It has been a wild ride over the past few months, and I have done a lot of things I thought I would never do. Many of which I am completely ashamed to say I did. So recently, I decided to do something I haven’t done since I was a young child. I went to church.
It wasn’t really a conscious decision that I made, so I know that the Lord was looking down on me that day. As I walked by the church, I heard the choir singing “let Him in, let Him in, Let the Lord come into your life.” I walked around the block once and circled back around again. As I thought about going inside, I heard a deep voiced man say, “sing that last verse one more time.” So the choir once again began singing. This time they were singing, “come on in, come on in, come into a better life.” So much to my own surprise, I decided to walk into the church to see if maybe they could fill the void in my life.
I had walked by this church many times, and when I was doing drugs and participating in homosexual fornication I felt as though even their messages on the board out front were judgmental and mean. However, I found out on that glorious day that the church wasn’t like that at all. Right before the pastor delivered his sermon, he told each of us to turn to those around us and introduce ourselves. Before I knew it, I had four brand new friends. Matthew and John were brothers who hoped to one day be deacons in the church. Mary Beth was singing in the choir and came to sit by me after they were done singing. After greeting me as per the pastor’s request, she asked if she could with me for the rest of the morninh. The fourth friend I made that day was someone I know I’ll never forget. That fourth friend is Jesus Christ.
That day, everyone made me feel so welcomed. When the service was over, Mary Beth asked me if I would stay and pray with her. She said she could tell there was something on my mind. It was like a miracle, but she knew! You can already tell how great she is, can’t you?
After the service ended, Mary Beth led me up to the alter and sat me down beside her. She looked me in the eyes and said, “you are struggling with homosexual tendencies, aren’t you?” I actually thought that was the least of my problems and something I couldn’t change but after talking with Mary Beth, I quickly realized it was the root of all my distress and that God even spoke out against it in the Bible. Mary Beth even says that her brother, John Luke, was once tempted by homosexual tendencies and was able to pray it away.
Mary Beth’s advice has been wonderful. She really gets me and knows that the key to my recovery is removing the negative thoughts that take me to a place where I have those homosexual tendencies. Although the thought pops in my head from time-to-time, I haven’t fallen to satan’s temptation by acting on any more of those evil thoughts.
As a matter of fact, removing the sinful thoughts of being gay out of my life has made so many of my problems instantly disappear. In about two weeks, I’m going to go to Tennessee to “pray away the gay” at camp full of others just like me. I can’t wait to be cured. I encourage you to take a moment and turn to God. Drugs and homosexuality might seem like a lot of fun, but if you’re like me then you too can kick those bad habits.
If you’re as lucky as I am, then you might even meet someone as great as Mary Beth! I’m sure she and I have a great future as friends or maybe more.
God welcomes you into his life, why don’t you welcome him into yours? I’ll be praying for you.
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