Gay Conversion Therapy and the Power of Church Discipline

I received this note from a local church pastor responding to our announcement of our upcoming Church Discipline Conference regarding the restorative power of biblical church discipline:

“Scott our church did discipline for three years with a lesbian in our congregation! Which went to final excommunication and later restoration and she ended up marrying one of our men and they now have a child! Will be in prayer for the conference!”

Gay conversion therapy as defined in the Bible, is appropriate and effective. God is the deliverer from the sin that so harms us and the healer of the wounds it causes. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift of our Lord Jesus Christ, our deliverer.

Our licentious President called for a national ban on efforts to treat homosexuality with the goal of conversion. However, it is the duty of the church to seek and save the lost and call for repentance from sin. I suspect that if churches had been doing biblical church discipline on matters like this, the supreme court ruling we had last week could not have happened. There would have not been enough public support for it and the Justices would have feared the repercussions. We now have a culture where people do not fear sinning or the public shame it might bring. Therefore, we now have a brazen majority on supreme court with no fear of sin or its consequences.

Oregon banned conversion therapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The Christian view is quite different. We believe that liars, thieves, murderers, adulterers, idolaters and homosexuals can be and should be converted.

Now is a very important time for the church to reach out to homosexuals, and appeal to them regarding the danger they are in, the hope of change and the mercy of Jesus Christ who saves sinners (1 Cor 6:9).