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‘Ex-gay’ Billboard Defaced (man stops having sex with other men - found Jesus Christ)
LaShawn Barber's Corner ^ | Saturday February 25th, 2006 | LaShawn Barber

Posted on 02/25/2006 8:31:25 PM PST by ajolympian2004

Randy Thomas, a former homosexual washed clean by the blood of Christ (!), reports that one of Exodus International’s billboards was defaced in St. Louis, Missouri. Randy is headed that way to attend a conference on Sunday called, Love Won Out.

Pray for Randy and others attending the conference, especially those still in the lifestyle and seeking answers. “Ex-gay” folks are getting lots of threats.

Related posts:

Addendum: Read Randy’s testimony.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: bornagain; christ; exgay; exodusinternational; gay; gayagenda; gaylifestyle; homosexual; homosexualagenda; jesus; jesuschrist; lashawnbarber; lovewonout; randythomas; savedbygod
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1 posted on 02/25/2006 8:31:33 PM PST by ajolympian2004
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To: ajolympian2004; little jeremiah; BykrBayb; Mr. Silverback; Mr. Jeeves; DirtyHarryY2K

bump!


2 posted on 02/25/2006 8:40:37 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: ajolympian2004

Surely some gay activist didn't deface that billboard.
Because all they are about is tolerance.

Well, until someone speaks a contrary opinion.


3 posted on 02/25/2006 8:44:02 PM PST by VOA
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To: ajolympian2004
I guess the "Brokeback Mountain" folks are seeking validation from their dismissal of the notion gays can change.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

4 posted on 02/25/2006 8:45:16 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: ajolympian2004; DBeers

Nothing ruins the entire platform of homosexual activists like the existence of former homosexuals.

The existence of those who are no long homosexuals means the entire "gay" agenda is false.


5 posted on 02/25/2006 8:47:41 PM PST by little jeremiah (Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. CS.Lewis)
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To: ajolympian2004
If "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" then what do we call the hatred gays show for others who stop being gay?

Clearly the left wing has a critical interest in not letting people view homosexuality as something people can stop doing if they want to. Homosexuality, abortion, and race relations has always been the Left's bread and butter.

All three of these are in danger now.
6 posted on 02/25/2006 8:53:18 PM PST by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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To: little jeremiah; All
Testimony by Randy Thomas

Finding the Answer Randy Thomas

It was about 4:00 a.m. on January 1, 1990. I was reeking of alcohol and had just been violently sick in the bathroom. When I managed to stagger to my feet, I looked in the mirror. My face was pale, my eyes lifeless. I heard a voice in my head: "This is what you will look like when you die."

I began to wail, and my soul cried out, "Why?" This experience was the culmination of a lifetime of asking "Why?" Why had my life been so painful? Why was I even alive? I had suffered through drug overdoses, abuse and "worry-free" homosexual sex. Why wasn't life bringing me genuine satisfaction?

The inner pain had started early in my life. At the age of five, I promised my mother that I would care for her, in light of the abuse that we all suffered from my father. If he would not care for her, then I would.

As I grew older, the pain intensified. I didn't fit in with other boys, but I craved attention from them to replace what I was missing from my father. When an older man would smile at me, my heart would leap with joy. At age ten, I began to sexualize this desire to be close to males but my same-sex longings only led to further confusion.

By 16, I had started drinking and had my first homosexual experience. When I walked into my first gay nightclub, I was ecstatic. People were friendly, fun--and just like me! By the age of 18, I was dating men and making frequent trips to the local gay bars.

When I finally "came out" to my family, I was thrown out of the house with nowhere to go but the gay community. A drag queen took me in for a while, and gave me a place to stay.

Ironically, my first sense of belonging, safety and identity came through the gay community. I believed with my whole heart that I was born homosexual and I never thought about changing my sexual desires or behavior; I knew I could only be happy as a homosexual. However, as I spent more and more time "escaping" the pain in my life through sex and alcohol, I began to realize how bad my life was becoming.

I didn't know God but, amazingly, He began to work in my life. A former co-worker invited me to a Bible study. I attended, and met a man who had left homosexuality. He told me about his upcoming marriage and the changes in his life. At first, I wasn't interested, but a few days later, I realized that my life was empty, except for the pain. For the first time I honestly prayed, "God, please help me."

