I persistently talk about freedom from homosexuality, because I have experienced it. The “gay” life can be described as a life with many perceived “freedoms”, riddled with exponential bondage. If you really know me, you know my life is dedicated to people wanting to leave homosexuality behind. My drive comes from a loving heart and similar life experiences. I’m not one of those Christians looking to keep gays sequestered. I am a Christian who left homosexuality with the help of Jesus Christ. My walk out of homosexuality is where I experienced the transforming power of Jesus the most. I chose to see my life through Jesus colored glasses and not through the tainted lens of my broken sexuality.
Walking out of homosexuality is the most difficult challenge I’ve faced. It will be for you, too. The world will be against you. Churches and ‘loving’, misguided Christians will stand as obstacles to the truth of the Bible. On occasion, my homosexual attractions howl like a hurricane, but they have faded considerably over the years. There are moments when I’ve felt like giving up, but doesn’t everyone have the potential to slip back to comfortable places of sin from our past. Sexual temptations from my past don’t define my future. The ‘satan’ from 1 Peter 5:8 is still active today.
Homosexuality is a sin. No amount of rewriting or interpretive dances around scripture or palatable PR packaging will change how God views homosexuality. The world may be convinced through coercive, slanderous campaigns funded by the gay agenda that gay relationships are right. They may even stand by as people adopt a hybridized life of homosexuality and Christianity, but at the end of the day God will ultimately judge our lives.
My friend Jay said it best today in a daily devotion.
“No one thinks they are going to hell. Even the wicked believe they are in good shape. Why? …they worship a “god” who validates and does not judge. It is easy to excuse evil [sin] when you can define it on your terms, and declare that your terms are also His. However, Scripture says that God’s ways are not our ways.”
I find this so revealing of todays, modern-day gay culture. In many ways they are redefining faith and rewriting the bible so that it caters to their own lives all the while weaving a divisive doctrine of sin into the fabric of our lives that God will never sign off on. God doesn’t hate gays, as those at the Westboro Baptist would have us believe, but He has a divine, sexual design for our lives that doesn’t include homosexuality.
I stand firm today with the scriptures of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that says “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
I praise God that there is hope for change and deliverance from every sin, including my sin of homosexuality. 1 Corinthians 9:11 says, “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Since I walked out of homosexuality in December of 1998, I’ve had a few key figures in my life fall away from God. Some from temptation and others were deceived. Using my life as a template, I would say they failed to surrender fully to Christ and deny themselves daily. One such mentor wrote a book that introduced me to Exodus. He recently issued a public apology for his involvement with the Ex-gay movement. This will indeed affect the lives of many. I simply take it as a sign of the times. The bible says that in the last days, even the elect of the Lord will be deceived. I made a decision to follow Jesus at all costs. I agreed to put my faith in Him, not in men. I have some pretty, amazing mentors in the faith, but I take whatever they say to the scriptures and to bible.
The rhetoric coming from gay Christians and from many mainstream denominations these days is a combination of skewed biblical truth and political correctness. Jesus said to daily pick up your cross, deny yourself and follow Him. Each one of us is responsible for our own lives. I believe that those who have fallen away from the truth that Exodus had preached openly for many years will answer for their own lives and for those they have led astray. For now, I stand as one who walked away from homosexuality with the help of Jesus Christ. If you ever hear anything different from me, you will know that I, too, have been deceived.