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Boy Erased: Can gay conversion therapy cure homosexuality?

Boy Erased is a movie based on the story of Garrard Conley (Jared), starring Lucas Hedges. The story is about a conservative Baptist Pastor who found it difficult to accept a gay son. He forces him to take part in a gay conversion therapy program, hoping he would be “cured.” The poignant story end in a bitter truth that religion cannot convert a gay person to be straight.

A positive thing

The film Boy Erased won several awards. It was a “revelation” that to make things work, love and acceptance would be the first key. The climax of the movie was when Jared tells his father, “There’s no changing me.” The therapy failed to do anything good for Jared, “You are going to have to be the one who changes; I’m gay, and I’m your son, and both of those things are not going to change.” Jared has closed any possibility for change because of how his father, like most professing Christians, treat a person struggling with homosexuality.

The problem with “Boy Erased”

Boy Erased leaves the impression of a one-size-fits-all prescription for those with SSA: Don’t fight it. Don’t think it’s in any way wrong. Don’t long to be changed. Just accept who you are and live with pride (Gospel Coalition). For Jared, the issue is acceptance. He has no intention of giving up the gay lifestyle and that is where the real conflict lies. If a person does not see a gay lifestyle as “sin,” there is no hope for change.

The Bible condemns the gay lifestyle of men having sex with other men. However, Jesus, in the New Testament, does it anew by NOT condemning the person. In fact, He treats a sinner with hope (John 8:11). After all, Jesus died for the sinners, those who are lost. The fact is until a person accepts the reality of hell and condemnation because of sin, there is no need for a savior.

Christians are called to love, not to condone, condemn, or discriminate.

Is there a Bible cure?

Scriptures do not give a formula for a “cure.” Because we live in a fallen world, there is sin, weakness, confusion, and different forms of struggle. This is the reason why Jesus is returning, to save those who believe in this prophecy. All of us has to endure something in this world, this is perhaps your unbearable lot. You must trust God and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). Jesus will renew all things and will remember our sins no more! (Hebrews 8:12).

Genuine love that leads to repentance: Most Christians find it difficult to understand this kind of struggle, hence the prejudice. “A lot of how we talk about sexuality doesn’t come from scriptures but from stories,” says Jackie Hill Perry. She was a lesbian who married a man. Christians are called to love, not to condone or condemn, but to lead people to a path of repentance and redemption.

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit because you can do nothing without Me (John 15:5); “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

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