wow. this is really powerful and heavy insight into the pain of this snare! I am so appreciative of Daren sharing this… I kind of gasp considering that if his experience was what the children of the 90s were already going through, what on earth must these poor children today be trying to contend with? I mean we know what to tell our children NOT to do, but that body image insight of going to the gym and confronting the TRUTH that he is a man, may be very helpful practical direction for a youth pastor to help combat the active agenda in society to feminize young men!
Sir, thank you for telling your story. I think you’re gonna help a lot of people. You made me realize that I was one of those “mean girls” in school that picked on guys who weren’t really macho. I am so sorry I did that!!! I repent of my cruelty and I ask God to forgive me. If you see this message, I hope you will let me apologize to you on behalf of the people who picked on you.
I see so clearly now how I bent to peer pressure and went along with the crowd, probably because of my insecurities, definitely because of my sinful nature. I was so about trying to please people who really didn’t care about me that I missed the opportunity to get to know people like you that would have probably been a better friend! Keep fighting the good fight, Brother! God is using you greatly!
I don’t usually comment but I have to on this video. I want to thank John for having Daren on. The Church needs to learn how to deal with this in Love. But we must deal with it. This has been on my heart recently and look forward to being educated to help. Daren you had me crying, to see your wife stand by you just moved me. Spiritual warfare is real and Christian’s need to wake up to this fact. Thanks again Daren for your openness.
I actually weeping with joy for this testimony – we have such a problem with unnamed sin and shame in the church, this should not be. And we know truly there but for the grace of God go I – if one part of the Body is suffering, we all suffer. I’ve been given youth pastor duties alongside worship leading I was already doing and I know I have some youth struggling with this temptation/confusion. This will help many. Thank you Jon and Daren.
More content like this on this topic is necessary today. Today’s youth AND adults need as much content available as possible, that correctly addresses this issue, as they can get. We’ll done Daren and and thank you for being a brave man. God bless.
Thank you to Daren for being willing to share his story. It’s so helpful when brave people tell of God’s powerful love and redemption in this struggle. We certainly hear more than enough from those who swear they cannot change, that God’s grace is not sufficient, that the church has failed them so they are not responsible. I’ll be following Daren’s blog and ministry to hopefully learn. I have a fair number of friends in the gay community who I want to share the gospel with.
I’m looking forward to hearing more about specific ways we can walk with someone struggling versus having an expectation to “just not sin.” While this guest has identified and experienced the awkward silence and often abject refusal to discuss the topic of sexuality, I think we have a lot to learn about how to be brothers and sisters coming alongside each other in many areas of pain caused by sin. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s conclusion. I’m grateful that God is giving boldness to men and women to bring these issues into the light. Darren is talking like a godly man.
Bro got saved when he cheated on his wife. Legit saved. Not, I “received Christ” (i.e. I kinda like this Jesus thing). Regeneration. Born of the Spirit. New life.
God does good things to call people to Himself before conversion. Romans 2:4, John 9, Ac. 10. The Church will flourish when She regains a Biblical theology of Regeneration. This man articulated what that looks like. Thanks for sharing, Brother!
Jon, when you say, “When you cheated on your wife, God broke your pride.” Yep. THAT is regeneration. How do we know? “God opposes the proud, and gives grace to the humble.” He couldn’t put-off and put-on until he was regenerated. He said himself that everything previous was self-righteousness. And he was right.
Wow, I have never known how to help a homosexual to overcome. Also just advised them not to act on it, be celibate rather. This video has provided vital information to us all. Thank you to you both. I hope that we will find more restored people sharing their testimony of overcoming with us because this is greatly needed more than ever now.
Such an important post and a clear message from God through this brother. His testimony cut deep in my heart as there is always something we can relate to about our sin and God’s mercy 🙏
There’s a lot of talk in Christian circles today about whether or not same-sex attraction is sinful. Daren Mehl answers some questions about whether homosexuality is an orientation, if Christians are delivered from it, and what Churches should do in responding to the LGBTQI+ agenda.
https://www.portlandfellowship.com/resources/differingviews.pdf << “4 Columns” doctrines intersection of LGBTQ and Christianity
https://www.agapefirstministries.org/darenmehl << Ministry to Churches, Families, Individuals
https://www.voiceofthevoiceless.info << Education & Advocacy for former LGBTQ, Families, and churches around this issue
https://darenmehlblog.com << Some tidbits I’ve written from my journey out of homosexuality, my daily prayers, covenant with my eyes, books I’ve read, testimonies, etc
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