Category: Mercy and Healing

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kingdom clash 2 fighting for france

Kingdom Clash 2: Fighting for France

Until our weakness becomes ground that drinks rain from heaven, it may well invite the reign of hell. Such is the case for persons with gender identity problems who enlist the help of nations in destroying any who open to Jesus in their brokenness.

The French government last week interrogated Claude and Werner, leaders of Living Waters France, and accused them of violating homophobia laws, mandates they insisted would become fiercer in the future. ‘You can do what you want in America, not in France,’ warned one member of the tribunal.

A little history: ten-years-ago, an LGBT+ activist group in Toulouse France caught wind of the Living Waters (Torrents de Vie) group there and began to raise hell, pummeling this national network of healing groups with a host of virtual and media assaults.

Like all Living Waters expressions around the world, Torrents de Vie offers integration for all willing adults through immersion in God’s mercy. Only a fraction come with same-sex attraction. Still, the audacity of claiming that Jesus can heal homosexuality provoked national rage. Torrents de Vie has since faced countless rounds of slander, including a virtual global petition against myself and Torrents de Vie, which resulted in my being barred from the country (now lifted).

The French healers soldiered on like real Christians. Journalists invaded groups and trainings. Last year, a young reporter, pretending to be an LGBT+ seeker, secretly filmed the training and weekly Living Waters group meetings with his iphone, violating the dignity of all persons who poured out their lives to Jesus. He wrote a book—God is Love—and falsely described all the dangerous, coercive conduct he encountered (I mean, really, we sing to Jesus, tell our stories via the teachings, and pray for each other…)

The book was released just before the interrogation and has been the subject of media outlets throughout France intent on maligning Torrents de Vie and any notion that homosexuality can or should be healed.

The French government took this criminal journalist at his word and treated the Torrent de Vie leaders as criminals, accusing them of endangering the well-being of ‘gay’ people. Werner wisely asked the tribunal who had been damaged by Torrents de Vie (just as we asked the Kansas City Council to name the clients who had been subject to ‘therapeutic torture’; there were none to name). The tribunal responded that participants were too beaten down to tell the truth.

So much for journalistic and political integrity. We now live in a day where persons once trained to tell the truth are made heroes for fabricating lies that support their skewed vision. Satan rages through such vessels: eliminating therapeutic and moral choice, enlisting national protection for their injustices, and criminalizing the saints.

Please pray for the saints of Torrents de Vie throughout France who still meet weekly seeking wholeness in Jesus. Pray that their strength and anointing would increase through resistance. Pray that their example might inspire us to stand firmly and boldly in this hour as we refuse to bow to darkened humanity. And please join us tomorrow, Thursday the 14th at 2pm on the steps of City Hall in Kansas City, as we prayerfully await the Council vote at 3pm.

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St. Katherine

All Saint’s Day reminds us of faithful ones who went before us and made a way for our faithfulness. I celebrated this feast of gratitude for saints in heaven with saints on earth, both Catholic and evangelical, at our East Coast Training in Pennsylvania last week.

I was most grateful for an obscure saint but one radiant to me, Katherine Allen. She was catapulted into eternity after a fiery head-on car collision in 2014. To be honest, I hadn’t thought of her much recently. Until that training. 16 persons for whom she had given her life to reveal Jesus gathered with us and their stories moved me deeply. Around the Tidewater area of Virginia, Katherine had been the bridge for each of them to go from death to life: from slogging through pain-filled, divided lives to accepting Jesus’ invitation to bind up every wound and forgive every sin.

Katherine had a beautiful way of insinuating herself into a variety of persons’ lives—men and women, singles and marrieds, gender-benders and military officers, Church of God and Catholic. Through cheerful, attentive friendship, she mirrored back to each one the truth of how Jesus wanted access to the hidden (this is a very religious area) messes in each one’s life. Trust gained, she would then say something like: ‘Hey, I’m joining with a group of likeminded people seeking Jesus tomorrow night…Wanna come? I’ll pick you up.’

