We’re constantly told that homosexuality is immutable, deeply rooted in the DNA of an individual. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released last year found that a majority of Americans (56 percent) do not believe that sexual orientation can change. Data from scientists at the Human Genome project reject outright the idea of a “gay gene!” Now, a new study is again challenging the culturally correct pro-homosexual view. It is of course finding sharp resistance by mental health organizations.
The APA, which reversed its position on homosexuality after its convention was taken over in successive years by militant gay activists a few decades ago, now steadfastly maintains, “There is no scientific evidence that reparative or conversion therapy is effective in changing a person’s sexual orientation.” Further, “there is, however, evidence that this type of therapy can be destructive.”
Such views are relatively recent. In the 1980s, less than 20% of Americans thought homosexuals were born with that orientation. A poll in 1977 found that only 13% held that view. However, the cultural shift has been rapid and radical. One recent survey found that 58% of psychologists now describe their approach to counseling as “gay-affirmative,” compared to only 5% in a 1991 survey. 95% of psychologists surveyed said they viewed homosexuality as “acceptable” or “somewhat acceptable.”
The cultural revolution is being orchestrated, in part, by Hollywood. Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association says, “The pro-homosexual sympathies of the entertainment industry have been well-documented,” he said, “and the efforts of gay activists to force the acceptance of homosexuality through TV programming has been extremely successful. As a result, a steady diet of pro-gay messages has helped change America’s views …”
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) found that the five major broadcast networks as well as the cable networks had planned to have a total of 77 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) characters on TV during the 2007-2008 seasons. That number is up from 56 last year. GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano said the number is insufficient to suit his organization’s goals.
A new study conducted by Stanton L. Jones of Wheaton College and Mark A. Yarhouse of Regent University, entitled, “Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation,” offers a perspective on the work of Exodus International. The study is said to be “the most scientifically rigorous study of the possibility of sexual orientation change to date ….”
According to research, 38% of the participants in the Exodus program had either embraced “chastity with a reduction in prominence of homosexual desire” or experienced “a diminishing of homosexual attraction and an increase in heterosexual attraction with a resulting satisfactory heterosexual adjustment.” According to press reports, another 29% had had only partial success in leaving the homosexual lifestyle but were committed to continuing their efforts.
Jones and Yarhouse were candid about the struggle. “Sexual orientation change is clearly difficult and requires a serious commitment on the part of the person attempting change,” they said. “It is likely impossible for some, but clearly seems possible for others.” They found “little evidence of harm” to those who participated in the process.
Pray for those in the homosexual lifestyle. Pray for a culture, including the church, so open to embracing homosexuality. We are clearly in the days Jesus predicted, a replication of culture resembling Sodom and Gomorrah!
Adapted from a report by Ed Vitagliano, a regular contributor to OneNewsNow.com.