Many evangelical churches today—the kind that find comfort in a simplistic “love the sinner, hate the sin” philosophy—have been struggling with how to address LGBT members of their congregation. Rather than undertaking a comprehensive and earnest re-examination of scripture in conjunction with LGBT Christians and their allies, many church leaders instead turn to how they can tolerate LGBT members within the boundaries of their particular interpretation of the Bible. The result is a trite refrain often voiced in pulpits across the country: “All are welcome to worship.”

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