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35 Years of Freedom from Homosexuality – Part 3

by Jeff Johnston

Homosexuality – Inborn? Unchangeable?

A number of readers have responded to my blogs about Exodus’ 35th anniversary and about the journey out of homosexuality that I began 25 years ago. Many have claimed that people are “born gay” (they’re not, even if Lady Gaga says so) and that people cannot change sexual behavior, attractions and identity (they can, I’ve seen and experienced it).

Some readers have denied the real change in my life and have questioned the veracity of my story– often with offensive language. I won’t have a lengthy response to the personal attacks, except to say that many of us who have left homosexuality have heard these same accusations for years. After awhile you get used to seeing “ex-gay” in quotes. We just keep living our lives, following Jesus as best we can.

In addition, Focus on the Family does not say that homosexual attractions are a choice; we do believe all people are made in the image of God – while acknowledging that all of us are marred by sin; and we do not think change on this issue is easy. But freedom from homosexuality is very possible.

I am working on longer articles about change and being “born gay,” but in the meantime, those who are open-minded and interested might want to check out a few websites and articles that address these topics.

My Genes Made Me Do It, by Dr. Neil and Briar Whitehead, is available as a free download on their web site. The authors address many significant questions about homosexuality, including: genetics, twin studies, culture, hormones, brains and change. http://www.mygenes.co.nz/download.htm

“The Innate-Immutable Argument Finds No Basis in Science”, by Dr. A. Dean Byrd, Dr. Shirley E. Cox, and Dr. Jeffrey Robinson shows what research and researchers sayabout change from homosexuality. http://narth.com/2010/09/the-innate-immutable-argument-finds-no-basis-in-science/

“Myths and Misconceptions about Behavioral Genetics and Homosexuality,” by Douglas A. Abbott, PhD, explains the role of genes in human behavior. http://narth.com/docs/080307Abbott_NARTH_article.pdf

Testimonies and research continue to show that freedom from homosexuality is real.


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  • Jonathan

    I personally know many, many, many ex-straights and zero ex-gays. Ex-gays only appear to testify in favor of anti-gay legislation, and then, they disappear.

    • Jeff Johnston

      Jonathon –

      Thanks for your comment. Many of those who overcome same-sex attractions just move on with their lives. They don’t necessarily get involved in ministry or social/political issues. But there are plenty of us still around.

  • charlotte taft

    Could you please direct me to research that shows we are not born with a sexual disposition, but that it is a learned behavior?

    • Jeff Johnston

      Charlotte – Please check out some of the links I provided above. Thanks.

  • michael smith

    Are people born gay? All people are born sinful, case closed.

  • Peter


  • Ron

    The Human Genome Project identified all the genes in human DNA and found no homosexual gene. Evan Balaban, a neurobiologist at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, noted that the search for the biological underpinnings of complex human traits has a sorry history. In recent years, researchers and the media have proclaimed the “discovery” of genes linked to alcoholism and mental illness as well as to homosexuality. None of the claims has been confirmed. It is not scientifically accurate to refer to a “gay gene” as the causative agent in homosexuality.
    Dr. Brad Harrub, Dr. Bert Thompson and Dr. Dave Miller, “A Scientific Examination of Homosexuality and the ‘Gay Gene,’” The True Origin Archive, (2003).

  • Darlene

    Thank you for being faithful to the Lord and for your willingness to suffer for righteousness. May God bless you and others who are going through the same trials. You are a light for God.

  • Peter

    Definite nonsense.

  • Michelle

    Thank you for putting yourself out there. I appreciate the example and the stance that we are all marred with sin and things to overcome. Not everyone who has gay tendencies, for whatever reason (media promotion, inborn tendencies, weakness, other influences) wishes to act on them, for whatever reasons (religious pressure from those who are insensitive to the real hurt that can be caused, personal, moral choice to live as God has ordained). This is a sensitive, real issue for so many and there is no black or white to their emotions and feelings. But there is a way out if someone desires to change. If they are ready to act on that desire, people like you are their beacon. Thanks again.

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