• Steve Derenge

There is no Such Thing as a Homosexual. ??


In what sense? What do I mean by that?

I am making a distinction between the person who has the homosexual urges, desires, thoughts, and actions and the source behind those urges, desires, thoughts, and behaviors.

In the spirit of open-mindedness and intellectual honesty, please consider the following theory:

The source behind homosexual thoughts, desires, urges, and actions is a demon--a spirit of homosexuality. A person can even be born with that spirit of homosexuality. Doesn't that give explanatory power and scope to the testimony from homosexuals that “I've always felt these desires. I was born this way”? The same principle can apply to babies born addicted to heroin or with a variety of other conditions. This excuse doesn't justify that the person should remain with the spirit of homosexuality any more that the other baby needs to remain a heroin addict for life. There is an all-sufficient Solution in each case. 

Lest this sound like the oversimplification that it is, there will be spiritual, physical, and psychological factors to each baby/person's condition. However, I'm convinced that there is still the same all-sufficient Solution, since Jesus is Savior of spirit (spiritual), soul (psychological), and body (physicochemical). All three aspects of our personhood are covered by His blood in the atonement (Jesus' sacrifice on the cross to reconcile us to God and restore our entire being) to be individually appropriated by faith in each situation.

The solution is for the person to be filled with a Spirit infinitely more powerful and loving than the spirit of homosexuality. His name is the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ.

The spirit of homosexuality won't want to leave the body and mind of its host without a fight. The good news is that Jesus is a Warrior who came to completely demolish it. In his life on the earth, Jesus welcomed outcasts into God's honored family, a community of societal rejects who found a new identity and a love they never knew before.

Consider the case of one man whom Jesus told to follow him. He left everything he knew behind to live with Jesus and his community, because he felt a love from Jesus he never felt before. Consequently:

...Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance." Luke 5:29‭-‬32 ESV

What is repentance? To repent means to change the way one thinks. In the case of homosexuality, to change the way one thinks may sound like this:

“I'm not a homosexual. I struggle with homosexuality. These thoughts, feelings, and desires are not from me, but from a contrary, unclean, evil spirit that has integrated itself into my mind and body. I now change the way I think by standing in opposition to this spirit. It comes only to steal, kill, and destroy in my life. Jesus came that I may have life and have it to the full. Every momentary pleasure this evil spirit gave me only left me emptier; it's a thief! I believe that the identity God wants to give me is far superior, and that eternal pleasures are at His right hand. I now choose to believe I have a Father whose perfect love for me I had never known nor imagined before…”

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 ESV

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalms 16:11 ESV

How can we experience the love of God through a relationship with the perfect Man?

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:11‭-‬14 ESV

The following is a suggested prayer for entering a relationship with God. The exact words don't matter so much as the attitude of your heart:

My Father,

I want to know you personally. I know I'm separated from You because of the way I think and live. I've rebelled against your authority by following the way that seemed right to me but in the end only leads to death, loss, and disappointment. (1) Thus I know I deserve Your punishment of eternal separation from an eternally pure and Holy God. (2) So I thank you, Father, for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, to take that punishment I deserved. Thank you that while I was yet a sinner, Christ died for me on the cross. Thank you that Jesus who knew no sin became sin for me, so that by trusting Him I might become Your righteousness. (3) Thank you for removing my heart of stone and giving me a heart of flesh. (4)

Thank you for defeating every unclean and perverse spirit through Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. I believe that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead now saves me. (5) That power rescues me from the kingdom of darkness and cancels the power of every spirit of sexual immorality that has been in my life. (6)

In Jesus’ name, I renounce my old life and leave my life of sin by God’s power now at work within me. (7) I now receive you, Jesus Christ, as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for entering my life, giving me a new heart and making everything new. (8) As I commit to love and honor You with everything I am, help me to live out who You made me to be.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? Are you ready and willing to come to the altar to give your vows to enter an eternal life-long relationship with the perfect Man? What if this is what you've been really yearning for your entire life?

If so, I encourage you to read that prayer out loud, confident that God hears you and will change you from the inside out, giving you a completely new identity.

See my post “Did You Hear the News?” for more information on entering a relationship with God. The end of that article has a couple practical steps for intimacy growth in that relationship.

My posts “Subduing Sexual Immorality” and “Spirits of Sexual Immorality” address similar themes as this article.

(1) “That is, I followed the course of this world and left myself vulnerable to evil spirits who came only to steal, kill, and destroy.” c.f. Isaiah 53:6; Proverbs 14:12; Romans 6:23; John 10:10; Ephesians 2:1-3

(2) Romans 3:23; 6:23

(3) “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV

(4) Ezekiel 36:25ff

(5) Romans 8:11; 10:9-10

(6) Colossians 1:13-14; 2:9-15

(7) John 8:11; Colossians 1:27-29

(8) John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17



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