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Today, a popular error that has been made and continues to be made by many, is the attempt to blur the lines with regard to Christian ethics making “love” an omnipotent spiritual quality which has the power to validate anything that is done in its name.

Under this particular line of thinking, one could justify any type of sexual relationship, including those considered unacceptable and incompatible with Christian teaching and conduct.

However, Jesus Himself tells us clearly, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15, 15:10; Matthew 19:17) The unfortunate and misleading view that “love” in and of itself validates behavior, has led many to confuse compassion with acceptance of homosexuality.

True love for God is demonstrated and exhibited in our obedience to and for God.

In the face of a very long list of challenges regarding homosexual practice versus The Authority of Scripture, there are those quick to point out that Jesus Himself never addressed the issue. That said, the error of such logic can easily be demonstrated.

Jesus did not directly condemn incest or bestiality either; can, therefore, such practices be considered acceptable? While Jesus did not directly talk about homosexual practice in any form or to any degree, He clearly affirmed the Genesis teaching on the matter of human sexuality. Jesus declared the marriage covenant between man and woman as an unalterable and sacred union. (Matthew 19:4-6)

Those attempting to revise Scripture and trump Biblical injunctions against homosexual practice, avoid one clear and central theme throughout Scripture – the symbolism of marriage itself. As Paul states in Ephesians 5:31-32, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the Church.” Homosexual acts, of any kind or to any degree, are undeniably incompatible with the marriage covenant.

Indeed, God is love – absolutely. But true love has boundaries that protect, guide, and show concern for its recipients. Ultimately, showing support for, and more importantly, standing upon The Authority of Scripture “for marriage between one man and one woman” is not intolerant. If so, then nature itself would be intolerant. Marriage was established by God Himself and as a result, it cannot be redefined by each new generation.

These are perilous times for The Church with regard to homosexuality and the many related issues. Far too much of man’s wisdom now prevails with far too much of God’s wisdom and truth being rewritten and discarded. Today, thankfully, the majority of Christian churches in America continue to view homosexual practice as outside the realm of appropriate Christian conduct.

At His Way Out Ministries, we believe wholeheartedly in the infallibility and Authority of Scripture. His Way Out Ministries balances truth about homosexuality with the compassion of God for homosexual people as revealed through both His Word and His Son.

Nevertheless, the battles continue, as those endeavoring to promote homosexuality seem unwilling to concede any ground, at times defying Biblical and constitutional standards.

Therefore, His Way Out Ministries remains dedicated to raising awareness, educating and encouraging the Body of Christ to minister to those who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction while being centered on the Biblical foundations of compassion, integrity, and dependence on God.

Pastor Phillip Lee
Executive Director
His Way Out Ministries
www.hiswayout.com

Each Saturday morning beginning at 7:00am (PST) on KERI 1410AM, and live streamed at www.wilkinsradio.com, His Way Out Ministries offers a 30-minute broadcast dedicated to equipping, educating, and encouraging the Body of Christ to reach out and minister to individuals, families, and churches impacted by the brokenness of same-sex attraction.

Season 4, Episode 13
Pastor Phillip Lee and ordained minister, fried, and partner of His Way Out Ministries, Will Winn continue their discussion, Scripture and Sexual Expression. What do we know about homosexuality, scripturally-speaking? Pastor Phillip and Will take a journey through a variety of Scriptures that speak clearly with regard to homosexuality. Genesis Chapters 1 and 2, Matthew 19:4-6, and Romans 5:12-19, just to name a few, clearly define that God’s divine intent for human sexuality has very clear holy boundary lines regarding sexual expression.

Listen online or download the podcast.

Scripture and Sexual Expression with Will Wynn pt2 – Download MP3 –

All past episodes of His Way Out Ministries Radio Broadcast are available by following THIS LINK or selecting the “Audio Podcast” category below.

I thought and I was hopeful that we had finally moved beyond a particular comparison and argument used by gay activists in their attempt to reweave the social, cultural, and political fabric of America.

However, the argument, the comparison of “gay to slavery” has come my way again and I am compelled to respond.

Apart from the broader goal of normalizing and legitimizing homosexuality, the alleged aim of all gay rights initiatives is to protect homosexuals from discrimination based solely on sexual orientation.

Too often, gay rights are presented and promoted as an issue of civil rights with the gay community likening themselves to African-Americans or other minorities who have suffered under discriminatory laws and social policies.

Is such an argument and analogy really justified? Have homosexuals really been the object of prejudice and discrimination in the same way as African-Americans?

The color of one skin is not a matter of choice; that is genetically determined. However, homosexual behavior is not genetically determined. Therefore, it is one thing to say that we believe in civil rights for all regardless of one’s skin color. It is quite another matter to say that we believe in civil rights for all regardless of one’s behavior.

