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New Study Finds Christian Counseling Effectively Assists Leaving Homosexual Life-Style
LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 18, 2007 | Meg Jalsevac

Posted on 09/22/2007 12:25:11 AM PDT by monomaniac

New Study Finds Christian Counseling Effectively Assists Leaving Homosexual Life-Style

Study also finds leaving the lifestyle not psychologically harmful

By Meg Jalsevac

NASHVILLE, September 18, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new study, entitled the Exodus Project and conducted by two psychologists, has determined that, through "religiously mediated means", it is possible for homosexual individuals to leave their old lifestyle and embrace the heterosexual lifestyle.  The study also determined that, contrary to mainstream scientific thought, the effort to change one's inclinations away from homosexuality does not appear to be psychologically problematic.

In the words of the authors themselves, "The study is the first on the subject of sexual orientation change to be done in accordance with rigorous scientific and ethical standards, and it is the first to produce reliable hard data on whether it is possible to change sexual orientation through the interventions delivered by religious ministry organizations."

The study authors are Mark A. Yarhouse, a professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia and Stanton L. Jones, professor of psychology at Wheaton College in Illinois.

All participants of the study received counseling through Exodus International, a Christian organization focused on ministering to individuals who want to or have left the homosexual lifestyle.

The final results of the study show that, by the study's conclusion, 38% of the participants had successfully left the homosexual lifestyle (either changed to a heterosexual lifestyle or embraced chastity despite their homosexual inclinations).  Another 29 percent demonstrated only partial success in departing from the homosexual way of life but vowed to keep up their efforts.  Of the remaining numbers, only 8 percent reverted to an active homosexual life.

The timing of this study's release is especially poignant as the American Psychological Association (APA) continues to appoint largely 'gay-affirmative' individuals to the newly formed Task Force on Appropriate Responses to Sexual Orientation.  According to the APA website, the official position of the APA is that homosexuality is neither a choice nor a changeable characteristic. 

Dr. Jones expressed hope that the results of the new study could at least spark scientific discussion on the matter. "We hope our research will say to people, 'Slow down. Let's have a civil dialogue. Let's talk about people who are making autonomous adult choices about what they do.... Let's give people the opportunity to exercise their religious freedom."

While the authors are adamant that no one can be forced to change their orientation, they claim that their study offers hope to those who do want to leave the active homosexual life. 

"The study goes to the heart of a debate that is raging today and that is not being investigated fairly. Is sexual orientation utterly fixed and unchanging for all persons, or is change possible for some? The strident argument that change is impossible seemed to us driven more by ideology than by science. As scientists, we were excited to tackle such a big, important question."

According to the InterVarsity Press website, Dr. A.D. Byrd of the University of Utah School of Medicine commented on the work saying, "With this landmark study, Drs. Jones and Yarhouse have made a major contribution to a controversial area. The findings from their study support the importance of client autonomy and client self-determination as therapists provide a range of options to those who seek help for unwanted same-sex attraction. The book is required reading for those interested in the best practices and evidence-based care for this clinical population."

Some critics have expressed doubt about possible bias in the study results since both authors are Christians themselves - possibly leading them to highlight only the positive results of their study.  Similarly, the website of the APA has previously dismissed all comparable studies that claim success in assisting homosexuals to leave the lifestyle for the reason, among others, that the results "come from organizations with an ideological perspective which condemns homosexuality[...]" 

The authors of the Exodus study dispel such accusations by painstakingly explaining their research process and analysis within the book.  "We pledged from the beginning to publish the true findings of the study regardless of how positive or negative (for Exodus) the findings might be, and the written report is scrupulously honest about positive and negative findings, as well as about the strengths and limitations of the study."

