Core Issues is a non-profit Christian ministry supporting men and women with homosexual issues who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression.
It respects the rights of individuals who identify as 'gay' who do not seek change, and supports dignity for LGBT persons. It does not support gay "marriage" - usually considered an "equality" issue, premised on the belief that being gay is "biological" and is therefore unchangeable. Core Issues Trust offers one-to-one support for individuals voluntarily seeking to leave homosexual behaviours and feelings. Please read our "Statement on Prejudice". The Royal College of Psychiatrists (2014) has recently affirmed that human sexuality is fluid for some, and therefore changeable in some cases. Core Issues Trust promotes the idea that individuals are not "victims" of their sexual desires.
Those 'at home' with Core Issues Trust (CIT) typically are uncomfortable with the notion of 'orientation'. Usually, but not always, they are people of faith, and often they have experienced sexual feelings that are unwanted, or have found themselves addicted to sexual behaviours or fantasies that have become damaging. They want to change their lives and find different ways of living. They also seek a different understanding about what they have experienced. They are likely to be people who see the self-perpetuating idea of 'orientation' as entrenching a view about sexual identity that is unhelpful and inconsistent with their sense of spirituality. And yet they know that they have experienced and acted on patterns of thought that seem indivisible from their sense of self. They may be disappointed that their life of faith hasn't altered this patterning and are weary in their struggle to resist powerful drives and the increasingly common view that such feelings are normal for them.
Another group of people who link with us are those who sense that this notion of 'orientation' is being used to usher in acceptance - particularly of homosexuality - as a normal and natural variant of human experience and sexual expression. They sense that this seemingly unstoppable trend is at variance with an even more primary sense of right and wrong that they have grown up with and hold dear. They may also sense that this new movement that has begun to find acceptance in churches or sacred spaces, has a deep resonance with very ancient ideas about sexuality that are of dubious origin. Their spiritual radar warns them that our culture is under threat.
Both of these groups of people instinctively recognise that they risk much if they follow a different path and resist the now commonly held opinion that sexual orientation is fixed. Their views are also unpopular because, despite all the teaching about 'same-sex attraction' they sense that a new identity - a variant of the two genders - is becoming entrenched in the 'anthropology' of faith groups. In other words, they worry that homosexual 'orientation' has been reified in our teachings so that same-sex orientated men and women are gendered differently from those who do not experience such feelings. They may also be suspicious of a spirituality that grows around this nuance of gendering that seems to conflate the 'gift of singleness' or celibacy with a same-sex attraction (SSA) identity.
The root of their discomfort with the new gendering is that this conflicts with what both groups understand about the origin of humankind. They believe that humans are distinct from the animals. This partly explains why 'gay' penguins and the like don't impress them. For these groups, the fact of creation means that 'same-sex attraction' has its origins in human experience rather than being part of the created order. For them, the journey of life is about experiencing the freedom to enjoy masculinity and femininity as it was intended to be, distinctly and in union with one another.
Western civilisation, it seems to us, is in deep trouble. Faith groups in the west are being drawn into the re-gendering of society. One of the most insidious means of achieving this re-gendering is to uncritically accept (and therefore sanctify) the notion of 'orientation' or, worse still, to import it into our sense of being in our places of worship. We think people of faith, and Christians in particular, are being deceived by ideas that the ancients were familiar with.
Our journey in CIT is about recovering an understanding of ourselves as created beings that recognises the dangers of tampering with the foundations of human existence and its created order. If you also reject the idea of 'orientation' as it is used to sanction feelings or practices that blur the gendering of maleness or femaleness, then you too might find friendship at Core Issues Trust.
We'd love to hear from you and support your journey!