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Christie: "Homosexuality is not a sin;" Bans therapy

Governor of New Jersey at a town hall in Hills...

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TRENTON – Reiterating his belief that homosexuality is ‘not a sin,’ the Republican governor of New Jersey signed a bill into law on Monday that bans the use of conversion or reparative therapy, or to otherwise help youth who are struggling with homosexual feelings to overcome their temptations.

Governor Chris Christie’s office released a statement during the day outlining that Assembly Bill 3371 had been signed into law following its passage in both state houses in June.

Text of the bill notes that the law bans “the practice of seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behaviors, gender identity, or gender expressions, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward a person of the same gender.” However, the regulation does not apply to counseling that seeks to affirm homosexual emotions or behaviors.

“[This bill] shall not include counseling for a person seeking to transition from one gender to another, or counseling that  provides acceptance, support, and understanding of a person or facilitates a person’s coping, social support, and identity exploration and development, including sexual orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices; and does not seek to change sexual orientation,” it explains.

In signing the bill, Christie attached a personal statement explaining that while he wants to protect the interests of parents whose children struggle with homosexuality, he believes that efforts to help youth fight their inclinations can be harmful.

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12 Responses to “Christie: "Homosexuality is not a sin;" Bans therapy”

  1. Marie #

    We must remind ourselves that politics here in America, whether Republican or Democrat, are mere images of the heart of man. I was once blinded to the belief system that Republicans were more "godly" than Democrats, and can only thank and Praise God, the Holy Spirit, for delivering me out of this bondage several years ago. One of the "signs" of the fallenness of the Republican party for me personally, was when I watched with my own eyes, and heard with my own ears, President Bush state in an interview with Cynthia McFadden on a morning show this "I believe muslims and Christians worship the same god." Ironically, I was visiting Washington D.C. at the time viewing the hedonistic sites of our nation's capital, a mere idol to man's vain glory.

    I had a woman in church tell me…"George Bush is a Christian, he attends church and goes to Bible study regularly" and viewed his statement to the Ameican people as "living in ignorance." One can only wonder, having such a prominant position in politics and knowing important people "of the faith" that would not someone speak the truth to him in love…..that no, Mr. President, muslims and Christians do not worship the same God of our Holy Scriptures. And another church goer defended this man by stating that our president had to say this to "protect" the American people…..however, I have searched the Scriptures and it states clearly that if we deny Jesus, He will deny us. Period. There are no stipulations attached to this command.

    My eyes were opened that day in Washington, D.C., and have been so very thankful to not put my hope and trust in man/political system any longer.

    We must remember that Jesus Christ and His Disciples and Apostles knew the political system of their day and did not participate in the "work" of man's government. They lived under a tyrancal system, sharing the glorious Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ, for His Kingdom is NOT of this world. So what are we doing as born again believers…..trusting in government or sharing and living the Gospel?

    Will politics save…..republican or democrat…..or will Jesus Christ save? You already know the answer.

    September 1, 2013 at 5:24 PM
  2. Arlene #

    People like Gov. Christie is so biblically illiterate.. It is so sad that the Republican Heirarchy wants to run him for president. God forbid!. I was a member of the Reoublican party which is so skewed and going so far to the left. I am appalled.
    Homosexuality was wrong and "abherrant in the" DSM of the Psychiatric Manual of years ago..
    Today it is accepted.as normal. Just read Romans 1 and read God's Manual of Truth and if you don't it is to your own demise and condemnation. It is your CHOICE..
    God sends no one to hell. You send yourself, by not Trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. He died for all our sins and paid the price.. we can never pay! It is a free gift . Accept it, REceive it. Invite Him into your life, Repent of your sins,( we are all Sinners) and believe He rose from the dead and He is Alive today… Now.is the day of Salvation..
    He is coming back soon. No one knows exactly when but the signs are already in place here and now. Are you ready????
    You are ONE heartbeat from ETERNITY. It will be either Heaven with Jesus Christ or Hell separated for all eternity with Satan and his demons in everlasting fire..
    read Revelation 19 and 20.

    September 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM
  3. Marie #

    As most of Americans look to politics and the dominionist arm of religion to "save our nation," we must remember that our nation was fallen from the beginning and wraught with sin. To romanticize and fanticize that it was "founded" upon Christ and has followed Him to the letter is nonsense.

    We must remind ourselves that our work as Christ believers and followers of Him is to not save a nation as this is impossible given the state of man's heart…..each one is a sinner. We must continue to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all who will listen and allow God, the Holy Spirit to do His Will.

