Convert: “1. To change into another state, form, or substance; transform. 2. To apply or adapt to a new or different purpose of use. 3. To change from one belief, doctrine, or course of action to another. 4. To cause to change in character; to turn from a sinful to a righteous life” (a life of doing what is right according to the Word) [from Standard College Dictionary; Harcourt, Brace & World]
I believe the Christian world at large, sadly, is guilty of having a form of godliness, denying the power thereof. The whole purpose of the plan of salvation is to reconcile fallen man to the will of his Creator God. We really short change the omnipotence of our loving God when we teach and believe that God Himself is helpless to redirect, to re-orient, to recreate, to convert (or, change) the homosexual.
After all, the Word says, “Let (or, allow) this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5) Jesus rendered unquestioning obedience to His Father, according to the context of Phil. 2, and practiced total self denial when tempted to deviate from God’s plan for His life. So should we…
Also, “…Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)
Recognizing there is power in the Word, I accept further the counsel of the apostle Paul: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5)
In light of this Word, I believe that even the homosexual’s thoughts must be brought into subjection to the will of God, and his feelings under the control of reason and religion. Our imagination was not given us to be allowed to run riot and have its own way, without any effort at restraint and discipline. If the thoughts are wrong, the feelings will be wrong; and the thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character.
So, as we we truly accept Christ as Lord and Master, we must submit to His conversion process and go through a transformation of character under the influence of the Holy Spirit. That transformation of character will not only be a change of behavior, but it must also include a transformation of even our thoughts and feelings.
Here, however, we must differentiate between “temptation” and “sin.” Implanted, or spontaneous thoughts may be temptation, not sin. Lingering thoughts, meditating thoughts, become lust which equates to sin. Note: Matthew 5:28 “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman (or a man) to lust after her (him) hath committed adultery with her (him) already in his heart.”
But some may argue, “There’s nothing I can do to change myself. God will do that in His own way and time, and He hasn’t chosen to change me yet.”
Does this reasoning not then leave God responsible for our continued thoughts, feelings, emotions and actions that are not in harmony with His Word and His will…?
I would like to suggest that there IS something we can do to make the change in our lives. God says in Jer. 3, Only acknowledge your sin, your need, and I will heal you.
First, we must acknowledge homosexuality to not be in harmony with God’s will. [Homosexuality being: “1. The condition of being sexually attracted to persons of the same sex. 2. Sexual relations between those of the same sex.” — Standard College Dictionary; Harcourt, Brace & World]
Isn’t knowing this really the cause of the homosexual’s mental anguish & struggle, even though he may be living a celibate life? If we didn’t feel before God that something was wrong with our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, then why would we not be comfortable with them both in private and in public…?!
After acknowledging the sinfulness of homosexuality, then, we can choose to allow Jesus to be Lord and Master. This means trusting and obeying Him with a complete surrender of our own will, in spite of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
It was not until I stopped blaming God for my homosexuality, not until I stopped saying that He created me “this way,” not until I recognized and acknowledged my helplessness in my struggle to be set free, not until I turned to Him with complete surrender of my will and feelings and emotions, not until then was He able to arrest me in my mad career, (as He did Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus), and take me by the hand, leading me to victory over my besetting sin of homosexuality, which includes thoughts, feelings, & emotions, as well as behavior.
“All power is given unto me in heaven and earth,” Jesus says. “Believing this, go and teach all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And, never forget! I am with you until the end of the world.” (Taken from Matthew 28:18-20)
“According to your faith be it unto you.” (Matthew 9:29)
Jesus is limited only by our lack of faith. But our faith increases by hearing and studying His word, His promises.
In my own experience, my thoughts, feelings and emotions did not change overnight. They began to change as I decided to trust Him and obey Him in spite of my gay feelings and emotions. I terminated my gay behavior and closed all possible doors to that area of my life and practiced guarding well these avenues to my soul. This included what I read, looked at, watched, listened to, and associated with.
I then attempted to fill my life with everything I could that was in harmony with His will. “Of these ye may freely eat,” He says, “But, these things, for your own well being are off limits.” I simply try to accept that and to not even consider anything outside of His will as an option for my life any longer.
And, His grace is sufficient. Let us stop short changing our Omnipotent Re-Creator! He longs to set us each one free! even in our thoughts, feelings, and emotions…!!
These are just a few suggestions, not meant to be comprehensive at all. But we do have our part to play, mainly to surrender the will, and make the right choices. He then can work in us to will and to do what is right.
Through the right exercise of the will, an entire change may be made in your life. By yielding up your will to Christ, you link up with all the power in heaven and earth, and you will have strength from above to succeed. Through constant surrender to God you will be enabled to live the new life, the life of faith.
All Power to you,