Wednesday, August 29, 2018

WED TIP: DON'T DROWN IN MUSH--HOW TO RESPOND TO ARTICLES LIKE THIS ONE BY JACKIE HILL

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Somebody forwarded me this article by someone named Jackie Hill Perry:


I don't know anything about Jackie Hill Perry. Judging from the date of publication this article appears to be part of the massive effort to discredit conversion therapy. I will comment on her article, which bears the rebarbative title "Don't Preach a Heterosexual Gospel," with the assumption that she has pure motives and is simply wrong about what she thinks she is reacting to. 

Irrespective of whatever pure motives Jackie Hill Perry may have, in context we have to be realistic about why this article is being published and pushed on social media. There is a well-funded and aggressive LGBT initiative to displace orthodox leadership in Christian churches. The goal is to replace Bible-based shepherds with carefully selected leaders who are sympathetic to LGBT Christianity. To pass the LGBT litmus test and get liberal backing to overthrow orthodox Christians, candidates must be steeped in the false theology underpinning so-called gay Christianity, and predisposed to enforce pro-gay conformity by attacking people who want to maintain a proper Gospel position on sexuality.

Behind all of this is a brain trust of activists. They have been coached and educated at the elite schools one sees at gatherings such as the American Academy of Religion. Well groomed in strategy, they know that not all activists can be aggressive street fighters like Dan Savage or ACTUP or the lawsuit-chasers hauling Christians into court over same-sex wedding services. Their master goal is elimination of Christian denominations that keep alive the Bible's position on chastity. To do this they know that some activists have to act in stealth mode. Stealth activists must present themselves as moderates or even as purists themselves, while they help the LGBT advance their next move.

Central to the LGBT agenda right now is the eradication of conversion therapy. Eradication must occur on such a scale that basic conversations about helping people cease gay identity and change toward heterosexuality will be illegal and thoroughly disdained by the culture. The LGBT apparatus' legal and institutional power hang on their claim that they form a stable constituency whose common identifier, their sexual identity, is innate from birth and unchangeable. If it is changeable, then people can leave. If people can leave their community, they will. For gay communities are notoriously unsupportive and mentally unhealthy. The sex acts associated with homosexuality are objectively dangerous and disease-carrying. 

If LGBT strategists can hold the line against any conversion therapy for long enough, they can convince just enough generations to remain in ironclad sexual classifications until new generations will be born who have never met anyone who has gone from gay to straight. As the LGBT movement already invades youth groups, schools, children's libraries, children's media, and church youth groups, the LGBT movement will have a captive constituency. This means a large demographic for whom the LGBT leaders can claim to speak and with whose capital they can bargain for power. These dreams of power will evaporate, however, if large numbers of people realize how easy it is to go from gay to straight.

So let's get to Perry's article. She begins with this confident topic sentence:

God isn't calling gay people to be straight.
You’d think He was by listening to the ways Christians try to encourage same-sex-attracted people within, or outside, their local churches. They dangle the possibility of heterosexual marriage above their heads, point to it like it’s heaven on a string, something to grab and get whole with. And though it’s usually well-meaning, it’s very dangerous. Why? Because it puts more emphasis on marriage as the goal of the Christian life than knowing Jesus. Just as God’s aim in my salvation was not mainly the removal of my same-sex desires, in sanctification, it is not always His aim that marriage or experiencing an attraction for the opposite sex will be involved.


Let me break down what she's saying. Then I will explain how this relates to the larger political issues I began this post with.

First, what on earth does she mean by "God isn't calling gay people to be straight"? I am sure she will claim she is Biblical. Yet this has no grounding in the Bible whatsoever. God designed males and females to be partners with each other, as explained in Genesis and reiterated by Jesus Himself in Matthew 19 and Mark 10. Additionally one finds copious affirmations of this design by Paul in the New Testament. Song of Songs describes a man and woman together; no book describes homosexuality in such a fashion. The fifth commandment says "honor thy mother and thy father," clearly referring to a male and female source of life rooted in the command that men and women form monogamous sexual bonds involving intercourse, mutual pleasure, and children.

