I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. Jesus, in John 16:33 NIV
Exodus Global Alliance Board Members and Ministry Guests
I was recently reminded of the importance of gathering together with like-minded believers when I attended an Exodus Global Alliance conference in Toronto. Exodus Global Alliance continues to uphold the call to help men and women overcome unwanted LGBTQ struggles and embrace Biblical sexuality. I was privileged to be a part of the guest day at the EGA board meeting held immediately following the conference. Leaders from Latin America, Canada, and the Asia Pacific region shared their ministerial victories and struggles. Although they continue to help men and women overcome sexual brokenness, many of these leaders were experiencing more legal restrictions and challenges than we have here in the United States. Some of the leaders explained that their countries want to be seen as progressive, so they find out the direction the US is going with cultural and legal issues and try to get there faster. Their countries have seen that the US is heading towards banning any therapy helping men and women overcome LGBTQ issues, so some of their countries have already made such therapy illegal.
Just before the conference, I saw that legislation was introduced in Michigan to ban “conversion therapy” for minors. Conversion therapy is loosely defined as any therapy seeking to help someone change their sexual orientation or gender identity away from LGBT and towards a traditional sexual orientation or gender identity. Michigan therapists would only be allowed to offer LGBTQ affirmative therapy to minors, even if the clients requested help to align their sexuality with their Christian faith. Fortunately, it does not look like this legislation will become law with Michigan’s Republican led House and Senate; however, individual cities may be starting to adopt such laws. On June 2nd, the city of Huntington Woods passed a law banning sexual orientation change efforts for minors. Therapists who provide such help will be guilty of a municipal violation.
The reality is that there is over 100 years of scientific research showing that sexual orientation change efforts can be beneficial in helping men and women experience a shift in their orientation and/or gender identity. There is also 2000 year old Biblical evidence in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 that some members of the Corinthian church overcame homosexuality. “Such were some of you…”
Your prayers and financial support of Reconciliation Ministries are crucial to reach men and women who are experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion. You can help these precious souls receive healing for the root issues of their struggles and experience the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. If you are already a member of our monthly support team, we at Reconciliation Ministries sincerely thank you. If you aren’t, we invite you to join our support team by donating to the ministry each month. A donation of any size can help change lives for eternity. You can donate securely online by clicking here.
Thank you for sharing this journey with us,
Dan Hitz and your friends at Reconciliation Ministries of Michigan, Inc.