By Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is at risk of leading one of its “most vulnerable populations into deception” if it votes to denounce gay conversion therapy at their General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, later this month, says one conversion therapy practitioner.
All mainstream professional organizations hold positions against sexual orientation change efforts; over the years since, that consensus has only been strengthened. It is time for the Presbyterian Church (USA) to be more clear and vigorous in protecting LGBTQ individuals and their families from the harm inflicted by these discredited programs, and to take positive steps to minister compassionately to families by providing them with accurate information.
The resolution will first go to the PCUSA’s Social Justice Issues Committee during the the 222nd General Assembly on June 18-25.
Christopher Doyle, head of Equality And Justice For All and a conversion therapy practitioner, told The Christian Post that he believes PCUSA leadership is “in danger of leading one of its most vulnerable populations into deception and alienation from biblical sexuality.”
“Unfortunately, it is not surprising that once gay marriage was blessed by PCUSA last year, that activists within the Church would be intolerant toward any other perspective for those who struggle with their sexuality but to embrace an LGBT identity,” said Doyle.