A.J. Castellitto
August 14, 2014
A show of support for celibate Christians
By A.J. Castellitto

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

About two years ago, I befriended a fairly high profile musician online. Over the course of a few months, he opened his heart and mind to me in a way I would have never imagined.

Here I was, an aspiring nobody, reaching out to a fascinating, and somewhat controversial, musical genius. I wanted to understand him and where he was coming from, and how he had come to reject his faith. I was more than desirous to know how somebody responsible for writing some of the most amazing, spiritually-laced music I've ever come across, could turn his back to the cross (and all the inspiration he received from it) and simply walk away. What I a got in return from this gracious, outspoken man, is more personal information than I knew what to do with.

The length of the sum total of responses could provide chapters worth of material, but I will share just a few sentiments,
    "Back in the 50's when I was growing up, the preachers preached hell fire and brimstone. Everyone was going to hell.... And homosexuality was the worst sin against God, even more than rape and murder. I seldom heard about the love of God."

    "If all straights were subjected to having to deal with what the average gay man does daily, they would be more sympathetic. Gays don't commit suicide because they are gay; they do it because society gives them no way out! I once fasted and prayed for a week...for God to change me. I begged, cried, prayed, pleaded, and starved. And nothing happened. I thought about suicide, and took a bunch of sleeping pills once, also. I began to think I was a vessel made for destruction like the bible says. That was when I was 24 years old."

    "Two things that there will never be a compromise on is gay marriage and abortion. There is nothing you can do to fix this. Nothing! As long as there is a scripture in the bible that says it's an abomination to God, there will NEVER be a compromise from the church."

May we never forget this man in our prayers. His name is Doug Pinnick.


Celibate Christians like author, Wesley Hill, have publicly acknowledged their sexual propensities to be a heavy burden and a great sin against God and our created purpose. What they, and those who support them, do not do, is place the need to become 'straight' before the need to become 'saved.'

Some 'gays' may never convert 'sexually,' but that doesn't mean they aren't saved, celibate and obedient. I think that's where GCT (gay conversion therapy) efforts may become misguided in their emphasis. There seems to be a superfluous amount of pressure on the 'gay' believer to turn 'straight.' Too often an epic fail. Better for the dead to be made alive.

Sexuality can be fully conquered spiritually and accompanied with celibacy, without the unnecessary despair and frustrations that can overtake those fixed on the carnal disposition.

Not all Christians who experience and exhibit counter-creation tendencies will have them fully vanquished in this life. They will most assuredly be delivered by their Lord and Savior of whom they have wholly submitted, however.

Instead of forcing a change of the carnal disposition, it is better to cultivate and support the spiritual disposition. That's where the true change has to occur. When the heart is true, the rest will gradually fall into place.

Are we supporting spiritual growth or trying to alter carnal tendencies?

These sensitive souls are under all kinds of scrutiny, as well as a general lack of empathy and understanding, from all sides (the religionists, the secularists, the marriage advocates, the gay marriage enthusiasts, etc.). Let's not make them stumble.

Rather, we must lift them up, catch them when they do fall, and carry them when they feel faint. That's what true love is all about!

This brings me to another related area of consideration. The idea that all modern concepts and considerations related to human sexuality are mere carnal projections (and fairly recent ones at that). In the March issue of First Things, Michael Hannon relates how 'Heterosexuals ...were an invention of the 1860s.'

He goes on to explain how, 'Contrary to our cultural preconceptions and the lies of what has come to be called "orientation essentialism," "straight" and "gay" are not ageless absolutes.'

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2014/03/against-heterosexuality

Are we merely preoccupied with brief instances of carnal gratification in a material world that must ultimately give way to greater spiritual realities?

The further we get away from the 'straight' and narrow paths of our Creator, the more confounded our ultimate purpose and final destination becomes......

"I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided."

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A.J. Castellitto

A.J. Castellitto is a freelance writer who resides in NJ with his wife and five children. He holds a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton and his writings have been published at The Center for Western Journalism, The Christian Post, Intellectual Conservative and Reformed Perspective Magazine.

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