'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.

 

ABC News' Brian Ross overhypes homosexual reorientation story

The world of politics, religion and media has converged  in a stranger than fiction drama. Feeding off the illogical hate of homosexual activists, the liberal news media seems to be fascinated with former homosexuals. First there was Lisa Ling’s “pray away the gay” slur-o-rama where she mocked God’s power to transform sexually broken people. That show included a  long time friend Janet Boynes. Then, Dr. Drew, using the same flawed and biased premise, aired a show called ” Can you pray away the gay? also featuring Janet Boynes.  As we noted before, such a phrase is the social equivalent of calling a black person a nigger.

The problem, you see, is that homosexual activists (aided by “professionals” at the nation’s mental health organizations) believe that a person can change their [homosexual] behavior, but their “sexual orientation”? Absolutely, 100% impossible.

But how does the opinion of educated people fare against the wisdom of God?

“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26

To rephrase:

1. Is changing a man or woman’s sexual orientation too hard for God?

2. Jesus says that men dont have the ability to change certain things, but when GOD is in the equation, what men say is impossible (like changing sexual orientation) becomes possible.

So, this latest mock-up comes via ABC News.

In continued efforts to prove former homosexuals, exlesbians and yes even their favorite mock term exgays don’t exist they enlisted the investigative expertise of ABC News CHIEF investigative journalist Brian Ross.  To ABC, this apparently was on the scope of the Watergate scandal. But Ross has a reputation. Gawker said Ross “has a breathtaking record of recklessly inaccurate, overhyped stories that don’t live up to the headline.” Ross held true to form with this “investigative story”.

Ross used recycled video from an internet based homosexual organization ironically called Truth Wins Out (TWO). TWO has doggedly sought legitimacy by claiming that former homosexuals are not actually former homosexuals.  Thus, the video was  taken by an “undercover” homosexual activist who wanted to tell the world some shocking news.  Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann’s husband has a Christian counseling practice that tells people sexual orientation isn’t set in stone. A Christian counseling practice that tells men and women they can change from homosexuality. Shocking news indeed.

Americans for Truth about homosexuality provides more detail about the faux sting.

Once a greatly feared investigative reporter, Brian Ross has been reduced to recycling left-wing material from the homosexual lobby. But the pathetic hit job he narrated on Monday’s ABC Nightline show on GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has backfired in a big way. The charge was that the Bachmann family counseling service engages in terrible things by teaching homosexuals how to leave their disease-ridden lifestyle.

Ross called this method of counseling, which emphasizes religious conversion, “highly controversial” and said it “could become a campaign issue.” Ironically, however, he presented evidence that ex-homosexuals do in fact exist

It is a sign of the dominance of the homosexual lobby in the media business that such a program would even be aired. The upcoming National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association convention features “Today” show co-anchor Ann Curry and CNN’s Don Lemon as keynote speakers.

The ABC piece, “Michele Bachmann Clinic: Where You Can Pray Away the Gay?,” was constructed in such a way as to suggest that ex-homosexuals are non-existent, even though the Brian Ross report itself noted the presence of books by a “self-proclaimed ex-lesbian” in the counseling center. A video from the ex-lesbian, Janet Boynes, was even shown briefly on the air. This was supposed to be shocking.

Of course, the notion of the Bible condemning homosexual behavior, reflected in several passages, was viewed as bizarre and intolerant.

Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth says the phrase, “pray away the gay,” is intended to ridicule Christians and comes directly from homosexual activist Wayne Besen’s group, Truth Wins Out. LaBarbera asks, “Why are the major media repeating these hateful attack slogans by radical gay activists?”

He explains, “We don’t mock the idea of leaving drug addiction or alcoholism with God’s help. Why is it acceptable to mock faith in God to overcome unwanted behaviors like homosexuality in their lives?”

