Tim Wilkins, founder of Cross Ministries, leads a one-day workshop in Homestead, Fla., to help churches minister compassionately to people struggling with same-sex attraction. Photo by Joni B. Hannigan/Florida Baptist Witness
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (BP)--Trapped in an elevator with an inquisitive older woman who wanted to know which nonprofit office he was heading, Tim Wilkins had no choice but to tell her the ministry he works with helps former homosexuals find healing through Jesus Christ.
“How in the world did you get involved in that area of ministry?” she asked. When Wilkins told her it is because he used to be homosexual, he said her response unfortunately is all too common, even among Christians: “There was a terrified look on her face and she had a dazed expression.”
Ironically, Wilkins said, testimonies of drug abuse or even sins of a heterosexual nature usually elicit sympathy and sometimes smiles of understanding. “I’ll tell you, it’s not this way when you talk about homosexuality,” said Wilkins, founder of Cross Ministry, which seeks to equip the church to evangelize and disciple the homosexual. Read More