WHAT DOES SSA STAND FOR?

The phrase same-sex attraction has to do with people who are attracted to others of their same sex, both male and female. Those who are promoting their own SSA are quick to point out that it is not sinful to have this attraction, as long as they don't act on it. They make the distinction that being attracted to someone of the same sex is only a temptation, not a sin.


According to Sam Allberry, a leading voice for the SSA movement, same-sex attraction is only an aspect of his life, it doesn't define him. Sam is quoted as saying the following in his message at the 2014 Together for the Gospel conference. "The culture says you are your sexuality. That is an appalling sense of identity to give people". However, Sam wants to be known world-wide as a same-sex attracted man. He says, "I want to use language that describes same-sex attraction as an aspect of my life, but doesn't imply that this defines me...or what is the center and heart of who I am."


According to the American Physcological Association, a secular organization that promotes openly LGBT lifestyles, "Sexual orientation refers to an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic and/or sexual attractions to men, women or both sexes. Sexual orientation also refers to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors and membership in a community of others who share those attractions."


So while Sam can say his SSA is only a part of his life, not his identity, he then says that "All of us experience disordered sexual desires. So all of us are sexual sinners". While reserving the right to identify himself as SSA, he then forces his view that we are all identified as "sexual sinners". But is that true? Was it true of the Apostle Paul after he became a Christian? Was it true of Charles Spurgeon, or Jonathan Edwards? Are we now forced to believe that every Christian is a sexual sinner because they face temptation in this area of sex?


Dr. Owen Strachan states it clearly when he says,  "In Christ we have a new identity, a new self-understanding, a new daily experience. To the core of our being, we are remade. We are, in fact, renamed. The central truth about us is brand-new. We have taken on the name “Christian,” and lost the name “sinner” which we once did so much to deserve."


Did you notice that Dr. Strachan says when we became Christians we "lost the name 'sinner'"? What a contrast to Sam Allberry who teaches that every Christian is a sexual sinner.