'Expose' of Christian clinic has unintended results

An “expose” of a private, Minnesota based Christian counseling practice by an anti-change homosexual group has had an unintended effect. Pushed to the forefront by a presidential front runner —and a “gotcha” cadre of homosexuals in news rooms— change from homosexuality or sexual “reorientation” has become a recurring topic of discussion in the media, politics and religion. A recent CNN Belief Blog cited Charisma’s cover of homosexuality (which its done many times in the past) highlighting the story of a former lesbian. Senior editor Marcus Yoars said that therapy and counseling for homosexuals who want to change is a small part of what the church is doing to bring resolution to sexually broken men and women.

The latest to weigh in on the issue is prominent Southern Baptist theologian Albert Mohler who says that change from homosexuality is not impossible when Christ is in the mix.

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, concedes that therapy – the secular kind – is not likely to change a person. But there is hope when a person acknowledges sin and is redeemed by Christ.

“We will hold no hope for any sinner’s ability to change his or her own heart, and we will hold little hope for any secular therapy to offer more than marginal improvement in a sinner’s life,” he argued in his blog Tuesday.

“We hold full confidence in the power of the Gospel and of the reign of Christ within the life of the believer. We know that something as deeply entrenched as a pattern of sexual attraction is not easily changed, but we know that with Christ all things are possible.”

Mohler is weighing in on a debate that was reignited after a pro-gay group, Truth Wins Outs, accused Bachmann & Associates of showing “great antipathy towards gay and lesbian people” by practicing reparative therapy. The Christian counseling center, owned by Michele and Marcus Bachmann, was recently visited by TWO’s John Becker who posed as a Christian wanting to get rid of his homosexuality.

We’ve asserted this time and time again with evidence. The bible takes the lead in declaring that if any man be in Christ he is a new creation. Jesus himself said that with God all things are possible. We’ve also advised that if homosexuals do not want to change, the solution is simple: don’t go “undercover” with a false pretense to a private Christian counseling clinic which will tell you that you can change. Its just like changing the channel of a tv show you don’t want to watch.

In an article by the Christian Post, Mohler presented a strong biblical argument for change.

“The normalization of homosexuality simply cannot be accepted by anyone committed to biblical Christianity,” Mohler asserted

“To deny that sin is sin is to deny our need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christians cannot accept any teaching that minimizes sin, for it is the knowledge of our sin that points us to our need for atonement, salvation, and the forgiveness of that sin through the cross of Jesus Christ.”

Yet the “secular consensus” is that one’s pattern of sexual attraction is a given and to be considered normal; and “any effort to change an individual’s sexual orientation is essentially wrong and harmful.”

The Gospel of Jesus Christ says otherwise.

“Every sinner who comes by faith to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved knows the need for the redemption of our bodies – including our sexual selves. But those whose sexual orientation is homosexual face the fact that they also need a fundamental reordering of their sexual attractions. About this the Bible is clear,” Mohler argued.

Read Dr. Mohler’s powerful article “Reparative Therapy, homosexuality and the Gospel of Jesus Christ” for a full explanation of how orientation change is a kingdom issue, not a socio-political one. By contrast, the homosexual position most often parroted in the media (and apostate churches) is illogical, driven by emotionalism and spite and a product of political and social manipulation.

Tactics and Tricks

For years gay activists ignored former homosexuals with the hopes that no one would pay attention to our stories of change. When that didn’t work, active threats, intimidation and discrimination ensued. But despite enormous gains made by homosexuals, numerous men and women still want out of a lifestyle that is degrading and destructive emotionally, spiritually, sexually and relationally. This new tactic by gay activists  intended for the “expose” and subsequent media airplay to hold up the possibility of change up for public mockery. The homosexual president of the leading mental health organization quickly branded change from homosexuality as so “fringe” it was near the moon.

Its obvious the main goal of the anti-change group was publicity. It bragged about appearances on liberal media outlets in the wake of the faux controversy.

“The results of our investigation broke in The Nation magazine and ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. TWO spokespeople were interviewed by: ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s Live with Al Sharpton and Hardball with Chris Mathews, The Ed Schultz Show, MSNBC News with Thomas Roberts and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. A dialogue about our investigation was aired on several other shows including CNN’s AC360, Comedy Central’s Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. On Sunday, The New York Times will discuss our investigation and on Tuesday […]”

But God is moving despite the devices of the enemy. He uses what was meant for evil to bring glory and honor to himself and reach those who are seeking him for truth and deliverance.

