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 his gay son.
He forces him to join a gay conversion therapy program, hoping he would be “cured.” The story ends in bitter truth. Religion cannot convert a gay person to be straight.
Religion cannot convert a gay person to be straight
The therapy failed
The failed therapy made things worse, “There’s no changing me… 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 said.
He closed any possibility for change because his father, like most “professing Christians,” treats a person struggling with being gay.
The problem with the movie “Boy Erased”
Boy Erased leaves the impression of a one-size-fits-all prescription for those with same-sex attraction or 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—which is wrong at every level. [Gospel Coalition]
Critical to healing is realizing being gay is not sin itself—but entering into a lifestyle of sexual immorality
Healing and overcoming happen when a person sees that a “gay lifestyle” is a sin. However, Jared had no intention of giving up his gay lifestyle.
The LGBTQ lifestyle of “men having sex with other men” or “women having sex with other women” is chastised in the Bible. This is not to say God condemns those with SSA, which could be someone’s nature or weakness.
In the New Testament, Jesus never condemned sinners but said, “sin no more,” there is a difference. Jesus treats a sinner with hope. (John 8:11)
“You shall not sleep with a male as one sleeps with a female; it is an abomination.”
Jesus never condemned sinners but said, “sin no more.”
Bottom line, is there a Bible cure?
The short answer is NO. “A lot of how we talk about sexuality doesn’t come from scriptures but stories,” says Jackie Hill Perry. There is no cure for being gay.
It’s not about gays becoming straight. Rather, God calls all of us, regardless of sexual orientation, to surrender sin for holiness.
“I will be merciful when they fail, and I will erase their sins and wicked acts out of My memory as though they had never existed.”