If a friend were living in a state where thought-crime legislation outlawing reparative therapy were being proposed by sodomites and their enemies and he wrote asking me for suggestions concerning what he might say testifying against that legislation, I might suggest he say something like this:
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As a Christian speaking to many who profess Christian faith, this bill makes a mockery out of a statement in God's Word that says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2Corinthians 5:17).
Through the years in cities like Madison, Boulder, San Diego, Boston, and now Bloomington, Indiana, I have worshipped among a number of brothers and sisters in Christ who were repenting of homosexual immorality, and I have watched the Holy Spirit give them new lives in Jesus Christ. The very center of all things becoming new for each of them was being restored to their natural sexual identity--men learned to be men and women to be women.
Under the guise of civil rights, we must not oppress those committed to repenting of sodomy and lesbianism, nor those faithful ones who stand with them as they give themselves to the hard work of repentance. We must not oppress those serving them with psychological and spiritual therapy that assists in their new birth in Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul assisted gay men and lesbians' repentance back in the sexual decadence of the Ancient World's Roman Empire and the Roman Senate did not pass legislation outlawing the ministries of the New Testament Church. Thus the Apostle Paul wrote... the Corinthian church:
Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. - 1Corinthians 6:9b-11
Note those words "such were some of you." It's past tense. Why?
Well again, because "If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation..."
Can we really be here today voting on the words and promise of our Lord Jesus Christ? Do we think so highly of ourselves that we're prepared to use the force of law to oppress the work of Christian discipleship?
Let sin be sin. Let righteousness be righteousness. Don't deny the terrible chasm between Heaven and Hell. Don't gag those godly saints who serve penitents.
And what do I have to say to those of you who are not confessing Christians?
There has never been a time when it was necessary to deny the First Amendment rights of one man to establish the First Amendment rights of another. Such actions are rightly called "oppression." What is at stake here is nothing less than a group of men and women who define themselves by the unnatural perversion at the center of their lives demanding that the civil magistrate endorse their perversion by denying the First Amendment rights of the religious. Such a law is lawless since the constitutions of both (our own state) and these United States guarantee every man's freedom of expression and freedom of religion.
One need not be a Christian, nor even religious to understand how quickly our state and nation will fall into totalitarianism once we turn our back on freedom of religion.
Roman Catholics, Moslems, Jews, Protestant Christians, and card-carrying members of the American Civil Liberties Union all agree on this one. Where freedom of religion and freedom of expression are denounced and gagged by the sort of ideological thought-crime legislation being proposed here, the land of the free has died for lack of the brave.
As a citizen of (this state), a father of five, and a Christian, I appeal to you run the terrible risk of being perceived to be not sufficiently progressive. Bring back the home of the brave by voting "no" on this oppressive legislation.