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"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.
The recent push to get into the churches (as I have discussed in past posts) has strengthened the prophetic ambitions of the LGBT movement. Since the LGBT community rallies around their shared rebellion against God's design, perhaps it is inevitable that their rebellion would lead swiftly to usurpation of God's role with their own messianic fantasies.
The movement to ban ex-gay therapy goes hand in hand with the efforts to infiltrate evangelical churches for a simple reason. The LGBT movement wants to claim prophetic status for itself, so it must replace Genesis with a different creation story that implies (or states directly) that God designed homosexuality and made people gay. To accomplish such a bold coup d'état, the LGBT movement must prove their prophetic authenticity so that their claims to speak for God are viable.
"Prophetic" implies two things at least--to speak for God to men, and to predict the future. So the LGBT movement presumes the latter power by telling people who want to get out of homosexuality that the gay movement knows their future before they even set out on their journey of change. "It Gets Better" was not only a propaganda project but also a predictive project, attempting to tell young people that gay adults had special powers to see the future awaiting them if they follow in gay mentors' footsteps.
The negative side of the LGBT movement's prophetic presumptions consists of terrifying people who want to get out of homosexuality with dire predictions of what will happen if they go against the gay community's designs: suicide, homelessness, a ruined and loveless marriage, misery, and depression leading to poor judgment culminating in anything from AIDS to drug addiction.
"You want to change? It can't be done! We know, because we are prophets, and we know you better than you know yourself, because God has revealed the higher truth to us."
For the gay community, self-fulfilling doomsday prophecies serve a specially useful purpose. They are self-fulfilling in the most psychologically manipulative sense. By terrifying young people who question whether they really are gay, and by convincing all their friends and loved ones that trying to change is literally suicidal, they make people so afraid to try to change that they give up before even starting the journey. It helps the LGBT lobby to criminalize any statements to young people that encourage them to try changing or which challenge the prophetic claims of the LGBT movement that change is impossible.
But guess what--self-fulfilling prophecies are always false. Only prophecies that (1) God fulfills, and (2) conform to the Bible, are true prophecies. Prophecies from people who preach against Bible teaching, and which those same people have to fulfill through coercion or trickery, are by default false.
On English Manif I provide basic "tips" based on what I've seen of people who successfully got out of homosexuality and became straight for all intents and purposes. Not just celibate, but straight. It is possible. I am living proof as are millions of others. So we know straightaway (no pun intended) that people who prophesy that change is dangerous and impossible are false prophets.
The best metaphor, which I cited in my most recent interview with Sandy Rios, is probably weight loss. I have struggled with my weight ever since early adulthood. I have gone through multiple periods where I became highly obese, could not stop overeating, and hated exercise. I was and could have identified myself as a "fat person." It would even be correct to say "I am fat" during those periods. At certain periods, such as in 2016, the stressful year during which I abandoned my tenured post in California and moved to Texas, it seemed an entirely lost cause to picture myself ever being thin again.
Countless obese people I've known have convinced themselves that they can never lose weight. They try diets but cannot stick to them. They try exercising and find themselves uncommitted to it. They fellowship with others who are overweight and all involved convince each other that being fat is not a lifestyle, but who they are.
When obese people convince themselves they can never become trim, they become somewhat unfriendly to formerly fat people who have lost weight. It becomes hard for them to encourage others who drop in weight because the weight loss in others feels like judgment against them no matter how people intend to sound to them.
But I have lost large amounts of weight over the course of my life. While part of me is a couch potato, there is also a part of me that loves physical exertion just as long as I've broken the impasse and gotten myself motivated. On August 1, 2017, I weighed in at 275 pounds, and this was not muscle. By August 1, 2018, I am weighing in around 235 pounds. I had dropped to 223 pounds but then started working out with heavy weights, and have put on muscle. I'd love to be 195 pounds and hope I can do that in the upcoming year.
But for now, I am grateful that God opened a path for me to drop 40-50 pounds. When I told myself "It can't be done," I was wrong. I did it.
Mastery and discipline in one's sexual habits are quite similar to weight loss. If you have gotten so used to saying, "I am gay," and you buy into the naysaying self-fulfilling prophecies that come from the gay community, you can convince yourself that it would be impossible for you to transform yourself. It is as hard to motivate yourself to shape up your life to prepare yourself for dating women, as it would be to motivate yourself to get on the treadmill and force yourself to overcome aches, pains, and fatigue until you can sustain a job and sweat off extra pounds. It is as easy to break down and log on to a porn site while masturbating a fantasizing about gay relations, as it is to break down and pick up a glazed donut. In both cases the breakdown leads to a spiral of guilt, self-incrimination, and discouragement that leads to the self-fulfilling prophecy, "it can't be done."
It can be done. God knows the future; the false gay prophets do not. Remember that.