Sarah” (not her real name) contacted Global Media Outreach (globalmediaoutreach.com)2 in May 2018. She indicated that she had received Christ as her Savior, but she opened with this comment: “I’m a FTM (female to male) and want to serve Christ, but I don’t want to leave this life. . . . . I’m confused.” Eventually, I learned that prior to her transition, she lived as a lesbian for seventeen years. How would you answer? Can someone like this ever change?
Keys for Victory
Separation—The individual needs to separate himself completely from homosexual and transgender friends and activities. This is critical, and can be very hard. He may need to get a new job. When we ask this of him, we are asking him to give up everything. He is weak, and it’s a war. He is in a spiritual battle for his life. He will also need to separate from wicked influences of the media and other activities that will pull him down.
Immersion—He must immerse himself in Christian things. He will need to get new friends, to be in church, to study God’s Word, and to establish a solid prayer life. He needs someone to disciple him and be an accountability partner. (He should not have an accountability partner who is struggling to overcome homosexuality or is a transgender. Some support groups do this to their peril.)
Change of focus—He needs to get the focus off of self and on to spiritual things. The answer is not looking deeper into one’s self for the answer. The goal is to move the person away from focusing on self and his issues, putting the focus on Christ and maturing spiritually.
Renewing the mind: The individual needs to get the focus off of sex. He shouldn’t dwell on the struggle with lust and sin.