I Believe In Conversion Therapy………From The Bible

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Acts 3:19 (NKJV Strong’s) “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…”

The word “Converted” is from Strong’s Concordance Dictionary and Vine’s Expository Dictionary of NT words…..“g1994. ἐπιστρέφω epistrephō; from 1909 and 4762; to revert (literally, figuratively or morally): — come (go) again, convert, (re-)turn (about, again).”

2. epistrepho (ἐπιστρέφω, 1994), “to turn about, turn towards” (epi, “towards” and No. 1), is used transitively, and so rendered “convert” (of causing a person to turn) in Jas. 5:19-20.”

We understand that “conversion therapy” has more of a Christian counselor, psychologist’s perspective but when LGBT points its finger at the church regarding conversion, then from a therapy aspect, we need to look at the definition of therapy.

Therapy: therapy | ˈTHerəpē |
noun (plural therapies)

treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder: a course of antibiotic therapy | cancer therapies.

• the treatment of mental or psychological disorders by psychological means: he is currently in therapy | [as modifier] : therapy sessions.

ORIGIN
mid 19th century: from modern Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia ‘healing’, from therapeuein ‘minister to, treat medically’.

When it comes to dealing with homosexuals, we could see that such “therapy” identifies its source from a mental perspective, not a healing of the physical body.

So if you’re dealing with conversion therapy, you’re looking to “turn about” and “treatment of mental or psychological disorders by psychological means.”

But also take note of the etymological origin of the word “therapy.”

“….healing…minister to, treat medically.”

1 Peter 2:24-25 (NKJV Strong’s) “…who Himself (Jesus) bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

Biblical salvation is also described as a healing.

Now I know that many WOF/Charismatic denomination of people will strongly say that this is physical healing ONLY.

If you’re open to receive, it can and does include both.

I wouldn’t call it “spiritual healing,” but would just use it as an analogy.

Jesus ministered healing to the physical body BEFORE His crucifixion.

But if you look closely, the Lord Jesus received stripes on His back moments BEFORE He was nailed to the cross.

As a side issue, a preacher once said that the 39 stripes that the Lord Jesus received on His back before crucifixion are symbolic of the 39 original diseases.

Folks, that individual that mentioned 39 stripes as the original diseases never gave a verifiable source for his information and that’s where the problem is. If there’s a preacher that give you no conclusive, verifiable sources, mark that down and exercise caution. These days, you have to vet everything you hear.

So regarding that information, just put 39 stripes back into it’s proper contextual perspective and LEAVE IT THERE.

Now remember that I’ve said it meant “both”….

Look at Matthew 8:16-17 (NKJV Strong’s) “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
“He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”

The bottom portion of the verse is quoted from Isaiah 53:4.

So why just limit 39 original diseases. Obviously, if you’re talking about also sicknesses linked to the 39, then why not say all diseases? Especially when there’s no confirmed record of 39 original diseases.

Getting back on conversion therapy, states have used their legislative process in targeting the closure 1st Amendment. Your freedom to help people and the free for people to seek help to deal with being delivered from homosexuality is at stake.

In one state, where giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, they’ve placed in their law a clause to prevent their drivers license law to illegal immigrants immunity of a statewide referendum by the people.

In other words, the people in that state cannot vote to overturn that law by referendum.

Just imagine every conversion therapy law with an attachment of an immunity from referendum clause.

This would be unconstitutional and MUST BE CHALLENGED in the SCOTUS.

Now some people need professional psychological help, make no mistake about it. Board certified Christian psychological counseling does have some viable benefits.

However, much more important is that if you’re involved in sin, the only cure is found in the Lord Jesus.

Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV Strong’s) “Come to Me (Jesus), all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

John 3:5-7 (NKJV Strong’s) “Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

John 4:13-14 (NKJV Strong’s) “Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 7:37-38 (NKJV Strong’s) “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

When we come to the Lord, the Lord will give you rest, and He will give you living water, to never thirst for again.

This is an offer to be delivered.

Offers could be received or rejected. It’s up to you.

John 8:34-36 (NKJV Strong’s) “Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

You don’t have to remain hopeless. There’s hope in Jesus.

The Lord Jesus can make you free when you repent, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out.

This is true conversion therapy.

