Salvation ... comes from the Lord ... because they take refuge in him. (Psalm 37:39-40)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Same-Sex Distraction

            The U.S. President visited Kenya last week with a message of homosexual rights as part of his agenda.  They warned him before his arrival not to bring up the subject,, but he did not respect their wishes.  Kenyans have it right to believe homosexuality distracts from personal health and healthy social relationships. 
            The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision attempting to redefine marriage is folly gone over the edge.   I believe this kind of a decision is more a rejection of God than it is about so-called same-sex attracted couples.  When a person loses his attraction to his Creator, he inevitably becomes more attracted to lust than to love.  True love does not seek self-fulfillment, but the fulfillment and best outcome for another.  Since God IS love, and Love defines marriage, there is no place for lust in marriage. 
            Attraction is based more on desire than on love.  Therefore, attraction is very vulnerable to lust (illegitimate desire) which is the opposite of love.  Physical attraction is not a bad thing, but when it is confused with love, it becomes highly distractive to true love (both heterosexual and homosexual).  God created mankind with desires.  He also created man with the ability to choose between God's way of fulfilling those desires and man's own ways of fulfilling the desires.  So-called same-sex attraction is a choice--a choice to lust not to love.  Opposite sex attraction consummated in sex outside of marriage is a choice--a choice to lust not to love. 
            Not only did God create marriage for the expression of true love, but the gift of expressing true sexuality which results in pro-creating the race.  Confusing gender roles distracts from God's purpose for human sexuality.  Two men together or  two women together cannot create a baby.   So, while lust detracts and distracts from love, same-gender sexuality detracts and distracts from true sexuality. 
            I understand some reading this will consider some of my statements as insensitive and perhaps unloving.  My intent is to be direct, but very sensitive and very loving.  Sometimes the truth is hard to accept for whatever reason.  God's love transcends man's willingness and ability to receive it.  But when man's perception of love becomes more like God's perception, a change of heart can transform thinking and behaving patterns to become more genuinely sensitive and loving.  I am writing this because I care for the many who get caught in the trap of thinking same-sex attraction is merely a biological issue leaving them powerless to choose otherwise.  Frankly, that is a lie! 
            As a certified counselor, and as a person who can attest to the possibilities of behavioral pattern changes, I can confidently assure you that change is possible when you remain open minded, and especially with the help of God directing the process.  A very tiny minority of same-sex attracted persons may have a medical problem at its source, but for the vast majority, an underlying self-image problem is at the root.   Again, same-sex issues present a distraction from reckoning with the root causes of a person's low self-concept.  If that idea is new to you, you can read some of my other blog posts to see how inner person health begins with inner self evaluation and change.
            I would encourage you not to be distracted from the real issue.  Don't be distracted from God's love.  Evangelist Billy Graham warns in his preaching and writings  that our eternal soul is at stake.  Heaven and hell are real places.  Not only is thumbing your nose at God unhealthy, but it is irreversibly deadly and eternally tormenting.  God is our Refuge.  There is safety in God's love.  Only foolishness would allow something like sexual lust to win your heart over  (away from God's love).  The only safe sex is chaste sex.   Whether homosexual OR heterosexual, sexual relations outside the covenant of God-defined marriage are defiant actions against His design for mankind.  True meaning and purpose in life is found by surrendering your heart to God's love. 
            If you feel like a mess-up, no problem.  It's never too late to turn around.  Simply believe in Jesus and trust His way, not your own.  Allow yourself to be vulnerable to the God who loves unconditionally and without fail.  This kind of love is powerful enough to feel like heaven on earth, and worth far more than all the distractions this world can offer. 

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by Ed Hersh, Blue Rock BnB Healing Ministry


  1. Clearly, you are a sick and twisted man. I pity those you counsel I pray our Lord will forgive your trespasses of loving-kindness.

  2. Sam, Ed has it all together. Only one who is loving will tell the sexually perverted as it is. They are all facing the same judgement - that of missing out on heaven and we need to tell them.
    It is misleading and insensitive to cajole a sexually perverted person into continuing his lifestyle when we know (or should know) the end of their sinful choices. Love them and tell them that they are on the wrong side of God. There is hope if they will turn to God. The only unpardonable sin is that against the Holy Spirit.

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  4. Dav's Ministries: You and Sam both have it all wrong. When you actually LOVE someone, and not just LUST for them, you enjoy even just the quietest of time together, when there is no sexual agenda of any kind. when the thought of not having that person as a daily, non-sexual part of your life,seeing movies together, having pets together, setting up a home together, just enjoying each other's company and sleeping (I do mean SLEEPING) together, when that person's smile and a kind word is all you need to improve your day, then THAT is LOVE, not lust. And remember, "ALL LOVE IS OF GOD". You gents are WAY OFF on this issue. I have, in my 20+ years as a minister, seen more acts of Christian Love and Kindness, then from many self-proclaimed (think boasting) "Good Christians"
    May God Almighty and Ever-loving, the + Father, and the + Son, and the + Holy Spirit, bless and keep you, forgive you all your sins, and bring you to Life Everlasting. Ameinn, and please pray for this unworthy servant of ar Tighearna.
    As always, I remain
    Yours in fraternal love and friendship, through and in service to ar Tighearna, Iosa, an Criosd
    Very Rev. + Bishop Daibhidh Loggins, ACOC, COBA, Chancellor of the Exarchate of Saints Brighid and Columcille, EOE

  5. I appreciate your comments. Love IS an action, and I'm so thankful God has acted. May his love grab your heart like nothing else can.