A 34-year-old man looking for answers and deliverance from homosexuality spoke to Pastor Patrick Makumbi during a live radio show on Wednesday morning.
Gilbert, as he identified himself, openly told listeners to Christian station, Spirit 96.6 FM that he has been praying and fasting to overcome same-sex attraction since 2008, but it was still in vain.
“Am I a man or boy?,” he asked Pr Makumbi, who during the show (Wake Up Call) hosted by King Wesley and Dr Natal sought to address among others questions; should a Christian couple be forced to marry if they have a child before marriage.
Pr Makumbi said a couple should only marry because they are sure they want to spend the rest of their lives together.
“You have to mature; be a man and not a boy,” he said, noting that age is not necessarily a sign of maturity. He spoke against men proposing to women they are not prepared – or fit – to marry, let alone take full care of in case it so happens that they marry. It was during this debate on ‘Men’ and Boys’ that Gilbert called the station.
Gilbert told Pr Makumbi he was greatly blessed by his ministry and teachings which he has followed over the last 7 years. He wondered if there was a way he could overcome his life-long struggle with same-sex attraction. He said he tried to resist, but it seems inevitable that he will eventually act on these feelings.
“I know people don’t talk about this in public – and it is strongly condemned in the African culture but i think I’m having same sex attractions. I’m in my age of settling down (marriage). I’m one of those guys people call ‘hunks’ – brown, tall with six packs, ladies approach me but I have little interest in them,” He said. ” I know that homosexuality is sin.”
In response, Pr Makumbi urged Gilbert to speak to a man of God he is free to open up to and prayer of deliverance. “Anything is possible with God. If God can heal all sort of disease, your deliverance is possible,” he stated in part.
Dr Natal told Gilbert acknowledging that he has the problem is the first step to his deliverance. “Gilbert Knows that he has the problem,” she said.
Although this is a subject greatly ignored in Churches, the temptation towards homosexuality – like any other flesh desire – is real among many Christians. Although we understand that feelings are difficult, if not impossible, to control – God offers healing and can lead one out of the struggle/habit – no matter how drifted one might be.
One’s identity is given and unchangeable: according to the Bible, you are a person, male or female, created in the image of God and engagement in sex should be within the arrangement of marriage between a male and a female. (Genesis 1:
While the Bible disapproves of homosexual acts, it does not condone hatred of homosexuals or homophobia. Instead, Christians are directed to “respect everyone.”
It’s also important to understand that feelings of same-sex attraction don’t have to disappear before you can make reasonable choices in response to those feelings. Many people in such positions find that as they embrace a bible-led approach to life, they begin to grow in terms of their value in Christ. Through God’s strength and the leading of the Holy Spirit, one can break free.