In today’s world young people face the challenge of navigating through a variety of moral and ethical issues. It is within this context that GYC seeks to invite speakers that affirm biblical principles and the teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church regarding these important questions. GYC understands the sensitive nature of the various topics presented at our conferences; and the difficulty in affirming biblical principles, while being sensitive to the very real struggles of young people. Given this understanding, Coming Out Ministries was invited to speak on the issue of homosexuality. The purpose of the seminar, as stated in the GYC 2013 booklet, was to address “how Jesus truly loves the LGBT community” and to “explore how His plan of salvation applies to this very issue.” Jesus Christ loves each person and invites all to experience His redemptive power through His Word. We appreciate Coming Out Ministries for presenting on this subject in a thoughtful and loving manner. We also support the recent clarification issued by one of the presenters, Michael Carducci, concerning the reference made to “demonic control.”
We request that everyone listen to all six presentations of the seminar and acquire a comprehensive understanding of Mr. Carducci’s message. The tone of his apology is emblematic of the entire set of messages presented by Mr. Carducci and his colleagues. A portion of his statement is shared below:
To the LGBT men and women who are believers of the Seventh-day Adventist message and to those who were offended by my statement in a presentation that I gave at GYC, I apologize and ask for your forgiveness. In no way would I ever want anyone to feel that they were isolated or in any way outside of the very focus of Jesus’ love and compassion. We are all in this together and as a delegate for the truth and compassion of Jesus Christ, I would never want anyone to feel that they were outside or separated from the merits of a risen Savior.I believe I have a solemn responsibility to make sure that everyone is entitled to love and belonging in the arms of Jesus. In the statement that I made, if anyone felt that they were worthless or undeserving, please forgive me and let me humbly say that I am truly sorry.In the context of that isolated statement I was referring to my addiction to pornography and masturbation which many struggle with in Christianity. This is not limited to homosexuals, it is something that many straight men and women struggle with too. Please let me clarify that we are all under demonic control if we are given over to lust.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is not law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-25).
“Often He met those who had drifted under Satan’s control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side and would give them the victory” (Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing 26).
Audio of Mr. Carducci’s presentation, “Knowing the Difference,” as well as the entire seminar series, “The Gay Puzzle: Loving Gays to Christ,” can be found on the GYC website.