Here are three video stories of Hope from the First Stone Ministries‘ staff. The first one is from Laura Leigh Stanlake who was interviewed for Dennis Jernigan’s Sing Over Me documentary. They did not use it in the documentary, but released Laura’s story as a bonus feature. The second video here is also Laura Leigh giving her testimony at the 2013 National Restored Hope Network Conference in Oklahoma City. Laura Leigh is the Director of Women’s Ministries at First Stone Ministries in Oklahoma City.
The third video is from me, Stephen Black sharing briefly for the new PFOX video testimonies project on their new web site. There is freedom from homosexuality for those who really desire. Yes, a changed life happens through the transformational work of the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. There are many who have left homosexuality behind for good. I am so grateful for this changed life!
There are many more stories of people who have come out of homosexuality:
–Note: Stephen Black, Executive Director of First Stone Ministries, attended the Oklahoma City Gay Pride Celebration June 26, 2011 raising a few eyebrows and provoking a few questions.
This is Stephen’s report.
“Why on Earth would you be out at the gay pride celebration Stephen? You have no business being at a gay pride parade!” At first, it may seem reasonable to rebuke a minister of the Gospel and the director of an “ex-gay” ministry for attending a gay pride event. As an ex-gay myself, it sounds reasonable even to me that I had “no business being at a gay pride parade.” After all, I am Biblically charged to resist even the appearance of evil. The thought was that I might myself be tempted or, at the least, that my appearance there might lead some to believe I have compromised my personal and biblical beliefs, thus compromising the work of ministry and diminishing the effectiveness of those ministering alongside me at First Stone. I assure anyone who questions my presence there that I was under authority, surrounded by powerful accountability and had the necessary boundaries in place to keep me safe enough. Through preparation and prayer, we embraced this opportunity to serve people with the love of God, and plant seeds of truth to make a difference in the eternal kingdom of God.
Why was I there?
Those who know me well know that I didn’t want to be at a gay pride celebration. I grieve when I see the craziness in all its fractured variety. . . to put it mildly. Jeremiah Herrian of Forgotten Ministries and Jeff Jackson, 40th Street Baptist Church’s interim pastor, asked me to join them in an outreach ministry. God had placed in and on their hearts to make a difference for the Gospel’s sake by being kind to the pride participants by providing free food and water, contrasting the unkindness the local church often demonstrates towards people who declare themselves gay. 40th Street Baptist Church committed itself to overcome evil by doing good. By making themselves available to pray and witness to people, church members believed the Lord would open doors. Being present to see the Lord work truly blessed and challenged me. My heart needed to know and experience HIS love in a much deeper and profound way for the lost, and I was sincerely overwhelmed by the love of God, yes, at a Gay Pride Parade.
How did the blessings unfold?
Jeff and Jeremiah’s plan was to be present at the celebration and parade, and to give out barbequed hotdogs and ice cold water along with all the fixin’s, chips, candy, watermelon and cantaloupe. Jeff asked First Stone staff and volunteers to come on Sunday morning to talk about the do’s and don’ts of ministering; and to share from our experience what truly is effective. It was a wonderful opportunity to teach “Homosexuality 101” and present to people the love of God. Forgotten Ministries’ bus includes a pop-out stage and sound system. Jeremiah brought a huge grill and we began cooking. We set up tents, and Jeff’s volunteers graciously provided food and water to anyone who wanted it. A colorful tract attached to the bottles of water expressed the genuine love of God for all people. We went from tent to tent, tail-gate to tail-gate to invite people to receive free food and water. “What’s the catch?” several asked us. Our response? “No catch, we just a want you to know God loves you.” NW 39th St. was lined with thousands of people stretching over a mile long. By being courageous enough to answer God’s call, the 15 workers in our outreach tent were able to talk to hundreds of people.
God Even Uses the God Hates Fags spirit.
