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Editors Note: LaKenya Clanton is a property manager currently living in Florida. She’s been following Christ since 2007. She’s speaking out about her freedom from lesbianism because she wants others to know that questions and doubts no longer dominate her life. GCM Watch is exclusively publishing excerpts of her testimony. For the full testimony see note at the end of this article.
Until now, I have never confessed my greatest secret to anyone. For more than 25 years, I, firmly kept hidden the one thing about me that could change the way my closest friends, children, immediate and church family viewed me. This secret, that I am finally free to share with the world, is that I was gay and believed for more than a quarter of a century that I was born that way.
You may wonder why I kept my lesbianism a secret for so many years. Especially since, homosexuality is so widely accepted today and laws are always being modified in support of the Gay community. Truth is, I could never find peace with being who I was, because as a child, I learned early on that homosexuality was wrong, and if I dared embrace it, my final destination would be hell.
It is now, twenty-five years later and I am, finally, able to tell my story. I can, honestly, say any such testimony shared prior to now, would’ve been incomplete. It is as a result of God’s love, mercy, grace, and Spirit that this journey of hurt, pain, shame, loneliness, confusion, depression, yet understanding, conviction and deliverance, that I am able to stand with the full-backing of the Holy Spirit, share my testimony, and possess the unwavering power needed to withstand the type of fire that comes as a result of such a testimony. I know that from this point forward, my life will be under a microscope. But I welcome it. God has given me a testimony. I no longer struggle with the sin of homosexuality! I no longer feel imprisoned in my body, and, now, know for certain that I was not born this way.
I was 11 years old the first time I kissed a girl. Although homosexuality was becoming more and more acceptable in society, I couldn’t let go of the little knowledge I had about God. And that was that this (homosexuality) was something that He did not approve of.
For a long while, the fear of going to hell, especially, for something I should be able to control, governed my actions. Well, that, and, twice as much, the shame I would feel if people knew the truth. So, as you could imagine, I made every effort to conceal my desires. For a while, I was able to refrain from physically acting on my emotions. But that only lasted for a short while. By the time I was 14, I would find myself overwhelmed with lustful desires and consistently watching lesbian pornography in an effort to satisfy my flesh.
The transition to this alternative lifestyle wasn’t instantaneous. With every boundary I pushed, lesbianism consistently crept in. Yes, watching the porn made the doors to this life visible. But the doors were first opened when I learned that my best friend had these same feelings and, in confidence, admitted to me that she was bisexual. I, now, had someone with whom I could relate. Her confession somehow gave my desires validation or justification. Still afraid to tell her my true nature, I just pretended to be curious and eventually allowed her to guide me beyond the doorway and even deeper into this seductive lifestyle.
Before I knew it, I was in a sexual relationship with a different woman. Every time we were together, it felt right. But, when apart, it was as if I had all my senses. I would question myself and God, wondering, “Is this real?” But it had to be! It felt too natural not to be – even more natural than being with a man.
Things soon began to accelerate quickly. I constantly found myself making excuses – justifying my behavior. My mind went from “I will never be with a girl” to “Ok, I’m with a girl but only this once”. I tried to convince myself that “It’s just sex”. But deep inside, I feared that it was more. I really tried to tell myself that the emotions I was experiencing was just surface. I really believed, at the time, that “I would not be with another girl” “Nor, would I ever be in a real relationship with a woman”. But, that wasn’t true. I was would soon be with yet another woman and in a homosexual relationship”. I was going deeper and deeper. And the longer I was with this woman, the more apparent it became that I could never be with a man again.
Throughout my process to freedom, contrary to what many may expect, never did God confront my homosexuality. Instead, he challenged the fact that I, like any other person, was born in sin and shaped in iniquity. Homosexuality was just one of the manifestations of my sinful nature and personal circumstances combined. God made me fully aware of my sin through his word; and, eventually, led me to realize that I was not born this way, but was motivated by the seducing spirit that was in harmony with my flesh.
Learning that this behavior wasn’t uncontrollable or innate, I began to question God even more. I wondered, “Lord, if I was not born this way, why do I still have these desires, even after the cross? Even after confessing my sin and living a life of denial?” Dealing with the mind games and the shame continued to hold me captive.
Even, by this time, knowing that I wasn’t born this way, in my heart, I made myself okay with the fact that I was going to die this way. Knowing I wasn’t born like this should’ve made things easier – gave me hope. But, it didn’t. I’d been robbed of the one excuse I had for not being able to control my behavior. Sure, I believed that God could free me but I couldn’t imagine how. I’d already given my life to Christ. I expected God to heal me immediately. But, he didn’t! And I didn’t know what else I needed to do to overcome. I had no point of reference to go to. There was no one that I knew personally that could walk me through this process. Though my Pastor, and those I valued, spiritually, knew of my past lifestyle, I still felt alone. I wasn’t ashamed to tell them that I was gay as much as I was to share that, even after all these years post salvation, I still feel perverted in my mind. What would they think if they knew that there were nights when I would just cry because I couldn’t understand why these feelings wouldn’t go way?
