On the other hand, his admission doesn't really surprise me, given the people of compromise in his circle. I'd been so amazed and proud of him when Exodus International imploded a few years ago because he'd maintained the biblical position on homosexuality. At least, for the most part.
His embrace of homosexuality in itself troubles me, but no more than it troubles me that another friend of mine has been making a series of rebellious choices in her life. Homosexuality dishonors the Lord, just as many other sinful attitudes and behaviors dishonor Him. So, while my friend's decision to once again label himself as a gay man breaks my heart, I realize that it merely represents a deeper problem.
Both friends have approached the Lord expecting Him to fix their circumstances. Over the past four decades, the Gospel has been slowly eclipsed by false promises of emotional well-being, demoting Jesus from His rightful place as King of kings and Lord of lords to the menial role of Cosmic Bellhop. And when He doesn't make us feel better or remove our struggles with lust, anger, depression or whatever, we turn to our own methods of coping with the pain.
The visible church has exchanged sound doctrine for experience. And when experience lies to us, telling us to accept homosexual impulses, reject the counsel of more mature Christians and seek lifestyles that focus on pleasure, we end up either distorting God's Word or abandoning it altogether. And Scripture pretty much says this turn to selfishness would happen.
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. ~~2 Timothy 3:1-5 (ESV)The news of my friend's return to homosexuality grieves me, but I can't say it entirely surprises me. I think the lack of surprise--the awareness that the erosion of biblical preaching in his church and many other evangelical churches--troubles me more than his homosexuality in and of itself. May God have mercy.