An aunt gave me a change to "start over" and a month later, I left Nashville and hopped a bus to her home in Dallas. Immediately I found the best gay bars and drugs available, which led me to the night of New Year's 1990. That night I hit bottom. My soul cried out and God lifted His eyes to me once again.

Then I met a woman at work who became one of my best friends. Steffany didn't care that I was gay. She talked about acceptance and unconditional love. She invited me to a twelve-step program dance and I had such a good time that I didn't even miss drinking.

For the next 17 months, I stopped drinking. Through my sobriety and an improved position at work, I felt as if I was on my way to a fulfilling gay life. I couldn't see that my vanity and pride would eventually cause me to fall back into alcoholism.

During my relapse, I lost touch with Steffany. She had become a Christian and when I began the 12-step program meetings again in March 1992, all she could talk about was Jesus. She had changed from a carefree, wild girl to a calm, reflective, peace-filled woman. I asked her about homosexuality and was angered by her initial response: "I believe it's a sin." Then she continued, "But God would not call it a sin if there wasn't something better."

She went on to tell me how one of my past lovers had recommitted his life to Christ and was getting married to a woman. It was then that I decided to take a serious look at God. Homosexuality aside, I could see my innate sinfulness. I realized that I needed Jesus and in May 1992, I accepted Him as my Savior. After visiting Steffany's church several times, I knelt next to my couch at home and buried my face into my hands.

"God," I prayed, "forgive me my sin and I accept Jesus as Lord. Please be my Lord and Savior." I started crying and when I opened my eyes, I sensed Him standing right there beside me.

I felt different inside. I was overwhelmed at the richness of God's love for me. I did not understand the Bible's viewpoint on homosexuality, but I knew God would make Himself known to me and prove His Word to be true.

Then the Holy Spirit started revealing things to me. One day while I was praying, I thought of the first man with whom I fell in love. I had given Ron everything, my whole being. I realized that Jesus wanted to be Lord of my life and He was jealously grieved over my submission to homosexuality. He also grieved over the pain and destruction that we were causing both Him and ourselves.

When I experienced how much God knew me and loved me in spite of my past, I realized that He was not the hateful, tyrannical God that I had imagined. My heart changed. Suddenly I was overwhelmed by the depth of His love for me.

Next, the Holy Spirit explained the passage of Scripture that I disliked the most, Leviticus 18:20, "When one man lies with another as with a woman, it is an abomination before the Lord." God showed me that the abomination is not the two men; it is the act they are committing. God hates the act of homosexuality because it separates us from Him. Homosexuality is a destructive way to meet our God-given needs for masculine affirmation. (Only a year after our relationship ended, Ron died from complications due to AIDS.)

In July 1992, I heard about Living Hope, an Exodus-affiliated ministry in Arlington, Texas, from the worship leader at my church. I began attending support group meetings, where I met people who loved me and told me the truth about Christ's redemptive power for homosexuals. God helped me to discover the roots of homosexuality in my life and how to meet the legitimate needs I had with the help of the Body of Christ, other friends and family.

It was difficult at first. I would have felt more comfortable on Mars than in a church group! I didn't understand Christian culture; the gay community was all I had known. I had to deal with fear and grief as everything changed in my life.

Over the next four years as I participated in a local Vineyard church, I learned a lot. Scott Musick, who was director at Living Hope at that time, was a mentor to me, and he taught me about forming healthy relationships. I started volunteering at another local church and eventually began sharing my testimony.

Within the "safe haven" of the Body of Christ, I encountered the wonderful nature and nurturing of God. I learned that I was not gay or ex-gay. I was Randy, a man of God, a peer among brothers and sisters who were seeking Christ's will.

A major part of my healing from inappropriate sexual ties came one day when I made a list of all the inappropriate sexual partners in my past. One by one I lifted up these people to God and asked Him to forgive me, break any spiritual ties and bless them with the knowledge of His Son. Afterward I felt so clean. I was reminded again that day that I could go to God with any problem or sin.

About three years into my healing process, I went out to dinner a few times with a friend who was overcoming lesbianism, just so we could talk about our lives. One time she told me, "Randy, you are a good man. I completely respect you as a man." I was speechless. I had heard those exact words from men before, but this conversation deeply moved me. God showed me the blessing of the feminine. Slowly I was developing an appreciation for the opposite sex.

