Thursday, June 20, 2013

Infamous Ex-Gay Organization Closes & Apologizes

On the Exodus website, [Alan] Chambers [President of ex-gay organization Exodus Internationaladds:
“Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we’ve ceased to be a living, breathing organism,” said Alan Chambers, President of Exodus. “For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical.” 
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.” 
For these reasons, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to close Exodus International and begin a separate ministry. “This is a new season of ministry, to a new generation,” said Chambers. “Our goals are to reduce fear (, and come alongside churches to become safe, welcoming, and mutually transforming communities.” 
Local affiliated ministries, which have always been autonomous, will continue, but not under the name or umbrella of Exodus.
[Jim] Burroway [who has chronicled the ex-gay movement] concludes:
But make no mistake about it. This is the end of an era, and major milestone in the history of the ex-gay movement. I imaging we’re going to hear a lot of reactions over the next several days to come, but tonight, Exodus has come to a quiet and — dare I say it — a very dignified end.
The American Psychological Association has denounced ex-gay/reparative therapy and noted that it does not and can not achieve its goal of changing sexual orientation, also noting that it tends to do psychological and emotional harm instead of doing any actual good.

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