I came out of bisexuality and other forms of sexual perversion. I used to live on the down low because I was ashamed of my lifestyle and also because I was afraid of correction, rejection, persecution, and losing my reputation. But when the Father began to draw me out of that lifestyle by his Holy Spirit and by his great love, he told me that he wanted me to come out of the closet. He told me to come out of the fruitless deeds of darkness and into his marvelous light. He told me he wanted to take me from under the bushel and to set me up on a hill for all to see. He said to me loud and clear, “In the world you lived on the DL, but in Christ, you shall be known as Transparent.” That’s how I got that nickname.
I didn’t want to expose myself, but in order to get delivered and to be used by God, I had to. Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who hides his sins (on the DL) will not prosper, but he who confesses (comes out the closet) and repents (turns away from the lifestyle) shall receive mercy. Once I came out and allowed God to deliver me, my testimony set me up on a platform and birthed a deliverance ministry in me, where I have been used to empower literally hundreds of struggling homosexuals to seek deliverance in Jesus Christ.
Listen, Saints. Other people’s deliverance is in our testimony. That’s why we can’t keep quiet about where God has brought us from. Don’t get caught up in your reputation of who you think you are now, because without God, you wouldn’t be where you are. You must lose your reputation for the sake of the gospel. Don’t worry about what people will think of you for having a history of drugs abuse, sexual immorality, witchcraft, extortion or illegal activity, religious hypocrisy, etc. That was the old you. But you are a new creature in Christ now. They can’t judge the dead man, because you’ve been raised to a newness of life. Who are they to condemn what God has already justified by his blood? You aren’t sharing your story for the self righteous who think they have arrived, anyways. You are sharing for the sinners, to relate to them and to draw them to repentance.
When Jesus delivered the man with the legion of demons–who was living among the dead in the tombs, butt naked, cutting himself with razor sharp rocks, practically out of his right mind–Jesus told the man to go back into his hometown and tell everyone he knows about how the Lord had restored him, and had compassion on him, and to share with the people of all the wonderful things the Lord had done for him. Basically, Jesus told the man to open up and be transparent.
Our testimonies about where we’ve come from isn’t for us to keep to ourselves. Our testimonies are works of God which are meant to be shared. They are miracles that will cause people to believe in Jesus as the Son of God, a mighty deliverer, and as the Messiah, or the Savior of the world. So open your mouths, and testify! Be #TransparentForChrist.