Homosexuality: Its cause and cure
By Tom Brown
woman on the phone pleaded with me to do her brother’s funeral, “Pastor
Brown, even though my brother Juan* did not live in El Paso, he loved your
ministry. He listened to your tapes, read your books, and absolutely loved
the way you preached the Word. He knew his funeral was going to be in El
Paso, so before he died, he told me that he did not want anyone but you,
Pastor Brown, to perform the funeral. So please, could you do it?” Her
pleadings touched my heart, so I agreed.
At the funeral I gave my usual sermon on
heaven, and afterward, opened up the podium for the family and friends to
share their memories of the deceased. A very thin, frail looking man, about
the age of Juan, came forward to share. He mentioned that Juan always
preached about Jesus and the need to be born again. At first, he did not
want to get saved, but through Juan's constant encouragement eventually he
gave his heart to Christ. Then the man shocked me. He mentioned that he and
Juan were partners and had lived together in the same house for twenty
My eyebrows lifted. As I panned the room, I
had noticed several men about Juan’s age by themselves, and as different
people came forward, there was no mentioned of Juan’s orientation, only how
much Juan loved the Lord, but it was clear that Juan was also gay.
I bring this story up because this article
is written for the Juans of the church. It is my goal in this article
to reach out to you who may be struggling with gay feelings and perhaps has
even acted on them, yet you are not looking to justify the sin or to be
gullible by allowing gay activists to rewrite the Bible to rationalize the
behavior. You already know the Bible disapproves of this lifestyle, yet,
despite your desire to change, you can’t seem to transform yourself to the
holy standard of the Bible.
This article will help you to understand
how you got to where you are, and thus, how you can rid yourself of those
feelings. I have ministered to people who are hurting, just like you; they
want to be more like Jesus, but struggle to overcome. Listen, I know your
pain and let me offer a helping hand. Let me show you how you can find total
freedom in Christ.
homosexuals born or made?
This is an old argument. If homosexuals are
born that way, then there is no way for them to change. It would be like
asking someone born left-handed to try to use their right hand in writing.
It is just the way a person is born. He can’t help it.
The gay militants are trying to persuade
society that homosexuals are born that way, and so to expect change is
unreasonable, and quite impossible. So they have searched and searched to
try to find a gay gene, but to no avail. I can assure them that they will
never find one, because if there was one, then homosexuality would be
decreasing, because homosexuals would not procreate as often as
heterosexuals, and thus, would not be passing down the gene.
However, it seems that homosexuality is on
the rise, not declining. Of course, since society has not been keeping tabs
on the percentage of homosexuals until recently, we have no way of knowing
for sure. I think there is evidence that it is increasing due to the fact
that there is a growing group of people calling for gay rights. Society
usually responds only when a group is growing, not declining; so for gay
rights to be emerging in many nations it is likely that the numbers of
homosexuals is also growing. This of course does not bode well for those
claiming that homosexuality is something one is born with, if so, why the
All the evidence I have seen shows that
homosexuality is actually an emotional, psychological disorder brought on
early in childhood. I do not believe people chose those feelings, because
who in their right mind would choose it, and thus be scorned by society. I
do not believe homosexuals initially choose their orientation, anymore than
a heterosexual chooses it.
An exception to this is people who practice
homosexuality out of convenience. These would include prisoners, students in
“women only” and “men only” schools, and men who find far more men willing
to have sex than women. A member confided in me and told me how he has
engaged in several homosexual encounters, yet, he prefers women. So I asked
him why he does it. He simply said, “It’s easier to find men willing to do
it than women.” He went onto explain that there are many men who are
heterosexual that frequents gay places, because they know they will get sex.
So I am very much aware of those who
practice homosexuality out of choice, but I am writing to those who “feel”
the desire to be with people of the same gender. If it was their choice,
they would choose normal heterosexual feelings.
I’m totally heterosexual, and
I have been one since I could remember. By early adolescence girls were
always attractive to me, and to think of guys in a sexual way seems quite
disgusting to me. However, I never chose those feelings. They were simply a
typical psychological response to a normal childhood.
Yet, not everyone has had a normal, healthy
childhood. When dramatic events happen to children, it can affect their
psyches. Who will admit that certain vivid experiences have affected them
to this day?
I remember going trick-or-treating at
Halloween one night. My sister and best friend went to a house that had the
back porch light on, so we assumed that the back door was open for
trick-or-treaters. I will never forget this moment, but when we opened the
gate to knock on the door; these ferocious dogs came out of nowhere and
began barking. Quickly we leaped over the fence to avoid them, but my best
friend did not make it. One of the dogs took a huge chuck out his calf. He
started screaming as we ran toward the street. There I saw blood gushing
from this leg. He had to have over a hundred stitches.
