Religion and Politics

Sorry, Gospel Coalition, but Conversion Therapy Proves Being Gay Isn’t a Choice

Part 2: The Gospel Coalition and “polite” discrimination

Eric Sentell
Backyard Church
Published in
5 min readMay 22, 2024


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Some Christians are still saying homosexuality is a choice.

Of course, they are. If sexual orientation is a choice, then they can tell gay people to choose to be straight. If they can do that, then they can justify excluding gay people for their unrepentant sin. Some of them might even make some cold, hard cash for their trouble.

The Gospel Coalition recently published an essay that assumes sexual orientation is a choice. The author, Rebecca McGlaughlin, says that she and several members of her Bible study would identify as LGBT+ “if we weren’t Christians.” She adapted the essay from her forthcoming book (ka-ching!).

Sorry, TGC and Rebecca, but decades of conversion therapy prove you dead wrong and offer yet another compelling reason to become LGBTQ-affirming.

Rebecca McGlaughlin assumes sexual orientation is a choice

McGlaughlin begins her essay with a description of her Bible study. She writes of the attendees:

Several (like me) would identify as LGBT+ if we weren’t…