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How a 'gay rights' leader became straight
WorldNetDaily ^ | July 3, 2007 | Michael Glatze

Posted on 07/03/2007 6:52:02 AM PDT by scripter

Homosexuality came easy to me, because I was already weak.

My mom died when I was 19. My father had died when I was 13. At an early age, I was already confused about who I was and how I felt about others.

My confusion about "desire" and the fact that I noticed I was "attracted" to guys made me put myself into the "gay" category at age 14. At age 20, I came out as gay to everybody else around me.

At age 22, I became an editor of the first magazine aimed at a young, gay male audience. It bordered on pornography in its photographic content, but I figured I could use it as a platform to bigger and better things.

Sure enough, Young Gay America came around. It was meant to fill the void that the other magazine I'd worked for had created – namely, anything not-so-pornographic, aimed at the population of young, gay Americans. Young Gay America took off.

Gay people responded happily to Young Gay America. It received awards, recognition, respectability and great honors, including the National Role Model Award from major gay organization Equality Forum – which was given to Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien a year later – and a whole host of appearances in the media, from PBS to the Seattle Times, from MSNBC to the cover story in Time magazine.

I produced, with the help of PBS-affiliates and Equality Forum, the first major documentary film to tackle gay teen suicide, "Jim In Bold," which toured the world and received numerous "best in festival" awards.

Young Gay America created a photo exhibit, full of photographs and stories of gay youth all across the North American continent, which toured Europe, Canada and parts of the United States.

Young Gay America launched YGA Magazine in 2004, to pretend to provide a "virtuous counterpart" to the other newsstand media aimed at gay youth. I say "pretend" because the truth was, YGA was as damaging as anything else out there, just not overtly pornographic, so it was more "respected."

It took me almost 16 years to discover that homosexuality itself is not exactly "virtuous." It was difficult for me to clarify my feelings on the issue, given that my life was so caught up in it.

Homosexuality, delivered to young minds, is by its very nature pornographic. It destroys impressionable minds and confuses their developing sexuality; I did not realize this, however, until I was 30 years old.

YGA Magazine sold out of its first issue in several North American cities. There was extreme support, by all sides, for YGA Magazine; schools, parent groups, libraries, governmental associations, everyone seemed to want it. It tapped right into the zeitgeist of "accepting and promoting" homosexuality, and I was considered a leader. I was asked to speak on the prestigious JFK Jr. Forum at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2005.

It was, after viewing my words on a videotape of that "performance," that I began to seriously doubt what I was doing with my life and influence.

Knowing no one who I could approach with my questions and my doubts, I turned to God; I'd developed a growing relationship with God, thanks to a debilitating bout with intestinal cramps caused by the upset stomach-inducing behaviors I'd been engaged in.

Soon, I began to understand things I'd never known could possibly be real, such as the fact that I was leading a movement of sin and corruption – which is not to sound as though my discovery was based on dogma, because decidedly it was not.

I came to the conclusions on my own.

It became clear to me, as I really thought about it – and really prayed about it – that homosexuality prevents us from finding our true self within. We cannot see the truth when we're blinded by homosexuality.

We believe, under the influence of homosexuality, that lust is not just acceptable, but a virtue. But there is no homosexual "desire" that is apart from lust.

In denial of this fact, I'd fought to erase such truth at all costs, and participated in the various popular ways of taking responsibility out of human hands for challenging the temptations of lust and other behaviors. I was sure – thanks to culture and world leaders – that I was doing the right thing.

Driven to look for truth, because nothing felt right, I looked within. Jesus Christ repeatedly advises us not to trust anybody other than Him. I did what He said, knowing that the Kingdom of God does reside in the heart and mind of every man.

What I discovered – what I learned – about homosexuality was amazing. How I'd first "discovered" homosexual desires back in high school was by noticing that I looked at other guys. How I healed, when it became decidedly clear that I should – or risk hurting more people – is that I paid attention to myself.

Every time I was tempted to lust, I noticed it, caught it, dealt with it. I called it what it was, and then just let it disappear on its own. A huge and vital difference exists between superficial admiration – of yourself, or others – and integral admiration. In loving ourselves fully, we no longer need anything from the "outside" world of lustful desire, recognition from others, or physical satisfaction. Our drives become intrinsic to our very essence, unbridled by neurotic distractions.