That's the "pro-straight" stuff. The "anti-gay" stuff is quite voluminous as well. Sodom is destroyed when the city collapses into rampant homosexuality (and no, Ezekiel's prophecy does not override this and make it all about gluttony and inhospitality.) The "clobber verses" with which we are all familiar by now make it clear that from Abraham to Moses to Ezekiel to Jesus to Paul to Jude, the voices in the Bible are crystal-clear that homosexuality violates God's design for sex and that the punishment for violating God's design for sex is severe because it angers God.

As Christians we believe God wants us to honor Him and draw near to Him. God calls us to live by His design and love Him with all our heart, mind, body, and soul. The New Testament is clear that repentance matters. So does transformation into a new creation. The old person we were but are no longer, may be full of sin and violations against God's will. That becomes our past. As we come closer to God we will move away from violating His design and become more like the people He designed us to be.

Like many other commentators on this topic, Jackie Hill Perry may play games with the terminology, saying "straight" and "heterosexual" carry specific cultural freight tied to our context. Even if that is true, there is no other word available to us that clearly refers to the model of a man and woman enacting God's design for sex---one man having intercourse with one woman. If we just want to call that chastity or true marriage, fine. But heterosexuality is an intrinsic part of chastity or true marriage. Chaste sex always involves a heterosexual act. True marriage is true to the extent that it is heterosexual and monogamous.

Jackie Hill Perry has no grounds to claim that God does not want gay people to become straight. Nothing in the Bible gives us license to attribute lifelong "gay" identities to people. We know from the Bible and from world history that "being gay" is a modern concept with very little basis in human development and no basis in God's Word. Nobody is gay. Behaviors, events, cultural tendencies, and ideas may be gay. But "gay" does not describe a person.

Every person is created by God to be a male in a body designed to copulate with a woman, or a female in a body designed to copulate with a man. The genitalia are part of God's design; Paul explains in Romans 1 that even people who have not yet been won to Christ can see from our bodies what God intended for us.

If any occasion calls  for saying someone "is" a sexual identity, then everyone is straight. People whom Jackie Hill Perry calls "gay" are really straight people who are acting gay. They need to stop acting gay and be what God wanted them to be. We can spend years playing around with the vocabulary, but the basic truth here is unavoidable. God's will is that people who say "I am gay" stop saying that and act the way people who say "I am straight" tend to act (allowing, of course, for the fact that many "straight" people commit other sexual sins that God does not want.) 

The bottom line is that someone who is acting gay is always better off moving more toward straight behavior and identity. This is not a minor issue. I minister to many young men who struggle with homosexual impulses that came from porn, abuse, social contagion, personal trauma, or other corrupt influences. When I coach them, it is not healthy to tell them that they have nowhere to go on their journey, other than to repeat empty phrases to themselves about how homosexuality is a sin but they don't have to become heterosexual. That's mush. It's a mess. I expound on this in the video below:


Okay, let's move to the next claim of Jackie Hill Perry's opening paragraph. She uses a classic straw man tactic. She opens up with the revolutionary and invalid idea that God does not want gay people to become straight. Then she softens the obvious weaknesses in her claim by contrasting her claim against the supposedly ridiculous claim by other Christians who, she says, are "dangling marriage" before gays as if it is the only answer. She says these Christians make everything about becoming heterosexual instead of about coming to Christ.

If I came across Christians who reduced gay people's life issues to becoming straight and who didn't really care about these gay people coming close to God, I would be rightly horrified. I haven't seen such people. All the Christians I know are working from the playbook given to us by Jesus and Paul. Jesus talked about eunuchs in Matthew 19, so He carved out a status that would involve refraining from sex and marriage altogether. In 1 Corinthians, Paul expands on this to talk about the joys of celibacy for those who can handle it. But Paul qualifies this very importantly, saying that "it is better to marry than to burn." In order to avoid immorality, unless one is gifted with a lack of sexual urges, Paul says, each man should take a wife; each woman should take a husband.