Each one then began the 20-week Living Waters series which Katherine ran like a champ. The groups swelled in size and soon she was running 3 or 4 programs a year, often simultaneously and in different churches throughout the area. Waters of healing rose in temples across town, and the faithful found a safe, dynamic place for becoming integrated human beings. She knew how to spot and cultivate lay leaders to tend this burgeoning work, and these ones—Shelly and Georgie and Joel and Tom and Terri and Bonnie (all present last week) and more became national-level leaders.

A fruitful life. Little did I know what Katherine possessed in her (gifting and character) and on her (Jesus’ anointing). We met in the early eighties when I was president of Exodus. She worked as a student advisor at a Christian college and was concerned about the growing number of persons ‘coming out’; not a struggler herself, she firmly believed St. Paul’s words: ‘We comfort others IN ANY affliction with the comfort we have received from the Lord’ (2 Cor. 1:4). She saw wounded seekers, not deviants, through the healing lens of Jesus. She was among the first leaders trained to run Living Waters and she never looked back.

Seasons change. Growing older, she handed off what had become a full-time effort and her replacement failed. Marvelous Tom and Teri Wright took over Living Waters regional leadership and faithfully ran our groups, but the culture had changed and momentum slowed. Then Katherine was killed: this punctuated poignantly what seemed like the end of a fruitful era.

I know better now. Maybe the seed must die in order to release many more. A healing army is arising in Tidewater again, a mystery for which leader Tom Wright has no answers. ‘It is just God’s timing; we had been held back and now the Spirit is mobilizing afresh those on whom Katherine laid hands’–each one intent on laying hands on others to release a fresh wave of ‘living water’ in Virginia.

Saints like Katherine—interceding now before the Lamb–are gifts that keep on giving.

‘He who goes out weeping, carrying seeds to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him’ (Ps. 126:6).

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kc teen therapy ban vote rescheduled

Rally with us for Rescheduled KC Hearing

KC rescheduled both the hearing and vote on the teen therapy ban for next Wednesday the 6th (hearing) and Thursday the 7th (vote).

This gives us more time to:

Mobilize a first-rate legal team and other heavy hitters in KC.

Gather evidence on the flimsy ‘scientific’ data of ‘harm’ imposed by therapies that respect a teen’s goal to overcome SSA or gender dysphoria.

Summon more of you to rally in prayer and presence at KC City Hall at 930am Wed the 6th. Bigger numbers means pushback to the Council who think this is ‘in the bag.’

Engage face-to-face with Council members with the good news of our changed lives.

Rally the whole DSM team, half of whom are currently working hard in PA at LW Training.

Seek God’s face to make us credible expressions of His justice, composed witnesses of mercy and truth.

Ongoing updates are available on the DSM Facebook page.

Hope to see you next Wednesday.

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Disappearing Kansas City Counseling Ban

Disappearing?

I met Carol a year or so ago at a coffee joint; she possessed a cool style and looked at me with piercing, indigo blue eyes. She was also gradually concealing her womanhood in an attempt to ‘transition.’ I felt intuitively her years of torment and sought to reinforce kindly the beauty I beheld in her.

As weeks went on, she disappeared behind men’s clothes and facial hair. I saw her last week as ‘Kevin’. My mind went blank and I looked haplessly in those eyes. Her voice squeaked a greeting as if she (approx. 30-years-old) was going through puberty.

I am seeking God and wise counsel as to how to best care for her in the little ways and moments we interact. I pray for her family who may well have agreed confusedly with Carol’s way of resolving her gender-identity conflict. The logic? ‘Better for Carol to disappear than for Carol to kill herself.’ I agree. I rejoice in her life and respect her right to choose how to resolve a longstanding gender conflict.

Her ‘cure’ is costly: on her own body (toxic hormones and invasive surgeries) and social network (disassembling old bonds, seeking tenuous new ones). Was she given a choice to explore the option of becoming reconciled to her biological self?