This event haunted me for
years. I struggled with the fear of dogs for quite some time. Eventually I
won the battle, but even to this day, there is a tinge of apprehension when
I hear a big, dog bark.
I bring this story up to show
how extraordinary events can scar us psychologically, and I’m sure you are
thinking of some areas in your life that to this day still affects you. This
is true concerning homosexuality.
Same gender feelings are a
psychological illness caused by three powerful and tragic events in a
child’s life. Someone may be offended that I would use the term “illness” to
describe homosexuality, but this term is meant to show the “helpless” of the
injured party, not to stigmatize him. If someone is sick, we do not blame
him, but rather, we look to find out the cause of the sickness so we could
apply the cure. Now, if someone denies being sick—such as alcoholics—then
there is little anyone can do to help him. I think the beginning step for
homosexuals is to admit their illness, not to cover it up, pretend they are
not sick and, worse, flaunt their disorder.
The American Psychiatric
Association once considered homosexuality a mental disorder until 1973, but
changed their view after being pressured by gay lobbyists; they claim to
have come to their conclusion by consulting with professionals and experts
in the field but it is clear that some of the “experts” were no doubt
practicing homosexuals that convinced the APA to remove homosexuality from
the list of mental disorders. The association has done a disservice to this
hurting community. As a result of their desire to be politically correct,
they now have been partially responsible for the outbreak of diseases, like
AIDS, that have taken the lives of so many capable, young people.
The causes of homosexuality
have not been a mystery. The three unfortunate, major events in a child’s
life that can cause homosexual orientation are:
Sexually abused by an older person of the same gender.
Let’s face an obvious fact:
most child molesters were themselves victims of child molestation. When a
child is molested by an adult figure, it can greatly injure the psyche. Many
who are molested never become molesters, but often, they find a strange
attraction to older people of the same gender. This tragic event often
causes some distortion in a person’s mind. They begin to associate sexual
behavior with their experience, instead of realizing the truth that they
would not have been attracted by the same gender if they had not been
victims of sexual abuse.
Neglected by the parent of the same gender.
We often hear stories of
male homosexuals who are attracted to older male homosexuals, and it is no
coincidence that they are longing for the love of their fathers. Everyone
needs to know they are loved by their parents. For example, a girl who does
not feel loved by her father will often be attracted to father figures. It
will also happen with sons, who need the love of their fathers. If they do
not feel it, they will sometimes turn to older male figures. They simply
want genuine love, but often instead of experiencing healthy love, they will
encounter sexual love, and so they will begin to associate sexual love for
genuine love. It is not real, but that is all the love they know.
Feeling out of place with peers of the same gender.
It is essential that every
child feels accepted by the same gender. If a boy grows up but feels out of
place with his peers, he will find himself becoming nervous around the boys.
He will interpret those feelings of anxiety as sensual, because the feelings
of first time sex are associated with tension. Well, a boy who does not fit
in with the boys, will feel that same nervousness around them, and will
associate those same feelings with sex.
If you are struggling with same sex
feelings, be honest with your life: one of these tragic events, or something
similar, has caused these feelings in your soul—maybe even more than one of
these incidents. Don’t discount the cause of your homosexual feelings. To do
so will only postpone or completely cancel the healing you need.
It is important to understand the “cause”
of your gay feelings, because by discovering the truth, and opening yourself
to the truth, you can experience the healing that Christ could give. Jesus
works with truth, but to deny the truth or discount the importance of the
truth will keep the Lord from healing you.
People that want to hide the real cause are
actually giving power to the perpetrators. To accept their gay feelings,
only gives power to those who hurt them.
On the other hand, to receive healing will
give themselves power over those who hurt them. There is a great feeling of
strength when one overcomes any psychological weakness caused by others.
There is no authority in one’s life if he succumbs to the emotional pains
brought on by the bad behavior of others. In other words, a homosexual who
works at overcoming his same-gender feelings is actually working against
those who have wounded him. That is power!
Someone at this point may say, “Well, even
if the causes you mentioned are true, the psyche is so damaged that it is
pointless to encourage the change. The person will only be disappointed when
he doesn’t change, and he will feel more rejection.”
Ah, so the argument is to let a person
remain psychologically ill. I don’t see how that is real love. Love looks to
heal. My ministry is built on healing the whole man, and I am sure the Lord
can heal the psyche of homosexuals. People will challenge me to leave the
homosexuals alone and let them be—but I can’t let people remain sick, if I
know the cure.
The real trouble with those in the medical
field is doubt. They do not believe in the supernatural power of God. They
are left with their own abilities, and they find that they are not capable
to bring change to the homosexual. What I find troubling with the
professionals is their criticism toward the healing ministry of the church.
They criticize the church for believing in the divine power of God to heal
If these so called experts
were in Palestine during the early church period, they would have censured
Paul when he wrote: “Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor
adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the
greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom
of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were
sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by
the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor 6:9-11).
Notice Paul said that some of the converts
were once “homosexual offenders.” Then he said, “That is what some of you
were.” They had changed. They were not homosexuals anymore; God had touched
them, and His touch healed them. Paul mentions three things that made the
They were washed.
We were all dirty in some way
when we came to Christ. No one is without sin. We all needed cleansing from
our filth, whether we were adulterers, thieves or homosexuals. The washing
comes through two ways: the new birth and the washing of water of the Word.
Something miraculous takes
place when we are born again. Human words cannot explain all that happens. I
have heard numerous testimonies from people who struggled with homosexual
feelings, who were miraculously changed when they got saved. Let’s face the
fact: without the new birth, the homosexual will unlikely change. They must
be born again. God cleanses the sinner of his filth and makes him new.
Concerning the new birth,
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God
unless he is born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:5). There are two aspect
of the new birth: first, the invisible power of the Spirit, second, the
visible water of baptism. When a person sincerely calls on the Lord for
salvation, the Spirit performs a numinous work in the heart of the
individual. The person must also get baptized in water.
At this point, someone might
say, “But Pastor, I still have those homosexual tendencies, so how can I be
baptized unless God changes me? I will feel like a hypocrite if I get
The point Paul brings out is
that a person was changed by being “washed.” It is through the baptism
itself that God can perform a special work. The work is cleansing. Let the
Lord cleanse you from your sins. A person who waits to be baptized after he
feels clean has it in reverse. You don’t wait until you feel clean to take a
bath; you take a bath to become clean. The same is true of baptism, you do
not wait to feel clean and totally changed to get baptized; you let the
water baptism cleanse you. God will use that simple act of baptism to bring
a miraculous change in you.
You might say, “You mean
pastor, if someone came to you who still struggled with homosexual feelings,
you would still baptize him?” Of course I would, that is what salvation is
about. I don’t wait for someone to first change before bringing them to
Christ; I bring them to Christ so He can change them.
The other way we get cleansed
is through the Word of God. Jesus said, “You are already clean because of
the word I have spoken to you” (John 15:3). The Word of God is all powerful.
Man’s words have limited power, they can’t accomplish the impossible, but
God can. When he speaks into the soul of man, a miracle takes place. As the
homosexual takes into his heart the message of Christ, a phenomenon occurs,
he finds that he is pruned like a bush. The pruning may hurt at first, but
then he finds that he becomes more fruitful for Christ. This process is
gradual as the next point brings out.
They were sanctified.
The word sanctified means to
be separate from the world in order to be brought near to Christ. This is an
ongoing process. None of us can say after we were born again that we are
completely the way we should be. We are changing to be more like the Lord,
but none of us have arrived.
Do not be discouraged if you
do not find an immediate, total change when you become born again. But as
you allow the Word, the Spirit, the blood, and the ordinances and sacraments
of the Church to work in you, you will find the influence of the world will
have less power over your life. It won’t happen if you stay away from the
Homosexuals, because of the
deepness of their hurt, may need to be healed of their past. If that is you,
you need to open yourself to someone skilled and knowledgeable in the Word.
Confess your weakness. Tell your struggle to them. You will be able to
receive deep, personal ministry by a loving minister who will show you
supernaturally how the abuse, neglect, or rejection brought you the same-sex
feelings you have, and through forgiveness and through forgiving others—the
abuser, the neglected father, or teasing peers—you can release the pain.
There is no healing without forgiving those who wronged you.
It may be the hardest thing to do, but you
must forgive the man who abused you as a child. The man might be a relative
or even a religious leader, but you must release the person and totally
forgive him. As you forgive that person, you release yourself from the power
they have had over your life.
You may need to forgive a negligent father.
He may have abandoned you. He may not have been there when you needed him,
but you must still forgive. Without forgiveness you put yourself in a
prison, and that prison may be homosexual feelings.