The gay pride event attracted thousands, including the “God Hates Fags” (GHF) people. While these demonstrators were not from Westboro — the original GHF people – they were very close in spirit and boldness, quickly turning their presence at the event into a circus show. “Disgusting sinners! Sodomites! You are corrupting the Earth, destroying families and you are all going to hell unless you repent,” screamed the GHF preacher through his megaphone, surrounded by GHF members carrying signs condemning the gay community. “God’s wrath is upon you!” He screamed repeatedly, proclaiming the law of God in a seemingly endless rant that merely infuriated the crowd. The police stood by in concerned amusement. Whatever message the GHF may have thought they were communicating was ineffective, as the gay community heard nothing but hateful judgment, something all-too-familiar to them. Grieved to the point of feeling ill – and not because of the 100 degree heat — I was also convicted at my own internal judgments at the brokenness I witnessed all around me. In a tent next to ours, a leather-clad transsexual with whips and chains was beating another lesbian friend for “fun.” All around me I could see and hear the damaged ones “celebrating” their pride. It was a very bizarre scene, and I found myself dealing with my own judgment. The sin of the people was obvious, to be sure, but it caused me less pain than to see the Church as represented by the rants of the GHF preacher and the condescending judgment of the four other quiet, yet very conspicuous sign-holding condemning Pentecostals with the Leviticus 18:22 signs, reading “ABOMINATION!” My Pentecostal brethren were very conservative in their white shirts, ties and long jean skirts, contrasted in the unbearable heat by the flamboyant and scantily-dressed partiers, melding together into a very bizarre picture. The display of self-righteousness was over the top. Unable to contain myself as the heart-break of the Lord consumed me, I confronted the GHF Preacher, only to find his resolve strong and his ears deaf. First Stone Intern Chris Johnson, quietly weeping and praying, offered the GHF preacher a bottle of water, as I turned my attention to the squad of four with their signs of condemnation, including an older gentleman who was pastor of a local church. I spoke to him about how to effectively reach out to the lost, but my bottom line question was this: “Can we reach a condemned people by standing in self-righteous judgment holding signs condemning them even more?”
He hesitated and I sensed that the question seemed to make sense to him. I gave him my card and told him if he really wanted to make a difference by ministering to the gay community he could contact me and we would talk. The GHF preacher, on the other hand, would hear nothing. I could only pray that his eyes would be opened and his self-righteous hatred would be minimized.
As we continued to minister from our tent, a lady stopped and asked, “Are you all like those Christians?” Because if you are, I don’t want anything from you! My father committed suicide last year because of people like these hateful, so called Christians!” The pain in her words pierced me and I was struck with more broken-heartedness. I told the woman who we are and what we were about. I apologized for the Church. I cried and told her how sorry I was for her loss. She let me pray with her and I hugged her. She told me that we restored some hope in her life, that maybe there are real Christians. Even in this quiet moment of ministry, I was overwhelmed by the GHF preacher’s continued ranting. Predictably, the lesbians and gays mocked him, mooned him and returned his screams. At this point, the Spirit of God came upon me! Positioning myself in the middle of the street, I started screaming at the entire block, pleading for everyone’s attention. For just a second it was almost silent. Even the GHF preaching stopped, and I took advantage of the pause to proclaim at the top of my lungs: “We are real Christians and we are NOT like this!” “God loves you! GOD LOVES YOU!” I screamed at the top of my lungs as I began to cry. “JESUS DIED FOR YOU! AND WE LOVE YOU TOO! We are here to give you FREE food and ice cold water just because we love you and God loves you!” Yes . . . they heard me. The crowd erupted in to screams of gratefulness and applause! By the end of the day, we had given out 800 hotdogs and hundreds of bottles of water. Was our effort to show God’s love effective? Yes, it was, as demonstrated by the response of a small group of lesbians: “We don’t necessarily agree with you leaving homosexuality, but we think you are really cool; can we hug you?” “Of course,” I exclaimed, giving them all a big hug. Their response, in the midst of a chaotic day, broke my heart. I hugged many broken people that day and prayed with a couple more. God was able to turn the GHF preaching into a wonderful opportunity for us to make a difference, a difference that would have been impossible if we had drawn our shutters and waited for the day to pass into history. Pastor Jeff Jackson used the loudspeaker to ask the entire community to forgive the Church of Oklahoma City. His humble request was met with screams, cheers and clapping. Several of us were able to pray with more people and witness a little. We did not confront the sin of homosexuality, leaving that task to the Holy Spirit. That same Holy Spirit that first confronted me with my need for Jesus over ALL my sins, later confronted my homosexuality. There is a right way to witness and there is clearly a wrong way. Hopefully, my critics will understand now why I was at the OKC Gay Pride Celebration on June 26, 2011. I will never be the same!
