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God’s Great Do-Over – Part 2

“Well, for many years, they told me it would not stand; I would eventually walk away from the Lord and go back into the gay life. Well, keep watching. I will not go back. I made a decision to stand with Christ, and I will until He takes me home with Him. I want to be a light in that dark place (Matt. 5:16). You will not hide me anymore. I have a voice, and I’m going to continue to speak it.”

Even though she had accepted Christ in college, later Janet Boynes fell into a homosexual lifestyle and lived in several different lesbian relationships over the course of fourteen years. It wasn’t until a group of Christian women reached out to her that she was able to walk away and has now been free for seventeen years.

Janet is passionate about helping others trapped in the gay lifestyle find freedom, identity, and acceptance in Christ. She is a spokesperson for empowering other Christians not only to reach out in love but also to take a stand for what the Bible says is right and wrong.

“After the Supreme Court decision was made, there was a woman who was supposed to give out licenses to gays and lesbians,” Janet recalls. “She said she didn’t believe it was right, and so after many years at her job, she quit. That shows me she took a stand, and some of us may have to walk away from our jobs.

“I believe in compassion without compromise. Let’s be compassionate, but let’s not compromise the Gospel. You can love anybody, but you don’t have to accept their behavior. Love has nothing to do with that. I’m going to say that it’s wrong, and [that] I love you and will help you get free. As a church, we should reach out in love but never validate that behavior.

“Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. When I went into homosexuality, I did not expect to be out there for fourteen years. When I had that first snort of cocaine, I didn’t expect to be on it for five years. When we do these things, we don’t know where it’s going to take us.

“My brother never knew that he would die from AIDS. I think once he got the virus, he had an idea he could [die], but there are so many pills that you can take today that can help you. But my brother didn’t have that opportunity.... And I wish that he had.”

Coming out of homosexuality didn’t happen overnight for Janet; rather, it was a process—one that she had to walk out day by day, latching onto the Word of God. She talked to the Christians around her, asking for support and for people to pray for her. She was determined not to look back, but was going to embrace what was in front of her, drawing from the grace to do what was beyond her own ability.

“I am ready. I made a decision to serve the Lord, and I really believe that the ministry the Lord has given me today is going to help many people. I know one day, we’ll all stand before our Lord, and He’s going to say, ‘Because you didn’t back down, look at all these people who are here.’ We won’t know the impact we’re going to have until we stand before Him, and I believe we will have an impact.”

For the full interview with Janet Boynes, watch Andrew’s Gospel Truth program here.


God’s Great Do-Over – Part 1

Janet Boynes—author of Called Out, Arise: The Journey from Fear to Faith, and The Top 10 Questions Regarding Same-Sex Attraction—described how God called her out of the darkness of homosexuality and drug addiction and into the light. It began when Janet was young. She was raised in a family of seven children fathered by four different men, and Janet was the only one who didn’t know her dad. Being fatherless left her unprotected and without identity. Her alcoholic stepfather beat her mother. During that time, the father of one of her other sisters raped her after he had sent his own daughter to the store. Further compounding her wounds, she was then raped at her church. All of this abuse created a chain reaction within Janet, who began acting out at school.

God intervened in Janet’s life through an eighth-grade English teacher who took Janet under her wing. Her influence helped foster Janet’s love of writing. However, just before college, Janet lost this support when her teacher moved five states away, to Minnesota, and a sense of abandonment gripped Janet.

Three years after dropping out of college, Janet bought a one-way ticket to Minneapolis. Her eighth-grade teacher got her back into college, and it was there that she met Mary. Mary took her to church, and Janet gave her heart to the Lord. She dove headfirst into Christianity. She met a professional bike racer, and he asked her to marry him. It looked like Janet would finally escape her brokenness and find happiness, but she was about to make a choice that would lead her on a fourteen-year detour.

