David Coltheart

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G'day, my name is David Coltheart, and this is my story

I grew up as the son of a pastor, attended Bible college and church-run university, and became a pastor and evangelist. I spent 30 years in ministry all over Australia and Papua New Guinea, speaking to many thousands of people. All the time, I was holding a secret that I did not dare share with anyone.

Now I have written my life story in a 360-page book that tells how I discovered the truth about myself.

Finding Out is the story of my journey from the darkness of despair, to the light of understanding and acceptance.

Illustrated with photos of my life, the eBook was updated in December 2018, and is free to download and share. Also included is a useful page of links to other resources to help answer your questions.

Click on the link to read or save my autobiography Finding Out as a PDF file. The book is free to download and share with others. File size: 2.9 MB

Click on the link to read or save the PDF file. The resource list contains more than 50 links to websites, books, movies and scientific journals.

What Does the Bible Say?


Most people assume there are hundreds of texts condemning gays and lesbians, but out of over 31,000 verses in the Bible, there are only 6 that reference same-sex activity. And not everyone is convinced that these texts refer to modern same-sex relationships.


These 6 verses are known commonly as the "clobber texts" because of the way they have been used for centuries to denigrate sexual minorities.


All the Bible texts refer to heterosexual people (mostly men) and their actions are rightly condemned by both straight and gay Christians.


The texts refer to:

  • attempted gang rape of two angels by heterosexual men
  • male humiliation, a cultural taboo in ancient Israel
  • worship of fertility gods and goddesses through sacred orgies
  • temple prostitution
  • pederasty and other improper power relationships
  • promiscuity and sexual exploitation.

The texts only mention examples of deviant behaviour and must be read in context. None of the texts reference love, faithfulness or mutual support between two people in a committed same-sex relationship. Most importantly, Jesus did not utter a single word about homosexuality.

Read the Facts

To find out what what the Bible does - and does not - say about homosexuality, read the facts for yourself and reach your own conclusions.

The Sin of Sodom (Genesis 19:1-11)

Idolatry, Rape and Abomination (Leviticus 18:13; 20:22)

Natural or Unnatural (Romans 1:25-27)

Softies and Man-bedders (1 Corinthians 6:9,10 and 1 Timothy 1:9,10)

Gay and Christian

People can be both gay and Christian - these terms are not mutually exclusive. Because the Bible nowhere condemns loving, faithful and committed same-sex relationships, you can be a person who loves God, follows the teachings of Jesus Christ - and who just happens to be gay.

For three years, I was the pastor of the Brisbane congregation of the Metropolitan Community Church, a world-wide Christian church that affirms LGBTIQ+ Christians and their families. I helped hundreds of people come to know Jesus better - because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Resources
There are countless websites, books, videos, blogs and other resources available for both gay Christians and for their parents, friends and allies. Most of the resources are free. David has prepared a list of resources that he has found the most helpful.

Here I Am
David appears in the documentary "Here I Am" in which gay and lesbian Christians tell their own stories. Designed as a discussion starter for Christians to use with their families and churches, the 35 minute movie is available to watch free on YouTube and Vimeo. Or go to HereIam.watch
This page last updated 2 December 2020
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