Hope for Homosexuals

God’s love is not reserved for people who have always had everything “straight.” Instead, God desires to have a relationship with those who have gone astray. And while there is a great price to be paid for our sin; God has already paid it in full. Hope can be yours today if you will open your heart to Him. That’s not just a marketing trick enhanced with the help of corporate resources like the Niche One Commercial Review presentation. There’s much more to that Discover God’s plan of salvation through forgiveness and healing. Find the hope and fulfillment that only He can give. Consider how God changed a man who is “eternally grateful” for the change God made in his life after he was confronted by a friend with a Bible. Read a moving testimony from a former lesbian who found hope in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Learn about thousands of ex-gays who have now “come out” of homosexuality to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. There is HOPE for homosexuals who want to change… God’s love is not reserved for people who have always had “everything straight.” Instead, God desires to have a relationship with any of us who are willing to repent and trust in Him. And while there is a great consequence for our sin; God has already paid the price for our sins in full.

Hope can be yours today if you will open your heart to Him. Discover God’s plan of salvation through forgiveness and healing. Find the hope and fulfillment that only He can give. Read a moving testimony from a former lesbian who found hope in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Learn about thousands of ex-gays who have now “come out” of homosexuality to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Explore web sites of organizations and resources that exist to help people overcome same-sex attraction. Learn the truth about several myths often repeated in today’s politically-correct culture.

Myth vs. Fact regarding Homosexuality

MYTH #1: Some people are born homosexual.

FACT: There is no conclusive scientific evidence for any genetic trait causing homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgendered desires. Recent news reports have focused on this lack of research (Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 14, 1999; New York Times, April 23, 1999). Yet this is the underlying assumption of many recent laws about sexual orientation. Homosexuals are not a bona fide minority group.

MYTH #2: Homosexual activity is harmless, so no one should criticize it.

FACT: The consequences of homosexual behavior are devastating, and risky homosexual acts continue even when community acceptance increases. A study commissioned by Oxford University indicates young men engaging in same-sex sodomy by age 20 have just over a 50/50 chance of reaching age 65. [Click here for a summary of the Oxford University study.] In San Francisco, the rate of sexually transmitted diseases among homosexuals remains very high, despite a tolerant climate. Substance abuse and suicide attempts are much higher among homosexuals. [For in-depth information citing numerous studies, read Straight or Narrow? Clarity and Compassion in the Homosexual Debate by Thomas Schmidt (1995) and Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth by Jeffrey Satinover, M.D. (1996).]

MYTH #3: No one chooses to be homosexual, so it must be inborn.

FACT: While homosexual desire may feel very natural to some people, this does not mean it is inborn, positive or unchangeable. There is overwhelming evidence that homosexual desire arises from traumatic childhood experiences, such as sexual abuse or a troubled family environment. These desires can be overcome through counseling. And people always choose sexual behavior, even if the feelings aren’t chosen, unhealthy desires don’t have to be acted upon.

MYTH #4: A homosexual can never change to become a heterosexual.

FACT: Thousands of people have overcome homosexual desire. A network of ex-homosexual organizations called Exodus (206-784-7799) has several hundred affiliates around the world. Exodus helps strugglers through Christian support groups, prayer, and biblical teaching. Some psychologists can help homosexuals overcome homosexual desire through individual counseling as well. Many ex-homosexuals go on to marry and have children.

MYTH #5: The Bible doesn’t condemn homosexuality. Therefore, a person can be a proud homosexual and a Christian, too.

FACT: Scripture is very clear about homosexuality. There are dire warnings in the Bible about homosexual practices, both for individuals and for communities. Read Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:10, 2 Peter 2: 6-10, and Jude 6-7. Some say that because Jesus did not explicitly mention homosexuality, it must be permitted. But He never mentioned rape or incest either. Are we to believe these are acceptable? And Jesus was God, who had already made His will known in the Old Testament. Jesus affirmed in Matthew 19 and Mark 10 that marriage is ordained for one man and one woman. How can those who call themselves Christians deliberately twist the word of God?

Yvette Schneider’s Story

Yvette: a Journey from Darkness into Light
By Annetta Small

‘I saw myself on my hands and knees eating stale crumbs off a dirty floor because I could not stand up and see the feast that God had for me. ‘God, please help me to stand up and leave these crumbs alone and enter into what you have for me,’ I prayed one day after a six-year involvement in the lesbian lifestyle.’–Yvette Cantu Schneider ~ Christian wife, mother, former lesbian

“Are you and your girlfriend having a homosexual relationship?” Yvette’s mother asked her one day, suspicious of the relationship she saw between Yvette and her closest friend. Angered and devastated, Yvette, then 17, locked herself in the bathroom and cried. Although the thought of such a relationship repulsed her, deep in her heart she wished that it were true. ‘Everything I need is in this relationship’ she thought miserably.

