“LGBTQ people were born perfect’: A new bill would ban conversion therapy nationwide”
I am willing to go to jail or even die for this, because—should this bill pass—the government would be forbidding me to preach that Jesus can rescue us all from what the Bible defines as sin. This proposed bill is equivalent to, “Don’t preach in Jesus’ name, or else.” I have but one response: I ought to obey God rather than mankind.
If we were all born perfect, then why did God the Father send Jesus to provide rescue for humankind by His self-sacrifice for our sin and resurrection? We, none of us, are born perfect!! That becomes self-evident with age; and that is why we need Christ Jesus to remake our human nature with the ability to partake the Divine nature (changed identity & desires)… not to mention reconcile us to God.
I follow up by referring us to a Scripture set & to the words of Jesus to the woman “caught” in adultery: “Neither do I condemn you: Go and sin [this sin] no more” (John 8:11).
[That—obeying His command to stop a specific sin, if you are His—is what Jesus requires of those who wish to bask in His grace & mercy and call themselves by His Name.]
“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test” (2 Corinthians 13:5)!
“…if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked 8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority… These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. 18 For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. (2 Peter 2:7-21)