“Preach the Gospel all day long and if necessary use words.” St. Augustine
And yes, we must communicate in words the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Fashioning A Compassionate Response ~ One Day Seminar Concerning Homosexuality ~ by First Stone Ministries – April 10, 2010
What to Expect
Have you ever wondered how to address homosexuality in your church, community or family? Having over 25 years of experience with this issue, First Stone Ministries, in partnership with Bryant Avenue Baptist Church, is offering a one-day seminar to cover these topics so you too can Fashion a Compassionate Response. Seminar will include worship, teachings, testimonies, panel discussion, resources and lunch.
Sessions will include:
- Understanding Homosexuality
- How to Minister to the Person Struggling with Homosexuality
- Theology: Ours and Theirs – Answering the “Gay Christian” Question Biblically
- Answering the Need – How Then Shall We Respond?
8:00 – 8:30 – Worship
8:30 – 9:30 – Session One
9:45 – 10:45 – Session Two
11:00 – 12:00 – Q & A
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch at Church
1:15 – 1:45 – Worship
1:45 – 2:45 – Session Three
3:00 – 4:00 – Session Four
4:15 – 5:00 – Panel Discussion
Love offering will be taken
(we need to reserve resources and lunch)
Register with First Stone Ministries at Eventbrite.com OR (405) 236-4673
Appropriate Minimum Seminar Age Attendance: 14 with parental/guardian presence or prior written consent; (otherwise 18 and above).
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Today I had the pleasure to be with over 5000 Okalhomans who are tired of the “Out-of-Control Washington Government” wasteful spenders! 5000 plus Oklahomans enjoyed protesting at the Oklahoma Tax Day – Taxed Enough Already “TEA” Party! Taxes are too high and they are going to get higher. The Obama-ites are raising taxes on businesses. Businesses will continue to reduce employment rolls. Unemployment will increase under this fiscal irresponsibility! Business will close, services and goods will cost more. The Obama-ite congressional solution will be more taxes on fuel, goods and services. The cost of living will go up, and the American standard of living will continue to go down towards a depression. Our children and grandchildren will have less and many on the edge of poverty will go into poverty.
This must be the beginning of a new revolution. 2010 is when we vote a new congress into office! 2012 is when we vote in a new President! It is amazing how Americans have become so apathetic concerning this outrageous tax code we have with the IRS. The Boston Tea Party was a revolt over taxation without representation in British Parlament. The tax was actually very little, some say less than 3%. Why are Americans now willing to pay 20% to 50% in their income taxes, or even more taxes IF Obama has it his way? There needs to be a fair tax. It is time to revolt against Washington, DC and elect true representation of the people. The United States of America is the oldest Republic form of governement in the world.! A government of the people representing the people, governed by a constitution. However, the US Congress and rogue judges are governing this country as a tyranny or an oligarchy. This must be stopped before they destroy this country. We need to protect State’s Rights! Texas Governor Perry is calling for Texas Independence as the federal goverment is out of control! Let’s keep this country strong militarily and protect the USA from foriegn invasion through illegal immigration. We need to stop bowing down to the United Nations. Let’s educate and influence those around us to stop being complacent and vote out the socialists and tryannists; and let’s return to a Republic form of government rule that made this country great! Above all, as Christian ministers (as servants) of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we must humble ourselves and pray, then ask God to help give us leaders that love and desire HIS WAYS!
This stated question is one to really ponder, “What will it be like?” I am very concerned what this could mean for our society, for Bible believing Christians and for me as a minister. I am writing the following because I sincerely care about my country, my family and the Church of Jesus Christ. I am not writing in the spirit of condemnation of homosexuality, but rather merely reporting news items and what is going on politically in the political gay agenda, with the National Democrat Party in full agreement. I am sharing many links to where information can be found. I am not endorsing any web site, matter of fact there are some hyper links below that have pornographic documentation. (Please do not view the sites unless you view the blurred images.) I am in no way endorsing pornography. However, I think it is very important that people understand that these things really are IN FACT happening in our liberal cities in the USA.
