Production Designer Becket Cook was at the height of living a successful Hollywood lifestyle when he realized it was all a ruse. His life had become a farce, and the façade was beginning to fall away.
In an article on CBN News, Cook shares: “Some people might say that I’m just suppressing who I really am, but they don’t get it because, you know, I lived that life for a really long time and I marched in gay pride parades. I marched in gay marriage equality parades. I was super gay. I tried that for 30 years. This is actually, really who I am now.”
CBN reported that Cook was sexually abused as a child by a friend’s father and years later he and another friend came out as gay to each other when he was 15 years old.
Becket was traumatized and too afraid to tell his parents, but that night severely affected his sexuality. He explains, “In the sixth (age 12) and seventh grades, I became increasingly aware that I was attracted to the same sex.”
But it wasn’t until college that Cook told his Catholic family – mother, father, and seven siblings – that he was attracted to men. As Movieguide® previously reported Cook says of those early years in California:
“I ended up moving to LA to pursue acting and writing and kind of a creative, more of a creative field,” he said. “I just came out to everyone. That’s when I fully embraced homosexuality as my identity.”
Relationship after relationship failed. Meanwhile, Becket was more successful than ever working as a Hollywood production designer.
“I was doing covers for Vogue and for Harper’s Bazaar, and I worked with a lot of pop stars like Katy Perry and Paris Hilton and Oprah, like everyone you can imagine I worked with them. And I also started my own men’s fashion line.”
His life was seemingly perfect. His clothes were selling in all the major markets and he was going to all the fashion shows and after parties.
One night in Paris it all came crashing down.
“I was kind of looking out over the crowd. It just struck me so profoundly. I was like, is that all there is to life? Just going to parties for the rest of my life is that all? Is this what it’s all about? I really started to panic that night, I was overwhelmed with a sense of emptiness,” Cook said.
About six months later, Cook says he and a gay friend were sitting in a coffee shop when they noticed the people sitting at the table next to them had Bibles. Cook says, “by that point in my life, I was a practical atheist,” but did not shy away from asking them:
‘Are you guys Christians?’ And they just – they laid it out for me. They told me what they believe. They told me the gospel. ‘So what does your church in Hollywood believe about homosexuality?’ And they were just like, ‘Well, you know, we believe it’s a sin.’ And what’s interesting about that is, number one, I appreciated how kind of frank they were and honest.”
“They invited me to church the following Sunday. And I was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to go to your church, but I’ll think about it.’ And then the following Sunday, I wake up and I’m like, ‘I guess I’m just going to go to this church today.'”
Cook followed through on his promise to attend, and the Holy Spirit answered his obedience with transformation:
“It was the first time I had really heard the gospel and understood it… And before he left, he invited people to get prayed with on the side of the church.”
“I go up to this guy, a stranger and I say, ‘I don’t know what I believe, but I’m here.’ And he said, ‘Okay, let me pray for you.’ And he laid hands on me and prayed for me. It seemed really intense and long. And I just remember thinking, why does this straight dude love me so much? Because it seems so loving what he was saying and praying.”
“And all of a sudden, the Holy Spirit is just like (MAKES NOISE) – like floods me, and God has revealed Himself to me in that moment. And He’s like, ‘You’re now adopted into my kingdom. Welcome.’ And I was like, ‘Whoa!’ (LAUGHS) And I just like started bawling, hysterically balling.”
“And I knew, in that moment, I knew into the core of my being that being gay was no longer who I was. But I didn’t care. I had just met Jesus Christ.”
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