If the agenda of homosexual political campaigners was merely for freedom and rights, there would have been no debate on reorientation in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday. Lesley Pilkington would not have been targeted by a homosexual reporter so he could get her struck off for “reparative therapy.”
I don’t know how well these therapies work. Can human efforts help, or will only a miracle of God’s grace change lives, hearts, and desires in this way? There will never be freedom from sin without God. We can decide which desires to encourage, what thoughts to pursue, so perhaps human efforts can have some effect. No matter how smart the experts try to sound, we have limited understanding of the mental and emotional makeup of people in a fallen world.
But whether therapy works or not, if Peter Tatchell and friends cared about freedom and rights, they would loudly support the freedom of people who want it to try to get help to change. Not so. Want to anger a Muslim? Help someone apostacise from Islam. Want to anger a homosexual activist? Try to help someone apostacise from homosexuality.
They claim to oppose reorientation because it doesn’t cure anyone, but only suppresses the symptoms. AIDS therapy doesn’t cure anyone and only suppresses symptoms, but there’s no debate. If some people want this therapy and think it helps (even a little bit) with changing their life to be more what they want it to be, why would anyone oppose people who provide it to them? Pretty simple, really.
The agenda is not freedom, but validation, convincing everyone (especially themselves) that there is nothing wrong with what they do. If someone were changed it would destroy a pillar of that agenda, for once change is possible, there is a choice — to continue as you are, or to seek to be changed. If there is choice, there is moral responsibility, and their claim to validation is that they have no choice, no moral responsibility — thus, their actions MUST be accepted (and validated) without question.
The validation agenda needs homosexuality to be a terminal condition. It has to be as unchangeable as skin colour, as immutable as genetic makeup, as inexorable as old age, carrying on relentlessly until death.
Christians believe in miracles. God changes people. We offer hope. The agenda offers despair, no hope of change. If the agenda collapses, they can’t try to use society’s validation to silence that tiny voice inside, telling them there is a God, telling them He’s not pleased. That can’t be faced. The agenda must be buttressed — so there can be no hope for change for the homosexual. The agenda is built on fear, fear of not being accepted, because of the inner knowledge that their actions are unacceptable to God.
The debate tells little about the effectiveness of the therapy, because the participants all have their own agendas. But the fact that homosexual “rights” activists chose to take part in opposition to the right of homosexuals to receive this treatment (if they want it) tells much about their agenda. The rights agenda isn’t about freedom and rights at all, and the despair of those who want out is a sacrifice offered on the altar of the validation agenda. They must not be offered any hope!
But there is still God, and even if they drive reparative therapies out of existence, He is still in the life-changing, heart-changing, desire-changing business. I don’t know if those therapies work or not, but He does. The real hope is not in a therapy, but in the Lord. If you know someone who is in despair, who wants to be changed, who has been given no hope by those who supposedly support his rights, tell him. For any who will hear God’s call, there really is hope, for His Word says this:
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
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