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Friday 15th August 2014

Worship songwriter Vicky Beeching admits she is a lesbian

BRITISH-born worship leader Vicky Beeching, who has penned such popular anthems as "Yesterday, Today And Forever", has admitted in an interview with Patrick Strudwick that she is gay. The singer/songwriter, who recently was the figure of considerable controversy over her support of gay marriage, said in the interview, "The Church's teaching was the reason that I lived in so much shame and isolation and pain for all these years. But rather than abandon it and say it's broken, I want to be part of the change." In the interview Vicky spoke about her early attraction to the same sex at the age of 12; her later "frightening" experience at a large charismatic meeting where believers attempted to cast out the demon of homosexuality; her battle with a life-threatening auto-immune disease, linear scleroderma morphea; and her experience of speaking of her lesbianism to her committed Christian parents who have "agreed to disagree on the theology around homosexuality." CR

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Posted by jcmmanuel @ 16:45 on Aug 16 2014

I remember Vicky together with Rebecca St James, two christian artists I liked because, even while they were like pretty conservative (Rebecca certainly was), they were also very kind to other people regardless their beliefs or even non-belief. I didn't follow up on them though. So Vicky now joined the growing crowd of Christian people who come out as gay/lesbian - like Jennifer Knapp and others. I can only encourage her to be her own self.

There is always one big rule to be considered no matter what we believe: if we cannot be people-lovers, we shouldn't even be talking about love. If judging about other people's lives is the thing that characterizes us most of all in the eyes of the entire world, we certainly need to ask ourselves if we aren't doing things completely the wrong way. This is true for atheists who think they invented the wheel when they put that little 'a' in front of someone else's idea (being theism), and it's also true for Christians who don't even realize how often the Church has been dealing with issues like homosexuality much better than many Christians do today.

Anyway, this is a very courageous thing to do. I'm not Christian anymore, and I'm not gay either but I am very familiar with the damage that can be done by beliefs imposed upon someone as pure truth - without ever asking if our interpretation could be wrong headed, or backward. Pastors should never forget they are dealing with real people and with their future, their happiness. You can't deal with people like 'things' that have to obey a church dogma.

Let's hope Vicky will find what she's looking for, she's still young, she can still do something about it. And let her spread the message of compassion and understanding. Our world needs honest people who live real lives.

Posted by Joel Ward in London @ 11:55 on Aug 15 2014

Good on her for speaking out, and I pray for grace through the inevitable backlash. Hopefully this continues to highlight and shame the many institutions, churches and ministries still daily oppressing other gay believers and either treating them like second class citizens or ensuring they remain closeted and invisible. No more lies. All religious oppression has to end. And hopefully cross rhythms will lead the way in acting a little more like Jesus and showing acceptance rather than towing the party line.

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