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700 Club Interactive - Freed by Love - February 3, 2016

Speaker Kegan Wesley shares how he was delivered from a lifestyle of homosexuality and drug addiction. Read Transcript


Gordon: A YOUNG MAN'S

SEARCH FOR PLEASURE ENDS

AT AN ALTER.

I WALKED FROM MY SEAT,

GANGED, ADDICTED TO DRUGS,

AND HURTING FROM THE

AFTERMATH OF RAPE, AND I

CAME TO THIS PART OF THE

ALTER AND I LIFTED MY

HANDS.

Gordon: WHERE HE

FINDS HIS TRUE IDENTITY.

LADY GAGA, SHUT UP.

I WAS NOT BORN THIS WAY.

Gordon: KAGAN WESSLY

JOINS US TODAY ON "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

HERE IS A QUESTION FOR

YOU: ARE PEOPLE, AS THE

SONG SAYS, BORN THIS WAY?

OR CAN THEY CHANGE THEIR

ORIENTATION.

THERE IS NO DOUBT THIS IS

A HOT-BUTTON TOPIC, AND

TODAY YOU'LL HEAR FROM TWO

YOUNG MEN.

EACH ONE LIVED A GAY

LIFESTYLE UNTIL AN

ENCOUNTER WITH GOD CHANGED

THEIR THINKING.

Terry: KAGEN WESLEY

SAYS LEAVING HIS LIFESTYLE

WASN'T ABOUT GIVING

SOMETHING UP, BUT GAINING

SOMEONE.

HE JOINS US IN OUR STUDIO

TODAY.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: KAGEN

WESLEY WER WAS 10 YEARS OLD

WHEN HE WAS RAPED AND

MOLESTED BY TWO MEN.

HE EMBRACED A HOMOSEXUAL

LIFESTYLE.

HE USED DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

TO COVER HIS PAIN.

I JUST KNEW I NEEDED AN

ENCOUNTER WITH THE KING OF

KINGS AND THE LORD OF

LORDS.

I SAID, JESUS, I'M GAY AND

I'M ADDICTED TO DRUG AND

ALCOHOL.

I'M HURTING FROM THE

AFTERMATH OF ABUSE.

Reporter: SINCE THEN,

KAGEN HAS BEEN SEXUALLY

FREE AND DRUG FREE.

Terry: POLIC WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU

HERE.

THANK YOU.

Terry: TELL US WHAT

HAPPENED TO YOU AS A

LITTLE BOY, ABOUT 9 YEARS

OLD?

I GREW UP AS A CONFUSED

CHILD.

AND I WENT TO A BIRTHDAY

PARTY IN FOURTH GRADE, AND

AT THAT BIRTHDAY PARTY, I

WAS RAPED AND MOLESTED BY

SEVERAL MEN.

I WAS EXPECTING BIRTHDAY

CAKE, BIRTHDAY BALLOONS,

BUT I WAS TAKEN ADVANTAGE

OF.

Terry: IT MADE ME SO

MAD WHEN I READ YOUR

STORY.

THERE WAS NO PLACE TO GO

WITH THAT FEELING.

AND I CAN'T IMAGINE FOR

YOU, AS A YOUNG GUY, THE

CONFUSION THAT MUST HAVE

BROUGHT INTO YOUR LIFE.

YOU WENT THROUGH A NUMBER

OF YEARS WITHOUT REALLY

TELLING ANYBODY WHAT

HAPPENED.

THAT IS PART OF THE

CONFUSION, ISN'T IT?

YEAH.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE TO GO

OR WHO TO GO TO.

AND IF I WENT TO SOMEBODY,

WHAT WAS I GOING TO TELL

THEM.

AND I ALSO DIDN'T KNOW IF

THEY WOULD BELIEVE ME.

Terry: EXACTLY.

SO I BEGAN TO BELIEVE

THAT LIE AND HID IT IN THE

BACK OF MY BRAIN AND

DIDN'T DEAL WITH IT.

Terry: AT 18, YOU HAD

ANOTHER EXPERIENCE.

TELL US ABOUT THAT?

I DID.

I WAS TRYING TO FIND

SATISFACTION IN EVERYTHING

ELSE.

I BECAME A FULL-BLOWN DRUG

ADDICT.

ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING

THAT COULD TAKE MY MIND

OFF OF THAT MOMENT WHEN I

WAS A LITTLE BOY, I TRIED.

BUT I WENT TO A CHRISTIAN

CONCERT, AND I SAT IN THE

FOURTH ROW.

Terry: NOT REALLY

BUYING INTO THE WHOLE

EVENT, WE SHOULD SAY?

YEAH.

