Is the Church Equipped to Minister to Homosexuals?
by Robert McKigney
I was definitely ministered to by the church during the process of my becoming free from homosexuality, and am honored to share my experience of recovery from sexual addiction.
Eighteen of the twenty-two years of my Christian experience were with the ministry of the church I first became associated with. This church was my spiritual family and supported me in times of the challenging process of recovery. Needless to say, its major roll was essential and somewhat second to my relationship and salvation experience with Jesus.
I was directed to personal counseling and embraced it for three years. My church also directed me to attend a recovery group for the homosexuality I was struggling with. This particular group was a real asset in my recovery process. I also became part of another group called Kings Kids. It provided me a timely opportunity to work on other relevant issues in my life. My involvement with these two groups helped me with a healthy balance of personal growth and deliverance from addictive behavior.
My home church extended to me what I consider the biblical and/or Christ-like acceptance of needy and broken people who need a fresh touch of the Lord's grace. The church should and can respond in a positive way to their issues. I certainly received a positive response. However, I regret that there are those who may not have received such a favorable acceptance and ministry. My advice to them would be to simply ask the Lord to direct them to the parts of His Body where they will be sufficiently ministered to. I truly believe that they will be able to experience a personal manifestation of the scriptural admonition in Matthew 7:7, "Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."
Jesus Christ is our Savior and has the anointing to provide freedom from homosexuality. He is more than able to bring about such personal change in anyone's life. He desires that we have an intimate relationship with Him. We ought to seek Him, the healer, and not simply a healing or freedom from bondage and sin.
I initially did not have the greatest faith that such healing and transformation would occur in my life. It is essential that people in the church have a vital part in a person's recovery. They must respond in loving faith, believing that anyone can be set free from homosexuality by the power of Jesus Christ. Many have personally experienced the reality of 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. They accepted God at His Word, learning that their lifestyle was wrong and that He had something better for them.
Body ministry from within the church is part of God's plan for recovery. Jesus gives the command in Matthew 28:19 for the church to go and make disciples of all nations. In Mark 16:15, He orders His followers to preach to every creature. Matthew 28:18-20 directs believers to teach people to observe all of His commandments.
Needless to say, as the church is obedient to God's commands, it can experience the joy of people walking out their freedom from any bondage or captivity. With close discipleship and God's love in operation, THE CHURCH is equipped to minister to homosexuals.
Rev. Robert McKigney invites you to visit his ministry website at: http://www.discovery-recovery.org
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