Homosexuality allows us to avoid digging deeper, through superficiality and lust-inspired attractions – at least, as long as it remains "accepted" by law. As a result, countless miss out on their truest self, their God-given Christ-self.

Homosexuality, for me, began at age 13 and ended – once I "cut myself off" from outside influences and intensely focused on inner truth – when I discovered the depths of my God-given self at age 30.

God is regarded as an enemy by many in the grip of homosexuality or other lustful behavior, because He reminds them of who and what they truly are meant to be. People caught in the act would rather stay "blissfully ignorant" by silencing truth and those who speak it, through antagonism, condemnation and calling them words like "racist," "insensitive," "evil" and "discriminatory."

Healing from the wounds caused by homosexuality is not easy – there's little obvious support. What support remains is shamed, ridiculed, silenced by rhetoric or made illegal by twisting of laws. I had to sift through my own embarrassment and the disapproving "voices" of all I'd ever known to find it. Part of the homosexual agenda is getting people to stop considering that conversion is even a viable question to be asked, let alone whether or not it works.

In my experience, "coming out" from under the influence of the homosexual mindset was the most liberating, beautiful and astonishing thing I've ever experienced in my entire life.

Lust takes us out of our bodies, "attaching" our psyche onto someone else's physical form. That's why homosexual sex – and all other lust-based sex – is never satisfactory: It's a neurotic process rather than a natural, normal one. Normal is normal – and has been called normal for a reason.

Abnormal means "that which hurts us, hurts normal." Homosexuality takes us out of our normal state, of being perfectly united in all things, and divides us, causing us to forever pine for an outside physical object that we can never possess. Homosexual people – like all people – yearn for the mythical true love, which does actually exist. The problem with homosexuality is that true love only comes when we have nothing preventing us from letting it shine forth from within. We cannot fully be ourselves when our minds are trapped in a cycle and group-mentality of sanctioned, protected and celebrated lust.

God came to me when I was confused and lost, alone, afraid and upset. He told me – through prayer – that I had nothing at all to be afraid of, and that I was home; I just needed to do a little house cleaning in my mind.

I believe that all people, intrinsically, know the truth. I believe that is why Christianity scares people so much. It reminds them of their conscience, which we all possess.

Conscience tells us right from wrong and is a guide by which we can grow and become stronger and freer human beings. Healing from sin and ignorance is always possible, but the first thing anyone must do is get out of the mentalities that divide and conquer humanity.

Sexual truth can be found, provided we're all willing and driven to accept that our culture sanctions behaviors that harm life. Guilt should be no reason to avoid the difficult questions.

Homosexuality took almost 16 years of my life and compromised them with one lie or another, perpetuated through national media targeted at children. In European countries, homosexuality is considered so normal that grade-school children are being provided "gay" children's books as required reading in public schools.

Poland, a country all-too familiar with the destruction of its people by outside influences, is bravely attempting to stop the European Union from indoctrinating its children with homosexual propaganda. In response, the European Union has called the prime minister of Poland "repulsive."

I was repulsive for quite some time; I am still dealing with all of my guilt.

As a leader in the "gay rights" movement, I was given the opportunity to address the public many times. If I could take back some of the things I said, I would. Now I know that homosexuality is lust and pornography wrapped into one. I'll never let anybody try to convince me otherwise, no matter how slick their tongues or how sad their story. I have seen it. I know the truth.

God gave us truth for a reason. It exists so we could be ourselves. It exists so we could share that perfect self with the world, to make the perfect world. These are not fanciful schemes or strange ideals – these are the Truth.

Healing from the sins of the world will not happen in an instant; but, it will happen – if we don't pridefully block it. God wins in the end, in case you didn't know.


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1 posted on 07/03/2007 6:52:04 AM PDT by scripter
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Homosexual Agenda Ping

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2 posted on 07/03/2007 6:52:54 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: scripter
People Can Change
3 posted on 07/03/2007 6:54:51 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: scripter
I Do Exist!—the story of 5 ex-gays.
4 posted on 07/03/2007 6:55:51 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: scripter
"thanks to a debilitating bout with intestinal cramps caused by the upset stomach-inducing behaviors I'd been engaged in."

I'm getting an intestinal cramp just thinking about what those behaviors might be.

