Official Position Statements

Conversion/Reparative Therapy

The practice of Reparative Therapy, also often referred to as Conversion Therapy, is a controversial form of professional counseling, psychoanalysis, or psychotherapy designed to convert homosexual desires into heterosexual ones or to minimize homosexual response and simultaneously promote a heterosexual response in the patient. ReStory Ministries does not practice Reparative Therapy since we are a network of Christian ministries rather than mental health practitioners.

We appreciate contributions Reparative Therapists have made to our understanding of homosexuality and are grateful for the effective work many of them have done to assist individuals and families. In many cases, these therapists have joined forces with pastors and ministry leaders in ways that have been redemptive and of vital help to many. But we can offer neither a blanket commendation nor condemnation of Reparative Therapy practices, some of which we feel are valid and some of which we find at
least questionable.

We further believe that much of the controversy surrounding the practice stems from deliberate misrepresentations of it, while some of the controversies comes from simple misunderstandings of it, and some springs from legitimate, sincere concerns. We, therefore, recognize that some criticisms of it are valid and that the Church should not
embrace any psychological model as the ultimate, all-encompassing answer to problems of sexual orientation or identity.

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Gay Christians

Growing numbers of people are not only “coming out” as lesbian or gay, but also as lesbian or gay Christians. The modern church is therefore left to consider the possibility of a homosexual person also being a Christian, and then how to biblically respond.

But while the Assemblies of God position on homosexuality is clear, the question “Can you be gay and Christian?” is not so easily answered, since it requires a clarification of the terms involved. That, in turn, helps establish our position.

As always, we look to Scripture for guidance in developing positions. Regarding homosexuality, since both the Old and New Testaments condemn it without contingency or ambiguity (see Lev. 18:23; Lev. 20:13; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:9-10), we, therefore, conclude homosexual behavior constitutes a sexual sin. The question of someone being a “gay Christian,” then, becomes threefold:

  1. Can a Christian practicing sexual sin remain a Christian?
  2. At what point could a Christian practicing sexual sin lose her or his salvation?
  3. How do we define the terms “gay,” “Christian,” and “gay Christian”?
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Same-Sex Marriage

In 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States determined that state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage should be struck down, officially recognizing the redefinition of marriage as legitimate and constitutionally sound, and joining other nations whose highest courts have made similar decisions. Accordingly, those holding to the traditional definition of marriage now find themselves compelled to defend a position that was once common and assumed.

We count ourselves among those who object to this re-definition of marriage, and our objection is based on theological and social concerns.

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Sexual Orientation Change

Since the days of the Early Church, there have been Christians who were involved in homosexual practice prior to their conversions. Paul confirmed this in his letter to the Corinthians when he insisted that people practicing certain behaviors cannot inherit the kingdom of God:

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor. 6:9-10 NIV 2011, and all subsequent Scripture quotations)

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