I WAS A BORDER LINE

ATHEIST.

I DIDN'T BELIEVE BECAUSE I

JUST DIDN'T KNOW JESUS.

AND TO MAKE A LOVE STORY

SHORT, I WENT TO THE ALTER

THAT NIGHT, NOT KNOWING

WHAT TO SAY OR WHAT TO DO

OR HOW TO PRAY, AND I

ASKED JESUS TO COME INTO

MY LIFE.

AND IT WAS AN

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE

FOR ME.

Terry: WHAT HAPPENED

IN THAT MOMENT?

HERE YOU WENT THROUGH ALL

OF THIS TIME IN YOUR LIFE,

KIND OF DOUSING FEELINGS,

NOT WANTING TO FEEL OR

THINK OR EXAMINE WHO YOU

WERE.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

HAPPENS WHEN WE COME TO

JESUS IS WE STAND WHOLLY

BEFORE HIM.

WHAT DID GOD SPEAK INTO

YOUR HEART AT THAT TIME?

IT WAS LIKE IN A MOMENT

GOD'S LOVE HIT MY HEART.

I REMEMBER SNOTTING AND

CRYING AND FALLING TO THE

GROUND.

I REMEMBER JESUS DID FOR

ME IN A MOMENT WHAT I

TRIED TO DO MY ENTIRE

LIFETIME.

AND HE REALLY CHANGED ME.

Terry: WAS THAT THE

NIGHT THAT YOU RECEIVED A

PROPHETIC WORD?

IT WAS.

I WASN'T EVEN FINISHED

CRYING, AND MY MENTOR,

EDDIE JAMES, CAME UP TO ME

AND SAID, SON, WHICH WAS

WEIRD, AND HE SAID, I HAD

A VISION, WHICH WAS

WEERTD.

WEIRDER.

AND HE SAID, I HAD A

VISION OF YOU TRAVELLING

THE WORLD TELLING THE WORD

OF GOD AND CHANGING

MILLIONS OF LIVES.

Terry: WHAT DID YOU

THINK?

I THOUGHT IT WAS CRAZY

BUT GOD MADE IT POSSIBLE.

Terry: I THINK PEOPLE

ARE SO UNCOMFORTABLE WITH

ANYONE OF THEIR GENDER WHO

HAS A SAME-SEX ATTRACTION,

THAT INSTEAD OF LOVING AND

HELPING TO WALK THROUGH

THAT, OVER THE YEARS I

THINK WE'VE TENDED TO BURY

OUR HEADS IN THE SAND AND

KIND OF WAG OUR FINGERS.

WHERE IS THAT AT TODAY?

Reporter: IN THE

DARKEST HOUR OF MY LIFE,

THE CHURCH WAS SO LOUD --

I'M SORRY, THE WORLD WAS

SO LOUD AND THE CHURCH WAS

SO QUIET.

I FEEL LIKE SOMETIMES WE

LIKE TO RUN FROM THE

PROBLEM INSTEAD OF RUN TO

IT.

AND WHEN THERE IS A BOMB

THAT BLOWS UP IN A

BUILDING, THE MAJORITY OF

PEOPLE RUN AWAY FROM IT,

INSTEAD OF HELPING PEOPLE

WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED BY

THAT BOMB.

Terry: YOU HAVE GONE

THROUGH ALL KINDS OF

GROWING AND CHANGING AND

BEING LOVED BY GOD AND

IDENTITY WRITING WITHIN

YOUR HEART AND WITHIN YOUR

MIND.

DO YOU STILL STRUGGLE WITH

SAME-SEX ATTRACTION TODAY?

TEMPTATION YOU CAN'T

ESCAPE.

JESUS HAD TEMPTATION.

SO TEMPTATION COMES, BUT

IT IS NOT THAT TEMPTATION

COMES THAT DEFINES ME; IT

IS WHAT I DO WITH IT THAT

DEFINES ME.

Terry: SO WHAT DO YOU

DO WITH IT?

I'M A ROMANS 12: 2 KIND

OF DUDE.

I DON'T CONFORM TO HIS

WORLD, BUT I'M TRANSFORMED

BY RENEWING MY MIND SO I

CAN PROVE THE WILL OF GOD,

THAT IS PERFECT, GOOD, AND

ACCEPTABLE.

I WANT TO BE MORE LIKE

JESUS AND LESS LIKE

MYSELF.

I THINK EVERY HUMAN WANTS

TO.

Terry: WHAT DO YOU

SAY TO PEOPLE WHO ARE IN

THE GAY LIFESTYLE WHO SAY,

I WAS JUST BORN THIS WAY?

