Legislators Going Astray
It is apparent that some of our legislators have believed Satan’s lie brought to them by the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. They introduced State Senate Bill 359, titled “Youth Mental Health Protection Act,” sponsored by Senators Maroney, Baldwin, Beach, Facemire, Ihlenfeld, Jeffries, Lindsay, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Stollings, Takubo, Weld, and Woelfel It states: “The legislature finds and declares the following:
“1) Being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming. The major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers in the United States have recognized this fact for nearly 40 years.
“2) Conversion therapy has been condemned by every major medical and health organization (including the associations I mentioned above.).
“3) Research clearly shows that conversion therapy poses devastating health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people including depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, homelessness, and suicidality.
“4) West Virginia has a compelling interest in protecting the physical and psychological well-being of minors … in protecting its minors against the serious harms caused by conversion therapy.”
The bill states this therapy is also known as sexual orientation change efforts or reparative therapy. It further prohibits any counselor from providing this therapy or even referring for it.
God’s Word says men will call evil good one day. God’s Word in 1 Corinthians 6:9 says, “Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived, neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor male prostitutes, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” Leviticus Chapter 20 calls homosexuality “an abomination to God.” BUT Corinthians 6:11 basically states that even 2,000 years ago, people repented of these sins and were delivered from them and hell by Jesus.
This unrighteous State Senate Bill 359 affirms sin and encourages our youth to go freely to hell with our legislators’ blessing and makes it a crime for counselors to preach the gospel to them, Jesus came to deliver us from sin. Even the woman caught in adultery was told to “go and sin no more.”
There are several other bills already approved that affirm LGBT behavior instead of condemning it, including SB 137, SB 138, SB 391, HB 2078, HB 2349, HB 2587, and HB 2755.
I don’t condemn sinners but do condemn their behavior. I love them, and so does Jesus. That’s why He suffered the cross, because He wants all of us in heaven with Him. But, He said in Matthew 7:13-14 that few would go there because they would rather go the broad road to destruction.
Dennis Jernigan, a famous Christian singer and songwriter, was delivered from homosexuality in the 1980s. He is married and has nine biological children. Search him out on the internet and hear his deliverance testimony about how he said he also believed Satan’s lies. He also produced a video about deliverance and God’s great love for the homosexual called “Sing Over Me.”
Please call your legislators and demand they vote against all sexual perversion affirming bills that will harm our children and us.
Also, please tell them to vote for House Bill 2074, the Life at Conception Act sponsored by Delegates McGeehan, Wilson, Brown, and Bibby.
We all go astray when we believe the fake news that Satan puts out, even through medical associations instead of believing God’s truth. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If you continue in my Word, then you are my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Steven W. Davis