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Another Special Life in Christ

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McKrae Game:

 A native of upstate South Carolina & born in 1969, he was raised in a Christian family he described as “balcony Baptists.” They attended church each Sunday but didn’t participate actively in church life.

In his teens and early 20s, he started acting on attractions he felt toward men, but still felt his life incomplete. McKrae Game readily tells strangers he was homosexual, but through a program of prayer and study he is straight, with a wife and two children.

“I spent two and a half years living as a gay man, but always knowing I didn’t want to live the rest of my life in that way,” said Game, who has been married seven years.

“I had never really had anyone sit down and tell me what God really said about homosexuality, that it wasn’t the way he wanted us to live our lives. He said it was the friendship of a heterosexual couple that made him decide to renounce homosexuality. “I was unsure of who I was as a man, how I wanted to live my life, and questions of mortality were really on my mind,” he said. “I saw in my friends’ lives something I didn’t have, a hope and a peace and a purpose.” Game said the Exodus International North America program helped to “bring him out of the homosexual lifestyle” in the early ‘90s but was shut down. He tried a new one, Reduce Fear (not there in 2015). Wikipedia E. I. review, HERE.

“I remember wanting answers, but didn’t know how to get them,” he said. “I wanted somebody to sit down and tell me what God thought about what I was doing.”

McKrae first accepted Jesus Christ in 1991. He sought counseling through the Exodus movement to curb his same-sex attractions, and by 1996 he had met and married a woman in the Baptist church he attended in Spartanburg. The two now have a son and a daughter.

Game founded Truth Ministry in 1999 (a Spartanburg-based, nondenominational Christian ministry that works with men and women who want to accept Jesus Christ and stop living as a gay man or a lesbian). Game estimates that his staff has counseled more than 400 men and women from around South Carolina since the program started in 1999. Truth Ministries offers support groups and one-on-one counseling, and members frequently travel around the state to speak to various churches. It is now called Hope for Wholeness Network.

Game’s beliefs mirror those of most established Christian churches. While increasing numbers of churches and groups welcome openly gay and lesbian members, most are either skeptical or timid about it or simply don’t.

The Roman Catholic Church and the largest denomination in the state, the Southern Baptist Convention, say homosexuality is a sin across the board and will not accept same-sex unions or openly gay clergy. However, these two churches both stress that gays and lesbians are not barred from worshipping and are not condemned as human beings.

Many nondenominational Christian churches that take a fundamentalist approach to the Bible, as well as conservative mainline Protestant churches, also preach that gays and lesbians are welcome to worship but that same-sex unions are incompatible with Christian teaching.

Game’s program in Spartanburg, however, takes such beliefs a step further. He says gays and lesbians can begin to live effective lives as heterosexuals through Christian study. McKrae and others in the Exodus program had more broadly maintained that change in orientation is possible through belief in God.

“There are many, many men and women who don’t want to be gay or lesbian,” he said. “We operate from the idea that sexuality is something you can control.”

Truth Ministries is part of a nationwide network of groups that follow the program of Exodus International, a Florida-based ministry that in the early ‘80s pioneered what some call the Christian “ex-gay” movement.

Exodus holds that through a strict program of Christian study and personal accountability, men and women can overcome homosexuality, said Randy White, 36, communications director.

“There’s an increasing number of people nationwide that want to know that there’s an option when it comes to dealing with same-sex attraction,” he said. As the Bible clearly teaches for all sinful inclinations, “We teach that people can be stewards of their sexuality."

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This website author would note (1) that Jesus is all about unity rather than divisiveness. And (2) it is God, Himself, who appears to declare homosexuality a "sin". Jesus followers & denominations recap their positions as to homosexuality in good faith because of what is interpreted as what God says! Yet, Jesus wants us to love and relate well to all, HERE (this link gives a 2015 update as to the idea of a "gay gene", etc.). Focus on the Family is another organization with resources to help non-traditionals who are dis-illusioned with their involvement in any LGBT lifestyle and also to help parents understand factors. Hope for Wholeness Networkis a resource. DesertStream is a resource. Also see a Christian Church website, Transforming Congregations.


Reference:

"Ex-gay Groups Comfort Some", Christina Lee Knauss, The State newspaper, 13 June 2004, D6.

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(posted 13 June 2004; latest addition 12 September 2015)

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