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“I was a witch a week ago, but I’m a Christian now,” Kathi Sharpe told him [Kathi’s new pastor]. “I thought I would have to pick him up off the floor,” she laughed as she told us the story.

Her new pastor did offer sound advice. He told her to get rid of everything connected with her witchcraft and paganism. He helped her with a plan to read the Bible. The church began to do an excellent job of discipling her.

In March of 2001 Kathi started ExWitch Ministries near Greensboro. Today she ministers to those who are experiencing the pain and hopelessness she once knew so well. >>Discuss This

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About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

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  1. ok so i realy need to talk to you, because even though you said your not trying to be judgemental it still afended me and the fact is that i can tell you that thats not the situation im in. that artical is  not 100% true. one thing is that you cant be exgay thats going into denial which can cause depreshion, yes i know that you are christian, and a strong beleaver and i couldent be happyer that you found a religion that you can beleave in, but you have one thing messed up. now please dont stop reading because i did read the whole artical, so i would like the same respect that i gave you, no where in the word of god dose it say that homosexuality is wrong, yes it dose say it in the bible, yea god inspired those people to write that book, but thats the thing there people that god gave freedom of choice, the people wrote the book with there own opinions not the true word of god. god beleaves that no one but him can and should cadem.  and thats what the bible is doing, so if your saying your exgay to be christian you dont have to do that they will except you for what you are, and if your saying your exgay because you dont whant to be gay you might be in denial and go into depreshion, just please i dont want any thing bad to happen to you because your a good friend, so pleas take time and find out who you truly are, how you realy feel, and be your self and not try to be somthing your not. so yea please just think about what i said. ill talk to ou later
    ~Eric~

  2. ok so i need to tell you one thing, jesus is not here to heal our sexual orientation. if he needs to do that then god would not of have created homosexuals. i do understand where your comming from, but yet you said by being gay, stright, bi is just labling us but yet no matter what we are labled, if you call yourself gay you are not sining and going against god and jesus, like i said the bible was inspierd by god but not writen by god himself, god and jesus do not codem and if they do than that shows that christianity is wrong. so if he is a merciful god and loves everyone nomatter what he would not care if you are GLBT as long as you folow him, whather by bible or by god himself he will not care, like the bible says and what god has done, he sent his only son jesus christ to die on the cross for our sins. if jesus was here today he would love every one no mater what, and whould merry any one whether it be man and women, to women, or two men. for not even the bible states that marage is between one male and one female.
    but as your friend i suport on whatever you dicide to do, and i also pray for you but in the name of the Lord and Lady.
    your friend,
    Eric

