A former lesbian who is now a Christian speaker and blogger has sparked an online debate after she shared how she left her "super wild" lifestyle of homosexuality and turned to Jesus Christ.
In a Facebook video for online evangelism website Anchored North, Emily Thomes shared that she was 15 when she first entered into a romantic relationship with a girl. At the time, she reasoned that "God being love" would accept her lifestyle, and she became involved in "super wild" relationships with other women in the next couple of years after that, The Christian Post relayed.
When she was 22 and was engaged to a woman with two children, somebody invited Thomes to a Bible study. She expected the participants to call her out for her lifestyle and planned to use that reason for not coming back, but she ended up hearing other women's experiences which she never had.
At the time, Thomes began questioning her personality and began looking up Bible verses on the internet. She felt scared when she read that the Bible said those who practiced homosexuality would not be able to enter God's kingdom but also realized after reading 1 Corinthians 6:11 that she could be transformed if she stopped holding on to her sin and rejecting God.
"I knew what I wasn't going to do, because it was right there, it was black and white. I'd twisted those Scriptures before, I'd argued them down, I'd say 'judge not' to them like that mattered, and then that day it was like my eyes were really opened. I was amazed at the grace He'd shown me," Thomes said in the video. "It's not gay to straight. It's lost to saved. God calls us not to heterosexuality but holiness."
While many applauded Thomes for her transformation and testimony, there were some who thought her message could be dangerous to gay kids. Morven Roberts Baker said such a line of thinking could drive gay children to suicide.
Last year, former gay Darryl Foster founded the Witness Freedom ministries to reach out to men and women trying to deal with same-sex attraction. Growing up in a Pentecostal Christian family in Texas, he knew that there was something odd when he started being attracted to other boys, but he became more confused about his sexual identity later on, the Christian Broadcasting Network reported.
Although Foster initially turned to God for answers to his troubles, he later embraced the homosexual lifestyle, which left him empty, depressed and suicidal after 11 years. It was only when he watched a Christian movie about Christ's suffering that he understood God's sacrifices for him and asked the Lord for forgiveness. He said he is now a new man and is on a mission to help others who went through the same experience because he knows the pain that they are feeling.