Homosexuals frequently speak of themselves as if their being gay is fundamental to who they are as persons and as a community. Ultimately, they are in effect defining themselves by their gayness. As a result, they set themselves off as a separate class, a group needs, if not demanding, special attention and deference.

Are we as a society really being asked to connect and equate civil rights and homosexual rights as the same? Yes, it would seem so.

As a member of the gay community for 17 years, I was never denied the right to vote, own property, or attend the college or university of my choice. History clearly dictates and reflects that African-Americans cannot say the same. Therefore, comparing homosexual rights to the civil rights of African-Americans is shallow and ultimately insulting. Homosexuals, as a class, have not suffered discrimination as African-Americans.

The attempt to blur the lines that homosexual practice is clearly about morals by comparing behavior to an issue of civil rights is dishonest and misleading. A significant number of homosexuals do not suffer from economic or other key forms of discrimination as do African-Americans.

As citizens of the United States, homosexuals have all the afforded rights extended to every citizen. These fundamental rights include the right to vote, the First Amendment rights of free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of petition, and freedom of religion.

Ultimately, there should be no comparison to the history nor to present day of African-Americans.

Pastor Phillip Lee
Executive Director
His Way Out Ministries

Each Saturday morning beginning at 7:00am (PST) on KERI 1410AM, and live streamed at www.wilkinsradio.com, His Way Out Ministries offers a 30-minute broadcast dedicated to equipping, educating, and encouraging the Body of Christ to reach out and minister to individuals, families, and churches impacted by the brokenness of same-sex attraction.

Season 4, Episode 12
Pastor Phillip Lee is joined by ordained minister, fried, and partner of His Way Out Ministries, Will Winn to discuss, Scripture and Sexual Expression. What do we know about homosexuality, scripturally-speaking? Pastor Phillip and Will take a journey through a variety of Scriptures that speak clearly with regard to homosexuality. Genesis Chapters 1 and 2, Matthew 19:4-6, and Romans 5:12-19, just to name a few, clearly define that God’s divine intent for human sexuality has very clear holy boundary lines regarding sexual expression.

Listen online or download the podcast.

Scripture and Sexual Expression with Will Wynn pt1 – Download MP3 –

All past episodes of His Way Out Ministries Radio Broadcast are available by following THIS LINK or selecting the “Audio Podcast” category below.

Each Saturday morning beginning at 7:00am (PST) on KERI 1410AM, and live streamed at www.wilkinsradio.com, His Way Out Ministries offers a 30-minute broadcast dedicated to equipping, educating, and encouraging the Body of Christ to reach out and minister to individuals, families, and churches impacted by the brokenness of same-sex attraction.

Season 4, Episode 11
Join Pastor Phillip Lee and his Special Guest, Wayne Blakely, retired Co-Founder of Coming Out Ministries and Director of Know His Love Ministries as they continue the discussion around:

  • The importance of the Church walking alongside men and women desiring to address and overcome unwanted same-sex attraction.
  • Does the term “ex-gay” properly identify a man or woman who has left the gay identity and community?
  • How should we define “deliverance” from homosexuality and what does that look like?
  • Why is 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 such an extremely important Scripture passage regarding homosexual practice?

Wayne shares “after 40 years of involvement in homosexuality and then surrendering his life to Christ,” what the process – the journey – has been like.

Listen online or download the podcast.

And Such Were Some of You with Wayne Blakely pt2 – Download MP3 –

All past episodes of His Way Out Ministries Radio Broadcast are available by following THIS LINK or selecting the “Audio Podcast” category below.

When Jesus Christ is “there,” life has infinite possibilities.

It’s Sunday morning and you are driving home from church having just heard a message which clearly shared, “There is no allowance whatsoever in Scripture for the practice of homosexuality in any form or to any degree.” The truth resonates in your mind, heart, and spirit because you have not only heard the truth but you have seen with your own eyes in God’s Word that homosexual practice, not unlike numerous and various other behaviors, is not acceptable to God.

But now, YOU have the task if not the monumental challenge of facing the son or daughter that sees nothing wrong with homosexual practice and is involved in a same-sex relationship. YOU are now the one that gets to flesh out the truth you now know. How is that done? What do YOU do? What don’t YOU do? What does representing Christ Jesus in this matter look like?

First and foremost, let’s put even this crisis in its proper context. Embrace the promise of Romans 8:28 that God makes everything – even calamities – work for our good. Admittedly, it is often very excruciating to wait for the ‘good’ to work. I mean, when it seems that everything is literally coming apart at the seams, it’s hard to consider if anything good will really come out of misery.