What felt like breaking, was part of God’s plan. Without even realizing, my healing process had begun. But freedom wouldn’t come without God, first, revealing the root of my weakness – the culprit behind my sexual immorality. Through a series of messages, God allowed me to see that, what kept me bound by my own flesh and hindered me from moving forward in him, was un-forgiveness. Hard to believe that I, failing to pardon the behaviors and actions of those that wronged me, had caused me to become bitter and resentful, and to seek acceptance in hidden places. Unforgiveness had become the fuel that drove my lustful desires. It was “why” I was the way I was.
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The Atlanta based Overcomers Network says Exodus International shut down is tragic but the message of freedom from homosexuality is alive and well. The group plans a “prayer and witness” response.
Orlando,FL June 21, 2013 – The Executive Staff and Officers of the Overcomers Network (ON) join the Christian community in acknowledging the decision to shut down Exodus International – the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality. We grieve with those leaders and members of this organization that may have been adversely affected by this decision, and stand in faith that God’s ultimate plan will be manifested in their lives. However, even as we acknowledge the impact of this decision – we are confident that the ministry to those desiring to leave the homosexual lifestyle and pursue God’s divine plan for their lives will continue to move forward through the work of ministries, Christian leaders, and organizations such as – The Overcomers Network.
Pastor DL Foster, founder and Senior Director of the ON, reflected on his experience with Exodus: “When I first discovered them in 1997, I’d just narrowly missed the conference in Boston. My next year was filled with excitement as I prepared to go to Seattle and connect with hundreds of people just like myself who had left homosexuality to follow Jesus. My wife and I had an incredible time and knowing that there was so many others like me became a hallmark of continuity in my life. And while the season of Exodus the organization has come to an end, the exodus from homosexuality continues unabated. That’s why the Overcomers Network stands now as a new vanguard of the truth that freedom from homosexuality is not just a possibility, its a reality.”
The ON understands that this may be a confusing time for some, which is why we feel the best thing we can all do during this season of transition is to seek the face of God. Our response is to pray and witness, following the call of Jesus in Acts 1:8.
We’re excited to announce that we will be hosting the “Chainbreakers Clarion Call to Prayer” via teleconference from Monday June 24th – Wednesday June 26th. This prayer assembly will take place each evening at 9pm EST. The prayer will be led by seasoned ministers from around the country and hear the testimonies of individuals who have experienced the power of God’s deliverance from sexual perversion. Those desiring to connect with us during these calls are welcomed do so by simply dialing in to : (832) 551-5900, PIN: 118597. We are expecting God to break chains and bring hope, healing, deliverance, and guidance in the midst of this spiritual transition.
Founded in February 2010, the Overcomers Network (ON) is a network dedicated to the advocacy of sexual holiness, empowering disciples and exalting Christ through faith and fellowship. The ON has members throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Kenya, Indonesia, the Caribbean and Europe. For more information on the Overcomers Network visit: http://www.overcomersnetwork.org
As more and more false teachers, particularly those who ascribe to homosexual inclusion theology, flex their influence, collusion is bound to occur. But what is a believer, faithful to the truth to do (or say) about it when a respected leader links up with false teachers?
A flier for unannounced homosexual cleric Kenneth Samuel’s church anniversary features gay bishop OC Allen and card carrying inclusionist DE Paulk. No surprises there as birds of a feather are expected to congregate together. Here’s the documentation on Paulk, Allen and Samuels, respectively.
But what of the appearance of Joseph L. Williams, son of reknowned Atlanta pastor Jasper Williams? Or Juandalyn Stokes, a local gospel personality? Are these two making small steps towards embracing the specious inclusion doctrine? While one appearance at a gay/gay affirming church is not to be taken as full approval or partnership with doctrines of devils, it is nonetheless disturbing trend in the contemporary church. And then again, Samuels would have never invited someone to speak at his church who he knows openly opposes his false teaching and immoral sexual lifestyle. So what conclusions can we draw? Williams, a theologically educated man, surely knows the implications of 1 Cor 5, Eph 5:14,1 Cor 15:33 and other passages which warn believers not to associate with those who work undercover for satan.
Tetuan Moffett, who produced the popular EXMinistries series “Thieves in the Temple” says that false teachers have no redeemable qualities.
But what about the false teachers (2 Peter 2:1)? What about these men who lead hundreds, thousands, and sometimes millions to the second death (2 Peter 2:2, “many will follow” Revelation 20:14-15; 22:15)? DO WE PRAY FOR THEM? No. The instruction Paul gives in Galatians1:8-9 (for those who preach any other gospel) is that we let them go to hell. (be accursed). The Lord says that false teachers are like “brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed.” In other words, God has made false teachers for the express purpose of destroying them forever. As the above says, “they will utterly perish”, and they “will receive the wages of unrighteousness.” The wages of unrighteousness is the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). False teachers are beyond hope. In fact, note Jude 11. It says of them that they have “perished” in the rebellion of Korah.”