YOU TALK A LOT ABOUT THE

FACT THAT WE HAVE THE

POWER OF CHOICE IN OUR

LIVES.

SO IF I SAY TO YOU, WELL,

I'M BORN THIS WAY, THEN

SUDDENLY THERE IS NOTHING

I CAN DO ABOUT IT.

I'M SORT OF A VICTIM OF MY

CIRCUMSTANCES.

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE

WHO SAY THAT?

WELL, WE ALL ARE BORN

SOME WAY, AND WE'RE

DEFINITELY BORN INTO SIN,

WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE TO

GET SAVED AND BE BORN

AGAIN.

JESUS SAYS, I SET BEFORE

YOU LIFE AND I SET BEFORE

YOU DEATH, BUT WITH

PASSION HE SAYS, OH, I

PRAY THAT YOU WOULD CHOOSE

LIFE.

LOVE IS A CHOICE.

AND I DECIDED WITH MY LOVE

TO CHOOSE JESUS.

AND I FELL SO IN LOVE WITH

HIM AND OUT OF LOVE WITH

THE LIFE THAT I WAS

LIVING.

Terry: ALL OF IT.

BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE

SEPARATE OUT THE WHOLE

HOMOSEXUAL EXPERIENCE FROM

EVERY OTHER SIN ON THE

PLANET.

BUT IT IS ALL A STENCH

BEFORE THE NOSTRIL OF GOD,

AND YET COMES THAT LOVING

PLEA THAT YOU JUST TALKED

ABOUT: CHOOSE LIFE.

THAT'S MY INTENTION FOR

YOU.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE

TO PARENTS?

I KNOW A NUMBER OF PEOPLE

MYSELF, STRONG, COMMITTED

CHRISTIANS, AND HAVE

RAISED THEIR KIDS THEY

THOUGHT UNDERSTANDING AND

KNOWING, AND THEIR KIDS,

IN TODAY'S WORLD OF

EXPERIMENTATION, HAVE COME

OUT OF THE CLOSET, SO TO

SPEAK.

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THE

PARENTS WHO ARE DEALING

WITH THAT WITH THEIR KIDS?

I WOULD SAY TRUST THE

LORD.

HE HAS GOT IT ALL IN

CONTROL.

AND IT IS HIS GOODNESS AND

HIM THAT DRAWS THEM TO

REPENTANCE.

SO LOVE THEM, CARE FOR

THEM, PRAY FOR THEM, AND

HOLD ON TO THAT FAITH,

BELIEVING THAT GOD WILL DO

EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID HE

WOULD DO AND RETURN THEM

TO THE WAY THAT YOU

TRAINED THEM.

Terry: WOULD YOU TAKE

A MOMENT ON OUR PROGRAM

TODAY AND JUST SPEAK INTO

THE CAMERA FOR PEOPLE WHO

ARE STRUGGLING WITH WHAT

YOU STRUGGLED WITH?

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO

THEM?

IF YOU COULD LOOK SOMEBODY

EYEBALL TO EYEBALL, WHAT

WOULD YOU SAY?

WE ALL HAVE A HUMAN

CONDITION CALLED SIN.

AND THE STRUGGLE, IT'S

REAL.

BUT SO IS OUR SAVIOR.

WE, IN OURSELVES, WE FALL

AND FAIL.

BUT IT IS JESUS'

FORGIVENESS THAT SAVES US,

THAT CHANGES US.

SO I ENCOURAGE YOU ON THE

OTHER END OF THIS TV

STATION, JUST TO FALL IN

LOVE WITH THE LORD AND

WATCH HOW YOUR LOVE FOR

HIM CAN COMPLETELY CHANGE

YOUR LIFE.

Terry: AND HIS LOVE

FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF

US.

IT IS A TANGIBLE THING,

BUT HARD TO EXPLAIN TO

SOMEBODY.

KAGEN, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY

TO THE CHURCH TODAY?

HOW CAN WE BETTER LOVE

PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH

SAME-SEX IDENTITY?

I THINK WE CAN

CONSTANTLY BE REMINDED OF

OUR FALTS AND OUR

FAILURES, AND REMEMBER

THAT THE ONLY NEW THING

ABOUT GOD IS HIS MERCY.

AND WITHOUT THAT AMAZING

MERCY, WE WOULD BE

NOTHING.

AND SO WE NEED TO PUT OUR

FEET IN SOMEONE ELSE'S

SHOES.

FEEL WHAT THEY FEEL, HEAR

WHAT THEY HEAR, AND SEE

WHAT THEY SEE.

AND LOVE THEM LIKE WE

WOULD LOVE OURSELVES.

