January 9, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia
Public Statement in support of Evander Holyfield and comments on homosexuality
The Overcomers Network (ON) announces its support of former heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield and his recent comments on homosexuality.
On January 3, Holyfield became the 12th housemate to enter the 13th series of Celebrity Big Brother UK. Just three days later, Holyfield was “reprimanded” by the show after responding to comments directed to him by fellow contestant Luisa Zissman. Holyfield told Zissman that homosexuality was not normal and could be changed. Using the simple analogy of a doctor fixing a problem, Mr. Holyfield lovingly expressed his belief that the same applied to homosexuality.
“The Bible lets you know there’s wrong there’s right. It don’t make no difference,” “If you’re born and your leg were turned this way, what do you do? You go to a doctor and get it fixed back right. All I’m trying to say, you know handicap people are born, you can’t say because they are born that way you can’t fix them. It is a choice. C’mon, how can you not say you ain’t gay unless you sleeping with the opposite sex?”
“Evander hasn’t lived a perfect life and we all know that”, said Pastor DL Foster, Founder and President of the ON, “but you don’t have to be perfect to tell the truth.”
100% of scriptures that mention homosexual behavior, brand it as sinful and outside of the will of God. Change and transformation from homosexuality is a foundational truth of the gospel. The bible teaches that every person who comes to Christ by faith receives the hope and promise of new life.
Change and transformation is enshrined even in the music of the gospel. Evander grew up in churches hearing songs like “Jesus will fix it for you, for he knows just what to do. Whenever you pray, just let him have him have his way. Let Jesus fix it for you.”
In the minds of those who reject the truth of scripture, such a concept seems offensive. But the Overcomers Network is made up of many members who have experienced the exact change Christ promises. In that, the ON is thankful for Evander’s comments because despite the mockery, truth always prevails.
“Mr. Holyfield is still the real deal in our eyes. True to form, he delivered a decisive knock out blow to one of the most deceptive falsehoods in our world today.”, said Pastor Foster.
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The ON is a network of believers Welcoming Change and Affirming Redemption. The Overcomers Network was founded in 2010 to provide accountability, fellowship and discipleship to overcoming men and women in the US and abroad.