 "This study is the most scientifically rigorous to date, focusing on ninety-eight subjects thought to be representative of those seeking change through Exodus, following them prospectively (from early in the process) and longitudinally (over multiple assessments), using multiple measures regarded as "industry standards," and reporting explicitly on all aspects of the findings. Previous studies have suffered from using idiosyncratic measures of change, from looking at selective samples and from looking at subjects only at one moment in time (a cross-sectional "snapshot"). No scientific study is perfect, but this study uses the most rigorous methods to date."

Former APA President and current President of the Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health, Nicholas Cummings said, "This study has broken new ground in its adherence to objectivity and a scientific precision that can be replicated and expanded, and it opens new horizons for investigation." 

The full results of the study will be published in the coming months by InterVarsity Press in a book entitled 'Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation.'  According to the publisher's website, the professors "sought publication of their manuscript by nonreligious publishers, but found that those publishers would not consider the project due to ideological sympathies with the GLBT community and fear of negative repercussions of publishing a study that would likely be spun as 'anti-gay.'"

Jones and Yarhouse have indicated that they will follow the subjects of their studies to determine the long term outcome of their study.  They have expressed the hope that the scientific community will pay heed to their study results as authentic, verifiable data. 

"The present study produces significant scientific evidence that sexual orientation is in fact changeable for some, and this should trigger a considerable re-examination of many of the presuppositions about sexual orientation and sexual identity that hold sway in contemporary Western culture." 

On the InterVarsity website, Associate Professor of Psychology and Fellow for Psychology and Public Policy, Dr. Warren Throckmorton affirmed the significance of this new study.  "While the authors fully acknowledge that change in sexual attractions did not occur for some individuals, they offer cogent and compelling reasons to believe that participation in religious ministry resulted in durable changes for others. The Jones and Yarhouse study will set the standard for all future work in this field and demands a serious reading from social scientists. For anyone interested in the study of sexuality, values and human change, this book is a must-read."

Read reviews and to order the book from InterVarsity Press:
http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=2846


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apa; bornagain; chastity; christian; exgays; exodus; exodusinternational; heterosexual; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; psychology; redemption; religion; religiousfreedom; science; sexualinclination; sexuality; sexualorientation; sodomy; values

1 posted on 09/22/2007 12:25:13 AM PDT by monomaniac
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To: monomaniac

I heard it said that sex is 99% in one’s head.


2 posted on 09/22/2007 12:54:52 AM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: monomaniac
This is why the homosexual community is so afraid of Christianity. Their conscience can't handle it.
3 posted on 09/22/2007 2:48:31 AM PDT by chopperman
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To: monomaniac

Calling captain obvious...


4 posted on 09/22/2007 2:49:35 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (Sworn to oppose control freaks, foreign and domestic.)
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To: SatinDoll
I heard it said that sex is 99% in one’s head.

I don't know about 99 percent but it is undoubtedly the strongest factor. The idea that we are somehow genetically programed for our sexual desires is ridiculous in a age of strange fetishes that couldn't possibly have a genetic component.

5 posted on 09/22/2007 3:56:28 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: monomaniac

It ain’t a lifestyle, believe me.

No one would choose to join the most despised and reviled minority in the world - ever - unless it was in their genes.

Some of us are just born that way.

I’ve got lots of friends in the community, and they can confirm this.

It’s just something some of us have to deal with, and it’d be a lot easier for them to deal with it, if the rest of the world would realize that and try to understand.

Forgiveness is the primary Christian virtue, and I don’t see enough of it some times.


6 posted on 09/22/2007 3:59:12 AM PDT by Santiago de la Vega (El hijo del Zorro)
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To: Santiago de la Vega

“the most despised and reviled minority in the world”

I really don’t think so. Gay influence in the media, the arts, academia, and Hollywood is total, and guarantees that anyone who publically criticizes homosexuality will be harshly dealt with.

And those who declare that homosexuality is not innate but is something that can be cast off, are the objects of hatred and death threats from the “gay” community.


7 posted on 09/22/2007 4:24:04 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: monomaniac
I am a Christian, and an orthodox, concervative one at that.

