example in his dialogue with the news anchor. At that, the anchor challenged the pastor, saying, "Pastor, isn't that from the Old Testament? Don't we know that story to be more allegorical?" All the while the anchor professed to be a faithful Catholic and believer in Jesus. I shouted "What?" at my TV. He claimed to believe in Jesus. That means he believes a virgin named Mary was impregnated by the Holy Spirit, gave birth to the Son of God, named Jesus, who was (and is) the Savior of the world. Jesus never sinned and he performed countless miracles. Eventually, he was crucified on the cross, rose from the dead three days later, and ascended to heaven. Those who believe all this do so by faith, and follow Jesus. So the news anchor believed in all that, but considered the Old Testament to be allegorical? God's Word needs to be taken seriously and treated with sincerity. It's all applicable and beneficial to our walk with the Lord, and enables us to live Christ-like lives. Proverbs 30:5-6 says, "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar."
Jesus was and is God's Word, loved God's Word, and lived by God's Word. Jesus was the one who said, "For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished," Matthew 5:18. Let there be no confusion: God's Word is always relevant in an evolving culture. God's Word was relevant then, and it's relevant now. This is why Jesus told us, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away" (Mark 13:31). Even when culture changes, God's Word doesn't change. It doesn't adapt to culture, it transcends it. Living according to God's Word (the Bible) is what makes us Christ-followers. If you don't learn, follow, and obey the teachings of the Bible, then you're not an active follower of Christ.
In Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul teaches us how we fight a spiritual battle. The apostle teaches that believers are given the "Sword of the Spirit" (the Word) as a weapon. The sword of the Lord is the Word of God. "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). Jesus was well trained with the sword, the Word of God.
When Jesus responded to the temptation of Satan, He did so with God's Word. "Jesus answered, ‘It is written: "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" ' " (Matthew 4:4). We use the Word of God to cut through every lie, deception, and argument that comes against the body of Christ. If you don't believe the Bible is the true Word of God, how will you overcome anything?
For some people, the obstacle isn't faith in Jesus, but the lack of knowledge about Jesus and passages in the Bible. "Jesus replied, ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God' " (Matthew 22:29). Not knowing what God's Word says is extremely damaging to our relationship with Him. God's Word teaches us right from wrong, good from evil, and the difference between what's holy and what's carnal. Many followers of Jesus have a mixture of beliefs—from biblical to cultural to worldly—that all influence their lives. This mixture creates a lukewarm environment that keeps us from living lives that please the Lord. When the Bible is not the authority, what is? We're left with our own opinions. People let their personal opinions and feelings trump Scripture all the time. All of this taken together leads to false doctrine and compromised lifestyles.
I want to encourage you: please do not skim the many Bible verses you read throughout this book. I have to admit, on more than one occasion, I have been guilty of skimming over quoted Scripture in books, because the verses or passages were so familiar. I promise you, those words are so much more important to read than those I have written.
As I wrote in my spiritual warfare book, Jezebel: The Witch Is Back, "Using Scripture to hurt people is witchcraft. God's Word is not meant to hurt people. Satan tried to use God's Word to hurt everyone. The devil will try to use God's Word to bring condemnation. But the Holy Spirit will speak through God's Word to bring conviction to your life. Condemnation brings shame and creates distance between you and God. Conviction brings repentance and draws you closer to God."
I want to challenge you to continue reading this book all the way through. Don't allow any distraction of life or ungodly spirit to keep you from finishing. The enemies of God do not want you to read this book. They do not want you to become equipped as a believer, and set free from strongholds in your life. I will warn you, you will experience attacks and opposition to discourage you from finishing this book.
My prayer is that you will receive conviction from the Holy Spirit as you read this book, and it will bring you to the closest, most intimate place you've ever been with God. As you read, ask the Holy Spirit to speak. Ask the Holy Spirit to come in grace and reveal truth, that you may know the heart of God and live a life that pleases Him. Let's pray together. As with all prayers in this book, I encourage you to read this prayer first, and then speak it out loud with boldness and sincerity. Pray with me below.
