Helping men who struggle with SSA and homosexuality connect with God's original design for their sexuality.
We minister to the gay and ex-gay community. We believe that God has a divine purpose for human sexuality. We help those who desire to walk away from same sex attraction and homosexuality. We encourage men and women who struggle with their sexuality to pursue answers from biblical scripture as their guide rather than popular opinion.
Mission: Big Fish Ministry is a residential ministry for Christian guys who struggle with same sex attractions (SSA). Discipleship is the word that best describes the mission of Big Fish Ministry. Big Fish Ministry consists of three distinct phases: preliminary, online mentoring, a one-year residential mentorship and After Care for graduates. In the mentorship, men are encouraged to mature in their relationship with Jesus Christ, as they begin the process of surrendering their same sex desires to God. We provide spiritual and emotional support, mentoring, Biblical and Christian resource material and coaching on community development. All elements necessary to break free from deeply rooted same sex attractions (SSA). Participation in any phase of Big Fish Ministry is strictly on a voluntary basis. Participants are discipled to seek God’s perspective on SSA and it’s development. Whether your struggle with SSA has been an internal one or you have acted on your feelings, we truly believe that there is freedom from homosexuality, that no sin should dominate anyone’s life and that ‘with God, all things are possible.’ A life of surrender to Jesus is a life truly lived. Our mission: To compassionately walk alongside men whose lives have been touched by same sex attractions. To present ourselves as tangible relationships, whose early life experiences parallel their own. To provide men who feel trapped and isolated relevant information allowing them to make informed decisions, as they question the role of homosexuality in their lives. To demonstrate that God's all consuming love can restore a life stolen from them at birth. To offer options, rather than condemnation.
A letter from our Director, Matthew Aaron, regarding his latest ministry venture and calling.
"I left Orlando two weeks ago, sent off by one of the best living Eulogies any man could hope to receive. Three days prior to leaving were a dreadful bit of pack, unpack, throwaway, repack and repeat. Two years prior I reduced a three-bedroom home down to one-bedroom apartment. This move, I had the sizable task of reducing one bedroom to the passenger compartment of a Kia Forte.
It wasn’t endless moments of nostalgia and tear-shed. My headspace was contemplation and regrets of mismanaged time. I kept repeating, "It's just stuff”. When a house catches fire, people sift and salvage. I was doing the same thing on this side of the impending flames. On this occasion, I possessed the matchstick; fueled by reason and purpose. God had called me to something greater. Each tiny, historical knick-knack hung as a massive weight, threatening the journey ahead, fastening me to the person I had been, bearing no hint of who I was becoming.
Amongst the menagerie, a discarded, Gucci wristwatch in an Ostrich-leather case: expensively acquired, extensively damaged, decades old. Far too long I’d hoarded it. Possessing it "gave" me value by proximity. The classic skin-deep beauty story; a corroded battery, over time, had wreaked havoc on the delicate Swiss innards, leaving the exterior untouched, flawless, deceiving. A better picture of the power of sin one could not paint. One item down, 654 more to go. The watch may have been dead, but time was mercilessly ticking away.
I had stored things I meant to get back to one day. Peering into each tiny abyss, I could recount the journey of each piece and tell you why I had rescued it. Shifted from one home to the next, one room to another, finally coming to rest in the Swedish tomb of my patchwork IKEA nightstand, dubbed “Franken-Stand”.
When I got to the many picture frames that once adorned the Big Fish Walls I almost threw up. My soul was a Maytag of pauses and pain. Remember, something greater percolated beyond this emotional ravine. I opened each wooden frame, cursing the inventor of those devilish, metal pieces that secures the contents. As I swung the proverbial scalpel, a painful dissection had commenced. First step, rip them open. Second step, discard the hard exoskeleton once the "heart" is removed.
While opening a frame with one of those fancy mattes, a wave of nostalgia, blessing and gratitude leveled me, ceasing all forward progress. This particular photo had hung in my house for 10 years, since the inception of Big Fish Ministry, Nestled there on the backside of the matte, hidden from view, lay a secret letter from one of the first guys I had mentored. This discovery was the first time I had read it. God in His wisdom had set this up for such a time as this.
“Matthew," it read, "this is bittersweet. Having to move…and continuing to press on is both an expectation + adventure as well as difficult and emotional to let go of. This summer has changed me, Matthew. In the deepest sense, without all that God has been doing over the past couple of months, I don’t want to try to imagine where I would be. Thank you, Matthew. Thank you for all the big and little things you have done in the name of God working in my life. I didn’t think God could heal/restore much of anything in my life in four months, and truth is – But...looking back – I’m not the same. I felt lost – God has...done more than I expected. None of this would have happened if I…had been…living in (city name). Having you open not just your doors, but your arms for me has changed me. Matthew, thank you for everything you’ve done. Thank God for you. Thank you for allowing God to work through you Matthew, I love you and I pray anyone else God puts in front of yFromour life to minister to, that they experience the same impact on their lives that I have found in mine. Thank you, Matthew. Love in Christ.”
