Christopher Yuan and the "Holy Sexuality" Movement. Is There Something Off Here?
I’ve been researching a rising star in the Evangelical ex-gay sexual ethics speaking circuit, Christopher Yuan. Yuan has what seems to be a strong testimony of coming out of a homosexual lifestyle and being saved by Christ.
To summarize Yuan’s testimony, he says that he began to realize he had romantic attractions toward other men when he looked at pornography at a friend’s house during his early teen years. During his time at home and even through military service, Yuan hid his sexual desires from his family out of fear that his mother and father would reject him. But he later fully came out to them.
Both of his parents at some point came to know Christ and then began to pursue their son to also come to Christ. Yet, he continued in rebellion and embraced an open life of homosexual promiscuity, drug addiction, and drug trafficking, and ultimately ended up in jail where he found out he was HIV positive.
During his stay in prison, he says he found a Gideon bible in the trash can where he began to read it and began to realize through God’s word that God was pursuing him. Ultimately he was saved and gave up the promiscuous lifestyle and drug addictions.
Yuan then graduated with a doctorate of ministry from Moody Bible Institute, taught at the school for twelve years, and now is in full-time ministry with his mom.
And this is where it starts getting a little weird. Yuan has been traveling around from church to church with his parents where they all co-preach together giving a testimony, often with graphic details which include images of him dressed in homosexual attire and images of him using drugs.
First, the good.
Yuan’s conversion testimony appears to be solid and genuine. Without further evidence, there is no reason to question his salvation.
Further, Yuan says quite a few correct things when speaking about issues of sexuality. Yuan denies that those Christians who struggle with homosexual desires should claim the identity of a “gay.” This is different from what others in this movement claim. For example, Sam Allberry, the founder of the gay Christian movement, Living out, is a gay priest who proudly boasts his sexual identity.
“I am same-sex attracted and have been my entire life,” Allberry describes himself according to an article at CBN. “By that I mean that I have sexual, romantic and deep-emotional attractions to people of the same sex.”
Yuan also says he rejects the Revoice movement, a movement quite similar to Living Out. In 2018, he said about Revoice:
In that, he is absolutely correct. Here, he appears to accept a far more biblical understanding of sexuality than many of his counterparts and colleagues, like Sam Allberry.
Now the Bad.
I saw red flags everywhere when I saw his heavy association with The Gospel Coalition, when I saw him featured on Living Out’s website, and when I saw some of the endorsements he’s received.
One of the biggest problems in the Evangelical Church today is the incessant need to platform people who have an affinity with a particular sin to speak as authoritative voices against that sin. Even though Yuan says he is against identity politics, he is partaking in identity politics when he joins the elite speaking circuit of former practicing homosexuals as the authoritative voices on biblical sexual ethics. The idea that those who’ve “experienced” something are better able to speak authoritatively on something stems from the Marxist notion of standpoint epistemology. More on that later.