From Gay to Gospel: The Fascinating Story of Becket Cook

Aug 28, 2019 by

from The Gospel Coalition:

Ten years ago, Becket Cook was a gay man in Hollywood who had achieved great success as a set designer in the fashion industry. He worked with stars and supermodels, from Natalie Portman to Claudia Schiffer, traveling the world to design photo shoots for the likes of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. He attended award shows and parties at the homes of Paris Hilton and Prince. He spent summers swimming in Drew Barrymore’s pool.

A decade later, Cook has moved on from that life—and he doesn’t miss it.

What changed for Cook? He met Jesus. On a momentous day in September 2009, while drinking coffee with a friend at Intelligentsia in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood, Cook started chatting with a group of young people sitting at a nearby table—physical Bibles opened in front of them (remember, this was 2009). They were from a church called Reality L.A. (where TGC Council member Jeremy Treat now serves as lead pastor), and they invited Cook to visit the church.

Cook took them up on the invitation and visited Reality L.A. the next Sunday, where he heard the gospel and gave his life to Jesus. He never looked back, trading his gay identity for a new identity in Christ. In the years since, Cook completed a degree at Talbot School of Theology and wrote a memoir of his conversion, A Change of Affection: A Gay Man’s Incredible Story of Redemption, which just released.

I recently met up with Cook at Intelligentsia—the place where his encounter with coffee-drinking, Bible-studying Christians set his conversion in motion. Here is an edited transcript of our conversation.

Read here

See also:

If we’re not “born gay” why can’t homosexuals choose to be straight? By Will Jones, Rebel Priest

Media bias and the elusive gay gene, by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

Farewell to the ‘gay gene’ theory, by Michael Cook, Bio Edge

Is the Gay Gene dead? from Line in the Sand

No single gene associated with being gay, from BBC News

How do genes affect same-sex behaviour?: Research summary with references by Melinda Mills, ScienceMag


The Gospel and Self-Conception: A Defense of Article 7 of the Nashville StatementDaniel Schrock, Reformed Forum

[Article 7 reads:

WE AFFIRM that self-conception as male or female should be defined by God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption as revealed in Scripture.

WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.]

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