LOVE THE LORD AND THE

PERSON TO OUR LEFT AND TO

THE RIGHT AND IN FRONT OF

US AND BEHIND US.

Terry: I THINK WHAT

IT MAKES IT SO DIFFICULT

WHEN YOU WANT TO SHARE

WITH IN THE GAY LIFESTYLE,

THAT WE'RE ALL LOOKING FOR

LOVE.

BUT IF YOU DON'T KNOW

JESUS, HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN

A LOVE THAT IS BEYOND

ANYTHING YOU'VE HAD, AN

ACCEPTANCE, SOMEONE WHO IS

ESTATIC ABOUT WHO YOU ARE?

HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT TO

SOMEBODY?

I ALWAYS PRAY THAT I

WERE LIVE MY LIFE BETTER

THAN I PREACH.

AND THAT PEOPLE WOULD JUST

SEE JESUS INSIDE OF ME,

AND THAT I WOULD CREATE

THIS INCREDIBLE LIFE THAT

OTHER PEOPLE WOULD WANT TO

LIVE.

THAT THEY WOULD KNOW,

THERE IS SOMETHING

DIFFERENT ABOUT KAGEN, AND

THEY JUST WANT THE ONE

THAT LIVES INSIDE OF YOU.

I THINK IT IS LESS

TALKING; MORE LIVING AND

DOING.

Terry: THAT WAS ONE

OF THE THINGS WHEN I READ

URYOUR STORY THAT STRUCK ME

WAS WHEN YOU SAW EDDIE

JAMES PREACHING, AND YOU

WERE IN THAT CHURCH THAT

NIGHT, YOU DIDN'T KNOW

JESUS, BUT YOU SAW

SOMETHING THAT YOU WANTED

FOR YOURSELF.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HONEST

AND VULNERABILITY AND YOUR

WISE COUNSEL FOR HOW WE

CAN LOVE EACH OTHER WELL.

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU

WITH US TODAY ON OUR

PROGRAM.

THANK YOU.

Terry: IF YOU WANT TO

FOLLOW KAGEN, JUST GO TO

HIS WEBSITE

KagenWesley.com GORDON?

Gordon: STILL AHEAD,

A STRONG AND CONFUSED MAN.

I CRAZED THAT

ATTENTION.

I STARTED BELIEVING THIS

IS THE WAY I WAS BORN.

Gordon: SEE WHY HE

NOW CALLS HIMSELF A CHILD

OF GOD.

STAY WITH US.

CHARGERS

Gordon: JOSE HERTADO

WAS ENTRENCHED IN THE GAY

LIFESTYLELIFESTYLE FOR YEARS,

LEAVING HIM EMPTY AND

BROKEN.

HE TURNED TO ECSTASY AND

COCAINE TO NUMB THE PAIN,

UNTIL AN OVER DOSE NEARLY

TOOK HIS LIFE.

IT FELT WRONG, AND AT

THE SAME TIME, THE

ATTENTION FROM A MALE

FIGURE, I CRAZED THAT

TONNES.

Reporter: JOSE LIVED

MOST OF HIS CHILDHOOD IN

MEXICO CITY, WHERE AT 5

YEARS OLD HE WAS SEXUALLY

MOLESTED BY A NEIGHBOR.

HIS FATHER WAS A MIGRANT

WORKER IN THE U.S., WHO

WAS AWAY FOR MONTHS AT A

TIME.

SO IT CAUSED MAE TO GO

BACK TO MY PERPETRATOR.

I WAS IN A STATE WHERE I

WAS YOUNG, AND I WAS

LOOKING FOR -- I NEEDED

THE ATTENTION OF A MALE

FATHER FIGURE.

Reporter: THE ABUSE

STOPPED AFTER A YEAR, BUT

IT LEFT JOSE WITH FEELINGS

AND DESIRES HE COULDN'T

UNDERSTAND.

IT KIND OF WARPED MY

DEPARTMENTTITY AIDENTITY AS A CHILD.

BECAUSE NOW I'M INTERNAL

INTERNALIZING SOMETHING

THAT IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE

PART OF ME.

Reporter: SEVERAL

YEARS LATER, HIS FATHER

COULD AFFORD TO MOVE THE

WHOLE FAMILY TO THE U.S.

AS A TEEN NOW IN

CALIFORNIA, JOSE STOPPED

FIGHTING THE FEELINGS HE

KNEW WERE WRONG.

I STARTED BELIEVING

THAT THIS IS THE WAY I WAS

BORN.

I DIDN'T WANT THESE

FEELINGS, BUT I COULDN'T

MAKE THEM GO AWAY.