“Wayne Besen’s thesis is that ex-gays don’t exist,” noted LaBarbera. But Janet Boynes is a real person and absolute proof that one can leave the homosexual lifestyle.

Perhaps without realizing it, Ross has presented evidence of the homosexual “change” that he was trying to discredit.

“The homosexual lobby simply can’t deal with the reality that ‘gays’ can change (usually with God’s help),” LaBarbera adds. His group recently hosted an event with another ex-lesbian, Linda Jernigan.

Its amazing that in 2011 with all the talk of “being yourself”, being “open and honest”, tolerance, acceptance and equality, homosexual activists want to tell us we have to remain enslaved to something God didn’t create us to be.

Homosexuals going “undercover” to prove us former homosexuals don’t exist is nothing new, but its the activist’s #1 tactic to stir up public hatred and disbelief against people who were formerly like them. Several years ago, an “undercover” gay activist showed up at one of our meetings in Atlanta.  After I rebuke her juvenile antics (and story), she claimed she was set up by the gay newspaper editor and they changed her words after she wrote the story.

If homosexuals don’t want to change, then the solution is simple:  don’t go to a Christian counselor who will tell you that you can.

Update: CBN interviews Mark Yarhouse about the possibility of change from homosexuality which is referred to as “orientation”. When the context of the argument is about “orientation”, a scientific/pyschological construct, the ability to leverage a biblical perspective is greatly diminished. The bible doesnt address orientation per se, but it does address the soul and spirit and intangible nature of mankind both in terms of sin and holiness. See our story Does the Bible address sexual orientation. CBN Video of the interview below.
http://downloads.cbn.com/cbnnewsplayer/cbnplayer.swf?aid=24229

Will MN Methodist conference become next battleground?

GC0432T_GC86_468WIt took decades of internal deterioration before the Episcopal church finally ordained its first and second homosexual bishops. Pat Robertson said that decision proved the American Episcopal Church has ceased to function as a church of Christ. And after a similar struggle, the Lutherans followed suit with full approval of homosexual clergy.  Monumental changes now, but make no mistake it began with small challenges somewhere. Many denominations (pentecostal ones included) have progay factions in it which are working at different levels to change church law and biblical perspectives on sexuality. Some groups are operating covertly while others are openly and aggressively fighting church doctrine.

It certainly doesn’t help that more and more “leaders” sell out continue to capitulate to antichrist elements within the church. The result will be total collapse of biblical morality and the ingress of full apostasy in Christian identified denominations. You heard it here first: acceptance and justification of homosexual clergy or members is the benchmark for incurable spiritual disease in the church.

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25. Read the entire chapter for what was happening “in those days”.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes that homosexual church activists are ratcheting up their push to overtake the Methodist Church.

The ELCA spent a decade arguing over the matter before it voted last summer to recognize gay and lesbian ministers who are involved in monogamous relationships. The United Methodists aren’t anywhere close to taking a similar vote; the best description of their situation is that they are thinking about thinking about it.

At its meeting next month, the Minnesota Annual Conference has agreed to accept eight petitions dealing with the church’s stance on homosexuality. But conference officials aren’t promising that the petitions will reach the floor. They will be debated “if there is time.”

The petitions address specific clauses in church law. They include lifting the ban on gay preachers, deleting the word “heterosexual” from the definition of marriage and removing the statement, “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Regardless of how the petitions fare, nothing will happen soon. Church law cannot be changed on a state level, and the national conference, which meets every four years, doesn’t reconvene until 2012. In fact, if the petitions fail to make it to the floor, supporters can reintroduce them at next year’s state conference.

Its unclear if those who opposed homosexual ordination in fallen denominations pushed back aggressively enough. Perhaps they underestimated the resolve of those obsessed with turning the church gay. That’ seems to be what the article suggests in part (i.e. “nothing will happen soon”). Unfortunately, all it takes for these groups to succeed is time and the passive complicity of church leaders.

photo credit:  Paul Jeffrey