Here's my $.02 worth on this subject.

In a manner of speaking, I believe that homosexuals are born that way.Here's the way my thinking goes and I'll write it in the form of a resolution.

Whereas all men are born with a sin nature, and

Whereas that sin nature does manifest itself in acts of sin, and

Whereas this manifestation varies between individuals; some to this particular sin, others to another type of sin, and

Whereas God calls homosexuality a sin and does condemn them that practice it,

Therefore, homosexuality is a sin and, like all other sins, is able to being repented of, abandoned, and being forgiven of.

Conclusion: People are born sinners and in some cases homosexuality is the primary way they express/manifest that sinfulness. But they are not born into homosexuality in a way that is unchangeable.

8 posted on 09/22/2007 4:27:43 AM PDT by good1
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To: Santiago de la Vega
Just asking the questions here

-Do you believe that pedophiles are born that way?

-Do believe that racists are born that way?

theses are two examples of reviled minorities.

9 posted on 09/22/2007 4:32:28 AM PDT by Homer1
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To: Santiago de la Vega
No one would choose to join the most despised and reviled minority in the world - ever - unless it was in their genes.

No one would choose a life of being a drug addict. No one would choose being a life of a compulsive gambler. But people do and it is not genetic.

10 posted on 09/22/2007 4:42:50 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: good1
Conclusion: People are born sinners and in some cases homosexuality is the primary way they express/manifest that sinfulness.

That is a huge stretch. What sins people engage in is largely a function of environment not genetics. There might be some genetic component that makes some people more susceptible to being homosexual, but genes don't determine any sin. It is a choice. Look at some of the strange fetishes such as being urinated on, leather, wearing diaper, being whipped, etc. Are these all genetics too? If sexual desire is all genetics, they would have to be.

11 posted on 09/22/2007 4:51:09 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Santiago de la Vega
Forgiveness doesn't mean excusing sin. It means not holding that sin against a person after they have repented (stopped committing the sin) and shown remorse for it. The Bible is clear that repentance is necessary for receiving forgiveness. You can't receive God's forgiveness while you keep on committing the sin.

"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" (Romans 6:1-2)

"Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace." (Romans 6:12-14)

12 posted on 09/22/2007 4:54:49 AM PDT by TruthSetsUFree
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To: good1

To expound on your point, I doesn’t really matter whether homosexual behavior is genetic. As a man, I am “genetically programmed” to want to have sex with a huge variety of women. Nevertheless this would be irresponsible, and my wife expects me to restrain these appetites and channel them into marriage. This is a reasonable expectation, despite my “genetics.”


13 posted on 09/22/2007 5:00:22 AM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: Santiago de la Vega
Forgiveness is the primary Christian virtue, and I don’t see enough of it some times.

It is indeed a Christian virtue, and it is worth remembering that while the servants of Christ are imperfect, Christ is always perfect.

I am not sure that gays are the most hated minority in the world. I can think of several others that have it far worse than gays have it.

14 posted on 09/22/2007 5:05:21 AM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: SatinDoll

“I heard it said that sex is 99% in one’s head.”

....and if such sexual thoughts last longer than 4 hours....


15 posted on 09/22/2007 5:11:30 AM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: monomaniac

A study like this needs to be tested, using hard physical evidence. Interviews may well be unreliable. A suggestion is to use PET sanning as a verification technique.

The way PET scanning could be used is to measure the metabolic response,of the hypothalamus, to human pheromones. There are two suspected pheromones, one derived from testosterone and one derived from estrogen.

There is a differential response between heterosexual males and homosexual males in the response two the different pheromones. Heterosexual males will respond to the pheromone derived from estrogen, but not to the pheromone derived from testosterone. The response is reversed in homosexual males.

The procedure is to test the subjects before they enter a counseling program, then test the subjects, when they claim to be cured. That is certainly a better way to verify the results, than an interview.


