A young man who has been saved for two years recently generated a firestorm on Twitter after he posted with the hashtag #PrideMonth that Jesus had delivered him from homosexuality and urged readers not to let the world cheat them out of the gift of salvation through Christ Jesus.
“Jesus brought me out of homosexuality,” wrote the 23-year-old Derrick on June 4.
“There is no gay gene, and gays being born that way is only half true, as EVERYONE is born into sin and iniquity,” he explained. “Don’t let this world cheat you out of the free gift of salvation Christ died for. Jesus is the only love that’s true.”
The tweet generated hundreds of comments, both applause and disagreement, with some claiming that mankind does not have a sin nature, that homosexuality is not sinful, and that Derrick has been “indoctrinated.” Derrick responded to a number of remarks by explaining his background and the message of the gospel.
“It’s very sad for me to see people succumb to indoctrination and shame of who they are in such a manner. I hope you may find the real help you need,” one commenter wrote.
“It’s not indoctrination. Nobody forced me to turn to Jesus, and my family is largely agnostic. I didn’t grow up in church. The reason I turned to Jesus is Jesus,” Derrick replied.
“People are not born into sin or iniquity,” one man asserted. “I hope you eventually learn — it says in the Bible and people who are fanatical don’t seem to understand, ‘The kingdom of Heaven lies within.’ I hope that’s what you’ve found. If you don’t follow your own natural inclinations, you’ll end up really mentally troubled.”
“That’s the opposite of what the Bible teaches,” Derrick explained. “The Bible teaches that the inclination of every man is towards sin. That’s why we have to be born again with a new nature made to be like Christ.”
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Heather Clark and originally published at Christian News. Title changed by P&P.]
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