I cannot speak for who fits the model of discipleship Jackie Hill Perry has in mind. I know from the people I disciple that overwhelmingly they burn with sexual passion and need to get married. Most men I disciple also do want children. There is nothing wrong with them wanting to be fathers and certainly nothing wrong with wanting to have a sex life within proper marriage. God rejoices when a man and wife lie together. I am confident that it pleases God when a man thinks positively in his mind and heart about his wife or about one day having a wife. God is never pleased when someone engages in homosexual acts or homosexual thoughts. So even somebody who is celibate has to become "straight" anyway; such a person needs to think positively about the idea of a man and woman being together. Such a person must also think of homosexuality as a sin, something to be rejected and avoided. So no matter how you slice and dice the words, the main part of ministry in this area involves getting people who say they are gay to stop being or acting gay, and to go straight.

So why does this matter so much?

Let's say Jackie Hill Perry's motives are pure. She may have spent a lot of time thinking about these issues and this may be the idea she has come to. I feel certain she is wrong but that says nothing about her character.

The larger context is most certainly not pure, though. The fact that her article got published and promoted with this carefully phrased verbiage reflects the political threat to Christianity of the LGBT movement. By discrediting (by misrepresenting) the ministry of those who help people go from gay to straight, her work boosts the LGBT movement's ultimate goal which is to build for itself a captive constituency. If the LGBTs can shut down and destroy ex-gay ministries, then most people Jackie Hill Perry calls "gay" will muddle around in a no-man's land of ambiguity, confusion, and wasted time, and will probably slide into identifying as gay Christians.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

THURS TIP: WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT THE LATEST NEWS ON SEX ABUSE?

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There has been a lot of news about sex abuse in the press lately. Abuse is a major part of many gay men's experiences but only lately has there been popular interest in how gay men have experienced abuse. I find the topic almost paralyzing to write about so I just made this video below, if people want to know my thoughts.






Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WED TIP: HOW YOU PRAY MATTERS

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If you feel intrigued by the question of how to pray, take a few minutes to see my message below:

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

TUES TIP: 10 REASONS EX-GAY MEN CAN DO VERY WELL WITH WOMEN

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Quite often I hear from straight guys who complain that they have trouble dating but nobody wants to help them. And then I add to their problems by having to say, "Would it help if I just pretended you were ex-gay and then advise you the way I advise guys on English Manif?"

The thing is, while you may think ex-gay men have zero chances of getting with a woman, I know a large number of ex-gay men who do well with women. The common denominator among these success stories is that they tend to have decided firmly they wanted out of the gay life, they worked on building themselves up, they dated with confidence, they approached heterosexuality as a chance to do things right (and not be promiscuous or messy), and they didn't waste time. Guys who have tried homosexuality and found it wasn't for them tend to fail unless they really want to go straight. If they decide what they want is to go straight, find a wife, and live out a normal life, they tend to end up married with children within several years. That's actually a lot faster than many straight men who flounder for as long as twenty years not making any headway in their search for a woman to marry.

I have gone back and forth with people I know posing the question: "why do ex-gay men do surprisingly well when they decide they are going to look for a wife?" Here is what I have heard and come up with:

Thursday, August 16, 2018

THURS TIP: I HAVE TO STAND BY MY OPPOSITION TO HIV+ MEN TRYING TO GO ON THIS JOURNEY

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My online remarks about barring men with HIV from going on this journey elicited a strong reaction from a reader. He resisted the idea of barring HIV+ men, saying that men with undetectable virus loads and high white blood cell counts could marry women without risk. This painful topic deserves care and deep thought. I have chosen to enclose the video below rather than to write out extended remarks.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

INTERVIEW WITH CHICAGO RADIO HOST ON NEW NORMAL

WED. TIP: LABELS! LABELS! LABELS!

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Until you get rid of sexual labels, you will forever be trapped in Gayland. Take a listen:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I AM NOT ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!!!

Please view this 39-second message. If you see anything online in comments sections or on social media sites (FB, Twitter, the usual), it's not me. I am off all social media except for this blog and the videos that I record to post to this blog.

Thanks! And God bless you!

OFFICIAL URBAN GAME CHANGE STATEMENT ON OMAROSA MANIGAULT-NEWMAN

Since 2016, I have served Urban Game Change, a national organization, manning the Texas chapter. The recent controversy surrounding Omarosa Manigault-Newman has prompted Urban Game Change to issue the statement below. Manigault-Newman's past position of director of African American outreach placed her within the sphere of contact for many of us at Urban Game Change, so this statement seemed necessary to many in our organization. Below is the most recent video I have made for Urban Game Change Texas.



