- An American Christian charity has released a video promoting the idea the prayer can 'cure' homosexuality
- The concept of gay conversion therapy has been thoroughly dismissed
- There is a growing acceptance of homosexuality in the Christian community
Anchored North is a Californian based charity group that is promoting the scientifically discredited belief that it is possible for gay, lesbian and bisexual people to change their sexual orientation if they pray hard enough.
The conservative Christian charity is spreading a video which tells the story of and woman named Emily Thomes who was able to leave her wild life as a lesbian and marry a man after she studied that bible and repented her sins.
Briefly.co.za learned that The video is titled "Love is love" which is a catchphrase used by the LBGTQ community to spread the idea of acceptance. The video also used a rainbow flag as its thumbnail, a symbol synonymous with the LBGTQ community.
Aimed at attracting those in the LBGTQ community the video starts out innocently, explaining that Thomes fell in love with a girl when she was 15 and identified as gay according to huffingtonpost.co.za.
Soon the video changes gear as Thomes believes that gay people can pray themselves straight.
“People say to me all the time, ‘I was born this way.’ I say, OK, yeah, me too,’” she says at one point in the video. “You’re not born with right affections. That’s why Jesus had to come. You feeling a desire for sin just proves you need grace like me.”
The video has had more than 1.5 million views since it went live on 28 December 2017 and is the most popular video the group has released.
The group claims to be “next generation evangelists” who aim at reaching the younger generation.
Gay conversion therapy is the belief that counseling and meditation can change a person's sexual orientation to fit into the heterosexual standards that conform with conservative religious principles.
Gay conversion therapy has been thoroughly discredited by all major mental health associations. The American Psychological Association warns that the therapy can seriously harm young people.
LBGTQ youths are almost 5 times more likely to commit suicide that heterosexual youths.
Thomes has come under severe criticism for the video. As an "ex-lesbian" Christian speaker she has defended her position on gay conversion therapy on Facebook.
In her posts he claimed that queer relationships were comparable to domestic violence and even murder. She also suggested that gay people are destined for the fires of hell.
The positition taken by Anchored North on homosexuality is popular among white evangelical Protestants. However, this is starting to show signs that that there is changing opinions within the evangelical community towards homosexuality.
Younger Christians are starting to accept that homosexuality is not a sin and it cannot be prayed away. There is also a growing acceptance of homosexuality in general.
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