  3. hey, thanks for taking that seriously. i am sorry you felt offended that was not my intention. a few things i want to address in response to your commment. (I know this is really long but I hope you will be patient to read it all and consider it honestly, I am not writing as an argument I am speaking from my heart). Firstly, that article was the testimony of an actual person so there really isn’t anything you can say that is untrue about it he is just saying what he went through. It may not fit your situation exactly, it didn’t for me either, but it shed light on some issues many homosexuals face, me as a former homosexual and others I know. Why I identify myself as ex-gay.Can you be ex-gay? well yes, I am. The reason the gay community is so against the idea that you can change your sexuality is because that means it is not geneitic, or majorly genitic. If it is not geneitc or inborn it is not a civil rights issues and there is no basis for arguments for gay marriage, adoption or even viewing the gay lifestyle or realtionships as the same as that of heterosexual couples. It doesn’t really matter, however, what the gay community wants to belive about change- people are changing. I am one of many. I understand that ex-gay really isn’t the best way to describe my sexuality but it is the most simple. I am not gay, I am not straight or bi and not asexual. then what am I? I am the salt of the earth, I am a child of God. I don’t find my idenity in my sexuality but in Jesus Christ. Why do I call myself ex-gay then? again, it gives a simple answer to a person who wants a quick modern, constuctulized answer. i don’t really think in terms of sexual orientation because i don’t really believe in them. our sexulity as humans is much more molten then that and often stems from masculine and femmine shifts withing our soul. it also reflects the exprieances we have had concerning gender and masuclinity growing up.How I am not gay. well first of all if I am a follower of Jesus calling myself gay is really kind of contradictory because it is clinging to a label that refers to a lifestyle and habbits that displease God. I am not however bound to my sexual label. homosexulity is a repsentation of many ways in which we as human’s are broken. when I gave my life to Christ I was born again, the old things passed away and the new things came. i live in liberty from sin and so calling myself gay would be in a way binding me to that old life. Does this means Jesus doesn’t welcome gay people? By no means, in fact he pleads all the more to us/them so that he can be the healer of our souls and our sexual brokeness and resotore our idenity of whom we were created to be. since i gave Jesus permission to work healing in my and longed to follow him in discovering who he created me to be it was never about me becoming straight. it was about, God i have felt like in different ways i rejected my father, i have felt abandonment from him at times, what do i do with all the sexual confusion and pain brought on by the my molestation when i was four, what about rejection from male peers and me making my mother and female friends as role models will you sift through this all with me. will you please heal the plain. and the glorious thing is God has spoken and showed me were we was in all of this, and he has done real healing. its so amazing i don’t even know how to describe. there is such joy and freedom I have in being set free from the things from the past. as a result i have began to discover who i am as a male and how to apporiotly have a relationship with other men. i have started to long to eventually get married and have kids with my future wife and have started discovering the the mystery of he femine mystque. its quite beautiful how God has desighned us. in all this i don’t want to see you socially corrected- i could really care less what society thinks. i just want to see you healed and transformed into all that God made you to be. don’t take this as me saying oh God healed me of my homosexuality but rather throught the healing of my past and the enlightening of who I am made to be and who indeed i really am my sexual orientation has shifted. and the title gay/homosexual makes no sense. why i am not straight. part of this has to do with my tiff about labels but mostly because i am not exclusivly attracted to women, but am in a very different way that has been graciously untainted by lust. it is a very pure attraction that i hope to keep that way with the help of my Lord and Savoir. it is a very young way of seeing women because previously i had closed them off from the romance world. but for the most part things are the same becasue i am not looking to date anyone- i just notice attractable traits. why i am not bisexual. bisexual suggests i am content with attractions to men and women and will just pick whichever one i want when the time comes. if God intends me to marry it is a women in that we were chosen to become one. it isn’t just whoever i pick and it certaintly is not a male. am at crossroads and a shift which is why i used to tell many i am a Christian walking out of homosexuality becuase it represents motion but now that i no longer claim a homosexual title that no longer makes sense. my sexual attractions to men are always lustful and never acceptable, it is impossible for a homosexual attraction to not be lustful because you are always looking for something out of that person, trying to take some of their manness from them in one way or another this is true. you never are giving yourself to them. look at yaoi, most stories revolve around one guy manipulating the other. i am not trying to call you out as so bad, i have the same stuggles. realize however, true love is never selfish and question your motives next time you think about a boy in a sexual way. bisexual also suggests i am ready to have a sexual relationship with women. who said i was ready for anything sexual anyways? i havn’t even got all of myself figured out yet, yet alone trying to confound