 

Dr. Albert Mohler unmasks gay movement's origin

Why is that important to this site you ask? Because the gay christian movement is little more than a religious version of the socio-political gay movement. Its goals, agenda, character and ills all mirror their parent movement with one addition: a Christian veneer. Its our view that it is much more sinister because it masquerades as part of the Body of Christ when in essence it is actively working against the mission of the church and the Lord Jesus.

Deception becomes the homosexual movement like nothing else. Its rather shocking when you realize how deeply homosexual culture’s perverse way of thinking and living has impacted so many of the central areas of our society. Marriage, politics, religion, education, entertainment and music, law and finances all have either been drastically altered or in the process of being altered by people blinded by their worship of their error-ridden sexual passions.

And for context remember it only takes a little leaven to leaven the whole lump (Gal 5:9).

Thankfully, Dr. Albert Mohler’s “History and Origins of the homosexual movement”  help us to understand and thus respond with wisdom and accuracy to one of  the greatest threats of our times.  Dr. Mohler does a monumental job in explaining how the homosexual movement evolved, its etimological subculture and particularly the point of its spear:  the sexual orientation theory. He reminds us that homosexuality unlike any other sin formulates a distinctive attack against God himself. Looking at the Romans 1 passage, the Apostle Paul identifies homosexual conduct in men and women as a prominent sign of the decline of societal integrity. If this is true in society, imagine what acceptance of it in the church signifies!

“Essential to understanding this reality in theological perspective is a recognition that homosexuality is an assault upon the integrity of creation and God’s intention in creating human beings in two distinct and complementary genders. Here the confessing church runs counter to the spirit of the age. Even to raise the issue of gender is to offend those who wish to dispose of any gender distinctions as mere “socially constructed realities” and vestiges of patriarchal past.”

You should be aware that you are being played with words that serve a singular purpose:  legitimizing homosexual conduct. He explains how the homosexual movement only recently began using the term “sexual orientation” and why. In contrast, they vehemently object to the usage of the word “homosexual” because they say it was only “recently” introduced into biblical translations. You will understand why gay christian activists and their supporters  (who come to this blog) always argue identity over behavior as a defense despite what the scriptures teach.

“The concept of sexual orientation was an intentional and quite successful attempt to redefine the debate over homosexuality from same-gender sexual acts to homosexual identity–that is, from what homosexuals do to who homosexuals are.

Yet this concept is actually of quite recent vintage. In fact, even within the past decade, the concept more commonly employed by the homosexual movement was sexual preference. The reason for the shift is clear: “Preference” implied a voluntary choice, so the clinical category of “orientation” was more useful in public arguments.”

If you truly want to understand what we are facing, why homosexuality is satan’s weapon of choice in this generation forward and why the gay christian movement should never be allowed to operate in the Christian church in any form, take some time and read this four part series.

I’ve taken the liberty of linking to the articles at Black Christian Network News.

Part One – Introduction

Part Two – The construct of sexual orientation

Part Three – Homosexuality in Biblical and Theological Perspective

Part Four – The Church’s response to homosexuality

Albert Mohler’s finest

I had been meaning to get to this.

Its Albert Mohler’s post No Truth Without Love, No Love Without Truth.

It should be supersized, framed and hung in the foyer of every church in America.

The times demand Christian courage. These days, courage means that preachers and Christian leaders must set an agenda for biblical confrontation, and not shrink from dealing with the full range of issues related to homosexuality. We must talk about what the Bible teaches about gender–what it means to be a man or a woman. We must talk about God’s gift of sex and the covenant of marriage. And we must talk honestly about what homosexuality is, and why God has condemned this sin as an abomination in His sight.

Courage is far too rare in many Christian circles. This explains the surrender of so many denominations, seminaries, and churches to the homosexual agenda. But no surrender on this issue would have been possible, if the authority of Scripture had not already been undermined.

And yet, even as courage is required, the times call for another Christian virtue as well–compassion. The tragic fact is that every congregation is almost certain to include persons struggling with homosexual desire or even involved in homosexual acts. Outside the walls of the church, homosexuals are waiting to see if the Christian church has anything more to say, after we declare that homosexuality is a sin.

Thanks Dr. Mohler for being clear, honest and balanced. There is no truth without love and no love without truth. Please read the entire article.

Albert Mohler's finest

I had been meaning to get to this.

Its Albert Mohler’s post No Truth Without Love, No Love Without Truth.

It should be supersized, framed and hung in the foyer of every church in America.

The times demand Christian courage. These days, courage means that preachers and Christian leaders must set an agenda for biblical confrontation, and not shrink from dealing with the full range of issues related to homosexuality. We must talk about what the Bible teaches about gender–what it means to be a man or a woman. We must talk about God’s gift of sex and the covenant of marriage. And we must talk honestly about what homosexuality is, and why God has condemned this sin as an abomination in His sight.