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Statement on Omarosa Manigault Newman:

Omarosa Manigault Newman, aka Omarosa, former Assistant to President Donald J Trump has created negative media frenzy with her appearances on the reality television show "Big Brother," the release of her "tell all" book titled: "Unhinged," and the airing of her secret recordings of conversations between herself and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and President Trump. Omarosa has also revealed that there are more secret recordings to come.


We at Urban Game Changers are shocked, dismayed and saddened by Omarosa's words and actions. Mrs. Omarosa Manigault-Newman does not speak for the entirety of Black America, she only speaks for herself. 

As proactive Grassroots Leaders in the African-American/Black Community we are now experiencing frustration and trepidation regarding the pending impact of Omarosa's actions on the progress that was being made between the Black Urban Community and the Trump Administration. 

The mission of Urban Game Changers is to hold elected officials and ourselves accountable.The mission MUST continue and we cannot allow anyone or anything to derail or sidetrack our vision!

We at Urban Game Changers, will be anxiously watching to see how future events unfold regarding this national debacle; and we ask a very important 
question: How do we begin to heal as a nation, AND reverse any and all negative impact that Omarosa's self-serving actions will have on our collective progress? 

We are witnessing an unprecedented level of betrayal. A betrayal that not only affects the President of the United States and his Administration; this is a betrayal that infects and poisons the unity of our entire nation; because America has been sabotaged from within the White House.

Omarosa has breached National Security and violated America's Trust. All persons who enter the Situation Room in the White House; which is a secured facility, are required to leave all personal devices outside of the room.

Omarosa has violated White House protocol and quite possibly has broken the law by bringing a recording device into that room to record her conversation(s) with Chief of Staff General Kelly and President Trump. 

Omarosa was fired from the White House for "serious Integrity issues." We believe that Omarosa's termination was justified, because secretly recording your co-workers AND the President of the United States is a serious Integrity issue!

Omarosa has allegedly violated the non-disclosure agreement that all White House Personnel are required to sign. Nonetheless, President Trump has Executive Privilege, therefore all conversations, communications and meetings with him, are considered to be confidential and classified in nature.

Moreover, Omarosa has also violated all standards of decency and morality by releasing secretly recorded private conversations to the media.

As more information and events unfold regarding this national tragedy, here are few more questions that must be asked and answered:

1- Why did Omarosa feel the need to secretly record her private conversations with President Trump and White House personnel?

2- Was Omarosa working alone or was this another conspiracy to further undermine the President of the United States? Is Omarosa working on behalf of another foreign government or entity?

3- How did Omarosa get state-of-the-art technical recording devices into the White House undetected?

4- What are Omarosa's Intentions AND what is her Endgame?

We must remain vigilant to our mission to bring positive and impactful change to America in OUR urban, suburban and rural communities. 

TUESDAY TIP: WITH ALL THIS HOPE OF GREAT THINGS AWAITING YOU, DON'T WASTE TIME TALKING ABOUT SUICIDE

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Suicide comes up again and again whenever people discuss changing your sexual orientation. This is an area where the gay community should have been called out a LONG time ago for emotionally battering people. It terrorizes people, not only the young but also the adults, to tell them constantly that if they don't stick around and continue to engage in gay sex, they will become so miserable and dangerously destructive that they will kill themselves.

The fact is that suicide is becoming more rampant in society for many reasons. You need to overcome the factors that often cause people to kill themselves: loneliness, isolation, depression, feelings of failure, unhappiness with oneself, or selfish despair. All those factors are just as likely if not more likely to increase and worsen if you remain in a gay lifestyle that you hate and which you know God does not want for you.

Women are wonderful! You should appreciate their company and all the gifts they bring to you. It's unreasonable to want to stop living when you think about spending your intimate time with a woman you love. This is a time of joy and hope.

