I had never heard of this man until blogger Steve brought him up in the blog comments of my National Day of Prayer post.
From the Washington Post:
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said the group had no specific knowledge of Rekers' recent doings. [Rekers was one of the early leaders of the FRC in 1983--an offshoot of Focus on the Family.]
"Reports have been circulating regarding Dr. Rekers relationship with a male prostitute. FRC has had no contact with Dr. Rekers or knowledge of his activities in over a decade so FRC can provide no further insight into these allegations," he said.
"While we are extremely disappointed when any Christian leader engages in the very activities that they 'preach' against, it is not surprising. The Scriptures clearly teach the fallen nature of all people. We each have a choice to act upon that nature or accept the forgiveness offered by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and do our best to ensure our actions, both public and private match our professed positions," he added.
David Pruden, a member of the board of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, said in an e-mail that Rekers "is a dear, kind man who has had poor health as he has aged and often finds it impossible to travel [alone] to professional conferences or meetings." He added that he has attended conferences where Rekers needed another psychologist or academic to travel with him.
"It is hard to imagine that he knowingly traveled off with a questionable companion with the full knowledge and support of his family," Pruden said.______________________________
Perhaps Dr. Rekers, now in his early 60's, in poor health, looked up "male escort" for a baggage carrier. I would need help going places, too, if I had luggage. Though, with his background, one would think he knew what the ad implied at the site which was obviously a gay site. Supposedly, he claimed at length in a Facebook email to a critic that he only wanted to and did witness about Christ to the escort, that he seeks out homosexuals for Christian witness --but the "escort" says Rekers is obviously gay--but both deny they had sex, per se. Supposedly, Dr. Rekers received nude-body massages from the 20 year old "escort."
I think there are a lot of people willing to receive massages from strangers. I'm surely not one of them. Christian college choir members are instructed to massage the backs of their neighbors to relax them for good singing --as their bodies are their "musical instruments." I'm always creeped out by such physical intimacy with "just friends" and casual acquaintances. I remember my husband said some nurse tried to massage his shoulders after a baby delivery or surgery --in residency at the hospital --and he and I both felt this was inappropriate, but many people do not feel so about backrubs or going for massages and massage therapy these days. Whereas, it used to be suspect that a "massage parlor" was more than massage.
So this was surely a compromising arrangement --and foolish. Very possibly Dr. Rekers just wanted a valet and masseuse --since they both say there was no sex involved. But of course, a homosexual will be glad to accuse such a high-profile, pro-hetero Christian activist of being a closet gay --even without definite evidence.
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible