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              What many would consider their worst nightmare has become a reality for Christopher Yuan. While attending dental school, he began living promiscuously as a homosexual and experimenting with illicit drugs. Within a few years, he was expelled from dental school, imprisoned for drug dealing and discovered that he was HIV positive.

              But God has turned his nightmare into an exciting and inspiring story of redemption, grace and transformation. Christopher has an understanding heart for and a desire to minister to those working through issues of sexuality and to those living with HIV/AIDS. He speaks locally and internationally to youth, on college campuses, in churches and in prisons.

              Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005 and Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and is currently pursuing a doctorate of ministry at Bethel Seminary. He now teaches at Moody while continuing his speaking ministry which has reached four continents around the world. Christopher has spoken at both Saddleback Church and Willow Creek Community Church in America and at many conferences including InterVarsity's Urbana and the Moody Pastors' Conference and Men's Conference. He is also featured in the award-winning documentary, "HOPE Positive: Surviving the Sentence of AIDS" and has co-authored with his mother, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God, A Broken Mother's Search for Hope (forthcoming May 3, 2011 by WaterBrook Multnomah a division of Random House).

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Born Gay...or not??


Before I start, I just want to clarify a couple of things. First, any hatred or violence toward LGBT (which has been misnomered as homophobia) is completely wrong and I vehemently oppose any physical or emotional harm done toward LGBT people (or anyone for that matter). Second, NO ONE has ever CHOSEN to have same-sex attractions. However, this does NOT mean that if something was not a choice then it must be inborn. Let me explain myself.

There have been several studies on the relationship on the possible biological influences on the development of human sexuality. Surprisingly the very biased and not considered scholarly Wikipedia is quite accurate in their discussion of this topic (here). Let me quickly summarize three important studies.

1) In 1991, Bailey and Pillard did a study of gay brothers and found that 52% of identical twins were both gay and 22% of fraternal twins were both gay. In 2000, Bailey, Dunne and Martin attempted to repeat the test in Australia only to find that 30% of identical twins were both gay. Although these studies clearly show that there is a genetic component to sexuality, it also clearly shows that sexuality IS NOT ONLY LINKED TO GENETICS. Because if sexuality was purely a genetic trait, then 100% of identical twins would both be gay. In addition, the applicant pool was mostly advertised via gay magazines - slightly biased! Also a study by Bearman and Bruckner in 2002 shows that only 6.7% of identical twins were both gay, 7.2% of fraternal twins were both gay and 5.5% of full siblings were both gay. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association both state that sexuality most likely is a combination of biology and environment! When will the gay community, society and media read up on facts and science!

2) Simon LeVay also did a study released in 1991 on the hypothalamus. He examined 41 cadavers (which evokes fond memories of my two full semesters of Gross Anatomy lab and Head & Neck Anatomy lab while in Dental School!) - which he classified as follows: 19 gay men who had died of AIDS, 16 presumed heterosexual men (6 of whom had died of AIDS), and 6 presumed heterosexual women (1 of whom had died of AIDS). He found a portion of the hypothalamus, the INAH3 group to be twice as big in the heterosexual male group as in the gay male group. But there were also some conflicting results as well. LeVay himself concluded, "It's important to stress what I didn't find. I did not prove that homosexuality is genetic, or find a genetic cause for being gay. I didn't show that gay men are born that way, the most common mistake people make in interpreting my work. Nor did I locate a gay center in the brain...Since I look at adult brains, we don't know if the differences I found were there at birth or if they appeared later." Need anymore be said?

3) Dean Hamer in 1993 did a chromosomal study on gay brothers and found a shared marker on the X chromosome at Xq28. Unfortunately, this was dubbed by pop-culture as having found the "gay gene." Hamer himself (who was gay) even said, "...environmental factors play a role. There is not a single master gene that makes people gay...I don't think we will ever be able to predict who will be gay." In addition, other scientists tried to replicate the results but were not able to find this common shared marker among gay brothers. But most damaging for Hamer was the fact that he did not have a control group of non-gay subjects. If the control group had the same shared marker on the X chromosome at Xq28 as the gay brothers, then this finding would be COMPLETELY INSIGNIFICANT.

So as of yet, there is NO evidence that people are born gay and there is NO evidence of a gay gene!

To make matters even more difficult, it is difficult to empirically and scientifically classify and determine homosexuality. If any of you know one, please let me know. There is no blood test, radiograph, MRI, etc. to determine whether someone is gay or straight for that matter. The ONLY way that people know whether one is gay is if this one makes a SELF DECLARATION. That is the only way. And by definition, this is not objective (or scientific) but rather subjective.

With all of this said, I believe that the Church must have compassion for LGBT people. Christians must shower them with the love of Christ so that they would come into a relationship with Jesus Christ who will redeem and transform them. Jesus was perfect in justice and love as He came to point out our sin but also to save us from our sin by dying on the Cross for us all! I pray that Christians live out that example of justice and love!

9 Comments:

Blogger Christopher Yuan said...

Hey Cliff:

Thanks so much for your encouragement, brother. Have you ever heard of SettingCaptivesFree.com? It is a great, free, Bible-based online course proclaiming freedom in Christ. There is a specific course called Door of Hope for those seeking freedom from homosexuality. Everybody that I mentor, I make them go through this course. It has been much a benefit for me.

Thanks again for reading my blog posts. Keep pressing on, brother! Please email me at christopheryuan@gmail.com so I can put you on my email list. Have a great day in the Lord!

Christopher Yuan

August 13, 2008 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Christopher Yuan said...

Hey Cliff:

Just curious about how you came across my blog?

Christopher

August 13, 2008 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Giraffe Pen (기린 만년필) said...

Hi Christopher,

I'm a Christian ex-gay from Australia, now married to a South Korean with a baby girl. It's encouraging to read your testimony and your ministry. Keep up the good work :)

GP 기린만년필

August 14, 2008 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Christopher Yuan said...

Thanks for your encouragement, GP. Praise God that He continues to redeem broken people like us for His Namesake!!! Blessings to you, brother!

Christopher Yuan

August 15, 2008 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Christopher Yuan said...

Dear Friends:

I have yet to have to delete any comments, but unfortunately I have kindly been asked to. Not by someone who opposed my view but by someone who supports my journey and biblical stance.

It has come about by being harassed by a blogger named "Douglas" who clicked on their name to find their own blog and posted comments against "ex-gays".

It is a shame that the voice of people are being silenced by the very people who say they are being silenced!

Once again, I apologize to any of you that have been harassed by "Douglas" and please let me know if you have.

Let us pray for "Douglas." I love you all.

Christopher

August 24, 2008 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Soyongdori (Matt) said...

I must say, this is a pretty good blog. But I have a question. I'm not sure if you'll read this, but I was wondering what your opinion was on this recent 'gay brain' study. They claim these differences are probably not from learned behaviors and were done on live subjects. Here is the link:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7456588.stm

Thank you!

February 17, 2009 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Christopher Yuan said...

Matt:

Thanks for your comment on the Swedish study done by the Karolinska Institute. It is always important to know how to read news articles objectively. Reporters must state facts but the way in which it is presented can be misleading.

This BBC News article misleads the reader to assume that the person interviewed was actually a part of this study and therefore had authority to speak on this study. But he is merely a lecturer at University of London. The study was done in Sweden.

If the article is read carefully, the study does not prove that people are born gay (as Dr. Rahman asserts).

"The Karolinska team said that these differences could not be mainly explained by 'learned' effects, but needed another mechanism to set them, either before or after birth."

There are two important things to glean from this very important quote. First, the researchers do not know if one of the mechanisms to create the differences in brain structure were from "before or AFTER birth." Logic would tell me that this team therefore did NOT prove that people are born gay. But maybe Dr. Rahman didn't read carefully enough or didn't want to read this part.

Second, the researches stated that "these differences could not be mainly explained by 'learned' effects." Therefore, it is very likely that there are a variety of factors - not precluding "learned" effects or the environment - along with biological factors - that play into the differences in brain structure.

Besides, Dr. Rahman is only expressing his belief, "As far as I'm concerned..."

The weakness of this study in proving homosexuality is an inborn trait is the same weakness of Simon LeVay's study on the hypothalamus reported in his paper released in 1991. Here are some of LeVay's own words.

"In particular, the results do not allow one to decide if the size of INAH 3 in an individual is the cause or consequence of that individual's sexual orientation, or if the size of INAH 3 and sexual orientation covary under the influence of some third, unidentified variable."

"It's important to stress what I didn't find. I did not prove that homosexuality is genetic, or find a genetic cause for being gay. I didn't show that gay men are born that way, the most common mistake people make in interpreting my work. Nor did I locate a gay center in the brain. ... Since I look at adult brains, we don't know if the differences I found were there at birth or if they appeared later."

I hope that this helps to shed light on this very controversial and extremely misunderstood topic. To date, nobody has proven that sexuality is inborn. The only way that the Karolinska team would have proven such would be if they studied the brains of gay and straight newborns.

But alas, this bring up the crux of the issue. No one to date is able to distinguish between a gay or straight newborn. So why are people stating as fact that people are born gay? This is the mystery that continues to confound me.

Thanks for your great question and I hope that this helps. I look forward to hearing back from you if you have any more questions.

Christopher Yuan

February 17, 2009 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger Wyatt said...

Hi Christopher, I wanted to know if you have continued to speak about being Holy Sexual

December 2, 2009 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger Christopher Yuan said...

Hey Wyatt:

Thanks for your note. I do continue to speak on God's perspective on sexuality. I'm not sure I would put it that I am holy-sexual but rather that this is the way I live and act. But thanks for asking! How did you find my website?

Christopher Yuan

December 2, 2009 at 11:13 PM  

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