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Articles by Wayne Blakely
Considering Christianity and LGBT+ Activism
My name is Wayne Blakely… Director of Know His Love Ministries.
The world is made up of many different kinds of people and cultures.
America prides itself in being the land of freedom. Freedom of speech and religious freedom.
Today… militant activists are threatening these long-established freedoms.
Living According to Someone Else’s Word?
For many years the doors of the church seemed buckled down when it came to “homosexuality” and “same-sex attraction.” That kind was whispered about. Disgusting. I’ve even heard from some who said they were locked out of the church.
Dilemmas of a Homosexual
Before my eyes ever saw this world, a very determined mother proclaimed during her entire pregnancy, that she would not have a boy. My arrival was her bitter disappointment. After being abused for eighteen months, I was adopted into a conservative Adventist home. As I grew, so did my new parent’s concern.
This article is the unedited version of what was prepared for The Adventist Review April 15, 2010 issue.
Growing up on the Word of God, left very little question as to what constitutes sin. It seemed pretty clear cut until I was nearing adulthood and began to have questions. I set out on explorations of my own. Largely, I could only confirm that what I had been taught from parents, Adventist schooling and regular attendance in Adventist churches, is true.
A Question of Identity
Wayne, your journey has led you to proclaim a different message than what we often hear from popular culture. Why is that?
For years, feelings were my truth, including intense feelings for the same sex. So I lived according to those feelings for nearly 40 years.
About Wayne Blakely
After nearly forty years of living openly as a gay man, Jesus convicted me that I had lived for self instead of for Him. Today I seek to do His will instead of my own.
I write and speak about what God has done in my life and what He promises to do for all who choose to believe in Him and His all-consuming power.
What People Are Saying About Know His Love Ministries
“Transformation, not accommodation, is Wayne’s message for these times. I fully endorse Wayne’s ministry and encourage my fellow pastors to give Wayne an opportunity to bless their congregations with his powerful testimony.“
In an age when self-indulgence is celebrated and defended through political correctness, Wayne Blakely lives and speaks a message of self-denial that leads every audience to the foot of the cross, and to new life in Christ. I have personally been touched by the testimony of this man who left the homosexual lifestyle to pursue a biblical lifestyle of sexual purity. Wayne makes no claims of sudden heterosexuality resulting from his baptism, and doesn’t deny the reality of temptation. But his commitment to holiness and to being a “new creation” in Christ, makes his a relevant and timely gospel message for everyone—not just the homosexual. Transformation, not accommodation, is Wayne’s message for these times. I fully endorse Wayne’s ministry and encourage my fellow pastors to give Wayne an opportunity to bless their congregations with his powerful testimony.
I am happy to recommend Wayne Blakely and his ministry without any hesitation. Wayne is a faithful Seventh-day Adventist Christian, active in his local congregation and with a growing outreach which keeps him busy working for the Lord.
After nearly 40 years living openly as a gay man, Wayne became convicted that he had been self-centered instead of Christ-centered. Through a deep and ongoing encounter with Jesus, his life and his focus have been transformed. Wayne has now founded “Know His Love Ministries.” Rather than urging gay people to become heterosexual he encourages them, indeed all of us, to live a Christ-centered life.
In the past six months, I have had the opportunity to attend two separate presentations given by Wayne Blakely. My impressions are as follows.
First, I very much appreciated Wayne’s humility. He is not on a band wagon, not an activist, and not in your face whatsoever. On the contrary, Wayne simply shares his own journey out of the homosexual lifestyle because of his life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ experienced through Scripture, as well as healthy friendships offered him by his SDA church family. Wayne does not claim to know it all and freely admits if he does not have an answer. He is willing to listen and learn as he shares what God has done in his life, and he remains patient, self-possessed, courteous and thoughtful when responding to questions or comments.
Second, Wayne’s integrity and transparency is genuine and refreshing. By tactfully revealing his own struggles and how God empowered him to transition from a homosexual identity to an identity of being in Christ, I was left feeling reassured that God really can transform all of us, gays included, who are willing to bask in God’s love and grace and follow where He leads.
Third, his understanding of the gay worldview is remarkably insightful. As a pastor I have found that people in the pews and in the community are confused about homosexuality, given the inundation of misinformation from the media. Having come out of this lifestyle himself has given Wayne exceptional awareness of the issues with real-life credibility. This is why his talks are so needed, helpful and timely.
Most important, Wayne helps Christians understand how to relate with gays without fear, how to engage them in conversations when they are ready, and how to share truths in a loving, inviting way. He certainly helped me think through the various gay issues from a solidly Bible-based, God-honoring SDA perspective. And given the soon-to-be-released documentary entitled, “Seventh-Gay Adventist”, I feel prepared to deal tactfully and truthfully with the confusing misinformation presented in the film.
Bottom line? It is my firm conviction that SDA churches need to invite Wayne to help educate SDAs on how to love and reach people in the gay lifestyle. He is clear, credible and trustworthy, and what he shares grabs the heart and mind, showing the best ways to reach and win their hearts for Christ.
If you have any questions or concerns about Wayne’s ministry, I would be happy to dialogue with you.
Peace and courage be yours from Christ Jesus our Lord,
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