“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”- 2 Corinthians 5:17
I was born into a Christian home, and grew up with Christian values instilled into me from a very young age. However, I was abused by someone close to me when I was 5, and this had a huge impact on me in the years to come. From the age of seven, I started experimenting sexually with boys my age, and this continued into my teen years.
When I was 12, I came to believe that I was gay, and by the age of 14, I ‘came out’ to my family and friends. I was just not attracted to girls. I told my parents that I was gay and wanted nothing to do with God. Through my school, I managed to find support groups for LGBT young people and started attending one in Brighton. This helped to re-enforce my belief that I was born gay, and that I couldn’t change even if I wanted to. I started to hate Christians, and would often speak of them in a derogatory way.
When I was 16, I decided to run away from my parents. I wanted to live MY life MY way, to do as I pleased. I started living on my own, but even with this new-found freedom to do as I pleased and live a gay lifestyle, I still wasn’t happy. I felt empty on the inside.
I started attending a ‘gay church’, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in Brighton. I learned their theology, and their interpretation of the scriptural passages concerning homosexuality. I started to think like they did and believe like they did. I wanted their beliefs and theology to be true. The MCC spoke of the God of love, yet never mentioned sin and judgement.
Whilst attending this ‘church’, something on the inside of me told me ‘this isn’t right’. Also during this time, I joined the website theologyonline.com to post on there the theology that I had learned at the MCC. I got a very harsh response from the Christians there, and I didn’t like it. However, the Lord used the words that they spoke to me to start to bring about conviction of sin. This all culminated on one night, on October 13th 2005, when at the leading of the website’s owner I gave my heart to the Lord. As I was saved through the ministry of a website, you can still find the post where I got saved here.
The Lord then started to work in me, changing my attitudes. I didn’t change overnight, but over the next two years, I could see myself changing as a person. Then one day, God made it possible for me to fall in love with a girl. I fell deeply in love with a Christian friend of mine. She didn’t feel the same back, but this was God’s way of showing me I was finally free, that I could be attracted to someone of the opposite sex.
I first heard of Christian Voice back in 2004 when I was attending MCC. During this time Stephen Green, the National Director went to a debate in Brighton with Debbie Gaston, the leader of the MCC there. I heard about this and I decided that I hate Christian Voice and all that it stood for. After I got saved and my attitudes changed, I came to see that we need ministries like this in our country. I came to like and respect the work that Christian Voice does. I contacted them through their Facebook page to tell them this and Stephen Green responded. I now work for Christian Voice and consider Stephen Green both my friend and my brother in Christ.
I sit here writing this now after having just recently done an outreach at the ‘World Pride’ festival in London. I spoke to many people about my story, and I received mixed reactions, although many of them were sadly negative. What a transformation!
I am so thankful to the Lord for websites like www.theologyonline.com which provided a platform for me to hear the truth. I’m also very thankful that he brought Christians into my life who weren’t scared or ashamed to speak the truth that the lifestyle I was living was sinful and displeasing to God. So many in the Church today are spiritually disabled when it comes to speaking out against homosexuality, but if it hadn’t been for people rebuking me in my sin I wouldn’t be here today saved by the grace of God, through the power of the shed blood of Jesus on the cross.
In closing, I would like to leave you with the passage of Scripture found in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, ‘Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.’
I didn’t choose to have homosexual feelings, but I did choose not to have them. God is so good, to God be the Glory!
How the MCC and ‘Gay Christian Movement’ Twist the Bible
By any reasonable definition, the Metropolitan Community Church is not a Christian church, it is a homosexual front organisation for those whose homosexuality is more important for them than honestly finding the will of God for their lives. Key Christian doctrines such as the atonement, by which Christ gave his life to forgive us from sin, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in redeemed believers, are absent.
The MCC New York branch mission statement begins, not with Jesus Christ (in fact Jesus Christ is absent from it) but with: ‘Metropolitan Community Church of New York is a spiritual home for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community, open to all.’ It exists so that, ‘all people can experience God’s liberating love, learn to live in right relationship with all creation, and gain the courage to change the world.’ In other words, it is an activist movement.
The MCC twist passages of Scripture which deal with homosexuality. The Bible clearly says in Leviticus 18:22, ‘Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination’. The MCC and homosexual theologians say that this verse no longer applies as it is part of the old ceremonial law given to the Jews. This is true of some of the laws of the Old Testament such as the laws on diet and clothing, but laws dealing with sexual purity are part of a long-standing moral code. Other verses in Leviticus 18 deal with such sins as incest, bestiality and child sacrifice. I doubt that anyone would suggest that these verses no longer apply. So it is highly inconsistent to single out the one verse on homosexuality and say that this no longer applies today.
The Bible says in Romans 1:26-27, ‘For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.’ The MCC and homosexual theologians argue that this verse isn’t talking about people who are ‘naturally homosexual’, but it is talking about people who are ‘naturally heterosexual engaging in homosexual acts’. They then reverse this and state that it is sinful for someone who is ‘naturally homosexual to engage in heterosexual acts.’ However, neither Paul who wrote this passage, nor any Bible writer, differentiates between “homosexuals” engaging in homosexual acts and “heterosexuals” engaging in homosexual acts. Homosexual behaviour as such is always contrary to God’s created order. Jesus revealed what God’s created order for relationships is in Matthew 19:4-5 when he said, ‘Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh.’
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 we read, ‘Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.’ The MCC and homosexual theologians say that this verse doesn’t even talk about homosexuals as this was not what Paul was referring to. But the Greek word Paul used is arsenokoitēs which means men who go to bed with other men. These verses are clearly talking about homosexuality, and in verse 11 Paul clearly shows that some of the people in the Church at Corinth had been homosexuals but were no longer. This is a clear indication that people are not born homosexual and can change by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The MCC and homosexual theologians, not content with just challenging the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality actually try and argue that the Bible approves of homosexual relationships. They argue that in the story of David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel, David and Jonathan were homosexual lovers. The Bible does not say that there was any sexual relationship between the two, rather that the two were very close in friendship and platonic love. To attempt to say that there was something more to their relationship than this is not grounded in fact, it is pure subjective speculation and not backed up by the scriptures.
Another common argument used is that Jesus himself didn’t mention homosexuality in the Gospels. They say that this means that the issue is unimportant to God, as if the silence means approval. However, Jesus also didn’t mention bestiality or incest. The prohibitions against these practises come from the Old Testament. Just because Jesus didn’t mention these sinful practises does not mean that he approves of them. We have already seen that Jesus revealed God’s intention for marriage between a man and a woman in Matthew 19:5.
The MCC speak of the ‘God of love’, yet they never mention sin and judgement. If there is no sin and judgement in their view of God, then what has Jesus saved them from – except from homophobia? In all my time in the MCC I never found the answer to that question.