I WAS UPSET AT, YOU

KNOW -- I FELT LIKE I WAS

CONFUSED, AND I FELT LIKE

THESE ARE NOT MY FEELINGS.

I DIDN'T CHOOSE THIS.

SO IT'S OKAY.

Reporter: JOSE

DECIDED TO SEEK OUT THE

ONLY AFFECTION HE HAD EVER

KNOWN MANY.

MAYBE I SHOULD GO OUT

AND EXPERIENCE LIFE AND BE

WHAT I FEEL.

AND SO I DID THAT.

AT THE AGE OF 16, I

STARTED USING MY BROTHER'S

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

NIGHTCLUBS, TO GAY

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

NIGHTCLUBS.

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

THAT'S HOW I WAS

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

INTRODUCED INTO THAT

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

LIFESTYLE.

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

Reporter: BY 18, JOSE

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

WAS LIVING A VERY

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

PROMISCUOUS LIFESTYLE.

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

YOU JUST KEEP GETTING

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

HURT AND GETTING HURT

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

BECAUSE IT IS NOT

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

FULFILLING YOU.

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

IT IS NOT LOVE.

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

IT'S YOU TRYING TO FULFILL

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

YOUR DESIRES THROUGH

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

ANOTHER PERSON, OR AT

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

ANOTHER PERSON'S COST.

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

IT LEFT ME EMPTY.

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

IT LEFT ME STILL BROKEN.

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

Reporter: HE ALSO

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

STARTED ABUSING DRUGS.

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

AND AS HE KEPT GOING FROM

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

RELATIONSHIP TO

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

RELATIONSHIP, THE SHAME

I.D. TO GO INTO

I.D. TO GO INTO

AND DRUG ABUSE GREW WORSE.

AND DRUG ABUSE GREW WORSE.

I WAS ADDICTED TO

ECSTASY, COCAINE,

MARIJUANA.

MARIJUANA, CRYSTAL METH.

I WAS JUST TRYING TO NUMB

MYSELF FROM REALITY

BECAUSE REALITY WAS SO

PAINFUL TO ME.

AND I FOUND THAT BEING IN

THAT ALTERED STATE, MY

HEART WOULDN'T HURT THAT

MUCH WHEN I WAS IN THAT

STATE.

Reporter: JOSE ASKED

GOD TO CHANGE HIM.

WHEN NOTHING HAPPENED, HE

ASSUMED GOD WASN'T

LISTENING.

I WOULD TAKE THE NON

RESPONSE AS, WELL, DO YOU

ENJOY WATCHING ME GO

THROUGH WHAT I'M GOING

THROUGH?

SO IN MY MIND, IN MY

HEART, IT FELT LIKE GOD

WAS BEING CRUEL BECAUSE

HOW COULD YOU BE THIS GOOD

GOD, SEE ME SUFFER THIS

WAY, AND ALLOW ME TO GO

THROUGH THIS.

Reporter: ONE NIGHT

JOSE TRIED TO OVERDOSE ON

ECSTASY AND COCAINE.

I HAD GOTTEN JUST SICK

OF LIFE.

AND I KNEW THAT THE

AMOUNTS THAT I TOOK WOULD

BE ENOUGH TO KILL ME.

Reporter: JOSE WOKE

UP IN HIS BEDROOM.

HE REALIZED HE SHOULD BE

DEAD.

AND THE FIRST THOUGHT

IN MY HEAD WAS, I GAVE YOU

A SECOND CHANCE.

ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE WAS

AN INNER GNAWING INSIDE OF

ME, REALLY STRONG, GOD IS

CALLING ME.

MY PRAYER WAS, GOD, IF YOU

ARE GOING TO DO THIS,

YOU'VE GOT TO GO ALL IN

WITH ME.

I REMEMBER SAYING, GOD, I

GIVE YOU MY WHOLE LIFE.

Reporter: JOSE KNEW

ONLY JESUS COULD HELP HIM

CHANGE.

I'M TIRED OF THIS BACK

AND FORTH.

I FEEL SO BROKEN.

I DON'T WANT THIS LIFE

ANYMORE.

I JUST WANT YOUR LIFE.

Reporter: JOSE FOUND

A CHURCH WHERE A PASTOR

TOOK HIM UNDER HIS WING

AND HELPED HIM FIND

HEALING.

I LET GO OF MY OLD

LIFESTYLE, OLD FRIENDS --

TALK ABOUT FORSAKING

EVERYTHING TO FOLLOW

JESUS.

THAT'S WHAT WAS HAPPENING.

I WAS LOSING MY LIFE TO

FIND LIFE.

Reporter: HE MET

DANIELLE AT THE CHURCH

BOOKSTORE IN 2008.