I talk more in the video below about hope.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

SATURDAY POLITICS: AN INSIDER'S MEMOIR OF WHAT WENT DOWN IN THE DEBATE OVER GAY MARRIAGE

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This will be the first of several videos I'll do on Saturdays sharing what I know as someone who got involved in a lot of LGBT debates behind the scenes. Here I speak frankly, without naming anybody, about what I saw going wrong in the conservative camp during the debate on gay marriage.


Friday, August 10, 2018

FRIDAY (2): FOR SO-CALLED GAY CHRISTIANS, TOUGH LOVE

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In recent years I have presented more and more on LGBT issues to Christian audiences. Often there appears an underlying dynamic, in which it seems that people want a "silver bullet" solution to the tense debates over homosexuality in the church. "What should I say?" people ask, referring to a sibling, friend, child, or co-worker who is gay. People want to get gay people to accept Christianity in its authentic form without reacting harshly or heretically.

FRIDAY TIP: PATIENCE, HUMILITY, PERSEVERANCE

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"It can't be done! It can't be done!" We hear again. The refrain can chill and discourage you. So often people tell us they tried changing their sexual orientation and "nothing worked." When people say this, it is usually the first step toward giving up, adopting the heretical view that they were born that way, and concluding that God makes people gay and homosexuality is acceptable to God.

People who share this debilitating message fail to take responsibility for their own shortcomings. The Bible is full of messages about patience and the need to stay on course all the way to the end. If you have tried for ten years to change and you have not changed, you must not give up hope. As I discuss in the video below, the three Bible chapters I ended up reading today all focus on the importance of humility, patience, and perseverance. These messages must lead you powerfully on this journey.

It is never too late to get out of homosexuality. But you can never know how long God has planned for you to strive and hope, before He intends for you to arrive at heterosexuality and be free of the struggle. Faith, hope, and love go together according to Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. Sometimes we forget about hope. It is something that goes hand in hand with patience, humility, and perseverance.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

LATEST INTERVIEW ON THE NEW NORMAL WITH ROGER MARSH

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LATEST INTERVIEW WITH JANET MEFFERD ON THE NEW NORMAL

THURS TIP: STAY OUT OF THE DEBATE ON CONVERSION THERAPY UNLESS YOU ARE CALLED FOR PUBLIC WITNESS

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It is a midterm election year--and whenever we find ourselves at such a juncture, an emotionally explosive and highly manipulated, propaganda-laden wave of gay controversy washes up on our shores.

This year all signs point to a big fall surprise by the gay lobby dealing with conversion therapy, sexual orientation change, people becoming suicidal when they try to leave the gay community, and Christian churches harming gays by telling them they can change.

If you are reading English Manif I do not need to tell you that all this brouhaha is in bad faith. If someone is stuck in homosexuality, the number one way to make them suicidal is to tell them they have no chance of leaving the scene and they are trapped in it forever. Gay activists never acknowledge that they form an unsupportive community in which people become increasingly miserable, and by contrast, escaping the gay community is a major improvement in people's lives.

There is no positive outcome for you if you jump into these debates in the middle of a loaded election cycle. Go to your happy place, focus on your journey, and tune it all out.

More in the video below:


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

TUES TIP: GAINING CONTROL OF YOUR THOUGHTS TO STOP GAY URGES FROM INTERFERING WITH YOUR JOURNEY

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One of the main reasons that so many men claim they cannot go from gay to straight has to do with non-physical issues: thoughts, urges, attractions, inclinations, etc.

While many men who want to make this change do not find physical behaviors difficult to change, they find it is much harder to change their thoughts and emotions in order to get away from their old gay identities. They still feel gay because no matter what they do, they still feel attractions to other men and sense homosexual impulses.

I am devoting this post to ten basic methods of getting rid of your gay interior life--thoughts, impulses, attractions. It is hard to gain discipline over this part of yourself, but you can gain some mastery over your interior life. Much of the ten tips below consist of staying busy, occupying your time, and fulfilling basic urges that you once fulfilled homosexually through other means. Let me go over ten ways to go straight in your mind, soul, and heart.

Monday, August 6, 2018

MONDAY: QUICK POSTCARD FROM PHASE 5--ONE DAY YOUR GAY LIFE WILL FEEL LIKE A LOST DISTANT MEMORY

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Politics and work have kept me preoccupied a while and I have not been blogging as much with the guys on the "journey" in mind. So I thought I would take out some time to send you a note of encouragement.

