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Musician delivered from homosexuality, happily married for 29 years
GodReports ^ | March 18, 2013 | Mark Ellis

Posted on 04/01/2013 11:12:14 AM PDT by fwdude

He could play the piano by ear in the first grade. His artistic and creative bent set him apart from the other boys, and this sense of being different grew steadily over time.

“I could hear a song on the radio and sit down and play it,” says Dennis Jernigan, acclaimed Christian songwriter and musician. His life is the subject of the forthcoming feature film “Sing Over Me” that will focus on his deliverance from homosexuality, when God made him a new creature in Christ.

Jernigan grew up in Boynton, Oklahoma, a prairie town of only 400 people about 50 miles from Tulsa. “The guys labeled me a sissy pretty early on,” he admits. “By junior high they called me fag and queer.” He found solace by hanging out with girls, because they seemed to connect with his emotional side.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Philosophy; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: bornagain; christians; dennisjernigan; homosexualagenda; jernigan; redemption
An uplifting story; one that we need to hear on occasion.

Jernigan isn't an isolated example, by any measure, of people who've escaped from homosexuality. Most don't want to broadcast their stories and want to simply live their new lives of freedom quietly, free from the attacks of the homo-Left, who will NEVER forgive such a "betrayal." Be sure that Jernigan will be getting his share of bile from them.

1 posted on 04/01/2013 11:12:15 AM PDT by fwdude
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To: fwdude
"Jernigan went on to Oklahoma Baptist University. Surprisingly, he found “even more rampant” homosexual activity at this Christian institution, affiliated with the Baptist General Convention."


2 posted on 04/01/2013 11:16:07 AM PDT by OKRA2012
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To: fwdude

God always makes a way for those will call upon Him.

Always.


3 posted on 04/01/2013 11:22:56 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: fwdude

I’m so glad they’ll be making a movie about Jernigan! What an amazing deliverance story.


4 posted on 04/01/2013 11:32:51 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: fwdude
Ummm, and WHAT instrument does he play?

ps insert old joke here:

5 posted on 04/01/2013 11:36:52 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage
Ummm, and WHAT instrument does he play?

Piano. And probably guitar as well.

6 posted on 04/01/2013 11:58:51 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: fwdude

Van Cliburn, who died recently died, had a similar experience growing up. In his case. he was “smothered” by a mother who lived to very old age and just ended up taking a partner who __I surmise—was no threat to “MoM”


7 posted on 04/01/2013 12:03:09 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: fwdude

Most homosexuals are not born that way.

They just get sucked into it.


8 posted on 04/01/2013 12:03:48 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: fwdude

Great story. If the left had their way, you know he’d be forced to remain a homosexual.


9 posted on 04/01/2013 12:04:26 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

Yes, he’d be deemed to have a psychological disorder called “homophobia” and counseled to frequent highway rest stops to accept himself.


10 posted on 04/01/2013 12:27:37 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

“Homosexuality” is really not much different from any other sinful temptation. As such, I’m not sure anyone can really “escape” it, or be “delivered” from it.

Yes, people can find their same-sex attraction (SSA) diminish over time.

And yes, certainly people who experience SSA can refrain from engaging in homosexual behavior.

I just don’t think it’s helpful to talk about “escaping” homosexuality, since we don’t magically “escape” any other kinds of sinful temptations.

(I also think, FWIW, that the term “homosexuality” is so imprecise and unhelpful. Let’s instead speak of SSA and homosexual behavior.)


11 posted on 04/01/2013 12:37:14 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Theo

I think you’re looking at it from a purely secular, therapeutic viewpoint. Jernigan’s testimony is that he had supernatural intervention, which certainly CAN entail complete, or even partial, delivery from a compulsion.


12 posted on 04/01/2013 12:42:28 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

Hm. Though I’m an “ever-straight,” I’ve done a good amount of work over the years with Exodus and with Focus on the Family, and have done a good deal of study of the subject.

In most cases, the Lord does not deliver people from temptations in a snap, but does so over time. This is true whether it’s sexual sin or drug abuse.

Of course, as you mention, the Lord still does perform miracles. Some people have been “delivered” from homosexual temptation, from drug abuse, and so on.

I think it can be unhelpful to imply that instantaneous “deliverance” is the norm. That can be very discouraging to those who have prayed for “deliverance” from SSA, for example, and yet who still experience it ...