that with trying to understand another person and how i they fit together. why i am not asexual. if i was truely asexual i would have no sexual or emotional attractions- this is not true therefore i can’t be asexual. this does a good job of explaining however that i am chaste- i am take a step away from sexual urges and tides becasue my view of sexuality has been so jaeded by my molestation expreiances, homosexual feelings, lustful fantisies, pornography and homoerotic encounters. Being ex-gay is not being in denialI could say that being gay is in denial in a way, but that is not compassionate and i don’t really think that being gay is a concious form of denial. However I am not in denial. I am actually discovering who I really am without he lies Satan coming from my past deiveing me into thinking of myself that which i am not- inadequate as a male, not really as good as the hot guy overthere and the lie that i can somehow be sexually and relationally satisfied with the hot male over there. what does it mean to be ex-gay?”What is the meaning of this term that many people are using to announce that their life has been changed? To begin to understand the meaning of “ex-gay”, we can correlate it with the sanctification process described in I Cor 1:10, “Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us.” The ex-gay knows that something has definitely happened in his life. Change has come. Perhaps the most important change is that he has come into agreement with God that homosexuality “misses the mark” which is the definition of sin. Attitudes have also changed, so that what was once called “love” is now seen as possessiveness. The ex-gay can agree with Paul, that he has been delivered. So there is now a new position in Christ, where the ex-gay is freed from sin by the atoning blood of Jesus on the cross. God now views that person through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. At the same time, the change that we are experiencing is also a process of growth that goes along day by day, even minute by minute. ” -Frank WorthenI am not depressed and since i have become ex-gay i have never been depressed like i was when i claimed gay identity. in fact i could say that i am also free of depression. i didn’t just get religion, in fact i don’t think religion has much of anything to offer. Jesus Christ is a real person I encountered, my spirtuality is better defiend as a personal relationship with God in the Holy Spirit, through Jesus to the Father. i thank you that you are so respectful. i read everything. and it as important to speak as it is to listen. i aprrcieate you very much eric and i count you you also as good friend. please see that i am being honest with you so that we can have a real friendship. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. and yes it was communitcated through human persons in human lagngauge and like Christ, the Word made flesh, it is mysteriously fully humane and fully divine. This does not mean that is a product of humans it is limited in that it was communitcated in human languages and dependent on our listening. in eternity God’s word is not as limited. moreover, the Bible does not contain human opinions it is the truth of God. “Because the stakes are so high, even though you’re up-to-date on all this truth and practice it inside and out, I’m not going to let up for a minute in calling you to attention before it. This is the post to which I’ve been assigned—keeping you alert with frequent reminders—and I’m sticking to it as long as I live. I know that I’m to die soon; the Master has made that quite clear to me. And so I am especially eager that you have all this down in black and white so that after I die, you’ll have it for ready reference. We weren’t, you know, just wishing on a star when we laid the facts out before you regarding the powerful return of our Master, Jesus Christ. We were there for the preview! We saw it with our own eyes: Jesus resplendent with light from God the Father as the voice of Majestic Glory spoke: “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of all my delight.” We were there on the holy mountain with him. We heard the voice out of heaven with our very own ears. We couldn’t be more sure of what we saw and heard—God’s glory, God’s voice. The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it. It’s the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your hearts. The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.”- 1 Peter 1:12-21You are right God alone condems? How do we know, His Word, the Bible tells us so. “A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns a crafty man.” -Proverbs 12:2 We are condemed though, for a reason- becuase we have sinned. All who sin stand fall short of God’s glory but God has provided away out in Jesus Christ. Jesus took our place of condmenation so that we don’t have to. All that we have to do is recieve Him. Jesus said “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:37 This is because all we must do is “Confess with your mouth that ‘Jesus is Lord’ and belive in your heart that God has raised him from the dead and you will be saved” Romans 10:9 “”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:16-18″But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”- Romans 5:15-17I realize this was very long and I hope you take to heart what I have written to you for I write not to mearly persude you but to give life to you. In passing the scriptures on to you I hope you will recieve them that they may give you the life they have. My words are just the words of man but my tesitmony, made more sure, is the work of the one true God- praise His name forever. Eric, I care for you and I would rather talk about this person to person then over a blog and I believe my honesty will make our relationship more solid and authentic in the long run even if it is not so comfortable if not even painful now. In the meantime I pray you peace in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,your friend,Spencer