I am in that fifth and last phase, the longest phase--the time frame when you are well out of homosexuality, well invested in your life with a woman, married, and busy. I know for a lot of you, depending on where you are in the journey, you may feel like the debate about homosexuality is all-consuming. It may seem like a lost pipe dream that you will ever get out of it.

I can't promise you how or when you can get out of homosexuality. But I can tell you that if you do, and you get married and stay busy with your wife, kids, and daily Bible reading, all of this fixation with homosexuality will one day fade and be a weird memory. Sometimes when I think on my gay past it feels like I am watching a movie about someone else in my mind. I can't believe that was ever me and I was ever so immersed and trapped in it.

I explain more in the video below. Keep up your spirit!




Saturday, August 4, 2018

SATURDAY: DON'T LET RECENT (REVOICE) HISTORY GET REVISED BY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TAKE TOO MUCH CREDIT

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Revoice seems to be the controversial gift that keeps on giving. People keep talking about it. Unfortunately, some people are trying to do revisionist history. They want to give credit for standing up to Revoice to the people who only came out against the conference after pressure, when it was necessary and safe to do so. Some have belittled folks like Tom Littleton and Janet Mefferd who stood against Revoice when it was difficult and costly to do so, and when they needed to muster massive courage as the lone voices in the wilderness. Usually I observe the old adage:

THERE IS NO LIMIT TO WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU DON'T CARE WHO GETS THE CREDIT.

But some things happened on Twitter today that require a tougher look. Eric Teetsel, a young activist who served as Marco Rubio's faith outreach coordinator during the Florida Senator's failed bid for president, crossed a line in accusing Janet Mefferd of being a conspiracy theorist with no credibility. If it were not for Mefferd, the Revoice story would have never come to the awareness of grassroots Christians. Without pressure from the grassroots the bigwigs in the Southern Baptist Convention would not have been compelled to come out against Revoice. So this needed to be addressed, which I do here:

Friday, August 3, 2018

FRIDAY TIP: SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECIES ARE FALSE PROPHECIES

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"It's impossible."

"Nobody can change their orientation."


"Your marriage will fail. You will make your wife miserable and destroy your children's lives."



In Phase 5--the last and longest phase of your journey--you will hear things like this all the time. Part of the LGBT movement's driving strategy has been to assume the role of prophecy. We saw this in Nathan Collins's speech at the Revoice conference, in which he quoted from the Book of Jeremiah and dared to suggest that pro-gay people railing against Church teaching were actually modern-day prophets standing up to oppression.

INTERVIEW WITH SANDY RIOS ON REVOICE & OTHER ISSUES

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

QUICK LESSON ON MIDTERM ELECTIONS, GAY "SCANDALS" AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN

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This is a midterm election year, so it is a good time to recall the points I brought up in the thirty-sixth chapter of Jephthah's Daughter. The Human Rights Campaign just released a booklet on "Coming Home to Evangelicalism," and we saw the Revoice conference in full assembly--the gay lobby seems determined to make acceptance of gays in the evangelical churches the big midterm issue of 2018. In midterm years, always anticipate that in September or October a gay cause célèbre explodes just in time to rally some extra votes for the Democrats in the congressional elections. My bet for this year will be "conversion therapy" and anti-gay pastors in the Baptist churches. See this video and review the chapter on "Cause Célèbre" from Jephthah's Daughters. 


What follows is excerpted Chapter 36 of "Jephthah's Daughters: Innocent Casualties in the War for Family 'Equality'" (2015)

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36.
Cause Célèbre
Robert Oscar Lopez


Wow. The new Book of Matt by Stephen Jimenez really blows a hole in Gay Inc.[i] Matthew Shepard, it turns out, was not a blond cherub killed for being gay. He was the victim of a heinous murder. But he was killed by a bisexual he'd had sex with, and with whom he had a drug-dealing relationship. His killers were not only unfazed by gayness but also, it turns out, in relationships with daughters of lesbians. Both of the men who killed him were dating children of same-sex couples! Neither of them had any problems with their girlfriends’ mothers or their lesbian partners. Neither of them, it seems, had an issue with Matthew Shepard’s homosexuality. They had issues involving money and drugs.
People are shocked—shocked! Shocked! Most of the shock is a reaction to revelations about Matthew Shepard’s drug-related antics and psychiatric problems (including a possible pattern of pathologically lying about having been raped). These revelations undermine the morally pure status that made the Matthew Shepard anti-homophobia industry so lucrative since October 1998.