Preacher Present At A Lady Gaga Concert In NYC.

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Ephesians 5:11-13 (NKJV Strong’s) “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”

There’s many professed believers that will think nothing about a preacher attending a concert of this magnitude.

I waited a while before posting and blogging on this because I wanted make sure that this is an authentic report from confirmed sources regarding the event Joel and Victoria Osteen attended.

Joel and Victoria Osteen attended this immoral concert where Lady Gaga, self described bisexual, performed. But she wasn’t the only one on stage. There were others that would use massive expletives to express themselves.

When a well known person that profess to know God and claims to believe, and preach from the Bible are found among the wicked, it’s cause for alarm.

UNLESS there’s the remote chance that Joel and Victoria were backstage preaching or witnessing to sinners the true gospel of Jesus Christ to them.

But I don’t think so.

I hold on to hope that Joel and Victoria shared Christ, but when you have the interview Joel did with Larry King, preachers must hold to the standard at the expense of losing the stature of your personality.

Obviously, this concert was held during “Gay Pride Month.”

Remember. When the Lord called you to preach (not that Joel was called), you do not make the rules, or change the rules as you see fit.

Here’s why I don’t believe Joel did what real preachers would do.

Evangelist David Lynn was arrested in Toronto, Canada for street preaching to homosexuals.

Real preachers are persecuted, vilified, abused, and slain for the Lord.

If Joel were backstage preaching the true gospel or even witnessing, there’s a good chance he would have been attacked and thrown out.

There’s no question that God moves in places where we cannot see, however, if you study the book of Acts, and the ministry of Jesus, when and where sin is confronted, crowds or small groups of people showed up and committed violent acts to stop the propagating of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

There’s also times where Jesus and others ministered “One on one” with no incidents.

Now salt does no good unless it’s used.

Light is of no use if its light is turned off.

We’re called to be salt and light IN the world.

But does it require being in a place where sexual immorality is all in a show?

Do we have to be seated in the theater where scantily clad women and men are present, speaking perverse things?

The places of darkness require you to shut your light off.

There will be various sides of this debate, but we must be clear that the seed of the Word of God, unadulterated, must be planted, and fruit must be born if the Lord sent you into a place to be salt and light.

I once supported Fred Hammond doing a gospel album with Snoop Dog.

A very dumb mistake on my part.

To this day, nothing good came of it.

Now, I’m privy to something occurring behind the scenes to make Snoop Dog’s gospel album happen, but just because something set this occurrence in motion to fruition, it still doesn’t make it right and is of God.

It’s a habit of those that practice lawlessness to legitimize what they do by luring unsuspecting righteous people of God to endorse them.

Presence is endorsement.

When the world see you sitting there in a worldly lewd concert or participating in a “gospel album,” satan used it to keep people in bondage to sin.

But the people that claim to know the Lord ignore His holy omnipotence.

Isaiah 29:13-15 (NLT) “And so the Lord says,
“These people say they are mine.
They honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from Me.
And their worship of Me
is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.
Because of this, I will once again astound these hypocrites
with amazing wonders.
The wisdom of the wise will pass away,
and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.”
What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their evil deeds in the dark!
“The Lord can’t see us,” they say.
“He doesn’t know what’s going on!

For too long, we’ve been deceiving ourselves because we’ve self deceptively believe that the Lord isn’t there and that we’re safe to attend demonic services in the den of thieves (so called houses of worship) and in the synagogues of satan (worldly concert halls and arenas).

We have fake believers everywhere, just like when Phillip the deacon turned evangelist preached the Word, believers were made, and he got Peter and John to come down to minister the Holy Spirit to the new believers (see Acts 8:9-25).

The sorcerer believed and got baptized.

But when he saw how Peter and John ministered to the believers and they’ve received the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4, the sorcerer wanted this “power” to use the Holy Spirit to make money.

Peter knew right then that he wasn’t “saved.”

Still smoking dope, Snoop Dog has yet to bear fruit that he’s repented and have been converted.

Many of you will draw you own conclusions but your conclusions must be consistent with Scripture with no apologies.

You could read about David Lynn’s arrest here

You could read about the event at Harlem, NY’s Apollo Theater from pro LGBT NY Daily News here.

You could read about Lady Gaga’s wikipedia here

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