An anti-gay group that supposedly uses religion to try to help people change their sexual orientation is holding a conference in Oklahoma City today and tomorrow.
Unfortunately, Oklahoma City, home to infamous, gay-basher state Rep. Sally Kern, is known as an epicenter for this type of anti-gay activity. On the other hand, the city also has a thriving gay community and a growing movement pushing for equality here.
The Restored Hope Network, according to one newspaper account, is meeting just as the organization Exodus, which had used “prayer and psychotherapy” to try to change people’s homosexuality, announced it’s disbanding. The Restored Hope Network is holding a conference today and tomorrow at the Cherokee Hills Baptist Church, 5700 NW 63rd Street.
Jesus is the Truth that transforms us. Join us for two days of discovering how His truth sets us free from sexual and relational brokenness. We will worship Him, share our stories of hope, and deepen our understanding of His truth. Our freedom is His delight!
Are ministries calling others out of homosexuality are being judgmental ‘big brothers’ of the prodigal? Not at all. We are former prodigals calling and waiting and praying for other prodigals to return home! We resemble our Father more than those who celebrate the life that destroyed the prodigal and the resultant pigsty from which the prodigal ate. We know what is like to be the prodigal sons who have returned home to right relationship with our Father God from the foolishness that was destroying us.
If you are looking for help or to be ministered to in the area of sexual brokenness or leaving homosexuality, the best option ever is to come to our Restored Hope Network conference in Oklahoma City on June 21st and 22nd. This is the time to gather with the whole team of RHN and worship, surrender, pray, be ministered to and learn!
Psychologists and other health professionals have argued in recent years that so-called reparative theory can be damaging to people. Homosexuality is not something that has to be “cured.” Labeling same-sex attraction as some type of illness or religious moral failing has the potential to create shame and self-loathing and lead to real mental health issues.
Meanwhile, there are now several states that allow same-sex marriage, including Iowa. No one can argue the cultural acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community has grown substantially over the last two decades. Even Oklahoma City has made strides in cultural acceptance. For example, it has a large and growing annual Pride festival and parade each year that celebrates equality.
Still, groups like the Restored Hope Network remind us that there are still major pockets of anti-homosexual action, which is often combined with religious extremism.