Leaving Homosexuality–is it possible?

He was a student by day and a drug dealer at night. After the police raided his home, Christopher Yuan had a choice to make.

Here is the proposition that Yuan made while in prison. He wanted to justify or sanction his lifestyle. He took the Bible and searched every verse, chapter and page for justification of his homosexual life. He concluded: “I never found anything.”

So he says a decision had to be made–ether forsake God and choose to
“live as a homosexual, allowing my feelings to dictate who I was.” Or, ” abandon homosexuality by liberating myself from my feelings and live as a follower of Jesus Christ. My decision was clear and obvious. I chose God.”

But, could he do that?

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3 thoughts on “Leaving Homosexuality–is it possible?

  1. Interestingly that was exactly the question taken up by evangelical psychologists whose study was recently published. The evangelical journal that published their finding reports: “Sexual behavior changes but not sexual orientation”.

    These findings are from evangelical psychologist Mark Yarhouse and his research team at Pat Robertson’s Regent University. The study was recently published in a journal from the evangelical Society for Christian Psychology.

    Given the evangelical identity of the researchers, their base of operation and publisher, together with the corroborating evidence from studies by another evangelical psychologist (see link) and others, very serious and sobering questions are raised over the “pastoral” recommendations for mixed-orientation marriage made by “ex-gay” advocates and other church leaders.

    Read about their findings here: http://wp.me/1tsIE

    -Alex Haiken
    http://JewishChristianGay.wordpress.com

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    • Alex, I continue to read some of the articles that you recommended and I am interested in your reference to the Journal Edification. I note there that Newton Malony in his article says this:

        The biblical model (i.e. God’s ideal will) does not affirm homosexuality. Yet, for many, if not most overt homosexuals, the impulse is experienced as part of what is unchangeable. Efforts to transform the condition do succeed, but not often. As Yarhouse stated, “with God, all things are possible” – but they are rarely probable.

       

      Seems the first statement runs counter to your thinking. The Bible in specific instances or as a model does not affirm the practice of homosexuality. I differentiate the practice from the thought life of an individual. I believe that a Christian can have an offending attraction–hetro or homosexual–it doesn’t matter. What does matter is whether and when the individual acts on the attraction or thought in the thought life.

      And, that is what differentiates successful living as a Christian I believe. And, that makes all the difference with respect to what Yarhouse states above. I don’t believe the Christian community at large is asking any Christian to give up an attraction either homo or hetrosexual. Where either attraction crosses the line into sin is when the attraction becomes a fantasy or is acted out in real life.

      So, let me say this a slightly different way. I don’t believe the christian community at large condemns same sex attraction–not does the Bible speak to that point. Carrying an attraction to the point of craving/lusting or actually fulfilling sexual desires through physical acts is where we see the Bible making the call on what has crossed the line into sin.

      “but they are rarely probable” is a truism because people do not make the distinction that I just iterated in their minds and they do not call on Christ for help in their weaknesses. Making the move towards Christ with our weaknesses or addictions in not easy, but He made it possible if we place our trust in Him. Many do not know what that is like because we have never explored His power.

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