    Only Jesus Christ saves….man is incapable of saving himself…..or a nation. Please join all of those who are called to humble ourselves and pray for these homosexuals and all of the sexual immoral….they number in the thousands, if not miillions.

    Only God has the power to change hearts. The Glory belongs to Him alone.

    August 28, 2013 at 8:06 AM
  4. heidi #

    how can anyone in there right mind think that a man placing his privates in someones anus, which of course is only meant to eliminate the smelly waste from our body, is not a sin. It is absolutely unnatural, shameful, and disgusting, and anyone who enjoys such a thing is bound by satan. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1).

    August 27, 2013 at 3:36 AM
  5. SDRforChrist #

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10
    King James Version (KJV)

    9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

    10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    effeminate – (of a man or boy) having traits, tastes, habits, etc., traditionally considered feminine, as softness or delicacy.

    August 26, 2013 at 7:23 AM
  6. Marie #

    I also want to give thanks, praise, and all Glory and Honor to our LORD Jesus Christ for literally delivering me out of the system of politics as I used to be a member of the Republican party here in America. After receiving the most hateful emails from my former fellow church memberss concerning the President and the Democratic party, I began to become more discerning with the help of God, the Holy Spirit. These emails lifted the Repbulican party up to the "high places" as if it were a god, and delineated the Democratic party down to the depths of Sheol.

    Being against homosexuality and abortion are not the only issues that make one a true follower of Jesus Christ. If I may be so bold as to say, the sinful state of man is equally distributed amongst all of the political parties here in the U.S., and no one party is more holy than the other…..please observes the lifestyles and listen to the words that come out of their mouths and you will begin to understand the nature of the political system.

    There have been so called conservative Republican Presidents that have been a part of occult systems and have promoted the "new world order" and we have ignored their words. We ignore the gross sin in the lives of conservative Republicans while calling out the "sin" of Democrats which has made all of us hypocrites.

    I used to be a faithful follower of Mr. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, and Praise the LORD, I no longer am addicted to their radio shows….I have been set free to now follow Christ. It grieves me now, looking back that I actually believed in the "morality" of these men, one, with his multiple marriages, and the other wanting to have a "beer" with everyone, let alone the rotten speech that comes out of the mouths….maybe a good soap washing is in order.

    For you see, I was literally "idolizing" the Republican party and putting my faith, hope, and trust in the systems/institutions of man and that is called "sin". "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me," saith Yahweh. So while the political system plays its games using the Hegalian/dialectic process, I want to challenge true followers of Jesus Christ to come out of this system and do what we are supposed to be doing….sharing the life saving, Glorious Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ….for after all, we are called to "not love the world or anything of this world" and having total peace that our true citizenship lies in heaven with Jesus Christ, not here in the land of sin….America.

    August 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM
  7. Marie #

    What happens when we put our faith, hope, and trust in man and the systems of man rather than the Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ? Are true born again Christians here to legislate laws using governments to regulate morality?

    Is it not our passion to share the Gospel with the lost and allow God, the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts and minds of men calling them to repentance and salvation only through Jesus Christ.

    And if I may make an observation concerning our culture here in America…..it seems the more we legislate morality…..the more immoral America becomes.

    I believe God, our Father, is calling out a people from the harlot church system which mirrors our ungodly culture.

    August 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM
  8. AC #

    Ok so … if they ban this sort of counseling..or therapy…

    on the grounds that being gay is "inborn" and a person is born that way…

    shouldn't they at least be fair and ban all sex change operations? If you are born
    a man, you stay a man.. and so forth…

    I'd actually never even heard of this, and am shocked that it was necessary to ban it Certainly there are people who desire this counseling, but now, can not receive it. Why not? Who is Gov. Christie to have the right to deny them treatment in this area?

    August 21, 2013 at 8:43 AM
  9. Tom #

    I mean, that the Repub. party even allows people like this guy to be one of their most
    outspoken and high profile leaders ought to tell even the young and the naïve just how far out in left field (and how deep in the mud) they have wallowed. We need to
    speak up and let them know THE TRUTH. And find candidates who are not part of
    somebody's agenda. God has blessed America…can we bless Him? Share the Gospel with everyone while we still can, friends. And vote TEA PARTY 2016!

    August 20, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  10. Ima Believer #

    Isaiah 5:20
    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

    August 20, 2013 at 8:03 AM
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    August 20, 2013 at 3:28 AM