|Ex-gay groups - PLUC against the tide in Malaysia|
Prov 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts. 3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
The ex-gay conference in KL by PLUC was held today (09/10 Sep 12) at the Full Gospel Assembly KL under the banner "God's truth and sex".
The two main speakers at the short conference was Dr. Melvin Wong from the US, and Dr. Lim Kay Yong. The support from Exodus Global reflects much of the neo-colonialism where laws such as 377a are essentially a colonial legacy.
Rev Dr Tan Soo-Inn of Graceworks/Evangel Christian Church from Singapore will be speaking in the Penang leg of the ex-gay conference later in the month. Dr Tan is a divorsee who had remarried.
PLUC has a strong activist work in a number of evangelical and charismatic churches in Malaysia giving talks against homosexuality in the church.
They are supported by the AOG and Methodist churches including:-
Agape Gospel Assembly
They are about 10 years old, led by Miss Tryphena Law of a group about 20 people. They have their own shop-lot with two counselling rooms. Perhaps there would be a hundred or so at the FGA conference from the charismatic and methodist churches.
I guess the corresponding gay affirmitive group in Malaysia is the Good Samaritan MCC which has its ministry outreach in Miharja, KL.
Even with such strong support from the churches, I believe that the labourers for PLUC would be few and the effort to keep up this delusion of their innate sexuality would be difficult over time. So many former Exodus leaders including Michael Busse and Jeremy Marks have now come out and asked for forgiveness of the harm they had caused.
Th ex-gay group PLUC will also have a tough workload. They will see lots of Christians who will be suicidal, self centered, drama queens, emotional wet blankets, the symptoms of the self rejection of their innate self and same sex orientation deep within.
In line with an increasing world wide acceptance of gays, PLUC faced a battle against a raging tide whereby the annecdotal evidence is self-evident and medically confirmed four decades ago that being gay is innate and not a choice or a sin.
As more and more gays come out from the closet (most of them non christian and don't attend churches) and accept their sexual orientation especially the younger generation, the challenge will come from outside the church and they would be less forgiving.
The spiritual challenge for justice and equality is gaining increasing mileage with more than 15,000 GLBTs attending the Pink Dot event in Singapore. Love was in the air.
This strong innevitable wave of coming out of our closets is even seen in Christianity in Asia where there was a surprisingly large turn out of a few hundreds for the Amplify Conference in June 12 in Hong Kong which is gay affirmative.
Being gay is a part of humanity - to love and be loved. As this is being embraced and coming outs are happening rapidly, the voice of the church against gays will be seen as a liability that defines the church instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Change for the better is not only possible but is happening at a rapid pace in Asia and the church is essentially bypassed with droves of Gay Christians leaving the churches and have nothing to do with Christianity.
The charismatic and methodist churches and PLUC are perpetuating injustice and unrighteousness against the GLBT tribe. But this is their freedom and right even to cause harm.
It doesn't matter whether the churches in Malaysia ever change or repent. They have lost a whole new generation of young gays who are coming out of the closets with little hesitation and not bound by any baggages of religious shame or homophobia. They will become an antagonist to the church and demand recompense in their thousands of separate voices.
We may be gay affirmative but we are still part of the body of Christ and we lament at the harm caused by the ex-gay movement and the consequences to Christianity as a whole.
We rejoice to see justice flowing down river like a mighty stream, and know that few would care less by the banners of the churches at the riverside against the gay community.
As the rivers of justice flows passed the churches and their ex-homosexual movement, there goes a whole new people group that will see the church as unrighteous, hypocrites, and evil sinners.
And we too stand at the riverside, rejoicing at the streams of justice flowing past with the banner that Jesus loves and accepts them as a gays. But few would see us, for the harm caused by the church over the last 50 years is too grave.
We too have "lost" for we have failed to preach Christ and His redeeming grace to the GLBT tribe and our voices of God's acceptance of their innate sexual orientation is heard by few. We don't have the resources of the mega churches.
We stand at the riverside this day, and we see a mighty stream of justice and equality for the gay tribe, a large Tsunami moving down river.
A large rainbow harvest is passing by us. The tide is moving increasingly faster. I saw the christians of the past, the Anthony Yeo's, also appearing at the river side. They knew the tide was coming.
(Amos 5:22 NKJV) Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.
(Amos 5:23 NKJV) Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
(Amos 5:24 NKJV) But let justice run down like water, And righteousness like a mighty stream.