As the battle rages between the church and militant homosexuals concerning whether or not same sex marriage should be allowed and the lack of backbone that some churches have concerning holding a standard of conduct for those in leadership I found this story refreshing. The man who is talked about in this story did not seek to have his lifestyle or attraction justified or accepted but instead allowed God to start changing him from the inside out.
Dean is an important member of his local church. He is a deacon, and says he sometimes gets so busy with ministry that he has to shut off his phone so he can rest and not take any calls. Dean is also a former homosexual, who says sanctification – the process by which Christians are increasingly set apart for Christ through obedience – is a process that lasts a lifetime.
Dean, who is in his mid-40s and has been celibate for nearly eight years, agreed to speak with The Christian Post on Saturday on the condition of anonymity (his name has been changed) because of professional and social concerns.
“I no longer consider myself gay. I consider myself someone who has same-sex attraction,” he said.
I find this to be a heart warming story and one where I applaud the man for the progress he has made. Now if we can just pray that his attraction changes as well. Nevertheless, I find it honorable that he has renounced his former lifestyle and is living a celibate life instead. This story is proof that homosexuality is a choice of behavior. You do not have to be homosexual.
Dean is further quoted as saying
One of the biggest misunderstandings people have, he says, is that Jesus “zaps” a gay person the moment they become a Christian and instantly makes them happy, healthy and heterosexual. Sanctification, he says, is a gradual process for everyone, and it can take time for individuals to overcome any number of sins in their lives, so they should not be discouraged while God is still working on them.