An “ex-lesbian” who says she’s now straight thanks to the power of prayer recently shared her story in a Facebook video that’s racked up more than 1.3 million views.
In the video, which was created by conservative Christian organization Anchored North and is deceptively titled “Love is Love,” Emily Thomes shares that she started dating women and came out as a lesbian at the age of 15. At that time, she was adamant that other Christians should be accepting of her sexual orientation.
“If you were truly a Christian, you were on my side,” Thomes says. “Judge not. God being love meant God was nice, and God was chill with what you were cool with.”
Thomes shares that she started drinking and using drugs, dating many women before eventually “settling down” at the age of 19 when she got engaged to a woman with two children. When she was 22, she was invited to a new Bible study—and that’s when everything changed.
“I realized that there are people in the same place, and they were saved, and they were changed, and that God could do that for me, too, and that I needed that,” she says. “I could hold onto my sin and reject God, or I could turn to Him… So that was it.”
Through a photo montage, we then see Thomes transition from a tomboy with a short haircut and lots of flannel shirts into a long-haired, gold jewelry-wearing woman with a smiling boyfriend on her arm. According to Facebook, she is now married to a man.
“People say to me all the time, ’I was born this way.’ Thomes says. “I say, ’Okay, me too. You’re not born with right affections. That’s why Jesus had to come. You feeling a desire for sin just proves you need grace like me.”
Despite the video’s high view count, many of the Facebook comments are critical.
“So, so wrong,” one user commented. “I’m willing to bet good money that she is on the bisexual spectrum, or else she is really doing an injustice being in a relationship with that young man. Let me tell anyone who is gay and watching this video that God created you just exactly as you are.”
Another wrote, “This is Christians using a fear tactic to make this girl question everything and become brainwashed into their thinking and it sickens me to no end.”
Other commenters referred to the vide as “inhumane,” “brainwashing,” and “truly disgusting.”
“God calls us not to heterosexuality, but holiness,” Thomes concludes in the video (below). “It’s not gay to straight, it’s lost to saved.”