Baptists in a twist over gay therapies
What happens when the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (seriously?) and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (you gotta be kidding!) join forces for a ‘gay cure’ jawing session at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky?
Well, for starters, you attract a dozens of angry gays protesters who insist that “gay cures” aka “reparative therapies” are dangerous and increase the rate of depression and suicide in the LGBT community.
Then, according to this report, you get the evangelicals insisting that gays need to “change”, but that a new approach is now needed because attempts by therapists to affect such “changes” or “repairs” are “superficial” and don’t work.
So what’s the answer? In a word, Jesus.
Albert Mohler, above, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said in an interview last week at the start of the conference:
I don’t think repair comes any way other than through redemption. I have been consistent through the years in saying reparative therapy is not the way to go.
But in 2004, Mohler lamented the American Psychological Association’s condemnation of reparative therapy and “transformational ministry”. Back then, he called the APA’s push for others to accept science’s findings on sexual orientation a “final insult” to traditionalists.
Mohler now says:
We are not saying homosexuality can’t change or shouldn’t change. This is not something that can be reduced to deciding or choosing an object of sexual attraction. That’s simplistic and a sin against those who are in the struggle [with sexual attraction and gender identity].
Every person struggling with sin – whether it’s pride or anger or sexual attraction – faces the same kind of battle, Mohler added. Only the gospel promises transformation because it can:
Make us desire things we have never desired before and it will give us progressively the ability to follow him in obedience.
He dismissed the argument by LGBT activists that they, too, can be faithful Christians.
“The great divide,” Mohler said, is between those who think faithful Christianity conforms to the Bible and those who don’t. The latter, he said, “can never be faithful Christians”.
Heath Lambert, Executive Director of Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, piped up to say that the conference would demonstrate a “Christian compassion” for those “struggling with homosexuality and gender identity”.
Lambert said before the conference:
We’re in a culture where Christians are the only ones that can teach moral sanity in the midst of the moral craziness we’re in.