  4. “don’t take this as me saying oh God healed me of my homosexuality but rather throught the healing of my past and the enlightening of who I am made to be and who indeed i really am my sexual orientation has shifted. and the title gay/homosexual makes no sense.” Jesus came and lives today as a healer, he offers humanity healing from sin, emotional healing, physical healing and all other sorts of healing. the reality is because of the healing done in my life I no longer have a homosexual orientation. did Jesus come to offer healing from a sexual orientation? yes, because we were not created male for male and female for female but male for female and female for male. homosexuality does not define a person, even when i had a homosexual identity or orientation i was not defined by my homosexuality- things i felt and did. therefore it is wrong to say that God created homosexuals as if homosexual was one type of human and heterosexual another- we are all humans either male or female brought up in a broken world. because sin is in the world it has effect even on the unborn and also as we grow up. homosexuality was, is and never will be something God accepts as how he desighned us. rather homosexality is a sighn of our seperation from God, his standard and who we are supposed to be. claiming gay identity is in clear rebellion to the divine and natural order. embracing gay idenity is sin and will always displease and seperate us from God. apart from God there is no life and no salvation. we are condemed with our own actions- becasue we sin- and homosexuality is no less sin then others such as lieing and stealing but left unprepentent all partakers of sin stand condemed becasue they refuse to realize that they are wrong, in need of a savior and thus reject the savoir Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only way to God, and he too is that one God, for God is three in one and there is no other God. I don’t know if you read the Scripture I put in my last post but clearly the Bible is not simply inspirational text of humane opinion as you suppose but the only infallible Word of God. It is aboslutly true and reveals fully what it means to be human. Homosexuality is clearly sinful. “”Don’t have sex with a man as one does with a woman. That is abhorrent.” Leviticus 18:22″”If a man has sex with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is abhorrent. They must be put to death; they are responsible for their own deaths.” Leviticus 20:30These are the words of God. Since we are not under the old covenent but under grace the punishment no longer stands, Christ paid for it and if we recieve his sacrifice we do not have to spend eternity in death. Regardless the moral law still stands. The law’s purpose today is to reveal sin as sin. When I say the law I mean the Leviticul law given by the mouth of God and written down by the most blessed prophet Moses. That fact that we are sinners explains why we are not perfect and why there is suffering in the world. Yes God is merciful but he is also just and no punishement will go unpunished. If you except that Jesus paid your punishment you will be spared but those that reject him will inturn be rejected. God, after all, would not force people to be with him if they do not want to be. The fact that God is the author and giver of justice does not prove Christianity wrong. Freedom from homosexuality and all sin is possible in Jesus. Evidence of first century Christians finding freedom from homosexuality is found in 1 Corinthians. “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:8-11Jesus is here today. He is available to all who call on his name and loves all, yes. With special compassion he looks on homosexuals looking past their sin he sees who he made them to be. He calls us to repentance so we can exprieance the healing he gives and be part of our lives. Jesus desires a love relationship with you. Jesus loves you. Love however is not idle and false exceptance of those in need of help. we do not love the alchoholic by allwoing him to induldge in drukeness rather we get him the proper help and care so that he can be free from his addications because we love him. Christ’s love also causes us to change as we are set free from the law of sin and death. The Bible does state that marriage is between one man and one women. “He answered, “Haven’t you read in your Bible that the Creator originally made man and woman for each other, male and female? And because of this, a man leaves father and mother and is firmly bonded to his wife, becoming one flesh—no longer two bodies but one. Because God created this organic union of the two sexes, no one should desecrate his art by cutting them apart.” “- Matthew 19:4-6I understand that you pray for me out of love and I apprcieate that but please do not pray for me unless you pray to the one true God. Please do not pray to the “lord” or the “lady” for they are worthless idols who can do nothing or demons impersanting gods to decieve you. God is clear that He alone is God and He alone should be worshipped and bowed down to. “”You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God,visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. ” Exodus 20:3-6I write not only because I am concerned with your present state and of the healing available to you while you are here on this earth but also for you eternal salvation. The first step to salvation is to admitt that you are a sinner, that means yes i practice a homosexual lifestyle and I know it is wrong and yes I practice idolotry and I know it is wrong. “So where does that put us? Do we Jews get a better break than the others? Not really. Basically, all of us, whether insiders or outsiders, start out in identical conditions, which is to say that we all start out as sinners. Scripture leaves no doubt about it: There’s nobody living right, not even one, nobody who knows the score, nobody alert for God. They’ve all taken the wrong turn; they’ve all wandered down blind alleys. No one’s living right; I can’t find a single one. Their throats are gaping graves, their tongues slick as mudslides. Every word they speak is tinged with poison. They open their mouths and pollute the air. They race for the honor of sinner-of-the-year, litter the land with heartbreak and ruin, Don’t know the first thing about living with others. They never give God the time of day.This makes it clear, doesn’t it, that whatever is written in these Scriptures is not what God says about others but to us to whom these Scriptures were addressed in the first place! And it’s clear enough, isn’t it, that we’re sinners, every one of us, in the same sinking boat with everybody else? Our involvement with God’s revelation doesn’t put us right with God. What it does is force us to face our complicity in everyone else’s sin. “- Romans 3:9-20Peace and and God bless, I will pray for you,your friend,Spencer

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