France is pushing for a ban on homosexual conversion therapy.
The French House of Representatives has unanimously passed a law banning a treatment that claims to help convert LGBT people, including lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders, back to heterosexuality on October 5th.
The measure prohibits repeated words and actions that attempt to change or suppress freedom of sexual orientation or gender identity, or actions that have the effect of altering physical or mental health.
If the victim is a minor and the perpetrator is a parent, the punishment could involve imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of 45,000 euros (about $52,000 USD).
“Being one’s self is not a crime,” said a delegate for the group Gender Equality, Diversity, and Equal Opportunities. They also added that the people from the LGBTQ community are not subjects for experimental treatments.
In Europe, before France, the southern European island countries of Malta and Germany have already enacted laws banning gay conversion therapy, and similar measures have been taken in the Netherlands and the UK as well.
Source: Yonhap News
28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
(Philippians 1:28-29 NKJV)
Due to this ban on conversion therapy, it will now be harder for parents to lead children in God’s word.
Lord, during this time, when many are rising up against You, please awaken the European church and the global church. May we all see that Your judgement is near and rise up.
To those who are perishing, Your judgment will be eternal condemnation to death. However, to those who believe, Your judgement will be eternal salvation to everlasting life.
May those who hold onto Your gospel not fear. Lord Jesus, on this path of following You, we know that there will be hardships. It is Your will for us to also participate in Your suffering as well as Your glory. Allow us to discern Your will during these dark times. Allow us to endure through all persecution and suffering. We will never compromise with the world! We will proclaim Your kingdom and march forward with Your gospel before those who violate Your laws. Lord, raise up Your churches for the final task!
So, through the global church that will be victorious by faith, let all lawlessness and Your enemies fall before You, God. Let all the nations that were suffering in darkness come before the light of Jesus Christ! Amen!