Gay Teen Kills Himself After He’s “Damned to Hell.” What’s Worse?—The Church Could’ve Stopped Him

Eric was a good kid. He was raised in a Christian home, but he always felt a little different than the rest. As is too often the case, his family and peers turned on him when he came out as gay.

They called him “faggot” instead of “Eric.” It became his identity and dehumanized him. As though being a homosexual makes you any less worthy of love, his parents called him “disgusting,” “unnatural” and “perverted.” They told him he was “damned to hell” and practically disowned him as a son.

Eric tried to maintain a positive attitude and even reached out to support other teens struggling with homosexuality, encouraging them to hang in there because “it gets better.”

Just a month later, Eric killed himself.

While this may only be one case, it’s a tragic story that’s been told way too many times. It seems that the topic of how the church handles homosexuality has been dissected so much that we often forget the humans involved. Have we forgotten the marginalized outcasts, the sinners, whom Jesus called his friends?

It’s the church who needs to rise above the sin and see through to the person in need of love, as Christ did for us on the cross.

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As stated by Preston Sprinkle, “The church needs to do better. The church needs to realize that people will gravitate to where they find love. If they don’t find true authentic love in the church, they will go outside the church to find love.”

Listen to Pastor Preston Sprinkle’s uniquely profound insight on this much-debated topic below.

“Homosexuality is not some issue to be debated, but people to be loved.”

Kelsey Straeter
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