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Via the Christian Post:
WASHINGTON – Following the June closing of Exodus International, other groups working with persons struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction are taking up the ex-gay banner, including Voice of the Voiceless, which hosted Monday the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner and Reception that attracted about 60 Christian leaders and ex-gay individuals.
“When gays come out of the closet they are celebrated in the movies and on TV, when an ex-gay tells his story, he’s mocked, ridiculed, defamed – and ask Trace McNutt, he gets death threats,” Christopher Doyle, co-founder and president of ex-gay group Voice of the Voiceless, explained. He called for the movement to go on the offensive with the message that people can determine their sexual identity.
Doyle emphasized youth outreach, especially to Christians who suffer from same-sex attraction (SSA) but want to still maintain their faith. “Somewhere along the journey, they listened to the lie that they had to rid themselves of all homosexual feelings in order to be loved by their church, their community, and an opposite sex partner, so they gave up and went into the gay lifestyle,” the VoV president explained.
“To have left homosexuality is a notable miracle,” declared Greg Quinlan, an ex-gay and president of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays. “I have seen the change, I have to speak of these things. It is my obligation to do that!” Citing Acts, Quinlan proclaimed his duty to preach the good news, “I will continue to declare that ex-gay is ok, you can change!”
In a particularly passionate speech, Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md. and chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, shared his miraculous story of surviving esophageal cancer and rededicating himself to God. “Lord, I stand in weakness, but you stand in power,” Jackson, who is also known for fighting against same-sex marriage bills in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, prayed.
The pastor encouraged the ex-gays to declare passionately, “I’m going to live as a transformed ex-gay and I don’t care who doesn’t like it!”
So this is what equal rights looks like?
In Belgium, the London Mail reports that a transsexual has chosen to die by euthanasia after a botched sex change operation to complete his transformation into a man left him a ‘monster’.
Nathan (born Nancy) Verhelst, 44, died yesterday afternoon after being allowed have his life ended on the grounds of ‘unbearable psychological suffering’.
It is understood to be the first time someone in Belgium has chosen euthanasia after a sex-change, and comes soon after it emerged that it is now the cause of nearly one in 50 deaths in the country. [source]
It makes you wonder why it hasn’t gotten any US press attention. The lead angle of the story was the bizarre suicide by euthanasia of a woman who got an operation to look like a man and in her own words ended up looking “like a monster”. So distraught at the irreversible damage done to herself, she committed suicide.
Its tragic that individuals are tortured internally with unending psychological pain, but then to get it “fixed” only to fall into a worse state is proof that “transgenderism” is a serious mental dysfunction. This is what messages like this ultimately lead to particularly for unsuspecting gender confused teens.
Suicide rates among transsexuals and those who have undergone gender reassignment surgery are high with some suggesting the rate may be as high as 31 per cent.
Chris Hyde, professor at the University of Exeter, who has studied the issues surrounding sex change operations, told Mail Online: ‘Research we conducted a decade ago found there is huge uncertainty over whether changing someone’s sex is a good or a bad thing.
While no doubt great care is taken to ensure that appropriate patients undergo gender reassignment, there’s still a large number of people who have the surgery but remain traumatised – often to the point of committing suicide.
‘While we haven’t looked at the situation since then, given the difficulties in researching this area, it is likely that the same issues remain today.’
In the hours before his death Verhelst told Belgium’s Het Laatse Nieuws: ‘I was ready to celebrate my new birth. But when I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted with myself.
Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention got it right when he said that “transgendered” individuals confusion risk serious consequences for rejecting God’s original gift to them.
The transgender question means that conservative Christian congregations such as mine must teach what’s been handed down to us, that our maleness and femaleness points us to an even deeper reality, to the unity and complementarity of Christ and the church. A rejection of the goodness of those creational realities then is a revolt against God’s lordship, and against the picture of the gospel that God had embedded in the creation.
But this also means that we will love and be patient with those who feel alienated from their created identities.We must recognize that some in our churches will face a long road of learning what it means to live as God created them to be, as male or female. That sort of long, slow, plodding and sometimes painful obedience is part of what Jesus said would be true of every believer: the bearing of a cross. That cross-bearing reminds us that God doesn’t receive us because of our own effort but because God reconciled us to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Our transgendered neighbors will disagree with us, of course, that discipleship means an acceptance of who we are as men and women, and that our selves are not separate from our bodies. We should expect such disagreements. But we believe we can no more surgically alter our gospel than we can surgically alter our gender.