MY FIRST IMPRESSION OF

JOSE WAS JUST HIS HEART.

HE WAS THIS PERSON WHO

LOVED CHRIST.

CHRIST KIND OF OOZED OUT

OF HIM.

I JUST WANTED TO BE AROUND

THAT.

IT WAS VERY CONTAGIOUS

WHAT HE HAD.

Reporter: JOSE SOON

TOLD DANIELLE ABOUT HIS

PAST.

THAT WASN'T EVEN AN

ISSUE.

I TOLD HIM THAT, I DON'T

CARE WHERE YOU'VE BEEN,

WHAT YOU'VE COME OUT OF.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO CARRY

THAT SHAME.

THAT'S NOT WHO YOU ARE.

YOU'RE A CHILD OF CHRIST.

YOU'RE A CHILD OF GOD.

Reporter: THEY

MARRIED IN 2011, AND THEIR

SON, ETHAN, WAS BORN TWO

YEARS LATER.

JOSE USES HIS STORY TO

ENCOURAGE OTHERS CAUGHT IN

A HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLE TO

GET HELP.

ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS

GET ALONG WITH GOD.

IT'S NOT THAT DIFFICULT.

SAY, GOD, JUST SHOW ME WHO

YOU ARE AND LEAD ME TO

WHERE YOU WANT ME TO BE.

IT ALL GOES BACK TO

FORSAKING YOUR LIFE TO

FIND JESUS, TO FIND LIFE.

AND WHEN YOU RECEIVE LOVE,

YOU'RE ABLE TO GIVE LOVE.

WHAT I USED TO BE IS NOT

WHO I AM NOW.

I'M A DIFFERENT PERSON.

JESUS HAS ACTUALLY

TRANSFORMED MY LIFE.

Gordon: AND HE CAN

TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE IF YOU

DO THE SAME THING.

IF YOU SAY WHAT JOSE

SAID -- YOU GET ALONG IN A

CLOSET SOMEWHERE, AND YOU

SAY, JESUS, ARE YOU REAL?

CAN YOU REALLY CHANGE ME?

CAN YOU REALLY MAKE ME NEW

AGAIN?

CAN YOU, FROM MY INNERMOST

BEING, CHANGE ME?

IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH ALL

OF YOUR HEART, YOU'LL FIND

IT.

HE'LL ANSWER THAT.

THIS ISN'T SOME FLIPPANT

THING THAT YOU DO.

IF YOU WANT TO MEAN

BUSINESS WITH GOD, AND

SAY, NO MATTER WHAT THE

COST, NO MATTER WHAT THE

OUTCOME, I WANT TO FOLLOW

YOU.

IF YOU'RE THERE, COULD YOU

SHOW ME?

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE

ARE LIKE JOSE.

IT SEEMS TO BE A FAMILIAR

STORY IN OUR CULTURE

TODAY.

WHERE YOU CRAVE AFFECTION.

YOU CRAVE RELATIONSHIP.

YOU WANT TO HAVE THAT.

AND THEN YOU START LOOKING

FOR IT IN THE WRONG

PLACES.

FOR JOSE, IT WAS AGE 16,

BORROWING HIS BROTHER'S

I.D. AND GOING TO CLUBS.

AND THROUGH THAT HE GOT

INVOLVED IN SOME THINGS HE

REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO BE

INVOLVED IN.

AND THEN HE QUICKLY GOT

INTO A CYCLE OF ADDICTION.

THE STATISTICS SHOW FOR

THE UNION POPULATIO GENERAL POPULATION OF

THE UNITED STATES, ROUGHLY

10% ARE ABUSING DRUGS.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE GAY

COMMUNITY IN THE UNITED

STATES, THAT FIGURE JUMPS

TO OVER 30%.

THERE IS A REASON FOR

THAT.

PEOPLE TRYING TO MEDICATE,

TRYING TO NUMB.

AND MAYBE YOU GET ANGRY

WITH THOSE STATISTICS AND

SAY, WELL, IT'S BECAUSE

SOCIETY HAS REJECTED US.

LOOK AT IT THE OTHER WAY:

HAVE YOU REJECTED

YOURSELF?

WHY WOULD YOU TAKE THAT

KIND OF PATH AND TRY TO

MEDICATE?

IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH

SOCIETY.

IT HAS TO DO WITH YOUR

HEART.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THERE

IS A GOD WHO LOVES YOU,

AND HE LOVES YOU RIGHT

WHERE YOU ARE.

HE HASN'T REJECTED YOU.

HE WANTS TO CHANGE YOU.

HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH, HE

DOESN'T WANT TO LEAVE YOU

WHERE YOU ARE.

