Freedom Realized! - paperback
by Stephen Black, Pastor, Speaker, Author
Executive Director, First Stone Ministries
Chairman of the Restored Hope Network
Freedom Realized! *
Freedom from Homosexuality & Living A Life Free from Labels
A passionate and convicting book that gives clear evidence that people, in fact, find lasting freedom from homosexuality and freedom from a life defined by “gay” identity fallacies. This book is needed by church members and leadership as arsenal in their battle for truth in this day of “hip-hop gospel relativism” of people dumbing down the power of the Gospel of Jesus and His available transformation.
Stephen Black was the Chairman of the Ministry Council of Exodus International in 2012 which subsequently failed and closed up because it denied its own mission and purpose to bring full healing and restoration to those seeking a sexual identity defined by Christ alone. It was during this time Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International began abandoning the Exodus International mission. Chambers started communicating an ambiguious and deceptive message that no one’s same-sex attractions change, and thus leaving people condemned to live a life defined by a gay identity. This was a dark time as Chambers completely contradicted the message of true hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Chambers’ proclamations, repeated daily by gay activists, compelled Black to see that the true banner of hope was being raised elsewhere by then, the 36-year-old ministry of First Stone Ministries and by other ministries that later joined the Restored Hope Network.
Polled over a period of 13 months, respondents to a First Stone Ministries’ survey from a 25-year period of ministry (1990-2015), provided evidence that First Stone has indeed produced the healing available through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The results are amazing! The survey revealed the exact opposite to Chambers’ gay-affirming proclamations. Truth is, many people have found lasting freedom!
Freedom Realized describes a behind-the-scenes unfolding of Black’s and other leaders’ attempts to restore righteousness to Exodus International. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Instead, in September of 2012, God raised up a new voice to offer hope to those seeking lasting change by forming and empowering the Restored Hope Network. Freedom Realized, in part, is a tribute to many of the courageous men and women of God who worked to form Restored Hope Network, such as Frank Worthen who was a spiritual father in this move of God and who has recently gone to be with Him.
What Makes Freedom Realized Different?
There are some unique and significant differences which distinguish Freedom Realized from other books dealing with overcoming homosexuality. First, this kind of survey has never been conducted by an “ex-gay” ministry. Second, Freedom Realized takes a hard look at problems in ‘ex-gay’ ministry—what works and what doesn’t. It shines light on why some people find lasting freedom and others eventually fall away and go back into darkness. Third, this book exposes some of the deceptive messaging from the mixture of antinomianism and psychology that lowers the bar of holiness and hinders the freedom that Christ’s Gospel imparts. This book brings the light of Christ’s holiness and love to the “gay Christian” distortion. Freedom Realized imparts a powerful hope by showing how to access the power to find lasting freedom and practical helps for ministry. Finally, the book bolsters confidence to attain freedom through wonderful insights from seasoned leaders with over 20 years of experience in helping people overcome same-sex attractions and in living a life of holiness in surrender to Jesus Christ. These leaders convey sound truths in their messages on how FREEDOM is REALIZED! This book is offered to encourage your own soul, your friends, your family members and especially church leadership to hold the front line of holiness concerning transformational grace!
Pre-order now at 25% off the retail price of $17.99. Your pre-order price is $13.50 plus shipping. Freedom Realized is set to ship on October 10, 2017.
“A powerful testimony peppered with practical plans for anyone who has struggled, is struggling, or will struggle with same-sex attraction. Stephen’s life proves: There’s help… there’s hope… and there is freedom!”
Founder, CEO, CSO (Chief Servant Officer)
HOPE FOR THE HEART
Author of Counseling Through Your Bible Handbook
“I love this book the way I love Stephen Black. His voice is passionate and as pastoral as it is prophetic. Stephen wisely sets the tone for 'Freedom Realized' in the recent history of Exodus' demise; Black then applies the real Gospel of Jesus Christ to homosexuality. In spite of the topic's complexity, Stephen cuts a clear and narrow way up the middle of what has become a contentious topic. He also paves a way for caregivers by giving statistical evidence for the effectiveness of truthful pastoral care. I have yet to meet a man who bears as patiently and tenderly with strugglers as does Stephen. His embodiment of truth and grace is echoed by the solid voices he enlists at book's end to declare: Jesus makes willing, wounded hearts whole. Thank you Stephen for your significant contribution to this wholeness.”
Andrew Comiskey, M.Div.
Founder and Executive Director of Desert Stream Ministries
Kansas City, MO
“It’s one thing to be delivered from homosexuality. It’s another thing to become a powerful, passionate, and uncompromising witness for the Lord, but that’s exactly who Stephen Black has become through the amazing grace of God. Here, in this very important volume, he debunks the myth of “gay Christianity,” exposes the dangers of today’s compromised gospel, and gives practical, hope-filled instructions to those struggling with same-sex attractions.”
Michael L. Brown, Ph.D.,
Author of “Can You Be Gay and Christian?”
Host of The Line of Fire radio broadcast
“Stephen Black has written a must-read book in light of the confusion created by former leaders of the now defunct Exodus International. Stephen’s deep love for Christ, passion for truth, and personal involvement in redemptive ministries gives definitive credibility to this much-needed book on true and lasting freedom.”
Jason Thompson, Executive Director
Portland Fellowship, Portland, OR
* Also available in eBook format. Look for it at Redemption Press.