5 posted on 07/03/2007 6:56:48 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: scripter
Root Causes, Homosexual Consequences
6 posted on 07/03/2007 6:56:53 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: scripter

He took one look at Dennis Kucinich and changed immediately.


7 posted on 07/03/2007 6:59:45 AM PDT by KingLiberty (As 12th Imam I declare 'Give me liberty or give me. . . twins would be nice.')
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To: robertpaulsen

Fair to say that the whole experience left a bad aftertaste for him.


8 posted on 07/03/2007 7:00:23 AM PDT by misterrob ("I've never heard of anyone going on the disabled list with pulled fat." RIP Rod Beck)
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To: scripter

“...thanks to a debilitating bout with intestinal cramps caused by the upset stomach-inducing behaviors I’d been engaged in.”

GROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 07/03/2007 7:01:17 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: little jeremiah; wagglebee; Clint N. Suhks; John O
From the article:
Healing from the wounds caused by homosexuality is not easy – there's little obvious support. What support remains is shamed, ridiculed, silenced by rhetoric or made illegal by twisting of laws. I had to sift through my own embarrassment and the disapproving "voices" of all I'd ever known to find it. Part of the homosexual agenda is getting people to stop considering that conversion is even a viable question to be asked, let alone whether or not it works.
Indeed, we see some of that here on FreeRepublic. And the above words are from a previous gay rights leader... Perhaps those who disagree with the possibility of change for homosexuals should consider their own bias.
10 posted on 07/03/2007 7:03:09 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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He doesn’t mention women once in this article. Not even Paris Hilton. He just seems hot for Jesus now. Someone turn this guy on to Ann.


11 posted on 07/03/2007 7:03:33 AM PDT by KingLiberty (As 12th Imam I declare 'Give me liberty or give me. . . twins would be nice.')
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To: cdcdawg

Yeah he could have left out this part...

Anyway nice for him to have found back to the right path... after indoctrinating thousands of young people with his vice and sinful ideology of perversion.


12 posted on 07/03/2007 7:04:03 AM PDT by SolidWood (UN delenda est.)
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To: scripter

If you study Microbiology, it isn’t long before you run into the long list of infectious diseases that affect homosexuals.


13 posted on 07/03/2007 7:04:19 AM PDT by Old_Mil (Duncan Hunter in 2008! A Veteran, A Patriot, A Reagan Republican... http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: scripter

didn’t a publisher of a lesbian-oriented magazine just recently do something similar? Can’t remember her name. There was a brief interview in Christianity Today. Her story is almost identical.


14 posted on 07/03/2007 7:05:13 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: cdcdawg
Indeed. That was Charlene Cothran, longtime publisher of Venus magazine. Click here.
15 posted on 07/03/2007 7:07:29 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: scripter

Thank you. I knew I hadn’t imagined that.


16 posted on 07/03/2007 7:10:29 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: scripter
This is an excellent read.

According to the Bible, God abhors all sex, heterosexual and homosexual, outside of marriage. The temptation to have sex is not inherently sinful—it is the lingering or actual follow-though that is.

God only blesses heterosexual sex through marriage. Marriage is not allowed by God for homosexuals.

For those who may have a sexual attraction toward the same sex, that will need to be a struggle to contain until death if you want to be clean before God. For those who have a sexual attraction toward the opposite sex, stay pure until marriage.

For all who have failed in the above, ask God for forgiveness and endeavor to walk the better path in Him, staying away from the grievous sin to which temptation has previously led you.

17 posted on 07/03/2007 7:10:39 AM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: KingLiberty
He took one look at Dennis Kucinich and changed immediately.

Don't let him get a look at Helen Thomas. He'll change right back.

18 posted on 07/03/2007 7:11:15 AM PDT by lowbridge (If You’re Gonna Burn Our Flag, Wrap Yourself in It First /No Oil for Pacifists)
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To: scripter
Real stories of ex-lesbians from Exodus.com
19 posted on 07/03/2007 7:14:44 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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Homosexuality, delivered to young minds, is by its very nature pornographic. It destroys impressionable minds and confuses their developing sexuality...

I wonder if this will sink through the bluster used by the pro-homo cheerleaders? They always dismiss examples of people leaving the life of perversion by asking what it would take to convert a normal person to the homosexual perversion. The author answers that question (although it has been repeated to the pro-homos on many previous occasions).

