War has been declared against GLBT people on many battlefronts. Religion, politics and ignorance have been launched like nuclear missiles against all of us in recent years and months and days. All out war has been declared against us in retaliation for all of the GLBT progress that has been made recently in the U. S. Supreme Court and in many significant arenas of public policy and public opinion.
A recent book by Wayne Besen on the “Ex-Gay Industry” is a very important source of counter-attack in our response to the escalating war against us. The book by Besen is Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth. I encourage you to get a copy of this book and use it as a helpful resource in your personal equipment for battle. See the long “Forward” to the book by Mel White.
Wayne Besen has been an effective advocate for GLBT human rights for many years, and this recent book is an impressive and practical resource for all of us engaged in the battle for truth and honesty. Besen is the person who made photographs of John Paulk in the Gay Bar in Washington, DC, that exposed the truth about John Paulk and his fake “Ex-Gay” claims in Focus on the Family ministries!
Wayne Besen provides a great deal of helpful historical information and gives accurate scientific research and facts that refute the hysterical “ex-gay” nonsense that is being dumped on GLBT people by Southern Baptists and other abusive religious deceptions.
Truth is the first casualty
Truth is the first casualty in any war.
We will never win the homophobic war against us by the abusive religious forces of our society if we remain uninformed and ill equipped with the truth. “Be diligent (“study”) to show yourself approved of God, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Learn what you need to know to respond adequately and effectively to the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” that are being hurled against you!
Wayne Besen has provided us with a significant arsenal of truth in the “Ex-Gay” wars that engulf and devour us today.
Think through and write out your own truth about yourself. Look within to discover who you really are and celebrate your unique personality and qualities that God has bestowed upon you. Nobody else can really tell you who you are. You will not find your own spiritual truth “out there” in a church or a teacher or in a doctrine, a creed, a book or the Bible. You will discover your own personal truth within.
You are made in the image of God. You have been given the Spirit of Jesus within your own mind and heart. God is with you and all around you in your present environment. Use and explore what you already have.
The foundation Bible verse that I used for the basis of my first book, “Invitation to Freedom,” which was on “Personal Evangelism in the GLBT Community,” was I Peter 3:15: “Sanctify (set apart) the Sovereign God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every person that asks you for a reason of the hope that is in you, yet with humility and respect.” (All of the material in “Invitation to Freedom” is now included in my book on “Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse.”)
The spiritual battle armor of God in Ephesians 6:12-18 begins with “truth!” There is no substitute for knowing the facts.
The author of “Invitation To Freedom” (1993) and “Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse” (2000), the gay theologian, Bible teacher, preacher, writer and pastor Rev. Rembert S. Truluck served in Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) in Atlanta, San Francisco, and Nashville between 1988 and 1996.
Born in Clinton, South Carolina, he attended Furman University and earned a doctorate in Sacred Theology. He served from 1953 to 1973 as Southern Baptist preacher and was a professor at Baptist College at Charleston (now Charleston Southern University). After being outed to the college’s Board of Trustees, he resigned and became a pastor of MCC.
He was working on his next book, “Will The Real Jesus Please Stand Up?” at the time of his death from natural causes on November 14, 2008, at age 74.