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Audacity

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 12:05 AM

So I just watched "Audacity". To make it short: I will not join the ranks of those who praise this movie on "homosexuality". It's just bad. If you think this is what it takes to reach out to people with same-sex attractions, you are very wrong. First, it focuses completely on the spiritual side of the issue. So, let's begin with that. The guy behind it follows a very annoying formof street-evangelism that reminds me of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Aside some serious theological errors he seems to believe in (like regarding salvation), you do not win over or even help people by winning a Bible verse competition by throwing set patterns at them much like the JWs do. Even if you "got them around" for now, they will be faced with serious problems soon afterwards - and most likely feel worse than ever before, because now they have guilt as an additional area to struggle with. Guilt of not being able to "make it". Human sexuality is influenced by many different factors, and so are same-sex attractions. Spirituality is just one of many causes that have somehow to do with the development of same-sex attractions (I deliberately do not use the word "homosexuality", as there is not such thing. There are people with same-sex attractions - for whatever reason - but no homosexuals. Anyway - there are unmet needs these people have, maybe hurts in their lives, and much more. None of those legitimate needs, problems and hurts will be met or even addressed just by throwing a Bible verse at them. To think that giving them flyers or tracts and winning them over like that is something we should all do, is an approach that I reject with all of my heart. This reminds me of those terrible "Chick-Tracts". So for all those who really have questions - go to a serious ministry and ask for help there. Whatever you do, please do not believe that the approach displayed in "Audacity" is in any way helpful. It will likely cause more hurt and damage and thus miss its great goal: winning souls over for Christ. Yes, I believe the authors had the best intentions, but as the saying goes: The opposite of "good" is "well intentioned".

Munich, June 28th 2015

Robert Gollwitzer

Homosexuals Anonymous