  • My first encouragement is to learn as much as you can about the causes of homosexuality. Simply knowing it is wrong is not even close to being enough.
  • Don’t run the matter into the ground every time you see your son or daughter. Often, there can be a good reason(s) for not dealing with a problem right now.
  • Do everything you can to keep the lines of communication open and maintain your relationship. If you feel you have been batting your head against the wall seeking resolution of ‘the problem,’ take a rest. It may not be God’s time to deal with the issue.
  • Make sure your son or daughter is aware of your belief and position regarding homosexual practice. Heaven knows, God can deal with and use our mistakes but He cannot deal with our inaction. Be clear and precise.
  • Do not argue about homosexuality. The very moment the conversation erupts into anger – drop it! Badgering will only produce pushing the individual in the wrong direction. Many problems and issues in life are often solved very indirectly; not when we are consciously dealing with them, but when we are going about our normal lives.
  • It is imperative to distinguish between “acceptance and approval.” It is important to separate, both in our own minds and to our loved ones, their individual worth from the acts of homosexuality they may be committing.
  • Stay completely away from Christian cliches such as: “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” and “Love the sinner but hate the sin.” Christian cliches only reinforce the belief of many with same-sex attraction that the Christian community is unwilling to truly educate themselves on the complexities of same-sex attraction.
  • Do not hesitate to admit when and where the Church has been wrong with regard to men and women with same-sex attraction. We, the Church, have made mistakes and in some cases owe the gay community an apology.
  • Refrain from attacking the character of homosexuals when discussing homosexuality. Keep to the real issue: “The real issue is whether or not homosexual practice is, in and of itself, moral.”
  • Do not be discouraged if your conversations do not produce instant fruit. What we will answer to God for is speaking truth lovingly and plainly – not for how our loved one responds.
  • Be relentless in looking for every opportunity to share it is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the indwelling presence of His Spirit which is the foundation needed to overcome same-sex attraction.
  • Release control. Let God decide how to bring freedom. God is the only One who can bring about change in the homosexual.
  • Let the son, daughter, and everyone know that God has a reputation of transforming trapped people with damaged sexualities. “And such were some of you” applies to all Christians who had formerly participated in homosexuality. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
  • And, remember, those entangled in sin, of course, will have weak faith, so be merciful to those who doubt. (Jude 22)

Somewhere I read, “Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” When Jesus Christ is “there,” life has infinite possibilities.

Pastor Phillip Lee
Executive Director
His Way Out Ministries
www.hiswayout.com

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, then I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is tested.” Martin Luther

Each Saturday morning beginning at 7:00am (PST) on KERI 1410AM, and live streamed at www.wilkinsradio.com, His Way Out Ministries offers a 30-minute broadcast dedicated to equipping, educating, and encouraging the Body of Christ to reach out and minister to individuals, families, and churches impacted by the brokenness of same-sex attraction.

Season 4, Episode 10
Join Pastor Phillip Lee and his Special Guest, Wayne Blakely, retired Co-Founder of Coming Out Ministries and Director of Know His Love Ministries as they discuss:

  • The importance of the Church walking alongside men and women desiring to address and overcome unwanted same-sex attraction.
  • Does the term “ex-gay” properly identify a man or woman who has left the gay identity and community?
  • How should we define “deliverance” from homosexuality and what does that look like?
  • Why is 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 such an extremely important Scripture passage regarding homosexual practice?

Wayne shares “after 40 years of involvement in homosexuality and then surrendering his life to Christ,” what the process – the journey – has been like.

Listen online or download the podcast.

And Such Were Some of You with Wayne Blakely pt1 – Download MP3 –

All past episodes of His Way Out Ministries Radio Broadcast are available by following THIS LINK or selecting the “Audio Podcast” category below.

Today, attempts by pro-gay theologians, pro-gay apologists and revisionists to revise the historic teachings of the Church with regard to homosexual practice are relentless. Admittedly, their effort to persuade the clergy and theologians of the moral legitimacy of homosexual conduct has not been carried out in a vacuum.

Many are now worshipping another Jesus. A Jesus which has been created by man that requires absolutely no sacrifice, makes no demands of obedience, and is completely and totally silent when it comes to sexual sin.

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Scripturally speaking, what do we know about homosexuality?

*We are created beings and created with a specific intent. (Genesis 1:26-2:23) God’s blueprint for human sexuality as found in Genesis 1 and 2, clearly establishes that from the beginning God had a divine intent for human sexuality with well-defined holy boundary lines to live within regarding sexual expression.

  • God’s divine intent for human sexuality is fulfilled within the covenant of a monogamous and heterosexual union. (Matthew 19:4-6)
  • We are a fallen race, and the Fall has marred every part of our experience, including our sexual experience. (Romans 5:12-19)
  • Homosexuality is a manifestation of fallen nature and it violates created intent. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
  • Homosexuals are redeemable and change is possible. (1 Corinthians 6:11)

Nowhere within the totality of Scripture will you find even one positive statement about homosexual practice. Every time homosexuality is mentioned it is always mentioned as a behavior in which no man or woman is to practice.

