Christian Leader Looking For Homosexuality Cure Finds What He Least Expects
John Smidd is the former leader of an American group who claimed they found the cure for young homosexuals. He’s now getting married, the catch?
He’s marrying a man.
Mr Smidd was the executive director of the ‘Love in Action’ group from 1990 to 2008. Since leaving, he has been openly gay for several years. He now says that he tried to repress his sexuality, but has since come to the conclusion that it will not change. So, its seems, there may not be a ‘cure’ after all.
Love in Action, now known as ‘Restoration Path’ after vigorous protests against them, describe Homosexuals as ‘trapped in sexual and relational sin’ and claim that they strive to’encourage people to posture themselves to receive God’s healing in their deep areas of emotional wounding’. To top it off, they finish with: ‘In the safety and strength of God’s love men and women of all ages have found the courage to step out of destructive and life-dominating patterns of sexual and relational sin.’. See their full Mission Statement here.
The former Executive Director of this ‘Christian Discipleship Ministry’ has since come out to say: “I’ve believed in faith that something was going to happen, and it never did, and so at my age, right now in my life, I don’t have that many good years left in me, and I can’t live like this for the rest of my life, so I said no I’m not willing to keep pushing after something that’s not going to happen,”
Announcing the wedding on Facebook, Smidd told the world: “I gradually got to know [McQueen] over time until we reached a place in our lives that we saw we wanted to get to know one another through a dating relationship.
“As we dated we shared our vision for life, our personal philosophies, and our faith values. We found a compatibility that was comfortable and exciting.”
“I realized this week that my relationship with Larry is a mirror I see in every day. For most of my life, the mirror I saw reflected my mistakes, shortcomings, and failures,” he said.
“The reflection I see today with Larry shows me the positive things in my life, my strengths, gifts, and talents. I see how I can succeed at a mutual intimate and loving relationship. For this, I am truly grateful.”
And that, is what you call a happy ending.