During my years of reparative (ex-gay) therapy, I remember being told that my same-sex attractions were a result of my emotional dysfunction. Later, in my faith-based men’s “healing” groups, I was told that my attractions were a result of my sin nature. I quickly developed the belief that my feelings were wrong, and that my experience of myself and the world was invalid. In short, I couldn’t trust myself to discover any kind of truth on my own. It’s this lie — that our experience has no place in informing our faith — that makes so many LGBTQ people unable to embrace their sexuality.
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God doesn't speak in disconnected verses. He has spoken with His life—becoming human, and teaching by example. "The Word" is Jesus Himself, for “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." To understand the Word of God, we must seek Him—Jesus. If we hold the Bible to contain the inalterable teachings of God, we must read it as a whole and in context; carefully discerning the Spirit’s movement towards the new Kingdom.