Dr. Reverend Albert Mohler, “president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary — the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world,” expressed his views on reparative therapy and the role a true, Bible-believing follower of Christ should play regarding the related debate. Reparative therapy, quickly growing into a heated debate that gets to the core of our beliefs, is a system of therapy designed to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. Mohler writes in this post:
Virtually all of the secular professions that deal with sexual orientation are stalwartly opposed to reparative therapy, or to any attempt to change one’s pattern of sexual attraction. Indeed, these groups hold to an inflexible ideology that insists that there is absolutely nothing wrong with homosexuality. These groups include, for example, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association of Social Workers, among many others.
But as many Bible-believing Christians know, there is something inherently wrong, immoral, and deeply sinful about a homosexual lifestyle. In fact, the majority of the institutions offering reparative therapy are faith-based institutions that marry Christian teachings with therapeutic techniques. An episode of Seth McFarlane’s famous cartoon situation comdey Family Guy featured an episode where the protagonist Peter is turned into a homosexual by way of being injected with the gay gene and is sent to a ‘straight camp.’ Of course, hilarity ensues. Here‘s a youtube clip from that episode.
Mohler urges Christians to utterly reject any possibility of accepting homosexuality as natural, citing scripture. He writes:
The normalization of homosexuality simply cannot be accepted by anyone committed to biblical Christianity. The new secular orthodoxy demands that Christians abandon the clear teachings of Scripture, and Christians must understand that the sinfulness of all homosexual behaviors is not only a matter of biblical authority, but also of the Gospel. To deny that sin is sin is to deny our need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christians cannot accept any teaching that minimizes sin, for it is the knowledge of our sin that points us to our need for atonement, salvation, and the forgiveness of that sin through the cross of Jesus Christ.
Mohler continues in this post to explain that Christians should not involve themselves in the secular debate over whether or not reparative therapy has a place in our nation and collective culture. Unfortunately, Christians don’t have that choice. As much as they may wish to remove themselves from the greater culture, which is a secular culture by law, they are unable to do so. They live in the same cities and towns as people of other faiths, and those without religious conviction at all. And whether they like it or not, they must realize that the majority of those organizations offering reparative therapy services are Christian organizations.
As Mohler points out, this is sure to become a widely-discussed wedge issue in the coming election year although the majority, if not all, professional and medical organizations have declared reparative therapy a ridiculous affront to nature. If you truly look at all the information, a person’s sexual orientation is a deeply-rooted force that one has no control over. One may choose to not act on a given set of sexual desires (or any other sort of desire, for that matter) but that does not destroy those desires.
There is so much more potential discussion that can be had on this issue, but perhaps it’s best to leave it for another post. If you’re left with any further questions, you can follow Rev. Mohler’s advice and open your Bible, or you could not.
You can read Mohler’s post on his blog HERE.