“…29 But Peter and the other apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than men…””
AB 2943, as amended, Low. Unlawful business practices: sexual orientation change efforts.
Existing law, the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, makes unlawful certain unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by any person in a transaction intended to result, or which results, in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer. Existing law authorizes any consumer who suffers damages as a result of these unlawful practices to bring an action against that person to recover damages, among other things.
Existing law prohibits mental health providers, as defined, from performing sexual orientation change efforts, as specified, with a patient under 18 years of age. Existing law requires a violation of this provision to be considered unprofessional conduct and subjects the provider to discipline by the provider’s licensing entity.
This bill would include, as an unlawful practice prohibited under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in for sale, or selling services constituting sexual orientation change efforts with efforts, as defined, to an individual. The bill would also declare the intent of the Legislature in this regard.
The People of the State of California Do Enact As Follows:
- Contemporary Science….is not a disease, disorder, or illness.
(b) The American Psychological Association convened the Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses…he task force concluded that sexual orientation change efforts can pose critical health risks to lesbian, gay, and bisexual people,
(c) The American Psychological Association issued a resolution on Appropriate Affirmative Responses to Sexual Orientation Distress and Change Efforts in 2009, stating:…advises parents, guardians, young people, and their families to avoid sexual orientation change efforts that portray homosexuality as a mental illness
(d) The American Psychiatric Association published a position statement in March of 2000, stating:…..“Psychotherapeutic modalities to convert or ‘repair’ homosexuality are based on developmental theories whose scientific validity is questionable…”…..”Therefore, the American Psychiatric Association opposes any psychiatric treatment such as reparative or conversion therapy which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder….” Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah….
The bill goes on and on about Aversion Therapy, and it’s controversies. As a Christian, I have never once told anyone who is LBGT to convert or go to any type of therapy.
It seems that California leadership is more interested in banning anything they deem controversial than offering up any solutions that will make life better for people.
Sounds to me like the leadership in Israel when Jesus was here on earth.
From 10 Commandments coming from God, men started adding and adding little amendments until there were over 600 rules and regulations during the time Jesus was on earth.
- Love God with all your heart soul and mind. This is the First Command.
- Love your neighbor as yourself. This is the Second Command.
When the so-called experts asked Jesus to pick the most important commandments, These were the only 2 Commands Jesus gave them. Why, because if you were able to follow these 2 all the rest would fall into place.
During the days of the early church, when the Holy Spirit was Mighty and filled all the new Believers, there were no expert panels of this and boards of self-filled, “important” people to dispute each other. All there was, were working class people and a small ruling elite. Does this sound familiar?
Yet these 12 “simpletons” filled with the power of God’s Spirit, turned the Roman Empire upside down (See Acts 17), to the point of death. Some would be stoned to death for their faith. Some would, later on, be dragged and beaten, some would die. Yet the true Christian Spirit-filled men and women would continue to preach the Gospel. It is and will always be the Good News of Jesus the Savior of the world.
- We don’t have to preach hate or be anti this or that. Yes, we must draw a line in the sand on the side of God. Yes, if need be, we have to be willing to be civilly disobedient. Yes to the point of ridicule. But why go to that extreme?
Why not, stop preaching about just two things and start giving the whole counsel of God. The whole counsel of God is not only to the homosexuals or to the abortionists, but it is also to all mankind.
- Let me repeat this, the entire counsel of God is to all of humanity. The wife abuser, the unfaithful wife, the alcoholic, the drug addict, the fornicator, which includes everyone who is not married and having sexual relations, those with anger issues, those with lustful thoughts, I can go on and on.
- “But Oscar, if I don’t pick a sin to show the unsaved, how do I know what to talk to them about?”
We don’t need to know every person’s sin, nor do we have to be eloquent speakers or preachers, we just have to be like Paul and preach Christ, and Christ crucified (See 1 Corinthians 2)
So I encourage all my Christian brethren, don’t get hung up in the details of what the ever-searching-never-seeking-leaders in Sacramento are doing and will be doing. Just point all those you come in contact with the Way, the Truth and the Life. He will change people heart’s no matter what or who they were before meeting Him.
We don’t need anyone doing Aversion Therapy or any type of therapy when they grab hold of Jesus’ heart and nature. Then and only then can a person, I don’t care what persuasion they are coming from, will truly change their way of life. Because nothing can scrub off until the cleansing power of God’s Spirit comes in and deep cleans the person’s spirit, mind, and body.
- It is time to preach & share the gospel. No time for debates. The time is over.If this bill passes fully, we will see the real Christians. Not those that just talk the right talk.
- Are we willing to go to jail like Peter, Paul and the rest of the early Christian Church?
- Are we ready to say, Lord, whatever your will is? Are we prepared to be chained up and we keep preaching about Jesus that the jailers convert?
If you are unsure where you stand with God, I highly encourage you to go through these links and get to know Jesus and the Peace He brings: