Co-host Terry Meeuwsen shared the following by somebody named Patrick: "I was born again originally at 13. I had a few years of peace. Then, because of sexual confusions and doubts, I have doubted if I was ever really saved. I've renewed my salvation over 500 times. Was I ever saved? Did I fall from grace? How do I know I'm really saved?"
Here is Pat's response:
Pat Robertson: The Bible gives you some standards. "By this, we know we have been born again, that we have love for the brethren." Do you love people? Do you love God? Do you want to follow His way? Do you hunger after Him? Do you desire to read the word of God?My hunch is that Pat was correct with his third paragraph. My hunch is that Patrick is struggling with being gay -- or, for those in conservative Christian circles, those experiencing "same-sex attractions." I see this type of unending hand-wringing every week (sometimes every day) by LGBT teens over at the Gay Christian Network.
There comes a time that you've gotta stop this being saved 500 times. That's absurd! But there are many people who don't accept what God has to say. There comes a time when you need to believe in God. God say, from his word, "This is it. You do this and I will do the other." And you have to receive Him.
Now if you said "this sexual confusion..." Again, I don't know what you're talking about. Does this mean you're into gay sex or you want to have some sex operation. I don't know what you're talking about. But you've had problems.
But come to the Lord and read the Word and do what the Word says. And then, having done it, say "Thank you, Lord" and take what he's giving you.
These kids spend inordinate amount of time praying to rid themselves of their same-sex attraction and then doubting their faiths and their salvation because they still experience "same-sex attraction." During this past month alone, two separate gay teens have sought 100% proof that one can be gay and a Christian in order for them to even read through the GCN boards.
It really grieves me when I see these kids. And, the sad part is, I know that there's little that I can do to help them reconcile their faith and their sexuality. Because I'm a "false teacher." How can I convince him or her that one can be both Christian and gay if I'm symbolic of the problem? So I just sit back and let these kids work things through by themselves.
Or turn to Pat Robertson for direction...
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