You would imagine that I receive a ton of questions in my line of ministry and one of them is this question. Charlene? Why do you call yourself “‘ex-gay”‘? Should you not identify yourself as a “Christian”?
Know that I personally do not like the title or label of “ex-gay” yet I use it for one reason and one reason only. That reason is because calling or identifying myself as “ex-gay” is a great witnessing tool. “Ex-gay” is a term that is quite easily understood. Well, at least at first. It is also a term that brings up many questions such as aren’t people born gay? How could you be “ex-gay” if you are born that way. You see what a great little witnessing tool it can be?
The other night I was blessed to be on a panel of “overcomers”. There were four of us “overcomers” who had come out of the homosexual lifestyle. We were attending a group meeting of Christian parents whose children identify themselves as lesbians or gays. While I personally like the label “overcomer” know that at the same time I realize that it was through my personal relationship with Christ Jesus that I now can be labeled an “overcomer”. Jesus really gets all the praise here! Without the healing power and strength of Jesus I would still be a prisioner to the sin of homosexuality believing that I was born that way.
My identity is in God, in Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit. I am God’s child whom He loves so much that He gave up His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in my place, to forgive me of my sins, to make me into a “New Creation”. The Holy Spirit convicted me that homosexuality was not something I was born with but something I had got lost in and must repent of it. I did repent of it, God forgave me of it, Jesus’ blood washed me clean of it. Praise God for healing me of it.
My identity is no longer in what I once was but is now in who I am through the healing power of Jesus Christ!