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The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert : An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith Paperback – October 1, 2012
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Little did I know that God used those 22 years to bring me back to Him....as Dr Butterfield, I was an activist in the gay lifestyle as well...Like Dr Butterfield, I had a few Christian people sprinkled in my life thoughout those 22 years who became my friends and shared and allowed me into their lives 'with no strings attached'. My journey is similiar to Dr Butterfield's in so many ways and some of the questions she asks in her book could have (and did) come from my lips. I also experienced a train wreck as well,although mine was due to the fact that at the time of my conversion, I was very much still involved with a woman and the gay lifestyle and I left both cold turkey.
I read this book in one sitting because I had never come across somone like me who had come out of a lesbian life like I did to claim Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Her story very much interested me in how she coped with the 'break' from her homosexual past. As someone who has 'lived' her story with my journey, it brought back alot of the feelings and issues I dealt with in my own healing and how God's grace and mercy can cover a multitude of sins.
Although I got bogged down in her theocracy of the RP church ( I ascribe to the teachings and philosophy of the General Baptist Conference), I found it quite inspiring that she shared how God can truly change someone from the 'inside out'. He did that to me as well and I am not ashamed of my past. God has used my story, and I would have to believe hers as well, as a powerful message to many Christians and non Christians alike that He is a changer of lives and hearts and souls for anyone willing to take that first step of, 'What if'...? Today, I also live with the freedom of who I am in Christ and even though life has its ups and downs, I have truly and fully been cleansed by the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ..
Way to go, Dr Butterfield!!!!
Her understanding of salvation and what God does for us in it does not sound biblical. She calls it painful and a "train wreck." That sounds absolutely horrible. She acts like she was dragged kicking and screaming. This does not sound like biblical salvation for salvation is a change of heart. One is not brought to anything against their will. Their will is changed! Biblical salvation is not just a change of lifestyle. We are given a new heart, literally changed from the inside out. The rebellious heart is changed, transformed into a heart that loves God and loves what He loves. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ comes to give life, eternal life. He said, I have come that they might have life. Abundant life. He is the very source of life and everything good in this world and the next. He rescues the sinner out of spiritual darkness and brings them into the light of truth. He reconciles us to God. While we were yet enemies, He reconciled us to God, through His death, burial and resurrection. He frees us from the bondage of sin. As unsaved people we were enslaved by all kinds of sins, with a continual lust for more. We could not free ourselves, but were slaves to sin and to satan. We were under the wrath of God. But Christ Jesus frees the sinner from this bondage to sin and brings them into freedom. freedom from bondage to sin, freedom from condemnation, freedom from the darkness of sin and into the light. The Christian receives reconcilation with God in Christ. God becomes their heavenly Father who looks upon them with love and forgiveness, patience and goodness. One other thing is that she refers to Christians as if she herself is not one. "Christians think this, Christians think that". Mostly all negative. Well, I have been a Christian for two decades and much of what she says I think, I do not. How does she know my heart? I'm not religious so that I will just look good to others. I know I am not good in and of myself. I need Jesus Christ and His forgiveness and help every single day of my life. I am utterly dependent upon Him to sanctify me and shape me to be like Him. God does call us to share the gospel with people and He calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Biblical love, not worldly love. Biblical love seeks the best for the loved one. What is good is what God says is good. He created male and female and He created marriage. What He calls good is the traditional understanding of these things. This is not my opinion but what God our Creator has said. (Genesis chapters 1&2) This book could have gone a long way toward bringing a greater understanding between people. It could have been God glorifying and Christ exalting. Sadly, it isn't.
I'm sure Christians will find this book uplifting and encouraging and unfortunately, it's likely to reinforce some of the myths and misconceptions some Christians want to believe about gay people. But if you think it's somehow going to "enlighten" anyone who's not religious, it won't. In fact, it might stir up much of what they specifically disagree with the most about religion and worship of a deity.
If you are Christian and you get all excited over stories about "winning souls" and such, you'll love this. But please. Buy this book for yourself if you want but do not waste money buying it for an atheist. To do so would be futile. And please don't post that you'll pray for me. Got a couple of folks doing that already.