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December 27, 2012

Redeemed Lives Fights for Right to Self-Determine Therapy Options

Redeemed Lives is a ministry to those suffering from sexual brokeness is run by the Rev. Mario Bergner.  In a recent newsletter, he wrote:

For those of you who have read our two most recent Redeemed Lives newsetters, you will recall that I have addressed in detail the growing influence of Andrew Marin on evangelical and charismatic churches, particularlly some of the congregations in the Vineyard Christian Fellowship (VCF).  Currently, the trend in some VCF churches is to categorize LGBT issues as ‘disputable matters’ with reference to such in Romans 14.  In the last six weeks I know of three VCF churches where this gross error (heresy?) has been preached.  Heresy is cruel as it keeps human beings in our miserable sinful condition all the while assuring us that we are right with God.  It robs us of our inherent dignity as a valued singular person made according to the Image of God. 

Funding for ministries that offer assistance to those seeking help from unwanted same sex attraction is becoming ever more difficult due to cultural pressures.  If you have not already dedicated your year end giving, would you prayerfully consider Redeemed Lives?

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Fr. Berger preached at our parish last year and it was moving to hear him describe his fight against same-sex attraction and the grace the Lord has given him to enable him to successfully overcome such sinful desires.  The homosexualist movement of course hates him as one who bears witness to the lie that one cannot escape homosexual tendencies

[1] Posted by evan miller on 1-2-2013 at 02:05 PM · [top]

I heard Rev. Berger at Mere Anglicanism a couple of years ago. What a speaker and what a message. Yes, I was very moved by his story. Of course, homosexuals hate him because he is living proof of what they deny- one can deal with SSA.

[2] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 1-3-2013 at 09:49 AM · [top]

OOPS. Sorry that should be Rev. Bergner.

[3] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 1-3-2013 at 09:50 AM · [top]

When DGA held the obligatory dialogues on homosexuality, the rules were you could not cite scripture or hear from anyone who had come out of the gay lifestyle. So much for a dialogue.

[4] Posted by Pb on 1-3-2013 at 11:19 AM · [top]

OUCH! That does cut off the dialogue. Guess it should have been called a monologue.  Which only adds another bit of proof that the Episcopagan left does not want dialogue- far from it. They want to dictate the monologue which last time I checked was not the same thing as a true dialogue.

[5] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 1-3-2013 at 03:00 PM · [top]

I found my interest piqued by the mention of Andrew Marin.  I met him some years back at one of those traveling evangelically oriented youth ministry conferences that came through.  My impression of him at the time was that he was solid on theology, but trying to show a more gentle loving Christian face to the homosexual community, which I thought was a good thing.  But I did notice at the time that his publications and materials were all exceedingly vague about anything.

But then I read up on what Bergner says about him here and I did some quick searching on my own.  I was rather interested to read the following written about him from homosexual activist:

His group claims to be a “bridge” between Christians and gays but in fact he refuses to say homosexuality is not a sin and tells gays and Christians both whatever they want to hear while he tries to promote himself. (emphasis added)

This is really too bad.  Marin gains nothing by being either deceptive or intentionally vague.  Organizations which build bridges must found these bridges on respect, honesty and truth - not deception and vagueness.

It is one thing for Christians to reach out to gays by saying first we present the Gospel and introduce them to Christ, and then later on, we begin working on what being a disciple of Christ actually means.  But it seems like Marin has found little traction with the homosexual activist community, and now seems to be more of a Useful Idiot sowing accommodationist heresy in weak-minded charismatic-evangelical churches.

[6] Posted by jamesw on 1-3-2013 at 03:25 PM · [top]

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