This is good news. Perhaps bad news to those who deny we exist or mock our testimonies of God’s radical, life-changing power.
Christian author and apologist Debbie Thurman (pictured left) has launched a new website called “The Formers” which is described as “a place of fellowship for those who have overcome same-sex attraction,² as well as for strugglers, friends and supporters, the site offers an open forum, news and commentary, answers to tough questions, resources for help, a pastor¹s corner and testimonies from former homosexuals.
“I saw a need to gather those who are fellow overcomers into a meaningful, edifying and active community, Thurman said. Our numbers are greater than people realize. We are the ‘red-headed stepchildren’ of the gay community, feared because we understand it from the inside out and outcasts because we are no longer in bondage to our former brokenness.”
Like most who have waged a personal war with homosexuality — win or lose — Thurman was reluctant for many years to talk about her past struggles. ³That changed when I saw how much homosexuality had impacted the culture and I realized the risks to young people who are being indoctrinated into the gay-is-normal lie,² she said.
We love the word “overcomers”. We’re not exgays because that word does not encapsulate nor explain the awesome work God accomplished in transforming us from sinners to children of God. We, as all other people who have faced sin and been cleansed from it, are overcomers. Jesus promises all who overcome sin and the world that they will be rewarded for conforming their lives to his image to serve him in the earth. I want to encourage not only those who are overcomers of homosexuality, but all overcomers of sin’s deadly vices, not to give up or give in.
Consider these words from the Scriptures:
1 John 5:4
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—
He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.
Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.
To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.
With all this promised to the overcomer, why would we settle for the temporary “happiness” of sin in this life?
In case you missed it, I am a 18 year overcomer out of homosexuality through the blood of the Lamb which was shed for the remission of my sins and by the word of my testimony. And as long as the grace of God endures, I will be a grateful man.
Don’t forget to visit The Formers