In both the old and new testaments, the prophets, Jesus and the apostles use extremely harsh and condemning language, metaphors and pronouncements in dealing with false teachers. To lend aid or support to one was considered just as grave a transgression as being one. But many have been deceived into thinking that false teachers are actually part of the body, but just having minor differences with the truth.
In properly understanding the serious evil of a preacher who has been trained (brought up) by a wolf, Jesus’ words are referenced – “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. (Matthew 23:15) The bible says “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” Therefore whether if its Michael Green, Daffy Duck or whomever, if you have endorsed and/or supported these false teachers then what spirit is leading you? AN ANTICHRIST SPIRIT? Now how is that for JUDGING? (see: Luke 12:57, I Cor. 11:13, 6:3, 10:15, Matt 7:15-20. Let no man deceive you by any means. How can we tell the “sheep” from the “wolves” unless we “judge” or “determine”? How can we do as our Lord commanded and “beware of false prophets” unless we “judge” them by the word of God? If we do not “judge” or “decide” their error by the word of God, how do we even know they are in error?
Are you a member of Williams, Joseph Williams or Jaundalyn Stokes church? If you are, do you approve of your pastor keeping company with known false teachers and lending support to sexually immoral religious leaders?
Homosexual CNN anchor Don Lemon suffers an on air meltdown after a guest from the Heritage Foundation argued that homosexual marriage is not legal. Ryan Anderson’s rebuttal to the prohomosexual duo’s regurgitated gay marriage talking points was that there is no law criminalizing homosexual marriage. Thus, gays are free to do as they wish. But Lemon could barely contain his composure and lost any semblance professionalism because factually and logically Anderson was right. The behavior of Lemon, who was molested as a boy by another homosexual, personifies the liberal media’s hypocrisy and bias on self serving issues like homosexuality and abortion.
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. Ephesians 5:6-11
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
A child is innocent of the agendas of adults. Why don’t we just begin by making that provisionary statement? No matter how wicked and misguided the adults are, children cannot be held liable for such wickedness.
The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta just got a new member this morning. Congrats to Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen,III and First Gentlemen Rashad Burgess on the new arrival of their new bundle of joy ‘Caylee LaTanya Burgess-Allen.‘
Message from the Family:
“We are proud to announce the birth of a healthy 8.1 lbs. baby, born Thursday January 10, 2013 at 8:23am. The surprise is that it’s a little girl! Her name is, Caylee LaTanya Burgess-Allen. She’s so precious and we love how she has already brought such meaning to our lives. We are humbled and grateful to have such loving and supportive grandparents, godparents, family, a loving Church, faith community, coworkers and beautiful friends who are committed to us.
Should we be happy that a false prophet has adopted a child? Should we be happy that this baby is in a “family” that will raise her? Isn’t this just a private affair that we have no business talking about?
The answers are no, no and no.
No, because Jesus never congratulated false prophets on their adopted (or birth) children. He knew that congratulating them would only give legitimacy to the dangerous doctrine they espoused. Instead he told us to beware of them and their intentions. In fact, everything they do is suspect because their motives are suspect.
No, because there are plenty of families that could have adopted this child and brought her up in the fear and admonition of the Lord (Eph 6:4). Admonition means to give “cautionary advice or warning.” They would have to warn this child that living a sexually immoral life will prevent her from entering into the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6). But of course these two religious homosexuals can’t do that without being hypocritical. They don’t even teach that to the adults that follow them.
And no because they made the event public, thus inviting public approval or public scorn.
After looking at the picture, an obvious question stands to be asked. Which one of these men was impregnated by the other and carried this child inside him for nine months, then birthed the child out of the womb? The answer is as obvious as the ironic picture. Neither. Its a biological, genetic and complete impossibility for either to do so. They have no capacity whatsoever to do so. And guess who made it that way? God. Such an obvious question and equally obvious answer only reinforces the truth about God, genders, sex and sexuality that OC Allen and his gay church have tried so hard to erase through false teachings.
This is exactly why homosexuality is unnatural in every sense of the word. Everything is artificial because they have zero capacity to produce anything by the God-created natural processes. And that extends to spiritual life as well. Perversion is bringing this child into their deceptive play house/play church game. And honestly it takes a great deal of money to tunnel around the natural processes God created.
The homosexual movement is dying of legitimacy thirst. They desperately crave everyone and everything to 100% agree with and 100% celebrate their sexual habits, their emotions, their social dogma, their false churches, their made to order families and the entire facade they’ve created as legitimate. But how can you when its clear as day, that its not? That’s why now you see them using the force of trumped up laws and policies to get what they want.
The only good that can come of this is praying that the child will grow up and reject the lie Allen and his partner will live before her. Pastor Harvey Burnett wrote on his blog, “I pray that this little girl grows to be a mighty and strong advocate for the word of God and stands firm AGAINST the homosexual confusion that her “pretend dads” and apostate church embraces. Like all the other children coming up through that ministry because of deluded parents who continue to be deceived, I pray that her mind and spirit is protected from all further ungodliness and perversion of the flesh such as what this “minister” and church sets forth and what apostate minds such as these endorse in this day we call the “modern age” or modern era.”