Still Time to Care

Still Time to Care : What We Can Learn from the Church's Failed Attempt to Cure Homosexuality

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At the start of the gay rights movement in 1969, evangelicalism's leading voices cast a vision for gay people who turn to Jesus. It was C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, Francis Schaeffer and John Stott who were among the most respected leaders within theologically orthodox Protestantism. We see with them a positive pastoral approach toward gay people, an approach that viewed homosexuality as a fallen condition experienced by some Christians who needed care more than cure.

With the birth and rise of the ex-gay movement, the focus shifted from care to cure. As a result, there are an estimated 700,000 people alive today who underwent conversion therapy in the United States alone. Many of these patients were treated by faith-based, testimony-driven parachurch ministries centered on the ex-gay script. Despite the best of intentions, the movement ended with very troubling results. Yet the ex-gay movement died not because it had the wrong sex ethic. It died because it was founded on a practice that diminished the beauty of the gospel.

Yet even after the closure of the ex-gay umbrella organization Exodus International in 2013, the ex-gay script continues to walk about as the undead among us, pressuring people like me to say, "I used to be gay, but I'm not gay anymore. Now I'm just same-sex attracted."

For orthodox Christians, the way forward is a path back to where we were forty years ago. It is time again to focus with our Neo-Evangelical fathers on care--not cure--for our non-straight sisters and brothers who are living lives of costly obedience to Jesus.

With warmth and humor as well as original research, Still Time to Care will chart the path forward for our churches and ministries in providing care. It will provide guidance for the gay person who hears the gospel and finds themselves smitten by the life-giving call of Jesus. Woven throughout the book will be Richard Lovelace's 1978 call for a "double repentance" in which gay Christians repent of their homosexual sins and the church repents of its homophobia--putting on display for all the power of the gospel.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 23mm | 543g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 0310140935
  • 9780310140931
  • 57,952

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'As an anti-Christian gay man who decided to follow Jesus, and who was never exposed to the ex-gay world, I welcome this book as a vital contribution through the eyes of another gay atheist-turned-Christian who walked harrowingly through it. Many critiques of the ex-gay world and its theology have been leveraged by those who take its radical opposite position. Greg Johnson is different. He is one who has fought and paid the price to remain close to the Lord and in obedience to his Word and yet to challenge ex-gay theology, dismantle its harm, and face its complicated and flawed humanity. In this rare window into an experience that requires greater understanding, Greg points compassionately and critically to the greater hope of the gospel and the deeper third way that Jesus provides for the LGBTQI+ community in a world addicted to ideological certainty and harmful culture-war divides. A must-read.'-- David Bennett, speaker and writer; author, A War of Loves: The Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovering Jesus
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