20 posted on 07/03/2007 7:15:11 AM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: scripter
Real stories of former homosexuals from Exodus.
21 posted on 07/03/2007 7:15:44 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: FormerLib

Thanks for pointing out those two very important sentences. Hopefully your commentary will help those who disagree with us to see the error of their ways.


22 posted on 07/03/2007 7:18:42 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: ConservativeMind
This is an excellent read.

Here's another: Confession from a former homosexual

23 posted on 07/03/2007 7:20:43 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: scripter
God's Amazing Grace: The testimony of Stephen Bennett
24 posted on 07/03/2007 7:22:06 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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The Great Escape Mike Haley's story.
25 posted on 07/03/2007 7:22:59 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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More stories of those leaving the homosexual lifestyle: Another Way Out.
26 posted on 07/03/2007 7:24:17 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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Matthew Manning's testimony
27 posted on 07/03/2007 7:25:23 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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Study: Some Gays Can Go Straight
28 posted on 07/03/2007 7:27:08 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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Great tag line! That’s always been one of my favorite quotes. I’d first heard it on a TV ministry show and didn’t hear it attributed so I didn’t know who’s quote it was. I should have known it was C S Lewis.


29 posted on 07/03/2007 7:37:49 AM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: scripter

At least two of those stories involve female softball players. It’s softball that makes women embrace the lesbian lifestyle. /sarc


30 posted on 07/03/2007 7:42:33 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Monet should have been smothered as a child." Pablo Picasso)
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To: pgkdan

Thanks. It’s definitely an excellent statement... one of many by C.S. Lewis.


31 posted on 07/03/2007 7:45:43 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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ping


32 posted on 07/03/2007 7:50:25 AM PDT by mpackard (Proud mama of a Sailor.)
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To: scripter

Praise God and thanks for the ping!

What a glorious day - I have so many homosexual conversion articles to read!

God is working! :oD


33 posted on 07/03/2007 7:52:40 AM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Illegal aliens do not have Constitutional rights.)
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To: scripter

God bless him. But we should pray for him; he has been saved for about two years, and that is very early in his Christian walk. He has now opened himself up to a great deal of public criticism.


34 posted on 07/03/2007 7:54:25 AM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: scripter

“a debilitating bout with intestinal cramps caused by the upset stomach-inducing behaviors I’d been engaged in.”

Seems he is right about the pornography link; he can’t even talk about it without painting dirty pictures. :)


35 posted on 07/03/2007 7:56:25 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Lauren BaRecall
I see you have the Exodus testimonial page at the bottom of your profile!
36 posted on 07/03/2007 8:06:35 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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We should indeed pray for him. Thanks for the reminder.


37 posted on 07/03/2007 8:07:04 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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Yeah he could have left out this part...

No, what he should do is go into detail about it so others will know where this pervision will take them. Lust is their life and when normal homo sex ain't doing it, then even more sick perverted behavior ensues.

38 posted on 07/03/2007 8:15:26 AM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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‘and all other lust-based sex – is never satisfactory’

Well, I wouldn’t go THAT far.


39 posted on 07/03/2007 8:30:05 AM PDT by gcruse
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To: scripter

I do indeed! God led me to that page. He was telling me not to give up on a friend. God gave me hope. God will not let me give up!

God has let me know that I can’t speak to my friend about any of this, because He wants to change him for me. He wants to do this Himself.

God is encouraging me today in a special way. I have a feeling that something is going to happen. God is using sudden current circumstances. I pray for a breakthrough to happen soon!

To God be all the glory!


40 posted on 07/03/2007 8:39:51 AM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Illegal aliens do not have Constitutional rights.)
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Goes to show that freedom in Christ is FREEDOM Indeed; no one that truely (”accepts”) and exeriences Christ EVER wants to go back..He is perfect, and gives a renewed and perfected Spirit (though our bodies and minds still struggle with sin, outside influences) to those that surrender and let Christ forgive and love them! ANYONE can be saved; halleluia; I pray for these people ALL the time..


41 posted on 07/03/2007 9:51:03 AM PDT by JSDude1 (Republicans if the don't beware ARE the new WHIGS! (all empty hairpieces..) :).)
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To: scripter
God bless this man. He's chosen the more difficult path--but one that leads ultimately to Eternal Life.