With her groom-to-be on the road, Janet spent time with a woman at her job who gave her the attention she had never received from her mother: “When you don’t deal with your childhood, it could come out anytime.” This relationship with her coworker became sexual and led Janet to go from woman to woman. However, God never left Janet, even though she thought He had. Her true Father was about to renew her youth like the eagle’s (Ps. 103:5) and lift His daughter out of an identity that threatened to consume her.

Through a strange set of events, late one night in a grocery store parking lot, a woman gave Janet a brochure and invited her to church. Janet was stunned when she read the name of the church. Five years earlier, she had driven past that very same church and said to her partner, “Someday I’m going to go to that church.” The two of them looked at each other and laughed—where had those words come from?

Janet was about to find out that God had prepared a church of people who would love and accept her: “I looked just like a man. And they just loved on me.” Eight months later, one married couple stepped forward and asked Janet to move in with them. She sold her home and, at the age of forty, moved in with a Christian family who taught her what it meant to be part of a family. “Their goal was not to pull me out of homosexuality into heterosexuality, but into a relationship with Jesus. They wanted to watch God work on my life from the inside out.”

Stay tuned this week for more of Janet Boynes’ amazing story in God’s Great Do-Over – Part 2!


From Escaping Death to Inspiring Life

Carrie Fischer as a baby (Click to enlarge)“When I was a little girl, I had recurring dreams of a baby in the womb who was fighting for her life. I could tell this baby was in pain and literally felt her pain and heard her screams. It troubled me, but I let it go for several years. Then somebody told me that my mother had not wanted me and tried to kill me.”

Before Carrie Fischer was born, her mother attempted a first trimester abortion with her in 1968—five years before the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. Six months later, on June 10, 1969, she had a beautiful baby girl, but not without some troubling consequences: “My mother was in labor for thirty-six hours,” explains Carrie, “and I ended up paralyzed on one side of my face and was deaf in one ear. The doctors were telling my mom that I was never going to be normal, that I would be mentally challenged by age thirteen, living like a vegetable.” Proving the doctors wrong, Carrie went through school making A’s, and B’s and even went on to earn a two-year marketing degree in college.

As a Carrie and her mother (Click to enlarge)teenager, Carrie confronted her mother about what had happened to her during her mother’s pregnancy. “She lived with a lot of guilt and shame,” recounts Carrie. “It hurt her, especially given the physical effects of how I turned out. She just broke down crying. I just remember being so overwhelmed. I was maybe a little angry, thinking, How could you do that? But those feelings became compassion and love for her. I told her, ‘I love you. I forgive you. I’m glad I’m here.’”

Even though God restored her relationship with her mother, the consequences of what had happened would follow Carrie, bringing their own trials and challenges: “I would go to school and come home, crying every day,” she admits. “In public school, kids would put me in lockers, spit on me, and beat me up—just very unkind stuff. It was hard. I begged my mother not to send me to school.” So, finally, in the eleventh and twelfth grade, she took a job to pay for private school.

“I was so distraught over it that when I got into my early thirties, I said, ‘I can’t do this anymore, God.’ So, I took some anti-depressants, drank a bottle of wine, and went to sleep, hoping I wouldn’t wake up again.” Miraculously, Carrie did wake up the next morning, completely untouched by any of the possible side effects from the night before. “That’s when I knew,” recounts Carrie. “I knew that God had a purpose and a plan for me being here.”

Carrie and her husband (Click to enlarge)Carrie and her husband of three years live in Houston where they help care for her mother. The incredible and redemptive love of God is evident in the lives of these two women, and continues on today. “I feel that’s what I’m called to do,” informs Carrie. “I want to minister to these women who are hurting and tell them that God loves them and God forgives them.

“For those who have aborted their children, I believe that God has told me I can offer forgiveness to them as an almost aborted child myself. I want you to know that your child loves you, your child forgives you, and that you will see your children again. God also loves you and He forgives you.                                                                   Don’t ever doubt that.”

Carrie and her husband continue to travel and speak as much as they can, inspiring hope and proclaiming that no matter what you’re going through, life is still precious and every life deserves a chance.

To see the full interview of Carrie Fischer with Andrew Wommack, which aired on January 22, 2015, click here.