The political gay activist organizations across our country have on their agendas to completely normalize homosexuality in American society. Their goals are slowly being obtained. Their goals include getting hate crimes ordinances and legislation passed at the city / county, state and the federal levels; and the re-education of our society being filled with “comprehensive sex education” classes mandatory for K-12 making homosexuality the same as heterosexuality. This is embraced by Barack Obama and the Democrat Party.
Their agenda is for gay marriage to be accepted in all 50 states, there are currently 3 states that have made homosexual marriage legal, California, Connecticut and Massachusetts. There are several cities, counties and now states that have certain levels of hate crimes policies, ordinances and laws already passed. The educational systems in states where homosexual marriage is recognized are now educating our youth in schools with normalizing “homosexual marriage” as equal to heterosexual marriage. Therefore the gay agenda push nation-wide is to teach the other alternative “homosexual family” as legitimate in public schools. There are several cases across the country to promote homosexuality as normal as heterosexuality. If a concerned citizen confronts the issues they will be: at least fined, at the most go to jail as was in the David Parker Case in Massachusetts. There are cases in Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Massachusetts, etc.
We are hearing nothing in this political race by either party about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) being repealed by the Democrats, the federal “hate crimes” bill being pushed in Congress, and Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA).
Obama and Democrats desire homosexuality in the military to be promoted. No one is talking about how “gay rights” laws will indeed threaten religious and other free speech freedoms, and no one is talking about how the gay political agenda and the Democrats desire to redefine family and promote homosexual adoption of children by the thousands, while heterosexual couples will wait in line because of affirmative action.
What happens when homosexual behavior is left unchecked by authorities? This is very disturbing See Below for the most unbelievable links to homosexual activities in our nation!
Hate Crimes Legislation Seems Admirable, BUT the Laws are Designed to Stop Freedom of Christian Speech in Speaking Out Against Homosexuality as Sin
National Democrat Party Web Site: (READ CAREFULLY) The Democrats and the homosexual political agenda are promoting HATE CRIMES LEGISLATION as tolerance and equality. http://democrats.org/a/2008/06/democrats_issue.php
LEGAL INFORMATION ABOUT HATE CRIMES THAT EVERY PASTOR SHOULD READ! http://search.liberty.edu/search?site=liberty_counsel&client=liberty_counsel_frontend&proxystylesheet=liberty_counsel_frontend&output=xml_no_dtd&q=hate+crimes
Hate Speech Laws in Canada
Canadian Human Rights Commission WANT Pastors Fined and Jailed!
It has already happened in Canada, and the USA is next. It is now illegal to speak out publicly in Canada under new hate crimes laws / hate speech laws.
A few pastors have been prosecuted with fines, and one huge pending case is the Stephen Boissoin http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jun/08060902.html
Also Read: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/aug/08082716.html AND
He usually has updated information. Please pray for Stephen to stand strong and speak the truth in love.
The HRC in Canada is now going after another Catholic priest.
Other Cases Concerning “HOMOSEXUAL RIGHTS” for your review, this is starting to happen all too often now.
Massachusetts: David Parker, concerned father goes to jail, because he did not want his kindergarten son to be taught homosexuality as normal in school.
BOSTON: Boston City Hall Flys Gay Flag
NEW MEXICO: Lesbian Couple Sues Photographer in New Mexico and wins their case against a Christian couple’s photography business – they would not photograph the lesbian couple’s wedding.
NEW JERSEY: Lesbian Couple Sues Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association / Methodist Church in August 2007 because the lesbians desired to use the church’s PRIVATE property, a pavilion on the beach for their civil union – gay wedding – the church denied their request based upon their Christian Tenants. This case is still pending. The church counter sued state of New Jersey based upon the First Amendment protection. Read Story and Related Links
Gay Marriage In America
Three states now have gay marriage thanks to liberal pious black robed judges in California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. This will cause chaos for other states. The family legal problems to come in these 3 states will cost tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years. Watch the states of Arizona, Maine, New Mexico, Florida, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and all of the New England states as gay activists have strongholds in moving forward with their political agenda for gay marriage and the redefinition of the family.
READ An Excellent Article by Andy Comiskey:
True Justice: Halting the Push for Gay Marriage
Ex-gay mother, Lisa Miller is fighting her former partner for custody of her own biological child, Isabella. Liberal courts in Vermont could rule to give custody to her former lesbian lover. This would never happen if this was a divorce with a man who was not the biological father.
