Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ex-Gay Ministry Joins Gay Agenda: Christians Wrong

American media are ecstatic: A long-time Christian ministry of former homosexuals, Exodus International, which has preached for decades that faith in Jesus Christ will overcome sinful behavior, is going out of business as the organization's leader, Alan Chambers, in a lengthy apology, announced that churches are wrong to "love the sinner, but hate the sin."
“I am sorry that when I celebrated a person [engaged in homosexual behavior] coming to Christ and surrendering their sexuality to Him, I callously celebrated the end of [such sinful] relationships that broke your heart.”
-- Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International
America, you've come a long way, baby :-(

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-- From "Christian Group Apologizes to Gay Community" by The Associated Press 6/20/13

Alan Chambers said on Exodus International's website Thursday that the group wants to apologize "to the gay community for years of undue suffering and judgment at the hands of the organization and the church as a whole."

Chambers also says he is sorry the group promoted sexual orientation change efforts and apologized for not challenging Christians who called gays names like "sodomite."

Exodus International was founded 37 years ago. It claimed 260 member ministries around the U.S. and internationally.

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From "Group That Promoted ‘Curing’ Gays Ceases Operations" by Gerry Mullany, New York Times 6/20/13

The decision by the board of Exodus International to stop operating comes as the group’s president, Alan Chambers, has been increasingly vocal in proclaiming that there was no cure for homosexuality and that therapy did not work in changing a person’s sexual orientation.

The group’s underlying approach toward homosexuality had been that people are not born with such sexual inclinations, but rather choose them, leaving the potential for their being cured. Such thinking has been a rationale among some conservatives and evangelicals for their staunch opposition to same-sex marriage.

But in recent years the group had come under increased criticism as professional associations denounced its focus on reparative therapy to “cure” homosexuality, saying it was not only ineffective but potentially harmful. At the same time, polls have shown an increasing number of Americans more accepting of homosexuality and approving of gay marriage.

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From "Ex-gay ministry Exodus International shutting down" by Heidi Hall, The Tennessean 6/20/13

“Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we’ve ceased to be a living, breathing organism," Alan Chambers, president of the ex-gay organization, posted on its website. “For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our felow human beings, nor biblical.”

Exodus International’s apology to gay people for causing them years of suffering constitutes a total about-face from the nonprofit’s original mission, its executive vice president [Randy Thomas] confirmed Wednesday.

“Providing help for people to turn from gay to straight is something we’ve distanced ourselves from,” Thomas said.

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From "Exodus International President to Offer Apology in OWN Special Report" by Jeff Schapiro, Christian Post Reporter 6/19/13

Chambers lived as a gay teenager and young adult, the Exodus website says, before choosing to pursue Christ over his same-sex attraction (SSA). He is now married and has two children, but he told The Christian Post last year that he still struggles with SSA at times. He also said he doesn't think the idea of curing such attractions through therapy is a biblical message, which is why Exodus has "shied away from it."

"Christians in the body of Christ, we have overemphasized complete resolution and complete change for this issue but not for others ... and I don't think we're telling anybody else with any other type of struggle that they have to ... never be tempted in that area again in order to be a good Christian," he told CP at the time.

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In addition, read
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From "Exodus on a Collision Course with Jesus" by Robert A. J. Gagnon, Ph.D. 5/20/13

. . . Rev. Whitten writes, and Mr. Chambers and Mr. Thomas concur, “There is no biblical basis for believers to confess sins to God for forgiveness. To each other for healing, yes; but not to God for forgiveness. How much time will that free up!” (Pure Grace, p. 20). Mr. Thomas, the no. 3 person at Exodus, adds that believers who continue to pray to God “Forgive us our sins” engage in “a self-righteous ritual” and “deny the righteousness of Christ that is already present.”

Who are you going to believe? The Exodus leadership or Jesus?

This statement is just one of what I term “The Seven Pillars of Rev. Whitten’s Wisdom.” Rev. Whitten is the chair of the Exodus Board and Alan Chambers’ and Randy Thomas’s pastor, whom Alan and Randy follow down the doctrinal line. Indeed, Alan Chambers, the President of Exodus, has stated: “To say that I recommend [Clark Whitten’s book Pure Grace] is the understatement of the century.” With Whitten’s book, “God has unveiled something that has been veiled for hundreds and hundreds of years.”

. . . Who ever thought we would reach the day when it would be necessary for faithful followers of Jesus to exodus out of Exodus?

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From "Courageous Christian Leaders Stand with Restored Hope Network" posted at Christian Newswire 5/7/13

Restored Hope Network is holding its second annual national conference: "Restoring Hope: The Truth that Transforms" June 21- 22 in Oklahoma City.

Founded in July 2012, Restored Hope is a membership governed network dedicated to restoring hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin, especially those impacted by homosexuality. We proclaim that Jesus Christ has life-changing power for all who submit to Christ as Lord; we also seek to equip His church to impart that transformation.

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