HE SAYS, IF YOU'RE

WILLING, YOU CAN COME WITH

ME.

AND ALL THINGS CAN BE MADE

NEW.

AND LIKE JOSE, YOU CAN BE

IN FAMILY.

YOU CAN HAVE CHILDREN.

YOU CAN HAVE ALL OF THAT

JOY, THAT PEACE.

WHAT THE BIBLE TAKES

ABOUT, RIGHTEOUSNESS,

RIGHT-STANDING WITH GOD.

RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND

JOY.

YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL IF YOU

JUST ASK.

SO TAKE THE CHALLENGE THAT

JOSE GAVE YOU.

GET ALONE, GET TO AN AREA

WHERE NO ONE IS GOING TO

BOTHER YOU, AND JUST ASK

THAT SAME PRAYER: JESUS,

IF YOU'RE THERE, COULD YOU

SHOW ME?

COULD YOU SHOW ME WHAT

YOU'VE MADE ME FOR?

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH THAT

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO JUDGE.

WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT HERE

TO CONDEMN.

THE OTHER PERSON ON THAT

LINE HAS PRAYED THE SAME

PRAYER.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US:

1-888-777-1999.

> WELL, COMING UP, WHO

IS WELCOME IN YOUR CHURCH?

ARE DRUG ADDICTS WELCOME?

ARE PROSTITUTES WELCOME?

WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE OF

DIFFERENT RACES?

WELL, PASTOR DERWIN GREY

SAYS THERE ARE THREE WORDS

THAT MUST DEFINE OUR

CHURCH CULTURE.

FIND OUT WHAT THEY ARE

AFTER THIS.

Terry: FORMER

CAROLINA PASTOR DERWIN

GREY PASTORS CHURCH IN

SOUTH CAROLINA.

YOU'LL SEE PEOPLE OF ALL

FAITHS AND ALL

BACKGROUNDS, AND IT IS NO

ACCIDENT.

HOW CAN YOUR CHURCH BECOME

DIVERSE?

DERWIN SAYS THE ANSWER IS

FOUND IN THREE WORDS AND

ONE COLOR.

Reporter: THE GOSPEL

OF PAUL IS MORE APPLICABLE

TODAY THAN EVER.

HE WAS ABLE TO DO

SOMETHING THAT CAESAR

HIMSELF COULD NOT DO.

WHAT WAS THAT?

THE APOSTLE PAUL THROUGH

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE

GOSPEL WAS ABLE TO BRING

TOGETHER FORMER ENEMIES

WHO BECAME BROTHERS AND

SISTERS AND CREATED THE

JESUS COMMUNITY IN HOUSE

CHURCHES IN ROME.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE'RE

GOING TO LOOK AT ROMANS

15, 5-7: "MAY GOD WHO

GIVES HIS PATIENCE AND

ENCOURAGEMENT, HELP YOU

LIVE IN COMPLETE HARMONY

WITH EACH OTHER, AS

FITTING FOR FOLLOWERS OF

CHRIST JESUS.

THEN ALL OF YOU CAN JOIN

TOGETHER WITH ONE VOICE,

GIVING PRAISE AND GLORY TO

GOD, THE FATHER OF OUR

LORD, JESUS CHRIST.

THEREFORE ACCEPT EACH

OTHER JUST AS CHRIST HAS

ACCEPTED YOU SO THAT GOD

WILL BE GIVEN GLORY."

WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?

IN A.D.49, THEY KICKED ALL

OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE OUT

OF ROME.

WHY?

BECAUSE AFTER PENTECOST,

THERE WERE JEWISH PEOPLE

IN JIASPRA, WHO WENT BACK

TO THEIR HOMES, AND THEY

BEGAN TO PREACH IN THE

SYNAGOGUES THAT JESUS

CHRIST WAS A JEWISH

MESSIAH WHO ROSE FROM THE

DEAD.

WELL, RIOTS BROKE OUT.

AND SO THE EMPERORER SAID,

ALL OF YOU JEWISH PEOPLE

LEAVE.

OVER THE YEARS, GENTILES

BECAME LEADERS IN THE

HOUSE CHURCHES THAT THE

JEWISH PEOPLE HAD FOUNDED,

AND WHEN CLAUDEUS DIED,

THEY WELCOMED THE JEWS

BACKMENT AND THEBACK.

AND THEY GOT BACK TO THESE

HOUSE CHURCHES IN ROME LED

BY THE GENTILES.

THERE WAS INCREDIBLE

DIVERDIVERSITY.

WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL IS

SAYING IS THIS: ACCEPT ONE

ANOTHER AS CHRIST HAS

ACCEPTED YOU.