Buried treasure like this restores the soul of this weary warrior. When God asks the uncomfortable, or people cut me deep and ministry hurts, I press on.
For 21 years I have preached that there is freedom from the LGBT life through Jesus Christ. Not everyone who hears agrees, far fewer believe, but I press on. I pursue the leading of the Lord, rather than the accolades of men. I have spent much time surrendering each mistaken identity of mine to Father God. God reminds me not to identify as a gay man, a sinner, a gay Christian, a dolphin trainer or even a ministry director. My sole identity is as God’s image bearer. Yours as well. I am identified as God’s adopted son, made a saint through Jesus Christ. I am to bear no image, similarity or sanitized whisper of my sinful past. For those lost in the deception of Gay Christianity. I am neither Side A nor Side B, I am Side Jesus.
It is time to be bold in our statement of faith and prayerful in our approach. God is moving to restore men and women of faith who have fallen away. His arms are open wide. His promises still stands."
Galatians 6:8-9 8 “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
If you are in the Orlando/Celebration area our Director, Matthew Aaron will be teaching a class on gender, sexuality and the church at the illuminate church office in Celebration, FL. Follow the link to register.
There is so much misinformation about sex and sexuality, especially in the church today. We will be hosting a class on Wednesday, January 29th at the church offices, that will present a biblical approach to questions like, “Is homosexuality a sin?” or “What does God say about gay marriage?" Please join us to hear an unlikely story of redemption and freedom from Matthew Aaron Walker, from Big Fish Ministry. .
Register now: https://illuminate.church/upcoming-events/big-fish-ministry
joedallas.com Approval Accepted; Acceptance Denied When someone says “Mom and Dad, I’m gay”, are Mom and Dad automatically forced into a choice between approval or rejection, celebration or hatred? The question is more than academic to the many Bible believing Christians who hold to clear definitions of mar...
A friend of Big Fish Ministry introduced our Director, Matthew Aaron, to this book many years ago. We have used it for group teaching and individual learning. Warning, it is not for the faint of heart. Matthew Aaron calls it "Spiritual Spring Cleaning". It is the first book suggestion he makes to anyone who feels stuck in a spiritual rut or who feels like their life is going in circles. The theme of the book is obviously about Breaking away from bondage in our lives, through purposeful and pointed prayers. We do that, as the book demonstrates, by Overcoming Negative Thoughts, Irrational Feelings and Habitual Sins. If you feel like you could benefit from a book like this, then don't hesitate.
"The first time I read this book I was overwhelmed by the change it made in my life. I felt freedom in areas of my life where I didn't know you could get freedom. This book allowed me to take spiritual authority back in my life. I also led other men through this book. I watched them get freedom from habitual sins and circular thinking, for which only God can provide solutions. Satan wants us to stay in bondage. If you feel like you have tried everything and are about to throw in the towel, DON'T. Give this book a read. Watch God bring Freedom you never thought possible." -- Matthew Aaron.
Our Director, Matthew Aaron, has oft received the question, "Do you still do ministry?". The simple answer, "YES". Matthew Aaron, will be involved in ministry until the day he breathes his last. He gave up a long time career as a marine mammal trainer at Sea World to minister hope, healing and love to the gay community. The long answer?While God never changes, society and culture do. Our ministry is diverse, because people are diverse. Beliefs radically evolve as satan, the enemy of our souls, continues to tempt and torment humanity.
Ministry to the LGBT community and people who chose to leave it is different today than it was 20 years ago when Matthew Aaron walked away from his gay life. He shares this thought, "God called me out of my homosexual sin. He showed me a new way to live. Jesus continues to redeem, teach and guide me daily. He showed me that being a gay Christian, was not and never will be in His plan for anyone. He didn't condemn me, because of my sin, but He did show me a new way to live. He brought healing where there had been hurt at the hands of men. He brought understanding where the enemy had sewn confusion."
The Bible is the standard by which we teach, preach and mentor here at Big Fish. You won't catch us twisting or reinterpreting the Word of God in an effort to affirm gay Christianity. Without the standard of God's word, we are subject to the ever changing, faulty foundation of human emotion. Big Fish Ministry stands firm that marriage is between a man and a woman. We do what we do, because of the hope that Jesus Christ brings.
Over the last 20 years our Director has sewn truth into the lives of thousands of men and women. Some have received that truth. Others have gone on the attack. A former mentee went on the attack this year in an attempt to malign Matthew Aaron's character and Big Fish. We were approached by a reporter and shared the truth the young man refused to tell and once again, the message that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior if you choose it. We will weather any storm my friends, but the truth is that the storm that is brewing in the gay community will affect every person on the planet if we refuse to stand for what is good and right and true according to God's Word.
