Choices was established in 1991 to help people recover their God-intended sexual identity. Our clients include homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, and heterosexuals who are unhappy with their sexual choices or lifestyle.
One of our goals is to establish practical and effective help for our clients. This includes help for families and friends of clients. In addition to our pastoral counseling, teaching, deep inner healing and recovery support groups, Choices also collaborates with other community professionals (eg clinical psychologists and psychiatrists) to offer the best support framework possible.
One of the key elements in Choices’ recovery programme is the use of support groups. Such groups provide a safe setting for self-disclosure, self-discovery, change and growth. It offers a nurturing environment to help clients find meaning in their sexual struggles, and is an ideal place to forge wholesome friendships.
Relearning ways of living and relating is not easy. To succeed, two critical ingredients need to be present: a tenacious, persevering motivation and the support of others who believe in your efforts.
Through our Choices Ministry, we have had the privilege of coming alongside numerous people in the past 15 years who have struggled with this issue. The Ministry provides both counseling and spiritual help for those who want to be set free from homosexual thoughts, tendencies and practices. Here are testimonies of God’s healing power in the lives of two former homosexuals :
We can provide you with many more.
Church of Our Saviour's Position Statement on Homosexuality
Our position is totally founded on the Bible which we believe to be the Word of God.
1. HOMOSEXUAL PRACTICE IS CLEARLY AGAINST THE BIBLE ACCORDING TO:
a) Leviticus 18:22 — "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination." Leviticus 20:13 — "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
b) Romans 1:26-27 — "… women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error."
c) 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 — "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."
d) 1 Timothy 1:8-10 — "We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers (hate or hit), for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers — and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine"
Note: Greek for "pervert" - ἀρσενοκοίτης (arsenokoitēs). This is translated in many English Bibles as "sodomites" or "people who have sexual relations with people of the same sex (New Century Bible). So, nowhere in the bible is homosexuality condoned. Every time it's mentioned, there was prohibition or judgment. At the same time, it's clear that homosexual practice is not seen as a worse sin than other wrongdoings like idolatry, immorality, theft, greed, drunkenness, slandering, swindling, etc.
2. GOD LOVES ALL SINNERS, STRAIGHT OR HOMOSEXUAL ACCORDING TO:
(a) John 3:16 — "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."
(b) Romans 5:8 — "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
3. CHANGE IS POSSIBLE
1 Corinthians 6:11 -- "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."
This Scripture follows the text which listed the types of sinners who will not inherit the kingdom of God. This Word of God, written almost 2000 years ago, already spoke of people who were changed. As such we do not believe that homosexuals are "born that way" or "genetically destined". Studies conducted by www.narth.com have both debunk the "nature" argument as well as show the weight of developmental factors in the formation of homosexuality.
It's clear from the Bible that God wants Christians to love everyone, including homosexuals but not to condone sin, including homosexual practices. God loves us.
While homosexual expression if sinful, it is wrong for anyone, most of all Christians, to verbally or physically torment homosexuals. God's heart is always to love the sinner even though He is against the sin. On the other hand, understanding the temptations and tendencies of practicing homosexuals, Christians must also exercise the responsibility of protecting the young, vulnerable and innocent.
Homosexual practice is contrary to God's Word. So we stand against the active and aggressive promotion of such behavior. God provides great comfort and strength for those who repent of their sins and who trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation and freedom.