Coming Out, Into Freedom
Truth hurts. That is, it is hurtful to those who want to deny the truth, distort the truth or cover up the truth. The best weapon we have in the various fronts of the culture wars is to keep sticking to the truth. Truth beats lies every time.
One of the biggest lies put out by the homosexual lobby is that people are born that way, it is a genetic condition, and one cannot do anything to change the lifestyle. Just as some people are born left-handed, so some people are born homosexual, or so we are told by the homosexual activists. Once gay, always gay, they claim.
That is why they go absolutely ballistic when truth is proclaimed about homosexuality. There is nothing more threatening to the homosexual militia than when someone stands up and says, “I once was a homosexual, but I am no longer”. They hate it when someone dares to make such a claim. As I say, truth hurts, and when the truth of how people can be set free from homosexuality is proclaimed, that really enrages the homosexual activists.
That is why they especially hate those who have been there and done that. When someone has been in the homosexual lifestyle for many years, only to leave it and go on to heterosexual marriage and having children, they become a persona non grata to the activists. And their usual line is this: “You were never homosexual in the first place”.
Denial and suppression of the truth, in other words, is the usual homosexual tactic used when someone comes out of the homosexual lifestyle. The whole basis of claiming special rights for the homosexual lifestyle is based on the myth of the unchangeable condition of homosexuality. If it can be demonstrated that homosexuality is largely a choice, then the whole case for granting special entitlements to them melts away.
Thus when a leading homosexual activist defects from the homosexual movement, he is either ignored altogether by both the mainstream media and the homosexual press, or he is shouted down in derision. Yet they keep coming out of the homosexual closet.
The latest to do so is Michael Glatze. He was a rising star in the homosexual community, and founding editor of Young Gay America magazine. Two recent articles tell the story of his liberation from the homosexual lifestyle. Here is how he describes his journey:
“Homosexuality came easy to me, because I was already weak. My mom died when I was 19. My father had died when I was 13. At an early age, I was already confused about who I was and how I felt about others. My confusion about ‘desire’ and the fact that I noticed I was ‘attracted’ to guys made me put myself into the ‘gay’ category at age 14. At age 20, I came out as gay to everybody else around me. At age 22, I became an editor of the first magazine aimed at a young, gay male audience. It bordered on pornography in its photographic content, but I figured I could use it as a platform to bigger and better things.”
He continues, “Gay people responded happily to Young Gay America. It received awards, recognition, respectability and great honors, including the National Role Model Award from major gay organization Equality Forum – which was given to Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien a year later – and a whole host of appearances in the media, from PBS to the Seattle Times, from MSNBC to the cover story in Time magazine.”
Yet despite his fame and success, he began to question his lifestyle: “It took me almost 16 years to discover that homosexuality itself is not exactly ‘virtuous.’ It was difficult for me to clarify my feelings on the issue, given that my life was so caught up in it. Homosexuality, delivered to young minds, is by its very nature pornographic. It destroys impressionable minds and confuses their developing sexuality; I did not realize this, however, until I was 30 years old.”
Conversion to Christianity helped him make a clean break with his past. “It became clear to me, as I really thought about it – and really prayed about it – that homosexuality prevents us from finding our true self within. We cannot see the truth when we’re blinded by homosexuality. We believe, under the influence of homosexuality, that lust is not just acceptable, but a virtue. But there is no homosexual ‘desire’ that is apart from lust. In denial of this fact, I’d fought to erase such truth at all costs, and participated in the various popular ways of taking responsibility out of human hands for challenging the temptations of lust and other behaviors. I was sure – thanks to culture and world leaders – that I was doing the right thing.”
“Homosexuality, for me, began at age 13 and ended – once I ‘cut myself off’ from outside influences and intensely focused on inner truth – when I discovered the depths of my God-given self at age 30. God is regarded as an enemy by many in the grip of homosexuality or other lustful behavior, because He reminds them of who and what they truly are meant to be. People caught in the act would rather stay ‘blissfully ignorant’ by silencing truth and those who speak it, through antagonism, condemnation and calling them words like ‘racist,’ ‘insensitive,’ ‘evil’ and ‘discriminatory’.”
While recovery from the homosexual lifestyle has not been without its struggles, the liberation brought by Christ has been overwhelming for Glatze: “In my experience, ‘coming out’ from under the influence of the homosexual mindset was the most liberating, beautiful and astonishing thing I’ve ever experienced in my entire life. Lust takes us out of our bodies, ‘attaching’ our psyche onto someone else’s physical form. That’s why homosexual sex – and all other lust-based sex – is never satisfactory: It’s a neurotic process rather than a natural, normal one. Normal is normal – and has been called normal for a reason. Abnormal means ‘that which hurts us, hurts normal.’ Homosexuality takes us out of our normal state, of being perfectly united in all things, and divides us, causing us to forever pine for an outside physical object that we can never possess. Homosexual people – like all people – yearn for the mythical true love, which does actually exist. The problem with homosexuality is that true love only comes when we have nothing preventing us from letting it shine forth from within. We cannot fully be ourselves when our minds are trapped in a cycle and group-mentality of sanctioned, protected and celebrated lust.”
His whole story is well worth reading. So is the companion article by Art Moore. He reminds us that other high-profile homosexual activists have rejected their destructive lifestyle: “Glatze’s transformation calls to mind that of another prominent ‘gay’ magazine publisher who also has renounced her former lifestyle. Lesbian activist Charlene Cothran, longtime publisher of Venus magazine, became a Christian and gave her magazine a new mission ‘to encourage, educate and assist those who desire to leave a life of homosexuality’.”
Says Moore, “Toward the end of his time with Young Gay America, Glatze said, colleagues began to notice he was going through some kind of religious experience. Just before leaving, not fully realizing what he was doing, he wrote on his office computer his thoughts, ending with the declaration: ‘Homosexuality is death, and I choose life’.”
These two stories need to be widely circulated. Truth must get out. Too many people are trapped in the destructive and addictive lifestyle known as homosexuality. But there is a way out if people are willing to face up to the truth. Glatze and Cothran are just two of many thousands who have been set free from this lifestyle. That is good news indeed for those contemplating the same.