Tags: gay | therapy | group | closes

Ministry Devoted to 'Curing' Gays Apologizes, Ends Operations

Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 02:06 PM

By Andrea Billups

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
For years, Exodus International operated as the world's largest ministry devoted to "curing" homosexuals.

Now, the Orlando, Fla. organization is not only apologizing but closing its doors after 37 years of "undue judgment," according to The Atlantic.

The magazine says the ministry's board of directors will begin a new spinoff called "Reduce Fear," aimed at a new generation and devoted to promoting understanding and inclusion.

The closure announcement comes less than a day after Exodus issued a wide-ranging apology to the gay community for "years of undue judgment by the organization and the Christian Church as a whole."

"For quite some time, we've been imprisoned in a worldview that's neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical," Exodus President Alan Chambers told CNN.

On the Exodus website, Chambers offers a heartfelt apology to the gay and lesbian community, noting the hurt he's caused, especially in turning many away from God. He said he could not simply move on without an apology and said he understood why he was distrusted and his group, hated.

His long letter reached out to the "LGBTQ" (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) community and said in part:

"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. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized patients."

He went on to add: "I am sorry that there were times I didn’t stand up to people publicly 'on my side' who called you names like sodomite — or worse. I am sorry that I, knowing some of you so well, failed to share publicly that the gay and lesbian people I know were every bit as capable of being amazing parents as the straight people that I know. I am sorry that when I celebrated a person coming to Christ and surrendering their sexuality to Him that I callously celebrated the end of relationships that broke your heart. I am sorry that I have communicated that you and your families are less than me and mine. More than anything, I am sorry that so many have interpreted this religious rejection by Christians as God’s rejection. I am profoundly sorry that many have walked away from their faith and that some have chosen to end their lives."

He ended his note with a refocus of his life's work.

"For the rest of my life I will proclaim nothing but the whole truth of the Gospel, one of grace, mercy, and open invitation to all to enter into an inseverable relationship with almighty God."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Hollywood's Own Horror Show: Summer Movie Season Worst in Years

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 13:44 PM

Hollywood studios are in a state of near-financial panic over the dismal performance of American-made films this summer. . . .

Supreme Court Likely to Deal With Obamacare Subsidies Next Year

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 11:56 AM

With the White House and most of official Washington still reeling from the back-to-back contradictory Obamacare rulings . . .

Two-hour Arizona Execution Sparks Calls for Rethink on Death Penalty

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 11:22 AM

Lawyers for a double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours called for an outside review of . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved