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.
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.