Courage is far too rare in many Christian circles. This explains the surrender of so many denominations, seminaries, and churches to the homosexual agenda. But no surrender on this issue would have been possible, if the authority of Scripture had not already been undermined.

And yet, even as courage is required, the times call for another Christian virtue as well–compassion. The tragic fact is that every congregation is almost certain to include persons struggling with homosexual desire or even involved in homosexual acts. Outside the walls of the church, homosexuals are waiting to see if the Christian church has anything more to say, after we declare that homosexuality is a sin.

Thanks Dr. Mohler for being clear, honest and balanced. There is no truth without love and no love without truth. Please read the entire article.

Anglican division has “already happened”

With the formation of the  Global Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem, the end is near for what has been known as the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Although the recognized head of the dissenting group of Anglicans (labeled as conservative) said there would be no breakaway, a US theologian says it has already happened.

Dr. Albert Mohler explains why the religious organization has reached an impasse on biblical issues and why the division has already occured. All that is left he says is the formalization of it.  Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria declared that “a sizable part of the Communion is in error and not a few are apostate.” Apostasy and error are the chief charateristics of a church which no longer values the authority of scripture. The same can be said of an individual. If you want proof of that, simply browse our archives. 

Unfortunately, those who no longer view the Bible as the foundational source of Christian authority have forced this spilt. And the division is driven by two major issues: the acceptance of homosexuality which is a byproduct of rejecting biblical authority. The 2003 ordination of the openly homosexual bishop Vickie Gene Robinson became the flashpoint of this entire conflict and arguably remains so until this day.

What a sad day, but every church should take note. We can no longer be in fellowship with those who subvert and pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ. That seemed to be the point of Akinola’s GAFCON speech.

“Some people interpreted our response (to break communion with the Episcopal Church) as judgmental, but we had to stand up for our convictions based on the word of God (the Bible) and the faithful witness of a long succession of Anglicans, rather than fall for anything in the name of enlightened logic and the dictates of modern cultural trappings.”

We have said it before and will say it again. The time has come to choose sides.  There is no middle ground. The word to the church –and you– is the same:

Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. (Exodus 32:26)

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. (Rev 3:15,16 AKJV)

Some falsely claim that this is not a “black and white” issue, that there are too many gray areas. Bishop Eddie Long claimed there was still much “we dont know”, thus the need for more “dialogue.” But nothing could be further from the truth. God has already spoken, settled and confirmed his word for all eternity.  The problem is that people do not want to accept what God has said and are creating division based on their own willful disobedience.

Anglican division has "already happened"

With the formation of the  Global Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem, the end is near for what has been known as the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Although the recognized head of the dissenting group of Anglicans (labeled as conservative) said there would be no breakaway, a US theologian says it has already happened.

Dr. Albert Mohler explains why the religious organization has reached an impasse on biblical issues and why the division has already occured. All that is left he says is the formalization of it.  Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria declared that “a sizable part of the Communion is in error and not a few are apostate.” Apostasy and error are the chief charateristics of a church which no longer values the authority of scripture. The same can be said of an individual. If you want proof of that, simply browse our archives. 

Unfortunately, those who no longer view the Bible as the foundational source of Christian authority have forced this spilt. And the division is driven by two major issues: the acceptance of homosexuality which is a byproduct of rejecting biblical authority. The 2003 ordination of the openly homosexual bishop Vickie Gene Robinson became the flashpoint of this entire conflict and arguably remains so until this day.

What a sad day, but every church should take note. We can no longer be in fellowship with those who subvert and pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ. That seemed to be the point of Akinola’s GAFCON speech.

“Some people interpreted our response (to break communion with the Episcopal Church) as judgmental, but we had to stand up for our convictions based on the word of God (the Bible) and the faithful witness of a long succession of Anglicans, rather than fall for anything in the name of enlightened logic and the dictates of modern cultural trappings.”

We have said it before and will say it again. The time has come to choose sides.  There is no middle ground. The word to the church –and you– is the same:

Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. (Exodus 32:26)

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. (Rev 3:15,16 AKJV)

Some falsely claim that this is not a “black and white” issue, that there are too many gray areas. Bishop Eddie Long claimed there was still much “we dont know”, thus the need for more “dialogue.” But nothing could be further from the truth. God has already spoken, settled and confirmed his word for all eternity.  The problem is that people do not want to accept what God has said and are creating division based on their own willful disobedience.