The Power of Christ in real life.

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  1. jshurley04

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    Read this because it is so worth it:

    Posted on Mar 9, 2007 | by Kelly Boggs ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--Imagine a prominent conservative Christian publicly announcing that he has renounced heterosexuality and will henceforth and forever be homosexual. Add to the scenario the leader declaring he is dedicated to promoting the glory of gayness and encouraging others to become homosexual. Now try to imagine the mainstream media ignoring such an announcement.

    Try as I might, I cannot, for the life of me, imagine the mainstream press failing to report such news. Instead, there would be a media firestorm. The news would spread fast and furious from sea to shining sea -- even if the leader was prominent only on a regional or state level.

    If the mainstream media types would be quick to pounce on the news of a Christian leader coming out of the closet, and I believe they would, do you think they would be as eager to cover a prominent homosexual activist who embraced Christianity and renounced his or her homosexuality?

    You need not ponder the aforementioned question very long. A prominent homosexual activist has become a Christian. She has also become an evangelist pointing homosexuals to a way out of their aberrant lifestyles. And, thus far, the mainstream media has completely ignored the story.

    Charlene E. Cothran, a prominent homosexual activist and publisher and editor-in-chief of the black homosexual-oriented publication “Venus Magazine,” recently announced that she had embraced Christianity and renounced homosexuality.

    Cothran’s announcement came in the form of a cover article in the February issue of “Venus” titled “Redeemed! 10 Ways to Get Out of the Gay Life, If You Want Out.” The magazine, once considered by many to be the leading magazine for homosexual African Americans, has changed its tune.

    “Over the past 29 years of my life I have been an aggressive, creative and strategic supporter of gay and lesbian issues,” Cothran wrote. “I’ve organized and participated in countless marches and various lobbying efforts in the fight for equal treatment of gay and lesbians.”

    A few paragraphs later Cothran dropped her bombshell, “But now, I must come out of the closet again.” She continued, “I have recently experienced the power of change that came over me once I completely surrendered to the teachings of Jesus Christ.”

    Cothran goes on to explain in the remainder of the article how a “chance” encounter with a pastor resulted in her giving her heart and soul to the Lord. “A river of tears flowed as Jesus washed me and forgave me and redeemed me for His work,” Cothran wrote.

    Coming to Christ caused Cothran to view her lesbianism in a new light.

    “As a believer of the word of God, I fully accept and have always known that same-sex relationships are not what God intended for us,” she wrote.

    “Jesus will cleanse and forgive all confessed sin from a willing heart,” Cothran declared. “Homosexuality is only one of them. It is no greater sin than any of the others, but it is a sin.”

    Cothran went on in the article to share 10 ways homosexuals could leave the homosexual lifestyle behind. One of the steps is to “seek the truth within the scriptures about homosexuality.”

    “Know that we were NOT born this way,” she wrote, and added, “Gay theology starts with an agenda [‘Let’s make the bible say gay is O.K.’] in order to arrive at its conclusions, but it is a lie.”

    “I have given every gift I have back to God, including 'Venus Magazine,'“ she wrote.

    Cothran indicated that her new message is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and her “new mission is to encourage, educate and assist those in the life [homosexuality] who want change but can’t find a way out.”

    The latest edition of the magazine includes testimonies from others who have left homosexuality. The publication even has a new mission statement. It reads, in part, “The new mission of Venus Magazine is to encourage, educate and assist those who desire to leave a life of homosexuality. Our ultimate mission is to win souls for Christ, and to do so by showing love to all God’s people. We believe that homosexuality is outside of the will of God.”

    A prominent homosexual activist not only embraces Christianity, but also seeks to evangelize the homosexual community, and not a single mainstream news organization reports it. Many homosexual outlets also have ignored it. What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing, especially if your publication wants to pander to homosexuals by not printing anything that might possibly be damaging to their cause.
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    Kelly Boggs, whose column appears Fridays in Baptist Press, is editor of the Louisiana Baptist Message, online at www.baptistmessage.com.
     
  2. His Blood Spoke My Name

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    jshurley,

    One of the moderators replied to your question yesterday and told you this topic was not for the general public. It is to be in the Private threads.

    The thread you opened was promptly closed by that same moderator.

    You are disobeying that order by DHK by reopening the same topic outside of the Private threads.
     
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    The Power of Christ

    So please tell me, what part of this article offends anyone? I doubt that you have even read it. I also doubt the moderators have read it. I have taken that up with them privately. I have also responded to HBSMN privately so that a civil discussion can happen on why the Power of Christ is so offensive to anyone.
     
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    The power of Christ is not offensive to those who are His.

    I have read the article. I even went to the main website for Miss Cothran's magazine. And while it does appear that she has indeed converted, I am still not sold completely.

    Her main page identifies her as Pastor Charlene Cothran. Tell me, how dows one get from being such a vile sinner to a pastor in just a few short months?

    First, women are not to be pastors. That is Scriptural doctrine.

    Second, no person should be given a title as pastor without being proven first. Three months surely is not ample training for a pastorship role.

    So, what exactly is her agenda?
     
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    OK, point made concerning her title as pastor, I must have missed that. I agree that that is a serious problem. However, my point is that for the publisher of a black-gay magazine to openly admit they have converted and to then seek the conversion and deprogramming of those of that same former lifestyle is, in this day and age, a huge milestone in this homosexual attack upon our foundational lifestyle and the Word of God. It was a huge step to continue the magazine and open herself up to the attacks that she will now face. She could have just shut it down completely or simple kept going with a milder form in place. I simply believe that she has done exactly what Christ has commanded (your favorite word from another thread) us to do, serve Him with everything that we have no matter the cost.
     
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    Do you have an agenda jsurely04?
    Just wondering?
     
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    I apologize to jshurley04, for any misunderstanding he experienced for shutting down this thread, but it has been in line with BB protocol to do so when we encounter subjects which can be turned into a polarized debate in no time.

    It has been suggested to us by certain ladies to move this topic to the Men's password protected forum, since the originator of the thread is a man. The subject matter was discussed in length within the walls of the Moderator's Forum, and several PMs (Private Messages) were exchanged to clarify the misunderstanding. Even if this is a God glorifying news, the discussion by it's very nature could turn into a highly polarized debate in no time. Therefore, it is the decision of the Administrative Council to keep this thread closed or moved to the Men's Private Forum.

    Again, our apologies to Bro. James Shurley (jshurley04) for this seemingly harsh decision on our part. Hope he will understand that we did not imply in any shape or form that he was posting a link to a sexually oriented site, but that in our judgment the subject can be turned into such a debate.

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