In today's culture, people that share biblical truth about homosexuality and gender issues are attacked. Satan is out to destroy the concepts of gender, marriage and sexuality set forth in Genesis. Big Fish Ministry is here to affirm the truth of God's Word. We also believe that although every person has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, that God provides a path to redemption. God sent Jesus, His only son, to die on a cross for the remission of our sins. When we accept that sacrifice, God begins the work of redemption in our lives. The false doctrine of gay Christianity circumvents the truth of the gospel. Homosexuality is not a part of God's divine plan for man.
For that reason, we are still doing ministry.
Our ministry philosophy is Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;"
Over the past few years we have been able to connect with other ministries like Freedom March, Fearless Identity Orlando, Hope for Wholeness and Coming Out, Inc of Dallas, in an effort to rescue men and women who felt trapped by their sexual desires. Freedom is indeed possible. It is not a passing sentiment or a stale slogan. If the Bible preaches it, we will teach it.
So to answer any question about whether or not we still do ministry, the answer is "Yes. Forever!"
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bigfishministry.com As I read my bible in Starbucks today, a passage in Isaiah jumped out at me. But first, let me set the scene. To my right, a muslim couple was meeting with their divorce lawyers. To my left, a “Christian” woman could be heard loudly cutting do
I am trying to share this as many places as possible. One of the books that has helped me and other men leaving their LGBT lives behind has been removed from the Amazon.com collection. Please take some time and sign this petition if you would.
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Our Director, Matthew Aaron, just completed another blog for the masses.
bigfishministry.com “Ex-Crack User Now Gets Rush From Helping Others In Need”. A few years ago, that was headline I clipped from a local newspaper. I seldom read the newspaper, but the article’s title stuck in my brain. When someone breaks free from drug or alcoh
Be encouraged, I am. I am encouraged by the Freedom March and the many brothers and sisters who have left their LGBTQ lives behind. We have now joined together to march for freedom twice in Washington D.C., once in L.A., and coming soon: Minneapolis and Orlando.
I am reminded of the first time I attended an Exodus Conference back in 2001. I had only been out of my gay life for 2 years. I never dreamed that I would meet so many people who had also left their LGBT lives behind.
I met some of my dearest friends at Exodus Conferences. I was able to worship alongside men and women who understood what it meant to be free of the bondage of their LGBT struggles. And now...the Freedom March is once again providing men and women of like mind to celebrate their freedom in Jesus Christ.
What I love about the Freedom March and its founders is that they are forever glorifying the name of Jesus and the power of God to transform lives.
This last week, myself and a few hundred freedom marchers gather in Washington D.C. to celebrate freedom and share Jesus in our nation's capital.
Here is a copy of the letter I will be sending to my state Senators, Vice President Pence and President Trump. I would encourage everyone to do the same. We may march for Freedom twice a year, but we can also write for Freedom as well.
I am writing in opposition to the Equality Act that was passed by the House and now stands before the the Senate. It may have been a historic vote, but as we know, history is littered with triumphs and pitfalls alike.
I am a resident of Florida. I am a Christian man. I am a man who left my gay life behind 20 years ago. My relationship with Jesus and my understanding of the Bible, regarding human sexuality and marriage, led me to leave my gay life behind. I minister to others who have also left gay lives behind. They, too, believed that living an LGBTQ life is opposed to the teachings of the bible.
I grew up in a Christian home. I was not born gay. I was born, artistic, sensitive and creative, not gay. I have researched my own life history, compared it to the Word of God and read enough credible material, from authors like Joe Dallas, to know it was nurture not nature that led me to believe I was born gay. The bible says that we are all born under the curse of sin. I believe it was that curse that wreaked havoc on my sensitive nature and brought about a destructive, gay lifestyle that I lived for 10 years.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 helped me see that God wants to redeem me from a life of sexual sin.
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
out of sinful lives.
Scripture illuminates a path out of sin. It does not encourage us to build a future in it.
We are living in a time of great, Christian persecution. Free speech is preached by the LGBTQ community as long as they are the only ones speaking freely. The Equality Act is simply one more way to tighten the grip around the throat of those preaching the healing, freeing message of the gospel, thereby silencing free speech and religious liberty. Twenty years ago, the message of the gospel freed me from my gay life. It continues to do so for others today. Research the Freedom March movement happening in major US cities. I am not proposing that we treat anyone unequally, but I can assure you, if the Equality Act is passed, that is exactly what will happen to men and women of faith. I am asking that you consider the far-reaching implications of what seems to be a simple piece of legislation.
My name is Matthew Aaron Walker. I overcame homosexuality, because of Jesus Christ.
God bless you and your leadership,
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