The boys at school who teased you, who
called you a queer, yes, you must forgive them too. The girls that
called you a tomboy, yes, you must forgive them too. I know it’s
hard, but you are only allowing them to have power over your life if you do
As you forgive, you may
experience a battle. This battle is a sign that demons took advantage of you
when you were young and came to oppress your life. As you forgive, you will
find yourself being released from the demons. They will come out of you.
They were justified.
The word justified means to
be totally forgiven and made right with God as though you had never sinned.
Often, someone struggling with deep-embedded sins will find difficulty
receiving forgiveness. But you must!
Don’t allow any disorder to
convince you that God has not forgiven you. For sure, do not practice the
gay lifestyle, for that will only hamper your complete sanctification and
healing, and worse, bring needless judgment on you.
Paul mentions this judgment
in 1 Corinthians 11:29-30, “For anyone who eats and drinks without
recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That
is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen
asleep.” I am convinced that many believers that have rebelled
against the work of sanctification have brought judgment on themselves. Paul
describes this judgment as sickness and premature death.
Many homosexual Christians
have become ill, and a number have died early, because they refused to judge
themselves. This act of judgment was so they could be saved. Paul goes on to
write, “When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we
will not be condemned with the world” (1 Cor 11:32). So even though we may
regret seeing a beloved believer die early, it was for his good, so he would
not be condemned with the world.
This act is a sign of love.
Despite the actions, God loves the person so much He will do anything to
make sure they will never be separated from Him for all of eternity.
God forgives you even though
you have failed him. If you believe the lie that God has stopped loving you
because you have failed him, then the devil will take advantage of you and
bring you back into the sinful lifestyle. Believe in God’s love for you!
That love is a transforming love.
Ultimately what every person needs,
including the homosexual, in order to change is love. The cure for
homosexuality is rather simple—it is love—genuine love.
Jesus healed Mary Magdalene,
a known prostitute, by showing His genuine love. He forgave her before she
showed any proof of repentance. She was changed and transformed by the love
of Christ. She immediately lost any desire to sleep with men when she
experienced the unadulterated love of God.
Every homosexual needs to experience the
real, unconditional love of God. This is the beginning of healing. For some
people, this alone brings the cure. They lose the strong feelings of
same-sex love. Others may still struggle with it, but as they open
themselves more to God’s love, those feelings will dissipate.
Finally, you must fill the need for love
with the genuine love from brothers and sisters in the Lord. If you are
looking for an older male figure, look no further than your pastor. Let him
mentor you. This is what you want! You know it is what you need!
Will those feelings leave? Yes, but for
some people not totally, at least not right away. Just like I still feel an
initial tinge of fear when a dog barks, you may still feel some hint of same
gender feelings, but they will not move you. You will start to also feel
sexual attraction for the opposite gender. Your feelings will begin to
normalize so you can walk with the Lord without hindrance.
For instance fear of dogs does not keep me
from taking a walk in my neighborhood. I hear the dogs barking, but the
emotional scar is healed. I am not crippled anymore by the incident of my
childhood. The same will be with you who have struggled with same gender
feelings. Your scar will be healed. You will not let the past cripple your
walk with God. You will find yourself rejoicing as you experience the
liberty that Christ has given you.
The Word of God will cleanse your mind from
any negative and ungodly feelings. So it is essential to continue to abide
in the Word, and at times, you will have the Lord take a portion of His Word
and heal more remaining scars.
Remember, the route of
holiness is a road. "And a highway will be there; it will be called the
Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those
who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it" (Isa 35:8).
Driving down a road is a process. Do not be discouraged that you have not
Holiness is like driving on the highway. It
is dangerous, there is a risk, but the truly clean people will take that
road. But the wicked fools, those who pretend to be right, will not even try
to walk on this road. I encourage you walk the way of Holiness.
"No lion will be there, nor
will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But
only the redeemed will walk there" (v. 9). God will protect you from
temptation. You will find the devil will not be strong enough to drag you
from the road. In the end, "They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting
joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow
and sighing will flee away" (v. 10). You will rejoice in your complete
victory! Eventually, the harmful feelings of homosexuality will flee away.
* Juan was not his real name.
Other related articles:
You can enjoy additional teaching on this subject through
Tom's online TV show.
Homosexuality: Its Cause and Cure
Part 2, and
Part 3. This relevant message became the best-selling series in 2008,
and for good reason. You will find biblically based answers mixed with
compassion in this highly-delicate topic.
Is Homosexuality Natural?
Homosexuals Change? All three shows are 28 min 30 sec each.
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