Stranger at the Gate: To be Gay and Christian in America
Until Christmans Eve 1991, Mel White was regarded by the leaders of the religious right as one of their most talented and productive supporters. He penned the speeches of Ollie North. He was a ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, worked with Jim Bakker, flew in Pat Robertson's private jet, walked sandy beaches with Billy Graham. What these men didn't know was that Mel White—evangelical minister, committed Christian, family man—was gay.
In this remarkable book, Mel White details his twenty-five years of being counseled, exorcised, electric-shocked, prayed for, and nearly driven to suicide because his church said homosexuality was wrong. But his salvation—to be openly gay and Christian—is more than a unique coming-out story. It is a chilling exposé that goes right into the secret meetings and hidden agendas of the religious right. Told by an eyewitness and sure to anger those Mel White once knew best, Stranger at the Gate is a warning about where the politics of hate may lead America … a brave book by a good man whose words can make us richer in spirit and much wiser too.
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A friend is letting me borrow the book to read shortly. Can’t wait to read of others who have taken the journey and live with Christian values. I have a very religious past where being gay was cause to disfellowship with public humiliation in front of the congregation, elders and ostracism in the community. Staying with them meant to "deaden your bodily desires". But to lie to a future partner about my hidden self is far worse. Especially the mental and emotional damage for both. Another like minded human can bring the same bonding as well. A second sexual orientation if you will. Only those inclined know the difference, and from a psychiatric point of view is not considered unhealthy. Since I can't think of wanting to be gay and excluded other than feeling that way since childhood, I do not blame my parents as in the nature/nurture science. It is not that simple. I have tried! I believe no one can speak for God and say you can’t follow his son Christ’s teachings. Those who try are reefs under the water waiting to be hit. Christ never uttered of being gay as a sin. If it was that important he would have! If your gay and Christian or gay or religiously neutral, hold your head up, God loves you regardless!
Review: Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in AmericaUser Review - Brian M. - Goodreads
This book in part talks about how old friends among evangelical leaders cut him off when he made it known that he was gay. Interestingly, his wife was more understanding that his ex-friends. Read full review