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FOTF's Message To LGBT People — Is It You Can Change, Or You Must Change?

CitizenLink/Focus On The Family‘s posted an article reviewing a Lifetime Channel movie, entitled: Lifetime Movie Casts Christians in Ugly Role; Family advocates are concerned the film on homosexuality tells only half of the story, leaving out the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. From the article:

The Lifetime Channel is airing a controversial new movie this weekend in which conservative Christian parents shoulder the blame after their gay-identified son commits suicide. “Prayers for Bobby,” based on a true story from the 1970s, stars Sigourney Weaver.

Family advocates are concerned the film tells only half of the story, leaving out the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

The article quotes Terri Brown, a mother that’s been praying for 17 years that her son would find freedom from the homosexual identity:

I can understand a mother’s despair, especially a Christian mother’s despair. Because we know what the Bible says about homosexuality.

My heart goes out to people that struggle with homosexuality. They did not ask for that struggle. What do we do with our sin nature? We take it to the Lord and let Him renew our minds and hearts.

Again, from the article:

Jeff Johnston, gender analyst at Focus on the Family, said the movie’s message runs contrary to God’s.

…No matter where the movie lands, Johnston said, people can and do change their sexual orientation — he’s living proof.

I’m always a little skeptical of folk who have a personal set of experiences, and then try to globalize the experience to everyone else — such as Focus On The Family putting Jeff Johnston putting himself up as the “living proof” that one can, by effort and God’s help, change one’s sexual orientation. Even allowing that it’s true for Johnston, it doesn’t mean it’s true for every other lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person.

This all sounds like “you homosexuals can change your sexual orientation with God’s help.” But, you have to look at the rest of the FOTF message, and look at how they spent millions for the Yes On Prop 8 campaign, and then laying off employees for lack of cash in December of last year.

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