God is more powerful than GLSEN, PFLAG, NAMBLA, and all the other gay groups put together.
42 posted on 07/03/2007 9:52:51 AM PDT by Antoninus (P!ss off an environmentalist wacko . . . have more kids.)
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To: cdcdawg

YES; she was on the Pat Robertson’s 700 Club.


43 posted on 07/03/2007 9:53:30 AM PDT by JSDude1 (Republicans if the don't beware ARE the new WHIGS! (all empty hairpieces..) :).)
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To: scripter

Gob bless him here are links related

Alan Chambers is one of the nation’s leading speakers
on gender issues and is the president of the largest evangelical organization dealing with this topic in
the world today - Exodus International.

http://www.alanchambers.org/

Official “Ex Gay Myspace” Group
http://groups.myspace.com/exodusyouth

Gay Christian Movement Watch is a nondenominational ministry whose mission is to monitor, analyze and publish (MAP) the activities, leaders and public positions of the gay christian movement.

http://gcmwatch.wordpress.com/about/

Rally for Truth at High Schools
http://www.myspace.com/dayoftruthrally


44 posted on 07/03/2007 10:06:52 AM PDT by Jose Pen
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You’re welcome.


45 posted on 07/03/2007 10:49:03 AM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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Every time I was tempted to lust, I noticed it, caught it, dealt with it. I called it what it was, and then just let it disappear on its own.

That is the key to dealing with all emotional impulses, not just lust.

46 posted on 07/03/2007 11:40:53 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (A man who will not defend himself does not deserve to be defended by others.)
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To: Zack Nguyen

You said what I was thinking. Personally, I don’t believe that we should be putting people in the spotlight who have come from this psychologically-destructive background after a few months of conversion. There is a tendency in evangelicalism to make celebrities of people as soon as they become converts. But the celebrity lifestyle, including the Christian celebrity lifestyle, is also very dangerous. This gentleman needs to take a low profile and do the hard work of sanctification before being given too large a megaphone. Otherwise, we are putting too much in front of him, too soon.


47 posted on 07/03/2007 11:48:32 AM PDT by ConservativeDude (")
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“Homosexuality, delivered to young minds, is by its very nature pornographic. It destroys impressionable minds and confuses their developing sexuality; I did not realize this, however, until I was 30 years old.”

Can’t get this any clearer, than right from the Horses mouth! Praise God, this man listened to Him, and is free now.


48 posted on 07/03/2007 1:19:08 PM PDT by gidget7 ( Vote for the Arsenal of Democracy, because America RUNS on Duncan!)
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To: scripter
In my experience, "coming out" from under the influence of the homosexual mindset was the most liberating, beautiful and astonishing thing I've ever experienced in my entire life.

Testimonies from many, many others whom Jesus Christ has freed from the bondage of enslavement to sin have attested to the same feeling.

Why do so many remain in chains when there is Someone there who longs to set them free and give them abundant, eternal life?

49 posted on 07/03/2007 1:21:58 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
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Thank you so much for posting this link! It took me a few days, but I finally made it through all of the stories. Some of them moved me to tears. Many of them had me marveling at the power and compassion of God and the calling that so many former gays and lesbians have to help others find the way out.

I have a Masters in Biology and have never thought that it made sense in simple evolutionary terms for homosexuality to be inherited because, until the recent advent of IVF and artificial insemination, it was impossible for two homosexuals to reproduce. If a trait can not be passed on to the offspring, it will die out. Even so, it is still hard to convince some people that the gay lifestyle is actually a choice that can be "unchosen".

I have twin daughters who will be 27 next month, and although they have been raised in a Christian home, they have bought into the lie that "no one would choose to live a gay lifestyle if they could help it". They think that I should just be glad that they are heterosexual and not be so "judgmental". Two of one of my daughter's closest friends have recently "come out" as lesbians, although they have both been married. Both are very well educated and one is a PA with two young children. I love both of these young women and have tried to show the love of Jesus to them without showing approval of the choice they have made. Their formerly close relationships with their parents has suffered greatly.

I sent this link to both of my daughters so that they could read the testimonies of how empty, depraved, and sometimes deadly the gay lifestyle is and how a loving and merciful God can bring someone out of homosexuality if they really seek to know God's will for their lives.
50 posted on 07/07/2007 5:52:46 PM PDT by srmorton (Choose Life!)
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