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Disciple III Inspires Others To Tell the Truth About Homosexuality


From: William C Thorne T5201129@email.msn.com
To: ucmpage@ucmpage.org
Date: Friday, March 19, 1999 7:59
AM Subject: Bishop, Disciple Bible Study Author, Says Bible Favors Homosexuality At Epworth-by-the-Sea Camp Meeting

The following is a letter I sent on March 10th. I have received no acknowlegement as yet.

Disciple lll Writers & Adult Bible Study Contributors
Cokesbury, The United Methodist Publishing House
201 Eighth Ave South
PO BOX 801 Nashville, TN 37202-0801

I want to express my thanks for the fine lessons in the Adult Bible Study Series and the Disciple courses I, II, III. The material is excellent because it does not compromise scripture and is therefore informative and powerfully challenging to "remember who and whose we are".

There is great pressure for a cafeteria approach to Holy Scripture to accept parts of the Bible and reject other parts when the Word goes against the culture.

I am taking the liberty of giving you materials which addresses some of what I have learned about the homosexual issue over the past several years. My interest began after two of my relatives who were in the homosexual lifestyle and died while they were still quite young. No one including clergy could offer them any advice or help which could have saved their lives because of ignorance of the subject.

There has been a powerful call in my life to do what I can to disburse information on that subject which could enlighten others particularly those in the church. Even with this call, I did not get directly involved until last year after taking Disciple III.

The enclosed video contains the following:

  1. First video segment: An outake of a program which the network sent me after I complained that their programs did not give the homosexual hope. Obviously they proved me wrong. I did not see this program when it was aired. Ricardo was a member of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church.

  2. Second video: An interview with Frank and Anita Worthen. Frank is a founder of the Exodus International Referral Ministry. Exodus ministries are manned by "ex-gays" male and female who sacrificially devote themselves to helping others to freedom in Jesus Christ. Anita, Frank's wife tells about her son who is still in the lifestyle.

  3. Third video: An interview with a lady who has good advice concerning how church members can stand beside those struggling with issues of sexual purity.

  4. Fourth video: Celebration of National Coming out of Homosexuality Day. Also summarizes the physical dangers of engaging in the homosexual lifestyle.

I am sending an outline of material I have used in conducting 4 class sessions at St James UMC. Two sessions were with my son in law, a doctor of psychology, who has who helped people escape the lifestyle by facing painful issues in their early childhood. He said that there is real danger to children for temptation to experiment if they are not properly informed.

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge-because you have rejected knowledge". (Hosea 4:6). I sincerely believe that if the church was knowledgeable on the subject of homosexuality, there would be more effective disciples for Christ.

Most churches have failed to address the subject of homosexuality intelligently. This has resulted in rhetoric of those who would condemn the homosexual as totally lost and those who would affirm the lifestyle. Both approaches are wrong.

The answer has come from those churches that have educated their clergy and members to offer truth and love to those desiring change and to network with ex-gay ministries such as Exodus International. (http://www.exodus.base.org.) The objective for change is not heterosexuality but wholeness in Jesus Christ and that applies to all of us.

Why I am I sending this to you? To witness to the wonderful transforming power of Jesus Christ when we believe and apply God's eternal principles with love and without compromising these principles.

May God continue to bless your work

William C Thorne


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