WE WERE ENEMIES OF GOD,

BUT THROUGH THE BLOOD OF

CHRIST, ENEMIES BECOME

FRIENDS.

THAT'S THE VERTICAL BEAM

OF THE CROSS.

HORIZONTALLY, BARRIERS

WERE BROKEN BECAUSE OF THE

CROSS.

HOSTILITIES AND PREJUDICE

WERE DESTROYED BECAUSE OF

THE CROSS.

IN OTHER WORDS, THESE

EARLY CHURCH MEMBERS BEGAN

TO PUT DOWN THEIR

PREFERENCES AND PICK UP

THEIR CROSSES.

WHY?

BECAUSE THEIR ETHNICITY

WAS NO LONGER FOUND IN THE

COLOR OF THEIR SKIN.

THEIR ETHNICITY WAS FOUND

IN THE COLOR OF JESUS'

BLOOD.

SO THE APOSTLE PAUL DID

WHAT CAESAR COULDN'T DO.

HE MADE THE ETHNICITIES

COME TOGETHER AND BE

UNIFIED IN THE VISION

AROUND THE GOSPEL OF JESUS

CHRIST.

SO TODAY IN THE UNITED

STATES OF AMERICA AND

AROUND THE WORLD, WHERE

THERE IS SO MUCH ETHNIC

TENSION, THE ANSWER IS

NONE OTHER THAN JESUS AND

HIS GOSPEL TO FORM JESUS

COMMUNITIES OF DIFFERENT

ETHNICITIES WHO TOGETHER

PUT DOWN THEIR PREFERENCES

AND PICK UP THEIR CROSSES.

I'M PASTOR DERWIN GREY OF

TRANSFORMATION CHURCH,

PEACE.

I'M OUT.

Terry: ACCEPT ONE

ANOTHER.

IT BRINGS TRANSFORMATION.

AND THAT'S THE MESSAGE,

ISN'T IT?

IT IS THE MESSAGE FOR US

ON THE PROGRAM TODAY.

IT IS THE MESSAGE FOR US

IN OUR LIVES.

AS CHRIST ACCEPTED US, WE

ARE TO ACCEPT AND LOVE ONE

ANOTHER.

AND THE COLOR IS RED,

REMEMBER THAT.

Gordon: WELL, QU WANG

IS A BURMESE BOY WHO LOVES

"SUPERBOOK."

MORE THAN ANYTHING, HE

WANTED TO SHARE IT WITH

HIS FRIENDS SO THEY COULD

KNOW JESUS.

PROBLEM: HIS FRIENDS WERE

BUDDHIST.

Reporter: 12-YEAR-OLD

QU WANG LOVES PLAYING

TOPS.

LIKE MOST BURMESE

CHILDREN, HIS FRIENDS WERE

BUDDHIST.

HE WAS A CHRISTIAN.

JESUS IS NUMBER ONE IN

MY LIFE.

I WANT MY FRIENDS TO

BELIEVE IN HIM AND GO TO

HEAVEN.

Reporter: ONE MORNING

IN SUNDAY SCHOOL, HIS

TEACHER ASKED IF ANYONE IN

CLASS WOULD LIKE TO SHARE

"SUPERBOOK" WITH THEIR

FRIENDS.

HE SAID YES AND WENT TO

HE SAID YES AND WENT TO

ASK HIS PARENTS.

MY SON WANTED TO HAVE

AN OUTREACH EVENT AT OUR

HOME.

I AM HAPPY HE LOVES JESUS

SO MUCH AND WANTS HIS

FRIENDS TO KNOW HIM, TOO.

QU WANG QUICKLY PREPARED

THE INVITATIONS TO HIS

PARTY, AND 25 CHILDREN

CAME TO WATCH THE STORY

ABOUT CREATION AND THE

FIRST CHRISTMAS.

AFTERWARDS, EVERYONE

PRAYED TO RECEIVE JESUS AS

THEIR SAVIOR.

INCLUDING CHAN.

I PRAYED TO RECEIVE

JESUS CHRIST AS MY SAVIOR.

Reporter: AND NOW

SOME OF QU WANG'S FRIENDS

ARE COMING TO SUNDAY

SCHOOL WITH HIM TO LEARN

MORE ABOUT JESUS.

I AM VERY HAPPY I WAS

ABLE TO SHARE JESUS WITH

MY FRIENDS THROUGH

"SUPERBOOK."

I WANT THE WHOLE WORLD TO

BELIEVE IN JESUS.

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HERE IS A WORD FOR YOU:

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CHRIST HAS ACCEPTED YOU,

SO THAT GOD WILL BE GIVEN

GLORY."

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