Today I am at peace. The Lord is defining me and I am learning more of how to love and seek Him. I have learned to call Him my Father and trust that His Word is true. My life had not been easy since becoming a Christian. But, in Christ, my life now has real depth and genuine contentment.

"Hope has displaced fear. O Death, who is laughing now? O Death, where is your sting?" (1 Cor. 15:55). No longer do I have to ask "Why?" Through Jesus Christ, I have found the answers to my deepest questions.

7 posted on 02/25/2006 8:53:38 PM PST by ajolympian2004
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To: ajolympian2004

Homersexual

8 posted on 02/25/2006 9:08:03 PM PST by peyton randolph (As long is it does me no harm, I don't care if one worships Elmer Fudd.)
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To: little jeremiah

Well I'm sure they could produce just as many ex-Christians to trash the faith.


9 posted on 02/25/2006 9:15:17 PM PST by The Worthless Miracle
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To: The Worthless Miracle

But you'd be unable to identify any mainstream Christian groups attempting to silence them.


10 posted on 02/25/2006 9:26:58 PM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: ajolympian2004

I'm really sick of the exgayphobia that the left hows. They are the most intolerant people on Earth.


11 posted on 02/25/2006 9:29:38 PM PST by TBP
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To: little jeremiah
The existence of those who are no long homosexuals means the entire "gay" agenda is false.

Very true. However, it can be shown ludicrous in an even simpler way. The ONLY differentiating aspect between homosexual and heterosexual is sex. IF one can choose not to have sex THEN one can choose not to 'be' homosexual no matter how much they may think about having homosexual sex... Much the same way that one can choose not to commit adultery even though they may think about it...

The only way to 'buy into' the whole homosexual agenda meme is to believe that human beings are like animals without conscience and freedom of will -driven to actions by instinct alone (I call the logical fallacy of the homosexual agenda -the homosexual penguin paradox)...

;-)

12 posted on 02/25/2006 9:31:35 PM PST by DBeers (†)
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To: DBeers

I don't know - I thought if you thought about adultery/ing or, as I like to say "lusted in your heart" you were still an adulterer.


13 posted on 02/25/2006 9:36:44 PM PST by The Worthless Miracle
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To: AFA-Michigan; AggieCPA; Agitate; AliVeritas; AllTheRage; An American In Dairyland; Annie03; ...
Homosexual Agenda Ping!

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I suspect we will see more outrage from the leftists as the rainbow dream slips away further and further...

Dorothy tends to get outraged when she repeatedly clicks her ruby reds and nothing happens -such is the modus operandi of the leftists in the delusional and critically thinking moral relative land of OZ they occupy...

14 posted on 02/25/2006 9:37:36 PM PST by DBeers (†)
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To: The Worthless Miracle
I don't know - I thought if you thought about adultery/ing or, as I like to say "lusted in your heart" you were still an adulterer.

Correct; however in the example you cite, one could and would be considered an adulterer strictly from a spiritual aspect e.g. a sinful transgression wherein your soul is the only thing damaged and no one save God knows it objectively...

When speaking of legislation, law enforcement, benefits, and or minority status etcetera there is no accommodation for 'feelings' -objectively, I would argue that there is no accommodation for feelings even possible.

Once one realizes that this 'feelings' thing is the center pole holding up the homosexual agenda big tent THEN one understands that the homosexual agenda big tent is but another leftist circus attraction that at best entertains but can never merit anything else e.g special rights, minority status, 'marriage', etcetera...

15 posted on 02/25/2006 9:50:30 PM PST by DBeers (†)
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To: The Worthless Miracle

Of course, if one is merely tempted but resists completely, no sin has been committed.

On the other hand, these folks brag about anonymous laisons conducted in public restroom stalls.

Big difference, as they say.


16 posted on 02/25/2006 9:55:43 PM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: ajolympian2004

The Lord God can effectively deal with this or any other problem - after you get straightened out about something real important: Who the Boss is.


17 posted on 02/25/2006 10:00:06 PM PST by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: ajolympian2004

A true sign that it is of Jesus Christ - if the world hates it!


18 posted on 02/25/2006 10:32:39 PM PST by Taiwan Bocks (Defend America's borders and America's Constitution before it is too late.)
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To: ajolympian2004

Seems to me I remember reading some research indicating homo domestic violence is more common than hetero. They tend to be very mad at the world for their sickness and they take it out on anyone who tells them they aren't sick, and particularly on those who aren't sick any more.


