Hemos escuchado a muchos de nuestros miembros decir que después de su primer encuentro homosexual, fueron a casa y tomaron una larga ducha, tratando de limpiarse la suciedad y la porquería de su pecado. Otros dicen después de largos periodos de pecar sexualmente, que no lo harán de nuevo y que quieren olvidarlo. Obviamente, el lavar el cuerpo, aunque necesario, no llega al lugar de culpabilidad y pecado, ni a la necesidad de ir a Dios para lidiar con nuestro pecado.
Children experience feelings long before they learn how to process them. Painful or traumatic events that happen in childhood often produce long-lasting feelings of fear, shame, guilt, envy, hurt, abandonment, embarrassment, loneliness, disappointment, and rejection. Because these emotions are difficult to face, a child may not want to think about them or even admit to having them. In some homes, a pattern exists of not talking about personal feelings and so the child learns not to share his/her pain.
As the issue of freedom from homosexuality is debated daily, Exodus International is more in the public view and looked to for answers. A recent issue of the Exodus Update features the testimony of a woman who continues to live with her former lover. They have never separated, yet she claims to have worked through their dependency issues. We have spoken to Exodus leaders and written letters on the subject of the need for separation from former lovers and “gay” friends. Our last letter in September 1996 was acknowledged but never answered.
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is spoken of by Jesus as the only unpardonable sin. The misunderstanding of this passage has caused many people trapped in the lies of their emotions and in homosexual sin and bondage, to despair and go back to sin because, in a fit of rage, they had cursed God or shaken a fist at Him, renounced Him or torn up and thrown away a Bible. So this Scripture, when read in a state of shame and guilt, can be misread to mean, “I have no hope – I’ve committed the unpardonable sin.” Many even think homosexuality is the unpardonable sin. This is totally false.
Though Scripture has been misinterpreted since its beginning, it is essential to keep seeking for a unified understanding of truth for the sake of the Church’s stability and it’s witness in the world. Anyone overcoming addictive behavior especially needs a clear grasp of Scripture because the nagging sin problem brings feelings of condemnation and hinders one’s faith in God’s mercy and ability to fully deliver. We have often seen the perception of Scripture skewed by the emotional responses of traumatized people.
Riding on a jet from Chicago after taping the Jerry Springer show I was glancing through a gift catalogue graciously provided by US Air. My eyes fell on a wreath, which was full of red roses and the sales pitch read:
The sixty-five roses wreath was inspired by a four year-old boy unable to pronounce the name of his disease, cystic fibrosis. Instead, he said “65 roses”. Since that time 65 roses has been the symbol of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The subject of deliverance cannot be ignored in homosexual ministry -- for demonic activity is quite real to many who have left themselves vulnerable to it through the continual use of alcohol and drugs, involvement in sexual immorality and occult activity, rebellion, or even by an outright decision to invite Satan to take over one’s life.
“When we walk with the Lord in the light of His word, what a glory He sheds on the way; when we do His good will, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. When in fellowship sweet, we will sit at His feet, or we walk by His side in the way, what He says we will do, where He sends we will go, never fear, only trust and obey.”