This is the part 2 of an investigative series into reparative/conversion therapy and same-sex attraction.
Christian minister and self-described former homosexual McKrae Game has developed an organization called Hope for Wholeness, which allows people dealing with same-sex attraction to come together and worship God, with the ultimate goal of bringing them closer to Christ.
Game previously told The Christian Post how he left the homosexual lifestyle by developing a closer relationship with God. Now, he wants to share his own story to help others struggling with homosexuality by allowing them to hear who God wants them to be.
CP has been doing a special investigation into this type of therapy, speaking with leaders in the industry and those whose lives have been changed. This is the second of a two-part interview with Game. You can read Part 1 of CP's interview with Game here.
The following is an edited transcript of CP's interview with Game.
CP: Would you classify the counseling you do with clients as reparative therapy?
Game: I coined it experienced-based biblical counseling. Reparative therapy has gotten a bad name but not because of its origins, which were to help people understand the root causes of same sex attractions and to help people lessen their same-sex reactions.
My same-sex attractions have absolutely been lessened, and I would say that it has been through reparation therapy-like actions that I have done in my life with working on my relationship with my father, other men, taking on masculine endeavors, and certainly I've grown as a man as the Holy Spirit has affirmed me as a man. When I write or counsel, I am sharing from my experiences.
CP: Would you consider what you do reparative therapy?
Game: In a way it is, but not with all of the negative connotations associated with it. We point toward a relationship with Christ; really, that's what reparative therapy is. But people have the idea that it changes your attitude from same sex to opposite sex, but it got that way because so many people got involved in the reparative counseling and would promise people they could "fix" them or "change them," which is a ridiculous assertion. The only person who can change us is God.
The Apostle Paul prayed that his thorn in the flesh be removed, and it wasn't. We don't know what that was. Paul also said he was a wicked wretch — he was struggling — but he didn't elaborate, and God had a reason for him not to elaborate.
CP: Why tell your story? What do you hope to achieve through counseling and your group, Hope for Wholeness?
Game: We've got communities and sharing — I deal with people who hate themselves for having same-sex attractions, and I don't think God really cares what I struggle with as long as I surrender it to Him. My same-sex attraction, my struggles, no matter what they be, they cause me to lean into God. On my own, I always get in trouble.
Why am I honest and transparent? Because that's what God leads me to do. It's when we talk honestly and openly about our struggles that we can overcome. People don't know what they're dealing with is not the end of the world unless I am honest and authentic.
I have people criticizing me and also thanking me for sharing — I'm doing what I think God wants me to do. If the church is going to survive and thrive, I think the only way it can is for men and women of God to be authentic and vulnerable. People are being entertained on TV by people who are being authentic, and it's crazy. It's when we are authentic and showing how God is working in our lives that people are drawn to God. It is how I have always been.
Hope for Wholeness has an upcoming summer conference entitled Hope Rising. For more information on the organization and the conference, please click here.
Keep reading The Christian Post for more information and specials about reparation/conversion therapy.