A Christian ministry that claimed to offer a "cure" for homosexuality is shutting down, and the leader issued an apology for the pain his organization caused the gay community.
Exodus International closed its doors after 37 years
promoting the idea of prayer and “reparative” therapies to heal homosexuality, and leader Alan Chambers admitted that Exodus hurt thousands of people in a statement on the organization's website
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"I am sorry for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced. I am sorry that some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt you felt when your attractions didn't change," Chambers said.
In a statement on its website, www.exodusinternational.org, the board of directors said the decision to close was made after a year of prayer and discussion.
“For quite some time we've been imprisoned in a worldview that's neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical,” the statement said.
Wednesday, Chambers posted an open letter of apology
on the website and talked about his own struggles.
“It is strange to be someone who has both been hurt by the church’s treatment of the LGBT community, and also to be someone who must apologize for being part of the very system of ignorance that perpetuated that hurt,” he said. “Today it is as if I’ve just woken up to a greater sense of how painful it is to be a sinner in the hands of an angry church.”
Chambers talked about his own struggles with same-sex attractions.
“Today, however, I accept these feelings as parts of my life that will likely always be there,” he said. “The days of feeling shame over being human in that way are long over, and I feel free simply accepting myself as my wife and family does. As my friends do. As God does.”
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