Third Way encourages respectful dialogue while recognizing that the morality of same-gender attraction is a disputable matter in the church. However, Third Way is not a middle way or a compromise. Third Way practices full inclusion on all levels of leadership without discriminating against sexual orientation or gender identity. It is similar to “open and affirming” in that it calls for full inclusion of LGBT people but doesn’t use the term “affirming” since our unity in Christ is not contingent on granting each other moral approval. Instead, Third Way is grounded in a biblical understanding of how to approach one another through disputable matters in the church – without contempt or judgement of one another.
In the spirit of respectful dialogue, Professors David Myers of Hope College and Christopher Grace of Biola University, dialogue on the topic of Christian Faithfulness and Human Sexuality on RespectfulConversation.net. Their dialogue is respectful in tone, rich in language and scientific examples, and emphasizes both important similarities and differences in their approach to Christian faithfulness and human sexuality. It is worth the time to read through their responses to each other – each contributing 3 essays to the conversation.