The only thing homosexual activists offer are “rights”, but rights will never correct the effects of sin. Nancy Verhelst is tragic proof of that. Redemption from the vile effects of sin is the only real answer. The cross is glorious proof of that.
Maybe this mother is just overcome with love for her [gay] son and will say ANYTHING to “protect” him. Or she might have been brainwashed already into thinking that homosexuals NEVER commit crimes. NEVER, because the mainstream media NEVER reports on crimes by homosexuals.
Second in a series during EXhomosexual awareness month highlighting the continued challenges faced by EXhomosexual Americans.
Homosexual activists are a textbook example of circular hypocrisy. Their grandstanding requires that they lie so much they have long lost the realization of the vicious cycle of their lies. Then again, history has a regressive way of repeating itself. The times may change, but the tactics of hate remain the same.
Case in point, two EXGLBT advocacy organizations declared July as “Exgay Pride Month” and consequently planned a celebration event to highlight the contributions and ongoing struggles of American citizens who are EXhomosexual. They made no demands on the gay community and asked nothing of them. In fact this was just a group of people who felt the need to encourage themselves and their families. Fair enough? Nope, not for homosexual activists. The announcement set off a frenzy of attacks. From the Boston Edge to jittery RightWingWatch, the online gay allied world exploded with numerous reports, blogs and oped peices about the event. Even NBC News mentioned it! The stories were jammed with missiles named mockery, condemnation, bullying, discrimination, judging, unwarranted name calling, bigotry, intolerance and all the detestable vices homosexuals claim have no place in a fair and equal America. But it became very clear that in the eyes of homosexuals, they are the only ones who can simultaneously engage in such vicious behavior while at the same time pretending to decry it.
One of the more oft repeated mocking accusations is that only a few exgays will show up at the event. If thats true, then why is the homosexual community expending such considerable firepower to extinguish what would amount to 10 small knats in their estimation? If EXhomosexuals are so few in number, why all the elaborate objections and arguments? If small means insignificant and thus useless, then gays have erased their own historical footsteps just a few decades ago.
“The small group of gay men who created the Mattachine Society in 1951 drew on the Italian tradition of street comedy in which the jester-truthteller characters, the mattacini, revealed the flaws of pompous characters representing societal norms.
And the small group of lesbian couples who created the Daughters of Bilitis found their inspiration in an obscure 1874 poem, “The Song of Bilitis,” which invented the character of Bilitis as a companion for Sappho.”
But the smartkids [tm] who write the witty little ditty blogs probably dont know this. To them, even google is ancient history.
Remember, the nonexistence of EXhomosexuals is incontrovertible dogma in gay orthodoxy. Exgays can’t exist because if they do, then it destroys their other parallel lie that all homosexuals are born gay and cannot change. Perhaps this premature shock and awe attempt is because they sense a serious threat to their foundational mistruths. And of course you can couch your fear in shallow comedic bullying:
“In case, you’ve never heard of VoV [Voice of the Voiceless], it’s basically an anti-ex-gay defamation group, or, in other words, a group of self-haters who feel picked on.”
“The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of men at such efforts to change one’s sexual orientation are unlikely to be successful and can involve some risk of harm.”
It has to be true because the APA said so. One commenter reminded everyone that the “founders” of the now defunct Exodus organization (no relation to VoV) had “fell in love” and ran away together. In the commenter’s estimation all EXhomosexuals are just like their founders. If that principle is true, the founder of the gay movement Harry Hay was a self professed pedophile and satanist. So based on that, its pretty clear that most homosexuals are satan worshipping pedophiles, right?
Finally, the two organizations have petitioned President Barack Obama to issue a proclamation declaring July “Exgay Pride Month”. That too infuriated gays. But if Barack Obama is president of all the people and EXhomosexuals are tax paying citizens, why not issue a proclamation encouraging support for them and their families?
With all of the hate bombs exploding across the internet, such a proclamation would be a welcome respite.
If you want to support our efforts to help EXGLBT and their families, give to the Overcomers Network or if you are a pastor and want to help create affirming and welcoming places for EXhomosexuals and their families, please list with the EXGLBT Affirming Church Resource.