Skip to comments.U.S. group that ‘converted’ gays closes its doors and apologizes
Posted on 06/20/2013 1:48:42 PM PDT by Olog-hai
A Christian group that once promoted therapy to encourage gays and lesbians to overcome their sexual preferences has closed its doors and apologized to homosexuals, acknowledging its mission had been hurtful and ignorant.
Exodus International billed itself as the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality, operating since 1976. It announced it would cease operations in a statement on its website on Wednesday.
The Irvine, California-based groups board unanimously voted to close Exodus International and begin a separate ministry, the statement said.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...
Since when is helping mentally ill people something to apologize for?
Sounds like the group got infiltrated.
Whiskey tango foxtrot?
The truth can sometimes seem 'hurtful', but it is never ignorant.
'Turn or Burn' might seem 'hurtful', but it will hurt a lot more not to turn and to spend an eternity in hell...
What were their specific apologies? If they want to apologize about their methods, then maybe they have a point. I understand that it is a 'rooters' article, so it might not be an accurate portrayal, but the article makes it sound like the Exodus Group focused on 'role playing', and never placarded the Gospel (the 'Good News' to save sinners) as the means of healing. If that's the case - sure, go ahead and apologize, you weren't doing it right.
The Lord Jesus Christ came to save sinners. We are all sinners and there is none that He cannot save. But we are not to remain in our sins (He did not condemn the woman caught in adultery, but as He said to her, 'Go and sin no more').
Repent ye therefore and be converted...
Since the lunatics are now running the asylum.
That’s why I was trying to figure out how long Chambers was involved with them. He was only four years old when they started up in 1976, after all.
Something just isn’t right in this story......
Would you apologize over educating them of the dangers of doing so and helping them discover that swimming in clean lakes would be far more enjoyable?
Somebody needs to aim the sensor of a well calibrated Gaydar device at Mr Chambers.
2 years and yes, he’s gay.
According to AFR (American Family Radio), Chambers’ rationale was that he continued to suffer same-sex attraction.
This is true also for alcoholics, rehabilitated molesters, former porn addicts, recovering druggies, etc.
It’s OVERCOMING that matters, not necessarily disappearance of same-sex attractions.
This is a betrayal of the hundreds of thousands of people who have overcome this battle and are living happy married lives — with children.
Must be a case of infiltration, as someone above suggested.
He joined to destroy them, then. That clinches that.
Yep. Sad to see.
Whats messed up is if a heterosexual goes to the psychiatrist and says he wants to be treated for being too sexual the psychologist will do whatever it takes. If a homosexual goes to a psychologist and says he doesn’t want to be homosexual the psychologist can not at all attempt to convert him as the APA believes it will do more harm than good.
Has the sex freak who does Elmo apologized yet?
Just listened to an interview with one of the principals Exodus VP Randy Thomas of this group on a Catholic Radio Station. This is what I got out of it. Seems they think(Randy and others in their group) that their group mission wasnt’ focused enough on Christ, the good news and salvation but on changing the homosexual. They, in some circles, were viewed of being a characterization of what the homosexuals say or demonize about them/Christians. The focus wasn’t on Christ nor chastity but changing the homosexual through “...sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents.”
In contrast, Catholicism preaches chastity for all and love of the sinner, and hate the sin... but not necessarily a church factory dedicated to obliterating homosexual thoughts and tendencies —homosexual deconstruction. Forgive me, and thankfully, I am not a expert on this topic.
Look elsewhere for that!
There. Fixed it.
“That clinches that.”
Let me add this quote to my “things not to post on a gay rights thread” list.
This has Obama’s paw prints all over it.
I am not your enemy or someone to hold in contention.
“Sounds like the group got infiltrated.’
from other stories I’ve read, yea it did.
apology nothing.Elmo perv won awards
Not exactly. A sex addict of any sexual orientation should be able to get treatment from a mainstream psychiatrist (I assume that’s what you mean by a heterosexual wanting treatment for being “too sexual”). However, if the heterosexual expressed a desire to change his/her sexual orientation to homosexual, he/she would be told, truthfully, that that’s impossible. Treating sex addiction and changing sexual orientation are tow different things.
“tow” = “two”. Apologies.
“This is a betrayal of the hundreds of thousands of people who have overcome this battle and are living happy married lives with children.”
But they don’t matter to homosexual activists and lefties. All they focus on are the “failures”. There could be hundreds of thousands of happily married ex-gays with children, yet it only takes one or two who fall back to “discredit” them all.
There needs to be some work lookig back at the homosexuals/lesbians relationships with their parents especially their fathers. The father is truly the head of the family. If there was a Christian approach of forgiveness for failings of the parents, I believe that this can be a way to reach these people.
It is about Christian healing which always involves forgiveness and asking God to forgive our resentments. This is a spiritual problem that has to be dealt with at the root of the problem.