Wednesday, December 11, 2013

This is what "such were some of you" is all about

Writing to the church in Corinth, Paul says that turning away from homosexual behavior, among a number of other "unrighteous" behaviors, is a testimony to the transforming power of Christ and the Spirit of God to wash, sanctify, and justify. That power is very much at work today, as witnessed by the life and testimony of Michael Glatze.

A former founding editor for a prominent homosexual magazine is celebrating his recent marriage to his wife, and is addressing the critics who have blasted him for turning his back on the homosexual lifestyle.

Michael Glatze says that he left homosexuality six years ago by the prompting of the Lord after working as the editor of Young Gay America for over a decade.

The change began in 2005 as a he watched a video of a forum that he had participated in with Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard. As Glatze watched the footage, he saw himself in a different light and began to question that path that he had been traveling.

“Knowing no one who I could approach with my questions and my doubts, I turned to God,” he told WND after his conversion. “I’d developed a growing relationship with God, thanks to a debilitating bout with intestinal cramps caused by the upset stomach-inducing behaviors I’d been engaged in.”

Glatze eventually walked away from the magazine as he continued to pursue God, and left a note on his computer that ended with “Homosexuality is death, and I choose life.”

In October of this year, Glatze married his girlfriend Rebekah at an outdoor ceremony in Bluffton, South Carolina. In a letter written last week and published by WND, Glatze gave thanks to God for his wife and addressed homosexual critics who have called his bride Glatze’s “prop” and “victim.”

“I have been married now for a little over a month—and it has been the greatest month of my life thus far!” he wrote. “I am so grateful for Rebekah, for God, for His provision, for my new in-laws, for my family that traveled from far and wide to join in our special day, and for the prayers and support that have flooded our way since October.”  

Glatze explained that he views homosexuality differently than in his youth and now believes that there is freedom in Christ.

“I do believe that homosexuality is a flaw, a mistake, a distortion and something from which one can be completely restored,” he stated. “I do know that this viewpoint flies in the face of people’s personal decisions, as well as some popular politics in this world.”

But he also asked that those who support homosexuality respect his views.

“I want to make a little ‘shout out’ to all of the angry homosexuals in our country who are currently spreading all sorts of hate and aggression [against me] on pro-homosexual blogs. Look, I am not interested in defending myself,” Glatze wrote. “I have as much right to my point-of-view as anyone else has to theirs.”

Glatze concluded by stating that he is thankful for the work that God has done in his life and can’t help but share it with the world.

“I am here to live a good, God-honoring life,” he wrote. “And as a Christian, I would be a liar if I didn’t tell people who God is, what He has done in my life and how He continues to provide for me (and now—thank God—my family) in ways that are more numerous than I can count.”
As Paul says, "And such were some of you."