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Gay ‘conversion’ ministry is closing its doors

Gay ‘conversion’ ministry is closing its doors

In the wake of an apology from Alan Chambers, leader of the prominent “ex-gay” ministry Exodus International, the organization is shutting down.


The group embraced and encouraged “conversion therapy” for homosexuals. Religion News Service reports that the group announced yesterday that it’s shutting its doors, and that “Exodus’s board unanimously agreed to close the ministry and begin a separate one, though details about the new ministry were unavailable at the time of the organization’s press release. The announcement came just after Exodus president Alan Chambers released a statement apologizing to the gay community for many actions, including the organization’s promotion of efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation.”

In an interview with the Atlantic, it’s clear that Chambers is the one who has undergone a major conversion:

What parts of Exodus’s teaching do you renounce?

What I renounce: the whole gay-to-straight process. That the goal is changing your sexual orientation, which we realized isn’t something that happens. That that’s what makes you acceptable to God. And that gay people couldn’t ever be acceptable to God.

So what changed for you that got you to this place?

Realizing that the deepest part of the Exodus narrative is really a religious church narrative has been the biggest change. We are a church that has mostly been about waging war and battle. But I believe God has called us to be a people of peace. I’ve realized he can love a gay person or a lesbian person the same as anyone. For me as a Christian, those aren’t boundaries or barriers, and I don’t believe they are barriers for God. We felt it was absolutely necessary to close the ministry of Exodus and do what people who have been hurt are asking us to do: make amends in a way that makes a difference.

See full interview here.

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Ann Fontaine

Why people are not jumping for joy.

The truth is that Exodus and their ilk have lost the fight on a society-wide level. All of these anti-gay organizations have seen their donor pools shrink dramatically in the last few years. Support is dropping off even among many traditional conservative religious circles. Support is practically non-existent among teen and early-twenties aged evangelical and fundamentalist Christians. Surveys indicate that a major factor in many young adults leaving the churches in which they were raised is all the anti-gay rhetoric. The writing is on the wall. These guys aren’t shutting down because they’ve had a change of heart. They are shutting down in hopes of re-grouping and finding a new way to attract donors and supporters.

And to top it all off, their deflecting, delusional, and self-serving announcement about why they are closing ended by quoting a bible verse that used to be my favorite, John 16:33. They quoted a different translation than my preferred one. I’m going to stick with mine: “In the world you will face tribulation, but be of good cheer! For I have overcome the world.”

That may be what has angered me most about their non-apology. They have not faced tribulation, they are the tribulation others have faced. They have institutionalized bigotry, and turned it into a process which does not spread love and joy and forgiveness, but rather grinds people down with shame, fear, and lies. They are the very thing that their lord came to overcome, not the other way around.

If they ever realize that, if they ever apologize for being so very, very wrong, I might be willing to consider it their first step in a process by which they may eventually earn forgiveness.

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tgflux

TBTG!

…but Alan Chambers and others associated w/ that profoundly misguided (I’m being charitable) organization still have a LONG way to go, on the road to repentence.

JC Fisher (Yes, yes: don’t we all)

www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawllr4vbR4IJI

John,

My understanding, from the interview I read, is that Chambers still regards “homosexual behavior” as a sin.

Mark Brunson

John B. Chilton

At http://exodusinternational.org/2013/06/exodus-international-to-shut-down/

it says,

quote/Chambers continued: “From a Judeo-Christian perspective, gay, straight or otherwise, we’re all prodigal sons and daughters. Exodus International is the prodigal’s older brother, trying to impose its will on God’s promises, and make judgments on who’s worthy of His Kingdom. God is calling us to be the Father – to welcome everyone, to love unhindered.”/unquote

Does that mean Chambers still regards gays as distinctively profligate? Giving him the benefit of the doubt, be still holding him accountable, would he say he made a poor choice of analogy? It’s a question he needs to address.

Jacobepierce

This brings so much joy to my heart. Hope.

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