19 posted on 02/25/2006 11:02:10 PM PST by farmer18th
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To: ajolympian2004

hate crime against a hetereosexual?


20 posted on 02/25/2006 11:03:43 PM PST by Cinnamon
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To: DBeers
You absolutely NAILED it.
21 posted on 02/25/2006 11:08:53 PM PST by Apercu ("Res ipsa loquitur")
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To: The Worthless Miracle

You're comparing Christianity to homosexuality??


22 posted on 02/25/2006 11:38:30 PM PST by little jeremiah (Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. CS.Lewis)
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To: DBeers

IOW, we ARE your desires. If a desire flits through the mind, we MUST do it.

IOW, we are nothing more than rutting animals. After all, life is just a bunch of chemicals stuck together by random chance and has no meaning, other than electrical impulses. If the impulses say "do it" then we have to do it.

sarc/


23 posted on 02/25/2006 11:40:59 PM PST by little jeremiah (Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. CS.Lewis)
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To: ajolympian2004

I can't remember the guy's name, but several years ago we had a guest speaker at my church who was ex-homosexual. It was fascinating (in a repugnant kinda way) to hear a firsthand and entirely credible account of how he had been recruited into that life, convinced he was a homosexual even though he obviously was not. Thank God (literally) he too found Christ and escaped. It was a heck of a testimony.

MM


24 posted on 02/25/2006 11:42:19 PM PST by MississippiMan (Behold now behemoth...he moves his tail like a cedar. Job 40:17)
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To: DBeers

Another point about feelings or desires is that everyone has all kinds of feelings, thoughts and desires passing through the mind. What our job as humans is to discriminate between which desires to enact, and which to reject. And the funny thing is, the more we reject a desire, it loses its strength, and gradually diminishes. Even goes away. THe more we indulge, it grows in strenth, and makes more demands.

No one could possibly follow every desire that pops up. And we're meant not to.


25 posted on 02/26/2006 12:07:54 AM PST by little jeremiah (Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. CS.Lewis)
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To: little jeremiah

If you read what I posted and thought that I was trying to "compare Christianity to homosexuality" then you are a fool. No sane person would ever draw that conclusion.


26 posted on 02/26/2006 1:49:53 AM PST by The Worthless Miracle
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To: ajolympian2004

Prayers up.


27 posted on 02/26/2006 4:45:47 AM PST by AliVeritas (Vlad Crusade Crew... Radicals please come to NY to protest. Will travel, have bond.)
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To: The Worthless Miracle

I am replying the the one (1) comment above, in which you compared ex-Christians to ex-homosexuals, that the would both trash their respective former beliefs (in the case of homosexuals, actions too).

If that was not your meaning, you didn't explain yourself clearly. Go ahead. You're pretty quick to toss the word "fool" around, but I haven't had the pleasure to read other comments of yours to get an understanding of your world view. Just responding to the one comment above, which was clear enough.


28 posted on 02/26/2006 8:10:48 AM PST by little jeremiah (Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. CS.Lewis)
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To: The Worthless Miracle

Apples to oranges.

Christians never claim that Christianity is a natural state and you are just born a Christian. In fact, Christian groups constantly warn of falling away from Christ and the need to ministry to others to bring them to Christ.

Homosexuals claim homosexuals are born that way and cannot change.

A Christian who changes does not show a falsehood about Christianity, rather it reaffirms the fact that we are weak and need Christ to stay true to the faith and God.

However, if "cured" homosexuals should appear, then the "just born that way" and "can't change" arguments are shattered and the protective class they seek is unattainable.

Homosexuals will lose if they "lose" homosexuals. Christianity does not rely on numbers. "Many are called, few are chosen” and such.


29 posted on 02/26/2006 8:46:49 AM PST by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: little jeremiah
Bingo! As humans we are expected to conduct ourselves as members of society. I believe the term what what you are describing is "Impulse control" If we have an impulse to murder, on the spur of the moment, we are expected to suppress it, using reason, logic, and conscience. And rightly so, be it murder, robbery, adultery, and yes Homosexuality. Among other things.

It what differentiates us from animals, the conscience of humanity.
30 posted on 02/26/2006 9:49:58 AM PST by gidget7 (Get GLSEN out of our schools!!!!!!)
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