Father, I declare you are holy, holy, holy. Jesus, you are holy, holy, holy. Spirit of the living God, you are holy, holy, holy. I pray to you, Father in heaven, in the name of Jesus, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, to speak to me as I read. I ask right now for ears to hear you, a heart to receive you, and a mind to understand you. I declare no spirit but the Holy Spirit has permission to be here or influence me. Every lying and distracting spirit has to LEAVE ME NOW, IN JESUS'S NAME. I pray my heart will align with the heart of the Father, and my mind will align with the mind of Christ. I declare God's Word is the highest authority, and I submit to your Word, God. I pray for peace, clarity, and the power of the Holy Spirit to come over me now in Jesus's name. Speak Lord, I declare, your servant is listening!
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"Where there's confusion, there's a crying need for clarity. And since few subjects are as fraught with confusion as the subject of homosexuality, Landon Schott's Gay Awareness provides a welcome and much-needed voice. This book is a direct, easily read guide to the many subjects this issue raises, leaving the reader better equipped to discuss same-sex behavior from a Biblical perspective."
-Joe Dallas, author and speaker
"At a time when our culture is being shaped by political correctness and moral cowardice, it is refreshing to have a voice like Landon Schott's shouting in the wilderness. The message of this book is both forcefully prophetic and graciously compassionate---because we need both grace and truth applied to the hot-button issue of homosexuality. This is not a book about hate or condemnation. Landon offers hope to those who struggle with their sexuality, and encouragement to all who minister to the sexually broken."
J. Lee Grady
Former Editor, Charisma magazine
Director, The Mordecai Project
"Powerful! Revealing! Filled with both grace and truth! A right now word for one of the most controversial subjects of our time. Written with love and clarity. As sharp as any two edged short, yet brought in its sheath. Reminiscence of Jesus' interaction with the woman at the well. A must read for those who are hurting, confused and seeking truth! As well as educational for the church on the true heart of The Father!"
Lead Pastor, Reach Church
"Everyone is asking questions and it would be detrimental to the church for them to go unanswered. Homosexuality is a subject that often goes without broach or without being completely understood. For several years I lived that lifestyle without completely understanding the struggle myself. Confusion wasn't broken until Jesus, in His infinite Truth and Light, set me free. This book addresses the reality of homosexuality in an honest and authoritative voice that will change the dimension with which you understand it. With the Truth finally clear in our hearts we can go forward to have conversations that change our culture and reveal the love of Christ to all the world."
Evangelist and speaker
"With a scholarly skill and Biblical clarity, Landon addresses one of the most demanding subjects of our times. The issue of homosexuality is certainly a "hot button" in the culture in which we live. And he speaks with both the heart of a shepherd and the voice of a prophet to the confusion and the extremes that swirl around this controversial issue. This book will give hope to those who are struggling and help to those of us who want to minister to those seeking freedom. You will be both challenged and yet enriched as you read this book and feel the Father's Heart!"
Pastor Zane Anderson
Victory Worship Center
"Gay Awareness: The Heart of the Father & Mind of Christ is a 'must read' for every Christian. In this thought-provoking book, Evangelist Landon Schott tackles the evidence "for" and "against" homosexuality in a balanced, unbiased, and biblical perspective. Schott's underlying theme – the importance of lining up our inner life with our outer actions. Dr. Ken Chant, noted author and theologian from Australia, describes it as narrowing the gap between our Standing (in the heavenlies with Christ, forgiven, loved, adopted, all by grace, etc.) and our State (our actual life and struggles on earth…and our reactions to life's circumstances, our ethical choices, etc.). It is essential in our days of moral relativism that we reacquaint ourselves with the principles of the Scriptures that are to govern our lives regarding issues of morality and ethical living."
Dr. Alan Bullock, Missionary Evangelist and Author,
Still Waters: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Maturity
"In Gay Awareness, Landon taps into Scriptural truths mixed with compassion to proclaim the truth about the gay agenda. He inspires readers with testimonies of ex-LGBTs and equips them with the biblical knowledge they need to make taking a loving stand against a rising tide of immorality."