For any American Christian who imagined that the radical Marxist, anti-Christian, church-hating agenda of the LGBTQ+ movement would simply remain in Europe, Canada (see my previous blog) and California, think again.
In my home state of Indiana, in the city of West Lafayette, the city council is pushing to pass an ordinance that mirrors Bill C-4 in Canada. If passed, the city ordinance would essentially criminalize (with fines of up to $1,000 a day), any attempt at so-called “conversion therapy.” But take careful note that the West Lafayette City Council is specifically targeting only “unlicensed” counselors and counseling. If anyone dreams that this is not a direct assault on the evangelical churches who practice biblical counseling, you must already be living in a utopian colony on Mars.
In particular, Faith Baptist Church in West Lafayette has been offering their members and community free biblical counseling services for decades. This church has served as a model and inspiration for so many other evangelical churches who believe, yea know, that the only hope for the sin-wrecked heart and the sin-muddled mind and the sin-hurt body, is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no secular therapy or counsel that is the power of God unto salvation for everyone that believes (Rom 1:16). There is no prescription med that can get a person’s sins forgiven, and place that sinner into a right standing with a Holy God. There is no gene therapy or talk therapy or Zen meditative therapy that can actually give someone the power and presence of Holy Spirit God to enable him or her to “walk in the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Gal 5:16).
What are the desires of the flesh which only the Spirit-filled believer in Christ can struggle against victoriously? “Sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these” (Gal 5:19-21).
Ironically, evangelical biblical counselors oppose secular “conversion therapy” just as much as the LGBTQ+ community does. Indeed, this is a key reason that biblical counselors do not seek or submit to State sanctioned certifications or licensures. Biblical counselors reject the entire premises and worldview of secular counseling. Biblical counselors know they have no power, no eloquence, no ability to convert a human heart, or to make a sinner have a changed mind that leads to repentance of sin and faith in Jesus.
So, the biblical counselor simply loves the sinner, warts, confusion, rage, hate, victim mentality, and all. The biblical counselor listens, empathizes as a fellow sinner, indeed the chief of sinners, who understands “there but for the grace of God go I” (John Bradford). The biblical counselor then opens his or her Bible, reads and studies it with the counselee, praying fervently and believing that only the Son can possibly set the sinner free (John 8:36). Believing that a sinner can only be born again as the Spirit applies the Word (John 3:8; 1 Peter 1:23). Knowing that only the Word of God saves and makes a sinner holy (John 17:17). And loving the sinner enough to proclaim, with Jesus, “Repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
Why would this be considered criminal? In Canada or anywhere for that matter?
And I remind you, now, that this is happening in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Turns out, our enemy stalks about as a roaring lion even in the Red State heartland. Church, we had better wake up! We had better be raising our children to expect to suffer for Christ, even as we ask God for the grace to do so faithfully ourselves. God teach us to rejoice to share in suffering for our Savior (Matt 5;11-12; Phil 3:7-11; James 1:2-4). To my West Lafayette, Hoosier brothers, I say “Preach the Word!” And may our God fight for you as you calmly trust in Him and His Word (Ex 14:14).
To hear keen analysis on the West Lafayette ordinance, listen to Dr. Albert Mohler’s podcast: https://albertmohler.com/the-briefing
To become much more well-informed on the comprehensive Marxist strategy to upend the American Constitution and Institutions, as well as to cut us from any biblical moorings as a society, read Erwin Lutzer’s book We Shall Not be Silenced (Harvest House: Eugene, OR, 2020). Seriously, get the book and read it.