In college, professors who ridiculed the Christian faith influenced Yvette, and she became hostile towards Christians, without really listening to them. However, in spite of being popular and getting top grades, her life seemed empty and meaningless. Struggling with physical and emotional symptoms, she visited therapists, healers, and clairvoyants, but nothing could alleviate the gnawing emptiness in her life.

While working at a hotel in Laguna Beach, California, Yvette came into contact with the homosexual community for the first time. Among many close male homosexual friends, a special bond developed with Ed from Argentina. ‘You’ve got an implicit homosexual relationship,’ Ed would always say about Yvette’s new best girlfriend. And she would say, ‘Look, just because you’re gay doesn’t mean that everyone’s gay and that you can’t have a good friendship.’ But she realized that she did not connect with the guys she dated like she did with this friend.

Increasingly dissatisfied with her life, Yvette soon decided she needed a change. Accepted at the University of Delhi in India, she went into the Himalayas to learn Hindi. And in the process, she became close friends with her teacher who was four years older. Several months later, at the teacher’s initiation, the relationship became physical.

Consumed with inner turmoil and stunned at what she had done, Yvette walked the paths of the Himalayas trying to reconcile the conflict between her feelings and her actions. ‘This can’t possibly be who I am,’ she thought, but she finally decided that the reason for her guilt was that society had taught her that lesbian behavior was wrong.

Upon her return to the States, Yvette told Ed she was a lesbian. His response shocked her. ‘There’s no hope for me,’ he said. ‘I’m lost already, but, believe me, you do not want to get involved in that lifestyle.’ Ignoring what she felt was hypocritical advice, Yvette began visiting lesbian bars. Angry at society and its morality, she became involved in homosexual activism and joined the ‘Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’ [a pro-homosexual media organization]. She finally felt good because she had an outlet for her pent-up rage.

One night at a lesbian bar in southern California, Yvette encountered Christians passing out fliers. ‘Don’t you have anything better to do on a Saturday night than to come here and harass us?’ she protested. One man replied that God loved her and asked her not to be offended. That small act of kindness did not keep her from going into the bar, but it did begin to change her perception of Christians and her stereotypes of them.

After another relationship with a woman ended, Yvette moved out to care for Ed and a friend who now had AIDS. When they felt well, they attended an endless stream of parties. But afterward, she thought, ‘My life is so empty and meaningless. There has to be more than this.’

At the law firm where she worked, Yvette met Jeff, an outspoken Christian who impressed her with his knowledge of Scripture. Jeff could back up everything he believed about how to live daily life with the Bible. Yvette realized that after studying Eastern and Native American mysticism, she still could not give one practical answer to life’s great questions, nor had she found fulfillment. Finally, she told God, ‘I’ve tried to find You for years. For my whole life I’ve been reading this book and that book, and I feel like I’m further away from You than ever.’

Reluctantly, she began asking Jeff questions about the Bible, even while figuring there was no way she could ever be a Christian. ‘I’m a lesbian,’ she thought. Finally, Yvette got up the courage to attend a church. She had never been in a Christian church before. Commenting on her first visit, she states, ‘I could feel the presence of the Lord there, but I didn’t really know why Jesus died for mankind.

I wanted to go up to the front and ask the pastor to pray for me, but I didn’t know what an altar call was.’

Afterward, when a woman explained the Gospel and repentance to her, Yvette said, ‘Look, I believe homosexuality is okay; I believe abortion is okay. I’m so different from what Christians believe. There’s no possible way that I could do that.’ But the woman replied, ‘It doesn’t matter if you believe those things are okay. If you read God’s Word with an open heart, the Holy Spirit will change you. You don’t have to change yourself.’

So Yvette told God, ‘My life has been terrible. I’ve done terrible things with it, and now You can have it. You’re in control.’ And a tremendous relief swept through her, like she had come home from a long journey. She felt like God had opened His arms and said, ‘Come to Me and be My daughter.’ And she replied, ‘Thank you so much for letting me in.’

Her friend Ed also gave his life to the Lord and a year later died of complications from AIDS. About six months before he died, he shared with her these poignant words, ‘I appreciate God’s mercy so much, and I appreciate His grace, and soon I’m going to get to see Jesus face to face.’

Epilogue: Yvette Cantu Schneider has been out of the lesbian lifestyle since 1992. She married Paul Schneider in December 1999. They have two daughters, Jessica and Erica. They minister in the St. Louis, Missouri, area to those desiring to overcome homosexuality.

You, too, can turn from the darkness to the Light of Jesus Christ. If you desire to have your sins forgiven and a home in heaven, you must realize the following:

You have a need.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. –Romans 3:23

There is a penalty for sin.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. –Romans 6:23

God has the answer.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. –Romans 5:8

You must turn from your sin.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. –Acts 3:19

You must trust Christ alone to save you.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. –Acts 16:31

Why not do it today?

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. –Romans 10:9