13 posted on 04/01/2013 12:53:14 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Theo

Don’t Exodus and FoTF both emphasize a psychology-based solution, though?

I think you can escape homosexuality through God’s intervention, without the “help” of psychology.


14 posted on 04/01/2013 12:58:43 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude
Wonderful post, especially when we have just experienced Easter! The sad thing is the left would say that he was never gay to begin with which is the only way they can deal with the truth - that the gay lifestyle is a choice and one can choose, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to leave it.
15 posted on 04/01/2013 2:57:36 PM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: fwdude

God invented “psychology.”

Again, I affirm miracles. God does the miraculous. Every day.

But I also recognize that the Lord sometimes brings people out of sinful patterns and cravings and addictions over time.

Are you familiar with Teen Challenge? They are a year-long residential drug rehab ministry. Sometimes it takes a year for people to overcome patterns developed over a lifetime.

And do you know anyone who has experienced SSA? I do.


16 posted on 04/01/2013 7:00:10 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: fwdude

I have a good friend, a woman, who was married. Then she decided she was a lesbian and left her husband for a woman, who she lived with for several years. She became a Christian and as a Marriage and Family Counselor went around speaking about leaving the lifestyle and getting spit at.
She has now been remarried to a good Christian man for about 20 years and is happy as can be. Two of the most wonderful folks I know.
She also said it was the relationship with the same sex parent that can send you in the homosexual direction.


17 posted on 04/01/2013 9:41:14 PM PDT by tinamina
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To: fwdude

How would you feel if your daughter announced her intention to marry an ex-homosexual?


18 posted on 04/01/2013 9:51:06 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Theo
God invented “psychology.”

No, He didn't.

It is antithetical, from its roots, to God.

19 posted on 04/02/2013 6:06:15 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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Jernigan tells his story as a combination of crisis experience and gradual change in his “orientation”....he was in the audience during a Second Chapter of Acts concert and experienced a dramatic change...went on to marry a woman and produce a large family...I heard him tell it, it was very interesting.

Much of modernity depends on his story being false. So it is necessary (insert Nazi sounding voice here) that he be destroyed.


20 posted on 04/02/2013 6:20:04 AM PDT by Taliesan
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To: fwdude

The scientific study of mental functions and behaviors is antithetical to God?

FWIW, I am a big fan of nouthetic counseling, a biblical approach to counseling first proposed by Jay Adams and more recently associated with David Powlison and others. I appreciate the work of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF).

That said, I maintain that God conceived of our “mental functions and behaviors,” and enjoys when people study these things. I also maintain that God does perform miracles, and sometimes He transforms people over time.


21 posted on 04/02/2013 8:09:53 AM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Theo
I am a big fan of nouthetic counseling, a biblical approach to counseling first proposed by Jay Adams and more recently associated with David Powlison and others.

So, explain how saints throughout the centuries went WITHOUT what "Christian psychologist" claim is indispensable to treating their patients.

It is pagan from its roots, and it cannot be "Christianized."

22 posted on 04/02/2013 8:25:50 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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I understand your position. I understand the concern many Christians have about “therapeutic” counseling.

You use the word “indispensable” in your comment, and I’m not sure why. I’ve gone out of my way to say that God does do miracles, that some people are miraculously healed and delivered in an instant. And I affirm so-called “biblical counseling.” I **also** recognize that sometimes God delivers people not in an instant, but sanctifies them over time.

Not sure why you want to argue with me, to be honest.


23 posted on 04/02/2013 8:58:14 AM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: fwdude

Are you familiar with the work of David Powlison? If not, I encourage you to click over here and scan (or read) an article he wrote that challenges therapeutic counseling. I think you’ll enjoy it.

http://www.9marks.org/journal/what-wrong-therapeutic-approach-counseling


24 posted on 04/02/2013 9:00:23 AM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Theo

I’ll give it my best read. Thanks.


25 posted on 04/02/2013 9:06:10 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Theo
You use the word “indispensable” in your comment, and I’m not sure why.

These counselors are completely sold on their professions, otherwise they wouldn't claim it.

26 posted on 04/02/2013 9:08:26 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

Jernigan let God use him and God took him from that sinful lifestyle into a man that God has used in awesome ways.

I really like his music and his story.


27 posted on 04/02/2013 9:08:46 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Avenge me Girls AVENEGE ME!!!! ( I don't have any son's))
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