What happens when homosexual behavior is left unchecked by authorities? WARNING… the links to this information below are ugly and pornographic in nature.
Gay Orgies with all kinds of sexual activity, Public Nudity, Sadomasochism with children present, all outdoors in the streets of San Francisco which are permitted by the city to have Gay Fair(s), yet Democrat Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi will NOT condemn such activities in her district. The SFPD (police) in San Francisco do nothing to enforce public decency laws. Mayor Newsom of San Francisco supports the gay fairs with all this unbelievable activity as well. This kind of behavior is spring up all over the country in places like Key West & Miami, FL, New York City and New York, Boston, Massachusetts and other liberal cities. Even in my home city of Oklahoma City the Gay Pride Week Parade and block party (click gallery) was filled with decadence and declarations of advancing homosexuality.
- San Francisco ‘Gaystapo’ Tries to Shout Down Pro-Family Press Conference
Homosexual militants defend public sex, nudity on city streets; say children (with parents) should be allowed to attend X-rated Folsom Street Fair (Warning Photos on this page are not suitable for children)
- ‘Tolerance Gone Wild’ in San Francisco as Cops Stand By Amidst Folsom Street Fair’s Public Perversions and Widespread Nudity
Warning: not for children; graphic images – despite our efforts to clean up these photos documenting raunchy San Francisco ‘Folsom Street Fair’
- AFTAH Article: Slavery Makes a Comeback at Deviant Sex Fair in ‘Progressive’ San Francisco — Coming to a City Near You?
Eye Witness Accounts of San Francisco Bizarreness:
- Article: The Streets of San Francisco from Mission America
- Large Photo Account: Zombie Time Report: Up Your Alley Fair — San Francisco, July 27, 2008 WARNING!!! Please be aware that when we say “explicit” and “extreme,” we are not exaggerating, this photo account of what happened this past summer is absolutely unbelievably evil. The police and the Mayor of the City of San Francisco will do NOTHING! Please view only blurred images.
IN CLOSING: Other Articles for Your Consideration
Does Same Sex Marriage Affect YOUR Marriage? by Focus on the Family
See Mass Resistance Sight for many more outrageous events in Massachusetts Several videos reveal GLBT groups attacking Christian groups.
Silencing The Christians – Excellent Resources of Online Documentary Videos address many more cases in the USA and Canada where the liberal movement is determined to stop the voice of Christians, churches, ministers, and ministries. These video news reports are shocking to most unaware Christians.
In closing please know that I am very sympathetic to the man or woman who is struggling with homosexuality. It is an incredibly difficult struggle. I have devoted over 24 years in helping people leave homosexuality behind so they may find an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord. I know first hand the pain of living in the deception of homosexuality as I was delivered 26 years ago. I don’t offer up this information in a spirit of condemnation, but rather to expose the path of brokenness the homosexual life brings and what the gay political agendas’ desire is in redefining sexuality in United States of America. I encourage you to search on the internet about related stories and educate yourself and your friends. It really does concern me. I hope you will pray with me… God have mercy!
The buzz is that Oklahoma City will be getting a new skyscraper! City planning meetings with Devon Energy Corporation has confirmed this past week that the plan is to build a new headquarters in downtown Oklahoma City for Devon and to open by 2012. The new 54-story, 925-foot tall skyscraper will be the tallest building in Oklahoma, number 23 in height in the US and will cost over $750 million. The plan also calls for a beautiful four-story building beside the tower with a dome-like glass atrium with a spiral walkway for public access. It will include a long narrow building which will have an additional 400,000 square-feet of space for classrooms, auditoriums and other facilities needed for special events, and public restaurants. The existing parking tower will be increased by 10 floors, adding the needed parking for employees. Across the street from this mammoth tower are the amazingly beautiful Myriad Gardens. I am very exciting about this project as it will bring more jobs into Oklahoma City, and other future projects and business not yet mentioned. I guess this is one reason I should be thankful for higher gas prices, it will ultimately help Oklahoma. Oklahoma is a national leader in the exploration of natural gas and petroleum. This will really help the economy in Oklahoma.
The new I-40 construction project, the new Oklahoma River project, with river crusies and the Bricktown project is making Oklahoma City one of the most attractive 21st century cities in the USA for arts, conferences, business and incredible recreation! What a wonderful place to live!