16 posted on 09/22/2007 5:37:28 AM PDT by punster
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To: Santiago de la Vega

I’ve heard the same arguement used to defend crackheads.
And If I recall— Jeffrey Dahmer insisted he was only
looking after the welfare of the boys that he recruited and
subsequently murderded.


17 posted on 09/22/2007 5:42:27 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Santiago de la Vega

It is not the place of a Christian to “forgive” a homosexual, as that homosexual has not done anything directly against them..

Only God can forgive that behavior.

It is not love if a Christian says to the homosexual “you may act as you please.”

As far as people not being able to choose their sex partners, because if they could they would never choose homosexuality, is a bunch of bull.

People don’t want to behave in all sorts of ways, but they still manage to do it. No one “wants” to be a jerk, but jerks exist. No one wants to be a “drug addict”, but there are millions of them. I could go on and on.


18 posted on 09/22/2007 5:48:48 AM PDT by Brakeman (Self delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Homer1
-Do believe that racists are born that way?

It's natural for one to prefer ones own "tribe."

19 posted on 09/22/2007 5:49:48 AM PDT by Brakeman (Self delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly - Ronald Reagan)
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To: monomaniac

The results look consistent with those of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, from the National Association for the Reorientation Therapy for Homosexuals(NARTH).

NARTH has been doing this work for years, and fighting the APA’s directives to the contrary.

I wonder why the study’s authors would suggest it’s the first such study.


20 posted on 09/22/2007 6:32:32 AM PDT by fetal heart beats by 21st day (Defending human life is not a federalist issue. It is the business of all of humanity.)
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To: monomaniac

Yes, but does this stop a love of shopping, showtunes, and leather?


21 posted on 09/22/2007 6:33:21 AM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: Homer1
the drive to procreate is one of humans strongest natural instincts.

even gay sex is driven by the basic instinct to procreate.

WHAT!! you say!

it be true!

now WHAT you have sex with(man, woman, animals, inanimate objects) is a personal choice. Even if the decision is based on phycosis, lust, fear, denial, hatred, or love. Social “rules” of right and wrong are secondary to the base instinct. so are you born gay? or is a choice? (even a unwanted choice? physiological trauma from rape, incest, molestation etc)

I say BOTH!!

Anadotially speaking. I have met men who are way to effeminate..and always where even in childhood. (to the dismay of the parents i might add) No perverted uncle marvin took em behind the woodshed or any such trauma.

Then A young lady I work with was severely beaten by men in here life. And traumatized. She started "hanging out" with some friends who comforted her...She has a nice "friend" now.

-Do believe that racists are born that way?

no...racism is socially taught.

-Do you believe that pedophiles are born that way?

Some people are born with mental problems that can manifest into sexual abnormal behaviur. And some pedophiles can created through rape, incest, molestation, trauma and denial etc.

:P I prefeer da long hair curvy sweet smellin, soft ladies myself...giggity!

22 posted on 09/22/2007 7:05:51 AM PDT by Casaubon (Internet Research Ninja Masta)
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To: monomaniac
IMHO...

People make bad decisions, based upon traumatic experiences all the time (i.e. an abused child can grow up to be a homosexual, or a criminal, or abuse pets, etc.). Those who truly have "their wires crossed" are a VERY small percentage.

23 posted on 09/22/2007 7:13:38 AM PDT by NordP (No running or relenting. The problem will be dealt with. Decisively. Systematically. Permanently.)
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To: All

JUst because I put these three examples in the same ( ), doesn’t mean they have any form of equivilance. They are only listed as examples.


24 posted on 09/22/2007 7:19:36 AM PDT by NordP (No running or relenting. The problem will be dealt with. Decisively. Systematically. Permanently.)
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To: monomaniac

Imagine that, Christians were right about homosexuals. Pretty much blows the born homo theory out of the water.