Difficult as this standard is to obey, it is the calling of Christ for all His followers, including those with same-sex attractions and desires.

We do not need new strategies to combat pro-gay ideology.

We need to individually and collectively do what Jesus Christ commanded us: preach the Gospel, make disciples and be a tangible witness of God’s nature, standards and truths by our love and a clear voice.

The Bible is not unclear. We have not been given a muffled message. To be able to refute unsound doctrine we must be able to listen to others and separate the truth from the lie and the Gospel from secular humanism.

The silence of many has enabled and continues to fuel (1) the denigration of Biblical authority (2) the loss of a coherent definition of family and (3) the exploitation of children.

With much at stake – silence implies consent.

I cannot begin to understand why each and every faithful follower of Christ Jesus and every church would not boldly, courageously, and publicly defend The Lordship of Christ and The Authority of Scripture.

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5)

In Christ’s Name, break your silence, please!

Each Saturday morning beginning at 7:00am (PST) on KERI 1410AM, and live streamed at www.wilkinsradio.com, His Way Out Ministries offers a 30-minute broadcast dedicated to equipping, educating, and encouraging the Body of Christ to reach out and minister to individuals, families, and churches impacted by the brokenness of same-sex attraction.

Season 4, Episode 9
Pastor Phillip Lee is joined by friend and ministry partner Will Winn for part two of the topic, The Culture or The Church. How about turning the many controversies surrounding homosexuality into ministry? Churches that blend uncompromised grace and truth are positioned for dynamic ministry.

Listen online or download the podcast.

The Culture or The Church with Will Winn pt2 – Download MP3 –

All past episodes of His Way Out Ministries Radio Broadcast are available by following THIS LINK or selecting the “Audio Podcast” category below.

In 1994, God saw fit to birth His ministry called His Way Out Ministries. We began as we remain today, fully committed to raising awareness, educating, and encouraging the Body of Christ to minister to those who struggle with unwanted same-gender attraction. Today, His Way Out Ministries remains concerned regarding the issue of homosexuality and seeks to minister to those within the Church, and the community at large, with the Truth of Scripture, the power of testimony and the dialog of issues.

The ministry of His Way Out Ministries begins where God has already laid the foundation; we are not to save souls but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace; our work as His disciples is to disciple lives until they are wholly yielded to God. It is only in the atmosphere of hunger, utter dependency and willingness to obey that God imparts His holy and righteous nature, where He reveals His perfect will, and where He entrusts to any man or any woman the power to overcome same-gender attraction. Today, a true, faithful, disciple of Christ must live wholly and only for the glory of Jesus Christ.

Any individual that has experienced freedom from same-gender attraction has been compelled by the love of God planted in his or her heart through an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus and has been empowered to resist temptation by the Holy Spirit. Whenever Jesus talked about discipleship, He always prefaced it with an “if,” never with a “you must.” Today, freedom from same-gender attraction requires a full, total, unconditional surrender that many are unwilling to offer. Ultimately, freedom from homosexuality or lesbianism revolves around the intimacy that is developed by being a disciple of Christ and the diligence and hunger with which He is pursued.

At His Way Out Ministries, we believe God wants each man and each woman to be so identified with Christ, so intimate with Him that each individual literally takes on the mind and the behavior of Christ. Truly, an earmark of a disciple of Christ today requires the individual’s heart to be fully and continually submitted to Him for on-going renovation.

Our position rests on the Authority of Scripture versus the interpretations of some of the social sciences and medicine. We believe through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, discipleship, the healing power of the Holy Spirit, often mediated by extended and competent ministry, prayer, and a caring Christian community, the sexually broken can experience transformation and restoration towards wholeness.

All His Way Out Ministries Services are centered on the Biblical foundations of compassion, integrity, and dependence on God.

As a result, His Way Out Ministries has never nor do we now utilize or apply the clinical methods of Reparative or Conversion Therapy. Our mandate and calling is taken directly from the Lord Jesus, “Therefore go and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19)

We live in a sexually broken society in which homosexual practice, adultery, and fornication are sins that call for repentance and openness to the transforming power of God. We believe in the ministry of the church to assist those who desire sexual wholeness. And while we do not condone the practice of homosexuality, adultery, or fornication, and consider such practice incompatible with Christian teaching and conduct, we believe that God’s grace is available to all who repent.

We repudiate any non-loving, prejudicial attitudes that deny Christ’s unconditional love for all people and declare such behavior to be sin. Our intent is to extend a compassionate Christian ministry to everyone.

We are committed to effectively and compassionately communicating God’s heart concerning sexual brokenness and wholeness, while disputing the unchangeable nature of sexual orientation.

Pastor Phillip Lee
Executive Director
His Way Out Ministries
www.hiswayout.com

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