Acts 8:26-39 tells the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch:
Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, "Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot." So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. The place in the scripture which he read was this:
"He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;So the eunuch answered Philip and said, "I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?" Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?"
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
In His humiliation His justice was taken away,
And who will declare His generation?
For His life is taken from the earth."
Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may."
And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.
This eunuch -- castrated and Gentilic -- would have been banned from joining in worship with the Israelites, and even from entering the synagogue. Believing themselves to be working out God’s holy Law, the religious leaders would have kept such abhorrent aberrations as he far away, where they could not contaminate the fellowship and holiness of God’s Chosen People. He has had his sexual identity and his gender stolen in childhood, and now he is an outsider. This man, returning from a city where he would have been rejected by the people he sought to meet, looks at God’s Word and finds it incomprehensible. Is it any wonder?
And yet he does not travel the road alone. Philip, pressed by the Holy Spirit, runs to join him. And the eunuch admits that he cannot understand scripture when no one will guide him. In obedience to God’s Spirit, Philip meets this man where he is -- physically, emotionally, and intellectually. He begins with the very passage that the Ethiopian is reading, and he introduces to this man the entire Gospel of Christ. And the man, finally met in his confusion by a loving helper, immediately asks to be baptized.
Someone must run to catch up with those who have had their sexuality scarred and mutilated, run alongside them, speak, explain the Gospel, and baptize them into God’s cleansing in any mud puddle close at hand. Philip Ministries seeks to call forth and instruct such people. Today’s Church is bustling with sexually broken men and women, and greater still is the number of those that they have turned away by intentional or ignorant rejection. Is it any wonder that the homosexual community is angry? Is it any wonder that the world sees us as puritanical hypocrites? Philip Ministries fights for reconciliation by teaching and training Christians to become loving and inviting guides to those who are sexually broken and ostracized.