In a case that could have far-reaching implications for all Christians who believe it is a part of their faith to share their testimony, Maltese Christian charity worker Matthew Grech will face trial for allegedly promoting conversion therapies in an interview with the local media outlet PMnews Malta.
The small Mediterranean island nation was the first EU country to ban conversion therapy in 2016, and if convicted, Grech faces a fine of €5,000 or up to five months in prison. The law defines conversion practices as “any treatment, practice or sustained effort that aims to change, repress and, or eliminate a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and, or gender expression.”
The penalty for professionals found guilty of breaking the law increases to €10,000 and one year in prison.
The presenters of the PMnews program have also received a criminal summons and will appear in court alongside Grech.
“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” Matthew 24:12
During the media interview, he shared his story about his childhood and the confusion he had experienced when it came to his own sexuality and relationships. He spoke about how, as an adult, he had been involved in homosexual relationships before becoming a Christian, which changed his life dramatically.
Grech spoke about how he does not agree with the term “conversion therapy” and said that the deeper he went into his Christian faith and exploring the Bible, the more “I understood that in the Bible, homosexuality is not an identity as we make it nowadays. And neither is it a feeling, but a practice.”
“This means that no matter what sexual feelings a man or a woman is experiencing if they have sexual relations with a person of the same sex, they commit the homosexual act in God’s eyes, and that is a sin,” he explained. “Just like every other sin, one can repent from it and ask God for forgiveness and ask Him for strength to overcome… I’m talking here from a Christian perspective…”
At no point during the interview did Grech invite any listener to attend therapy or encourage anyone to get help for unwanted same-sex attraction.
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