A psychotherapist has warned a Christian conference opposed to queer ideology that if LGBT activists successfully ban secular counseling for people with unwanted same-sex attraction, they will next go after religious counselors.
A conference known as “God’s Voice: A Biblical Response to the Queering of the Church” was held Feb. 22-23 at Fairview Baptist Church of Edmond, Oklahoma.
David Pickup, a licensed therapist who is a board member at the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and a practitioner of sexual orientation change efforts therapy, spoke at the God’s Voice conference last weekend.
During his remarks, Pickup warned his audience that for the state legislators trying to ban SOCE therapy, “the next step is to come after you.”
“It’s going to happen in your universities, it’s going to happen in your schools, in your elementary schools if you don’t conform to the new ‘sex education’ curriculum,” said Pickup.
“They try to get at psychotherapists first, and then they’re coming after church counselors and the church. They’re smart, folks. They know what’s coming and they know what they’re doing.”
Pickup has actively testified and lobbied against many proposed state-level bans on SOCE therapy, and is credited with helping to defeat most of them.
Pickup called on the conference attendees to be “as smart as foxes but gentle as doves” when it comes to state-level efforts to ban SOCE therapy.
Pickup then spoke about how SOCE therapy actually works contrary to popular perceptions, declaring that “the Mark Yarhouses and the Russell Moores and the Al Mohlers do not know what goes on in my office.”
“What goes on in my office is love, compassion,” explained Pickup. “There is no such thing as compassion without truth.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski