I grew up in the ’70s, raised by a Southern Baptist minister in the ultra-conservative Bible Belt. For years I struggled with my Christian faith and homosexuality and share my painful journey through a secular world at odds with homosexuality, in addition to a religious world that is hostile to homosexuals. Sadly, many gay, lesbian and transgender individuals don’t know that there is a God who loves them and longs to have a relationship with them.
I spent 25 years immersed in the world of homosexuality and share some of the pitfalls of that life. This is not about glamorizing a life I once lived nor is it about self-pity. My story is not an attack on the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) or Christian communities, nor is my story a representation of what all LGBT individuals go through. This is merely my journey and what I learned along the way.
Deliverance from what many refer to as the “homosexual lifestyle” is possible. While some transition successfully into a heterosexual life, others (like myself) have chosen celibacy. God provided the necessary healing in order for me to have the strength to walk out of that life. The main goal should be trying to live a life that is pleasing to God and in alignment with His will. There is hope in Christ.
I share this with you for His glory, not mine. Thank you for reading.
I, like George Carneal, was a fornicator and spent a lot of time partying, drinking, and fornicating. No matter what I did, I could not fill that inner void until I repented (turned to God) and trusted Christ to save me from something I could not save myself from.
As I have told sodomites and lesbians I met while street preaching, at work or elsewhere, my besetting sin was as bad as theirs. I spoke to them as a sinner saved by grace from God’s judgment. I explained to them that I fornicated, but not with those of the opposite sex. Any sex outside marriage is sin. I explained God’s judgment. I explained God’s plan of salvation. I explained that Christ saved me and made me a new creature. He regenerated me. Old things passed away and all things became new. I am now indwelt by the Holy Spirit who gave me new desires and redirected my life for His glory.
None that I have witnessed to became angry. In fact, some thanked me for sharing what I had to say in love.
God says that any sex outside marriage is sin. He ordained marriage and proclaims that only a man and a woman can marry. He never gave jurisdiction over marriage to any other authority, including civil government. Therefore, no matter what the United States Supreme Court says, only a man and woman can marry (See Matthew 19.4-6, KJB where Jesus confirms the Genesis narrative of the creation of man and woman (Genesis 1.27) and that marriage is the union, under God, of a man and a woman (Genesis 2.23-24)).
Sorry, But We Won’t Rewrite the Bible for Gays and Lesbians (062616)(“… In response to my open letter to Isaac Archuleta, who describes himself as a bisexual Christian, Richard S. posted a lengthy comment on my personal Facebook page, including this statement: ‘The logical conclusion to your theology (gays can change and if they don’t it must be because they don’t have faith or are deceived) is extremely damaging to the souls of gay people. That was the point of Isaac’s letter. No amount of nice words will erase the damage. Only honest reconsideration of your theology will bring healing. Please don’t discount/deny the faith of your gay brothers and sisters. They have much to contribute to the church.’ …” [Good article, but I do not agree with everything the author states such as “[W]e don’t say or believe that if gays don’t change “it must be because they don’t have faith or are deceived”.”)