However, after being invited to a bible study in her early 20s, Thomes became deeply convicted through the reading of scripture.
"Those who practice homosexuality, which was me, and also drunkards and a bunch of other things that I would've been, I realized that I was in the 'will I enter the Kingdom of God?' lineup and it scared me really really bad," she said.
"And then I read verse 11," Thomes continued, referring to 1 Corinthians 6:11. "And it says, 'And such were some of you, but you are washed, you are sanctified, you are justified.'"
While many support her firm yet loving message to fellow sinners, LGBT advocates have denounced it, claiming it is "enough to push gay children over the edge to suicide."
Ultimately, Thomes declares that those still lost in unrepentant sin need grace: "It's not gay to straight. It's lost to saved. God calls us not to heterosexuality but holiness."
Hear Emily's full testimony in the video below: