There are no such thing as “ex-gay” people, simply “ex-gay” preachers who sell a big lie.
The second type of “ex-gay” preacher is a victim who was beaten down with religious guilt and shame until he or she publicly lies about his or her sexual orientation. I’m not sure which type of “ex-gay” preacher Matt Moore is, but it is indisputable that he is a major hypocrite who is being blatantly dishonest about his life as a so-called “ex-gay”.
After blogger Zinnia Jones outed his Grindr profile, Moore confessed to his dishonesty:
The grindr profile was really mine. I’ve been on it on and off for the last couple of weeks.
Like I told the guy who sent you the picture, I am wrong in having been on grindr. I haven’t changed my views on homosexuality, the bible, etc.
Creating a grindr profile and talking to guys on it was major disobedience on my part….disobedience to Christ. Disobedience to a loving and gracious God. Thankfully, I believe that He forgives me for this disobedience. I believe the blood of Christ covers this disobedience. And I won’t be on grindr again….ever.
The pastor of my church and the church body I am a part of were informed about me being on grindr (I told them) before all of this came out, publicly.
Actually, Matt, you are not forgiven for grossly misleading people and lying about your sexuality. What you did was despicable, dishonest, disingenuous, and immoral. Are you forgiven if your lie caused an LGBT youth to commit suicide or numb his or her pain with hard drugs? Are you forgiven if your dishonesty caused an LGBT youth to become homeless because his or her parents said “ex-gay” therapy or the highway?
Moore has a series of offensive and untrue “ex-gay” writings that reveal his bogus story of self-loathing:
I can, in truth, firmly say that the longer I keep turning away from my homosexual desires, the less in strength they become. My homosexual feelings have definitely diminished since the night God started drawing me to Himself in September of 2010. Are they completely gone? No, they are not. Will they ever be completely gone? I do not know.
Yeah, the homosexual longings were so weak that he downloaded the Grindr app, signed up, created a profile, and cruised online for sex. This behavior was similar to what we saw with TWO’s recent investigation of John Paulk.
The Christan Post, which has used Moore as a blogger, should fire him immediately and never let him return. That would be the Christian thing to do, which, of course is the last thing one would expect from a fundamentalist Christan publication.
I’d like to end with a plea to Moore:
You don’t have to live as a liar and a con artist — you can be honest and sincere about your sexual orientation. You are a gay man and people will forgive and embrace you if you come out and stop being a phony. Matt, you are fine just the way you are and you do not need to change your sexual orientation (which, obviously, isn’t working out too well).
Just be yourself, get back on Grindr and be an out and proud gay man. Stop throwing away your life trying to please those who will not accept the real you — and be your own man, not a shill for fundamentalist ideologues who are using you to promote their backwards doctrines.
Matt, these fundies don’t love you, and you will realize this the moment you begin to love yourself.