Pray for W and Our Troops


25 posted on 09/22/2007 7:21:46 AM PDT by bray (Think "Betray U.S." Think Democrat)
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To: Santiago de la Vega

Dispised, where do you live. They are the High Priests of liberalism and are put on a pedastal.

This proves that they are not born homosexual and are recruited by aggressive homosexuals. Reviled and dispised Please!

Pray for W and Our Troops


26 posted on 09/22/2007 7:24:10 AM PDT by bray (Think "Betray U.S." Think Democrat)
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To: good1

Biology and genetics are pretty cut and dried.

Any gene that is counter to reproduction, for example, the exclusive preference for same sex intercourse (male/male OR female/female), dies out with the carrier.

Homosexuals aren’t generally breeders. It, meaning the homo gene, isn’t reproduced to continue on in the gene pool. So the anathema to “breeders” would, on its own, cause homosexuality to disappear. The “we’re just born that way” as an excuse doesn’t hold up.

So sorry.


27 posted on 09/22/2007 7:06:37 PM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: SatinDoll
After reading the several responses to my previous post (#8), I think some clarification is needed, although the form I chose for my fist post on this subject was selected psrticularly for its perspicuity in presenting my points.

I do not for a moment justify homosexual behavior by an means. I am only trying to point out that for some reason/whatever reason, some men and women choose to manifest their sin natures via homosexual acts. They are condemned by a holy God for these sins in just the same way the other people are held accountable for their sins. The man who expresses his sin nature by acts of homosexuality is just as guilty before God as the man who expresses his sin nature by acts of heterosexuality outside of marriage.

This why the writer to the Hebrews states that marriage is honorable in all and the bed is undefiled. The heterosexual can express his sexual capacity in marriage and be free from sin in that expression. While the homosexual cannot avoid committing sin in any expression of his sexual capacity.

Repentance and forgiveness is as available to the homosexual as it is to the heterosexual who is exercising his sexual capacity outside the sanctity of marriage. And of course, this points out the main reason that homosexuals are to be denied entering into marriage with another of the same sex.

Homosexual marriage is wrong because it is wrong to be homosexual in the first place.

28 posted on 09/23/2007 7:00:28 PM PDT by good1
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To: Santiago de la Vega
"It ain’t a lifestyle, believe me. No one would choose to join the most despised and reviled minority in the world - ever - unless it was in their genes." Murderers, rapists, pedophiles, terrorists, and crooked politicians choose "behavior" that put them in danger of death and/or incarceration for the rest of there lives. Even faced with great personal risk, they still choose behavior that is reviled by others. Conversely, even though we 'understand' that some disorders like cancer are known to be genetic we do not label them something 'normal' to be celebrated and embraced. Compassion and understanding for homosexuals is scripturally sound but, unfortunately, that is opposite of what gay activists demand.
29 posted on 09/24/2007 12:15:26 PM PDT by UntwistedTruth
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To: Santiago de la Vega
"Forgiveness is the primary Christian virtue, and I don’t see enough of it some times."

Here's how the forgiveness thing works:

The offender realizes the action(s) they have committed are wrong and have violated God's character.

The offender then seeks forgiveness from God by asking for it. That's done by asking that the payment of Jesus Christ on the cross for sins committed by mankind be applied to their sin debt.

The forgiven offender then seeks to avoid the previous pattern of sin, and actively seeks to live as God shows us in the Bible. Turn away from the sin, turn towards God.

Forgiveness isn't just meted out willy-nilly. It's given when it's asked for, because the offender sees their actions as wrong. The principle applies to any sinful act, not just homosexuality.

30 posted on 09/25/2007 10:57:40 AM PDT by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: Santiago de la Vega
No one would choose to join the most despised and reviled minority in the world ...

The most despised and reviled minority in the world are white men.

If you had a TV with cable you'd know that homosexuality is actually celebrated pretty much everywhere the beautiful people meet. They even have their own channel.

31 posted on 09/25/2007 11:04:09 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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