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#174: Can You Walk Away from Same-Sex Attraction?

No one has lived closer to the controversy over being “ex-gay” than Anne Paulk. When her ex- husband returned to the homosexual lifestyle, the world jumped at the opportunity to label him, and anyone else claiming to be “ex-gay”, a fraud. But what if there is no either/or? What if sanctification for those with same-sex attraction is no different than it is for every one of us –a process of becoming more like Jesus, one day at a time? Grab your coffee and join Juli as she talks with Anne Paulk about walking away from same-sex relationships and moving toward God’s design for sexuality.

Guest: Anne Paulk

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  • Christine Young

    Thank you! even though I do not struggle with same sex attraction so many around us do. A dear fried of my son does & I love him & pray for him every day. What she said about it being a daily healing process is so true. I am 64 & I still find that I am healing. Even when I think I'm healed I will be hit with something & think 'Here we go again'. At least now I recognize it & can just let the Lord work the work He needs to do. Love, love, love your podcasts.
  • Carol Larson

    I so very much appreciate Anne's emphasis on sanctification. It affirms what I have also read by Wesley Hill in his book "Washed And Waiting": Pages 145-146 "My homosexuality, my exclusive attraction to other men, my grief over it and my repentance, my halting effort to live fittingly in the grace of Christ and the power of the Spirit -- gradually I am learning not to view all of these things as confirmations of my rank and corruption and hypocrisy. I am instead, slowly but surely, learning to view that journey -- of struggle, failure, repentance, restoration, renewal in joy, and persevering, agonized obedience -- as what it looks like for the Holy Spirit to be transforming me on the basis of Christ's cross and his Easter morning triumph over death. The Bible calls the Christian struggle against sin faith (Hebrews 12:3-4; 10:37-39). It calls the Christian fight against impure cravings holiness (Romans 6:12-13, 22). So I am trying to appropriate these biblical descriptions for myself. I am learning to look at my daily wrestling with disordered desires and call it trust. I am learning to look at my battle to keep from giving in to my temptations and call it sanctification. I am learning to see that my flawed, imperfect, yet never-giving-up faithfulness is precisely the spiritual fruit that God will praise me for on the last day, to the ultimate honor of Jesus Christ."

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