A Ban on Reparative Therapy for Gay and Lesbian Teens

Greg Strand – June 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Jeremy Weber, “California Moves To Pass First State Ban of Gay Conversion Therapy,” Christianity Today politics blog (June 6, 2012):

Here is more news regarding homosexuality, this time as it relates to the law and reparative therapy. As you will read, the Senate has voted to ban therapy that encourages teens to move out of the gay/lesbian life/lifestyle. In England, those professionals who practice reparative therapy have lost their licenses.

The California senate has voted to ban reparative therapy for gay and lesbian teens. The bill, which interestingly enough has been opposed by both the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality and the California Psychological Association (though for very different reasons), now goes on to the state assembly.

CT has reported how many Christian therapists have abandoned reparative therapy amid broad changes in the ex-gay movement, as well as how Willow Creek Community Church and other groups have ended partnerships with Exodus International.

Practitioners of reparative therapy in the United Kingdom have recently lost their licenses over the disputed practice.

What would you do if you were one of these professionals? What counsel would you give to those professionals in your congregations who are faced with this issue? What will you do as a pastoral counselor? Is this a case of “we must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29; cf. 4: 19-20)?

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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