Any deep-rooted issue, whether it be a sexual problem, a problem with drugs or alcohol, eating disorders, etc., usually don't go away with a short season of prayer. Often people wrestle with those their entire lives. I do hear testimonies from people who have been instantly healed of their "besetting sins", so it does happen, but I would venture to say that most people struggle with their issues over a long period of time, or over a lifetime.
It is a mistake, in my opinion, to give up after a short struggle, either accepting the condition or living under condemnation. I see engaging in the struggle as being of value in itself. Of course, complete freedom is the goal, but the struggle itself is an act of obedience, service, and worship. Each victory, no matter how small ("I got through today without taking a drink, without bingeing, etc.") is of consequence. Even in the absence of any observable victory, the struggle itself is a continual reaching toward God.
Oprah is really just a slicker version of Morton Downy or Jerry Springer, and all the more dangerous because of that slickness. Whereas we laugh at Jerry Springer's show, millions listen raptly to Oprah's every word, drinking deeply of the sweet taste of the high fructose corn syrupy lies, deception, and foolishness.
Interesting point of view.Pray the gay away....I have to say...the concept kinda just blows my mind. Are we making Salvation conditional? We now have to do something before John 3:16 applies to us? If a gay person has to first relinquish their lifestyles, what do the rest of us need to do? Must we first become sinless, THEN the cross counts? In that case, I definitely went about this all wrong. As I remember it, I was saved first, then the Holy Spirit helped me start cleaning up my life. If I would have known that all I needed to do was stop sinning, then I could have really saved myself a lot of heartbreak.
I felt really bad, bc i felt like it put christians under a bad light. it offended me >.<
did you see it? how did u feel after watching it?
I don't watch Oprah because I'd sooner jump in a piranha-infested lake covered in anchovies paste, but it is now a well-established fact that your sexual orientation isn't something you can magically alter.
If this were the case there wouldn't be any devout, conservative Christians with a strong opinion on homosexuality who get caught in, shall we say, compromising situations.
The list is long and growing: George Rekers, Ted Haggard, Larry Craig, etc. etc.
I think it is safe to say that if gayness was something that could be prayed away, these lamentable, broken men wouldn't be the self-loathing bigots that they are.