I know and love many homosexuals. Previously, I only heard about people saying God was OK with everything (love trumps all) or pushing gay-to-straight conversion. God's Word defines it as a sin (specifically / design) against His holiness, His defining attribute. Straight Christians struggle with sexual tempation for life. So, both positions were clearly wrong. After praying on this, I stumbled on this site made by people having "same-sex tempation" who found Jesus, experienced His love, were transformed by it, and want to share that with others like them (everyone actually). I've highlighted testimonies showing Jesus' impact far and wide in LGBT community.
The site is here. It centers on a book (free download!) they made about how the love of Christ helps us with our struggles with a focus on LGBT folks. Testimonies are here. I've highlighted some of my favorites below:
Rosaria Butterfield - A lesbian activist and professor living what looks like a dream life with her girlfriend and friends. Couldn't stand Christians. Meeting Jesus made her give all that up. Later, married a man on top of serving many struggling with these issues.
Michael Edward Ukas - Michael's background included gang rape, family issues, and hopelessness. That and evil people led him to hedonistic lifestyle filling emptiness with drugs and all kinds of sex. Became a prostitute. During a natural disaster, God called him back and transformed his life.
Anacleta Paredes and Her GF - A lesbian couple of 6 years that turned to drugs to fill emptiness they started feeling. Just messed their life up more. They found Jesus, He transformed them, they realized they were in sin, they intentionally broke up, and now they're best friends and sisters in Christ bringing His love to others.
Chandan - An effiminent guy in a Hindu family. The only guy that was good to him took advantage of that sexually. The mockery of straight people kept him wanting to die. He stayed with men. Fake gospels appealing to gay people gave a hint he needed God. He called to him. He went to a church to weep for a friend but found Jesus instead. Although hated by Hindu family and locals, he now has a new life in Jesus.
Ex-LGBT Conference - This testimony is about a conference where ex-LGBT Christians are organizing. I'm linking to it for the list that shows how Christ reaches people of all types in all places. Some of the "After's" show how Christ empowered these people to serve God.
Matthew Karchner - This guy says he sold his soul to the god of this world: a beautiful, rich man that he lived the high life with. Clubs, celebrities, and so on. Lived the gay life in the big cities before it started crashing down. Even his dog committed suicide. Life got worse until he found Jesus. He followed imperfectly (as we all do) but grew from there. Unusual side-note: Jesus's prophecy that end times would come with a large increase in things like earthquakes, which he was seeing, was part of what got his attention.
ex-Gay and ex-Trans - One heck of a picture but no name. Fatherless, molested, and without immediate family. Started being attracted to guys. Then, identified as female becoming transgender woman. Led him down a rough road. Eventually found Jesus, stopped what he was doing, became a minister, and helps others struggling with same things.
Becket Cook - Hollywood production designer living life others dream about, including going to Oscars and Golden Globes. He was a gay atheist whose Catholic background made him know it was a sin, didn't want to give up his life, and would mock or throw drinks at Christians. He stayed with other "misfits" like him. After hearing the Gospel, he was later overcome by God's holiness in a way that inexplicably undid his whole life. He came to Jesus, is no longer interested in men, and spends Friday nights with Jesus and other believers.
Shirley - Believed she was born gay, had faith in God (close to Him), and tossed it in her 20's to go with lesbianism and alcoholism. Missed being close to God. Felt He must be cruel for creating her this way. He eventually answered her prayers in a way that made her go "cold turkey" on that lifestyle. She also writes about why she thinks detachment causes many to turn to homosexual desires. Although she planned to be celibate, pursuing Jesus and what He wanted in her life led her to Pete: a husband she's been happily married to for 26 years. She has a whole life through her "first love, Jesus."
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