AFTER REVOICE: A VICTORY WORTH THINKING ABOUT

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

LATEST INTERVIEW ON THE NEW NORMAL

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

SATURDAY: AFTER REVOICE

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I will make a video a little later tonight after the kiddos are asleep. For now, I just want to speak from the heart a little.

The Revoice conference generated a bigger backlash than anything LGBT-related I've seen, in the church. This is good in one sense because evangelicals have woken up. For years Christians have assumed, without reason, that the LGBT tidal wave would never reach them. That they see the wave pounding against their attic windows means they are at least not blind.

At the same time, many people's feelings were hurt. I do not mind if powerful people like Karen Prior or Russell Moore must deal with some criticism, since these brethren in Christ are in shepherding positions of one kind or another, and they know they must contend with tough standards. I am glad, at least, that the pressure from believers has led to badly needed clarifying statements from leaders in the SBC. We need follow-through, certainly.

Other people, such as Eve Tushnet, pose somewhat more of a dilemma. Some Revoice participants really have a struggle that they wanted to find common ground about. Many of them do want to follow Christian chastity even if, from what I can gather, they are confused about what that must look like for them. But the fact that the LGBT groups in St. Louis rose up and denounced Revoice must give me a little pause. I want people who have a gay history to make the difficult but possible journey to being straight--as I have done and many others have done. I want them to avoid the pitfalls of the false argument for so-called spiritual friendship or gay celibate holiness.

Still, I pray that the backlash against Revoice does not end up sweeping up people like me. I run this blog as sincerely as I can, to help men go from gay to straight. I am sure that things I post discomfort people on my right and left. But I hope people can continue to support what I do out of my deeply felt Christian convictions. And I want to leave the door open to conversation with the Revoice people. I must close the door, though, on the Revoice philosophy, which I see as a stealth intrusion of what it will eventually lead to, total LGBT infiltration of the church and expulsion of people like me deemed anti-gay.

Let's move forward. Revoice was a hill to die on, but there are other hills the survivors of the Revoice wars will have to die on as well. Next up, ex-gay counseling. A battle that may get nuclear. Let's get ready and put Revoice behind us. 




Tuesday, July 24, 2018

INTERVIEW ON PRIORITY TALK RADIO

With Tom Littleton on Alabama radio:

http://prioritytalkradio.com/podcast/2018/7/18/listen-to-wednesdays-edition-of-priority-talk-7182018

TUESDAY (2): REVOICE'S HOLE GETS DEEPER WITH A GREG JOHNSON PRESS RELEASE. JUST STOP DIGGING!

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I felt bad for the Revoice people at the beginning. They got ripped apart every which way by people all over the spectrum and the gay community seems not all that supportive of what they are doing. But the latest salvo from Greg Johnson just melted away my last sympathy for them. This newest press release answering four "misrepresentations" continues more of the same games. These four "misrepresentations" bear no resemblance to anything I've stated as an objection to Revoice, or to what I've seen most people state as objections. Anyway, the biggest problem people have with Revoice is not their official positions, which they change and camouflage, but with the growing suspicion that they have ulterior plans and are simply not trustworthy. Here is Greg Johnson's Facebook post:



And here is the link to his press release, which seems to be nothing but hot air blasting at nothing anybody said in the first place:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T1r7dZ4PR1BbYWGVgYBoncy7gE9_BrHn/view

The last two paragraphs say this:


These are the two paragraphs we should concentrate on? Oh, brother. My problem with these paragraphs are the disingenuousness I perceive here. He says "Revoice is not actually a conference about sin" but he says it is about a class of sinners--same-sex-attracted people--needing to know how to thrive in churches. Why would they have an issue thriving in churches? Because they live with a sexual sin that the churches forbid. So is it about sexual sin or is it not about sexual sin? If it is not about sexual sin, then why not just have a conference for Christians to thrive in general? Why not organize a potluck for the people at Memorial, or a picnic, or a Saturday night dance?

