“Ban Conversion Therapy” is the current rallying cry of the gay rights movement. Across the United States, LGBTQ activists and their allies call for the criminalization of counseling geared to helping people turn from homosexual behavior (a form of counsel often labeled “Conversion Therapy”), and most of that counseling is provided by Christian counselors, pastors, or ministry leaders. Conversion Therapy remains poorly defined, subject to reinterpretations according to the whims of whoever criticizes it. The actual work done by counselors in this field hardly matches the definition of Conversion Therapy, yet the term, ominous and loaded with emotional baggage, helps disparage the persons to whom it is attached. The problem with Conversion Therapy, then, is the way it is presented — sometimes inaccurately; sometimes dishonestly — and the way it is practiced. Like other forms of counseling, some of its practitioners have errored seriously, but that hardly calls for an end to the practice itself. Ultimately, the outcome of efforts to ban Conversion Therapy will have enormous ramifications for freedom of religion and the church’s ability to continue preaching and teaching the full counsel of God in Scripture. For this reason, believers should closely watch, and act on, efforts to criminalize Conversion Therapy.
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Joe Dallas about Volume 42, Number 2 issue article “What’s the Problem with Conversion Therapy?”
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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author:
- Episode 103 Homosexuality and Modern Ministry: Part Two
- Part Two: Identity, Terminology, and the Revoice Conference
- Part one of this two-part series: Homosexuality and Modern Ministry: Examining Old Approaches and Assessing New Ones Part One: A History of Missions and Missteps
- Episode 101 Homosexuality and Modern Ministry: Part One
- Wrestling With The “Gay Christian” Label
- The (Casual) Sexual Revolution (Book Review of: American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus)
- Boy Erased Movie Review
- When Vague Is in Vogue: A New but Not Improved Approach to Homosexuality Is Growing among Evangelicals
- Episode 065: Love, Simon Film Review “When Hearts Are Young and Gay” with Joe Dallas
- The Bully Pulpit: When Gay Teens Commit Suicide, Are Preachers to Blame?
- Is “Gay Christian” an Acceptable Identity?
- Of Bathroom Bills and Basic Beliefs
- The Transsexual Dilemma
- Hath God Said? Assessing the Church’s “Change of Heart” about Homosexuality
- When Someone You Love Says, “I’m Gay”