A TikTok star who gave her life to Christ in 2020 after years of homosexuality, gender dysphoria, and substance abuse is sharing a message of hope and God’s redeeming love for those caught up in the same lifestyle.
Arianna Armour has a heart to minister to LGBT people and says she knows that “There are people who need to hear what I have to say.”
CBN News reports that Armour was born to drug-addicted parents and later adopted by a Christian family in 2005.
Although she grew up in church, however, she came out as a lesbian at the age of 7 and says she didn’t know Christ; nor did she have a positive experience in her family’s church.
“Everyone was fake and cruel and I believed God hated me and was gong to send me to hell,” she has written on her TikTok page.
“You go to church once a week, you put on your Sunday best, you listen to the pastor, you make small talk and then you go home and live your life how you want for the next six days,” she explained in one video.
She would go on to live as a lesbian for 14 years and as a transgender man for 2 years.
“I asked God, ‘Why did you make me a girl? Why couldn’t I be born a boy? This was the first sign of the Jezebel spirit in my life. The enemy couldn’t stop me from being born, so he had to try something else. He sent demons into my life from a young age,” she said.
“The devil stole my identity from me,” Armour explained. “Through all of that, I was still suffering in sorrow.”
“I was really lost. I was depressed, I had anxiety. I was on pills. I was doing anything and everything to cope with everything that I had been through,” she said in another video. “Drugs, alcohol. You name it, I was doing it.”
In 2019, she was invited to an event put on by The Supernatural Life in Florida.
It was there that she first met Christ and although she would continue to live as a trans man for another year, she began to pursue Him.
“Now when I met Jesus I was still a trans-man. This was back in 2019. I had a crazy encounter, crazy stuff happened and I knew that I needed to get to know Jesus. Not religion, but Jesus,” she says. “So for an entire year, I was pursuing Jesus while I was still trans.”
While she still identified as “James,” she began to study the Bible and pray, although she didn’t identify as a Christian.
Ultimately, however, she came to the point where she knew she had to repent and follow Christ fully.
“It all came down to a choice,” Armour says. “I decided to follow Christ.”
In 2020, she said, “I am ready to be free from this thing that stole my identity. I am ready to be who I am because God created me for a reason and I am tired of looking at my body and thinking that it was a mistake. I am tired of walking with my head down and hating myself.”
In a video addressing whether one can be LGBT and be a Christian, Armour made clear that LGBT people can pursue Christ, but to truly follow Him means to lay down one’s sin and live a lifestyle that is fully dedicated to following His Word.
When she first began to follow Christ, she wasn’t initially denying herself, she explained.
“I loved Jesus and I believe you can be LGBTQ and love Jesus. I believe you can be a sinner who loves Jesus, but I don’t believe you can be a sinner who is a true Christian. I don’t believe you can be LGBTQ and be Christian because a Christian is not somebody who says ‘I believe’. A Christian is actually someone who lives it out. A Christian is actual a disciple of Jesus Christ,” she explained.
“Jesus did not tell us to continue living our sinful lifestyle and everything’s fine… I mean what was the point of Him dying? It’s not fine, and He tells us all, straight or gay, to repent of our sins,” she said.
“I chose to truly follow Jesus and gave up the LGBT lifestyle.”
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