He states that a homosexual's biggest struggle might not be with lustful thoughts. I get that. I agree. But why tailor the conference for people who are homosexual then? And as for the last paragraph, it's total nonsense and I am tired of hearing about it. I've never heard churches tolerate nasty gay jokes about people in the congregation. Tom Littleton and I break down why this press release--and indeed the whole Revoice phenomenon--is s0 frustrating.

INTERVIEW ON THE NEW NORMAL WITH FAITH RADIO, THE MEETING HOUSE

Monday, July 23, 2018

MONDAY TIP: WHY THIS IS NOT A MOMENT FOR US TO STAY SILENT

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In the video below I explain why I cannot fall into silence at this moment. The LGBT movement of 2018 has shifted and bears little resemblance to the LGBT movement that focused on getting gays in the military and securing so-called "marriage equality." While I did not agree with the gay movement when they fought to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell and to gain marriage "equality," I could still see some honorable facets of the gay movement in those days.

Now the gay movement has indulged a pathological obsession with imposing its sexual obsessions on children: adoption of children, LGBT curriculum in young children's schools, forcing churches to lie to youth about what the Bible says on sexuality, and finally, forbidding anyone from telling young people the truth that sexuality is fluid and they can choose to leave homosexuality at any time if they have fallen into it. 

I grew up not only with a gay parent but also in a highly left-wing environment. When I came to Texas in 2016, for the first time I got to know the Bible Belt's culture. In some ways I can understand why so many people who moved from middle America to big cities like New York reacted against their Christian upbringing and became pro-gay as part of their rebellion. But even with its flaws, Christian America is still right to resist the normalization of homosexuality since God made us heterosexual and no other sexual "orientation" truly exists.

For a very long time, I wanted to believe the best about the gay community. I thought that even if I disagreed with them there still existed a lot of good in the community's heart. But the turn toward children and youth on all these fronts has hardened me regarding LGBT culture. I feel "woke" about it, and not in a positive way. The fact that so few active homosexuals have the courage to stand up to gay leadership and call out the abusive practices toward children has caused me to lose all confidence in the gay community. People who have taken this on as their identity should be standing up and screaming against the abuses of children perpetrated in their name.

Instead, gay people have agreed with or abetted the troubling turn toward children in massive numbers. In this video I explain what a tragedy this is, and why this is not the time to be accommodating to gay demands.


Monday, July 16, 2018

TEN SIGNS THAT THE LGBT ISSUES MAY BE TURNING AROUND

Ten Weak Links in the LGBT Chain
Robert Oscar Lopez

For Christians this year’s events offer mixed signals. On the one hand, the LGBT movement has indicated its plan to infiltrate Christian churches. They have gone “gangbusters” after two of the big ones, the Roman Catholic and Southern Baptist denominations in the United States. The smaller but extremely influential Presbyterian Church of America seems caught in the spider’s web too. And even the Orthodox church, long considered untouchable, has shown some breaches in its defenses.

On the other hand, I can spot at least ten signs that we may have passed the Peak LGBT Moment. Often we hear about abortion and homosexuality as the twin worries facing Christian orthodoxy. Abortion looms as a more visceral atrocity. Homosexuality, on the other hand, poses the greater theological danger. Why? Those who affirm homosexuality typically have to re-interpret the most basic tenets of Christianity to find some justification for their position.

Hope springs eternal, however. For Christians worried about the ongoing damage caused by the LGBT movement, consider these ten “weak links” in the LGBT movement. We have solid reasons for hoping things may turn around soon. I go over all ten reasons in the video below.

1.    Social media seems to have shifted.

2.    People freak out about children.

3.    Too many people have disproved “born this way.”

4.    The theology is breaking down.

5.    Their war against Trump stands as obvious politics.

6.    Their dirty tactics will catch up to them.

7.    MeToo will eventually hit the gay community.

8.    They won cultural power but lost their cultural allure.

9.    They will run out of money.


10. They are making themselves miserable.