Kansas City’s Mayor and Council will vote this Thursday to deny her or anyone that choice. My city has initiated a push to ban ‘conversion therapy’—code word for any minor in conflict who seeks help to make peace with one’s birth gender. The bill highlights ‘Gender Pathways’, a local treatment center that offers every freedom to dysphoric youth except resolving the psychological reasons as to why one is rejecting his or her birthright.

The powers-that-be have tried to hide their counseling ban agenda from public view. They announced the bill and their near slam-dunk victory only after protest from us and others. It seems they know what they want, and they are going after it. We have become an inconvenient truth for Kansas City. They want us to disappear. No way.

We cannot disappear. We must tell the truth of how faith and sound process enabled us to overcome homosexual and transgender identities. We will make known our stories at City Hall this Wednesday. Come pray beforehand with us at 930am on the city steps or just join us at 1030am in the Council chambers. (Will keep you posted if this changes as it often does in politics.) Pray for us!

Pray that we might convey reasonably and lovingly an alternate path to healing. Pray also that we would line up good legal counsel to fight the city in case the ban passes. (The Council could vote as early as the 31st.) This is not a good time for Kansas City to make such a ban, as recent rulings in Tampa, Fla. (Vazzo v. Tampa) and New York City (Schwartz v. City of New York) have demonstrated.

A strange power has darkened the understanding of well-meaning big shots. We must break that power by telling persons the whole truth. Give each person a choice–but give them one to make! Kids grow up fast these days and don’t need condescension; they need choice. Kansas City wants to take away that choice. We won’t let them. Rather than disappear, we will shine through the confusion.

‘We have renounced secret and shameful ways. We do not use deception, nor do we distort the Word of God. Rather, by speaking the truth plainly, we commend ourselves to every person’s conscience in the sight of God’ (2 Cor. 4:2).

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open letter to mayor quinton lucas of kansas city teen conversion therapy ban

Open Letter to Mayor Quinton Lucas of Kansas City

Bless and thank you for your good service of our city. I voted for you because I respect your story. Please hear mine and many whom I represent.

I know you are leading the City Council to vote on a citywide measure that would ban any counseling for minors who are seeking to overcome same-sex attraction and/or to be reconciled to their birth gender. You are following the example of nearby Columbia MO; its City Council instituted a ban last Monday on what was framed without opposition as coercive and dangerous efforts to change people.

Mayor Lucas, no-one advocates for manipulative charlatans who harm young people by engaging them against their will and employ techniques that guilt or shock the ‘gay away.’ These abusers should lose their licenses. Period.

We are simply asking that in sexual matters–this profound and turbulent area of young lives—teens be given a range of clinical options as to how they choose to identify and relate to others.

As a ‘gay’-identified teenager in Los Angeles, I was told ‘once gay always gay.’ It was fun until it wasn’t. I became a Christian and began to realize that I had options beyond homosexuality. Part of this was based on my faith decision. Another part involved facing real psychological issues in order to build non-sexual male friendships and to love women honorably. I was vulnerable, not to bad therapists, but to finding any therapist who would help me achieve my goals. I did find one, and that reinforced my commitment to marrying a fine woman.

The clinical community (in schools, hospitals, social services, and private practices) now insists that teens with same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria have only one course of action—embrace the ‘gay’ self or ‘transition’ into the other gender. I determined for myself that transitory feelings would not be my destiny. Yet the clinical world insists otherwise. Teens are now given one option.

Your expressed goal, Mayor Lucas, is to make Kansas City ‘a place that is welcoming to anybody.’ Why then are you insisting on a bill that forbids teens from exploring life beyond homosexuality and gender reassignment? Don’t invoke diversity when you are legalizing only one way for teens to resolve their sexuality.
Please give youth the dignity of choice by dropping this counseling ban.

Readers, FYI: The Kansas City Council may vote on this ban as early as Thursday the 24th. Please pray that we are given an opportunity to express our stories and our respectful difference with Mayor Lucas personally before a vote is taken. For any Kansas City-area resident, I urge you to call his office at 816-513-3500 and convey your desire that this ban be dropped.

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