Emergency! Massachusetts Legislature considering banning therapies Thursday.
They’re calling it “conversion” therapy, but we know what they’re really after: Reparative Therapy, Sexual Reorientation Therapy, Gender Affirmation, or many similar brands, all seemingly secular, all actually based in principles of Biblical discipleship, like 2 Peter 1:5-7.
The information I have is they will consider a bill to ban therapy on Jan 21. If you live in Massachusetts, please contact your legislator and let them know how banning therapy would harm thousands of children in their state.
Unexpected Scripture Guiding my Healing Journey
Recently, there has been much debate about therapies like Reparative therapy or Sexual Reorientation Therapy. Many Christians who have no idea what these therapies are, don’t understand how they are based on Biblical Principles. For free, watch RS creator Ben Spratling talk about the correlation at the recent Safe Exit Summit.
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NARTH Board Member Anthony Duk, M.D. on Recently Straight:
“Very educational movie! Good discussions and evidence given in the movie for why homosexuality is not healthy and filled with accurate scientific information.”
What is this?
A Christian video series of true stories of men who used to experience same-sex attractions, but no longer do. No documentaries, no interviewed talking heads, nothing but authentic re-enactments of what their journeys were like.
In November, 2012, California passed a law making it illegal for minors to receive “SOCE” “sexual orientation change efforts” from trained, knowledgable professionals. In 2013 New Jersey did the same. The laws claimed such efforts are harmful and ineffective.
But the counselors and psychologists found a different conclusion in their research. They found that all people are actually heterosexual, i.e. that erotic attractions always develop for the “other than self”. Emotional wounds during developmental stages can cause the concept of the self, or the concept of the “other” to become double-bound through shame to grief. Therefore so-called SOCE, efforts to “change” people, when performed by knowledgable and trained professionals, do not have the intention of changing sexual orientation, but healing the underlying emotional wounds. The eroticized “same-sex attractions” (eSSA) “change” by themselves – because they don’t change, they’re merely finally met in healthy ways and separate from the erotic. And in terms of client-reported “harm” rates, the rates are identical to other psychological therapies, 5-10%. In other words, even statistically SOCE does not have peculiar forms of “harm”. In fact, some of the most successful techniques are those developed to treat trauma victims, like EMDR. Counselors who help men overcome PTSD use nearly identical techniques. Surprised?
The purpose of this project is to inform the Christian community of the truth about eSSA, and demonstrate ways they can help support those who experience same-sex attractions in their small groups. All of the stories are true, and they are presented in a dramatized retelling format, which uniquely inspires the audience to empathize with the characters, then transfer that empathy to those in their lives who experienced eSSA. Empathy is key in defeating shame, and key to supporting someone who is healing their emotional wounds (trauma), and eSSA is “shame-trauma”.
In addition, the full series also provides a series of checkpoints for those on the journey so they know what’s legitimate therapy and what’s kook theories. We know because we’ve lived it. For far too long struggling against eSSA was the defining issue in our lives, so we’ve looked under every rock, been let down by every poorly-informed inference, but unlike others, we’ve found the pathway to peace.
I know these stories are true, because one of them is mine, and the rest are men I’ve gotten to know very well over the years. I was going to stay quiet with my own story, but states making this healing illegal has motivated me to rise up and share the comfort Christ promises to the mourning (Matthew 5:4).