In his book A Change of Affection: A Gay Man’s Incredible Story of Redemption, Becket Cook writes about the life-changing moment in his life when he realized being gay wasn’t what he wanted. He says it was the moment that he turned to God.
As a successful set designer in the fashion world, Cook rubs shoulders with famous Hollywood stars including Drew Barrymore and Diane Keaton. He makes appearances in award shows and in fashion shows. Suffice to say, Cook lives the life of a celebrity and he absolutely loves every moment of it.
However, the openly gay entrepreneur felt empty inside. Despite all the glitz and glamour, he still felt something was missing in his life. He recalls that moment he realized that he couldn’t go on with his constant life of partying and fashion shows.
He tells The 700 Club Friday that it was at the afterparty for Paris Fashion Week in March 2009. All the A-list celebrities and famous people from the fashion world were there. Then he looked over the crowd and thought that he couldn’t go on living like this anymore.
Cook realized that his lifestyle isn’t what life is all about. That’s when he began asking himself what he’s going to do with the rest of his life.
An unlikely encounter with a group of Christians at a coffee shop marks the profound moment in Cook’s life.
Cook recalled asking them, “What does your church believe about homosexuality?” And they said, “Well, we believe it’s a sin.” Then they invited him to their Sunday worship where Cook took to heart the passage from Romans Chapter 7.
Someone at the church prayed for him. When he was trying to process the sermon, the worship music and everything, he felt a sudden rush of epiphany.
“Then all of the sudden, the Holy Spirit overwhelmed me. And God was like, ‘I’m God. Jesus is my Son. Heaven’s real. Hell’s real. The Bible’s true. You are now adopted into my Kingdom. Welcome!'”
Cook said he immediately started crying and felt as if a curtain had parted to show him the truth about the meaning of life. It was at that moment that he knew that being gay was not who he was.
Today Cook wants to tell his story to many homosexuals who struggle like he did.