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Ex-gay Leader Experiences "Moral Fall"
The New York Blade ^ | 8/1/2003 | Laura Douglas-Brown

Posted on 08/07/2003 3:58:34 PM PDT by HostileTerritory

Five years after starring in a national advertising campaign claiming gays can change their sexual orientation, Michael Johnston experienced a “moral fall” and left behind his ministries, two conservative Christian groups that worked with Johnston confirmed this week.

“I received a call from [Johnston] asking forgiveness as a Christian brother and asking for our prayers, indicating that he was working with his pastor and his church to try to find some restoration in his relationship with God,” said Buddy Smith, American Family Association administrator.

The Mississippi-based AFA partnered with Johnston to promote ex-gay programs, including Johnston’s National Coming Out of Homosexuality Day. The annual event is unlikely to continue following Johnston’s “moral fall,” but Smith said the AFA won’t abandon its claims that gays can change.

“I don’t think the message is changed at all, though of course the messenger is certainly harmed,” Smith said. “I don’t foresee he would ever be back in a place of public ministry, especially in an outreach to homosexuals like the ministry he had.”

Johnston founded Kerusso Ministries, based in Newport News, Va. The ministry’s published phone number is now disconnected and the Web site is no longer operational.

(Excerpt) Read more at nyblade.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: exgay; faith; gay; homosexual; homosexualagenda; ministry; newportnews; sad
Is anyone familiar with ex-gay Michael Johnston? Is this story accurate or is it a smear job?
1 posted on 08/07/2003 3:58:34 PM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
ex-gay ministries ping
2 posted on 08/07/2003 4:00:26 PM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: HostileTerritory
Didn't this happen to another anti-homo "leader" a few years ago? Showed up trolling in a gay bar, as I recall.

Too bad, since it gives the poofs something to crow about. But it doesn't change the basic fact that homosexuality is a moral abomination.

3 posted on 08/07/2003 4:02:22 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: Clint N. Suhks; *Homosexual Agenda
ex-gay ministries ping!
4 posted on 08/07/2003 4:04:53 PM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: IronJack
That was John Paulk. He'd been in a high-profile series of ads with his wife Anne to spread the news of his change of life.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/140/53.0.html

This article also claims that two founders of ex-gay ministries in the 1970s fell in love, left their wives, and ran off together.
5 posted on 08/07/2003 4:08:01 PM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: HostileTerritory
Nobody said the Devil let go easily.
6 posted on 08/07/2003 4:10:41 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: IronJack
Maybe not, but we don't need the Devil to sin. We need to blame ourselves more often.
7 posted on 08/07/2003 4:11:55 PM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: HostileTerritory
From the full article:

"“Many people are still behind him, and we think he did the responsible thing by closing the ministry down,” LaBarbera added."

I imagine there are people behind him, too. Men.
8 posted on 08/07/2003 4:11:56 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: HostileTerritory
The vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
From Fannie Crosby's TO GOD BE THE GLORY
9 posted on 08/07/2003 4:14:25 PM PDT by DrewsDad
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Focus Accused of Forgetting Details

The man who snapped the infamous photograph of Focus on the Family's poster boy for the "ex-gay" movement as he socialized at a gay bar in Washington is accusing the Colorado Springs ministry of willfully misleading the public.

Wayne Besen, a spokesman for the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign, came out swinging this week after Focus on the Family quietly reinstated John Paulk as a featured speaker in its upcoming "Love Won Out" seminar scheduled Feb. 3 in San Diego.

The daylong seminar is sponsored by Focus and designed to teach educators, parents, youth leaders, pastors and others that homosexuality is "preventable and treatable."

According to its literature, the seminar will tackle such topics as, "the clinical development of homosexuality, the gay agenda in public schools, homosexual recovery, how change occurs in youth, and the appropriate Christian response to the gay activist movement."

But in a Jan. 23 press release advertising the seminar, the ministry makes no mention of Paulk's lapse last year.

Rather, the ministry touts him for being married to an ex-lesbian, and appearing as an ex-gay leader in such national media as Oprah, 60 Minutes, Newsweek and USA Today.

Besen, who photographed Paulk in the widely publicized gay bar incident last fall, accuses Focus of committing the sin of omission.

"They are not admitting that John Paulk was discredited," Besen said. "They are selling a defective product without giving the people who are attending the seminar the most important detail about his résumé," Besen said.

Focus on the Family officials did not return calls seeking comment. Criticism over the ministry's omission of Paulk's visit to the gay bar comes at the same time more controversy rocked the "ex-gay" world.

This week, the online wire service for gay men and women, Gay.com, reported that the director of a British affiliate of the reparative therapy ministry Exodus International announced he has concluded that reforming gays doesn't work.

The director of the Exodus affiliate, Jeremy Marks, announced he is taking a sabbatical for at least two years and plans to concentrate on helping Christian gays instead of trying to cure them, Gay.com reported on Monday. (In an e-mail to the Independent, Marks confirmed the accuracy of the story.) In the story, Marks was quoted as saying, "None of the people we've counseled have converted, no matter how much effort and prayer they've put into it."

When Paulk, the homosexuality and gender analyst at Focus on the Family, was spotted in a gay bar in Washington D.C. last Sept. 19. he initially claimed that he had stopped in the bar to use the bathroom, but later admitted he had known it was a gay bar and went there to relieve stress.

At the time, Paulk was also chairman of Exodus International and was subsequently removed from his post. Bob Davies, the North American director of Exodus International, called Paulk's "serious lapse of judgment" a blow to the ministry's credibility and, in October, Focus on the Family vice president Tom Minnery told Christianity Today that he felt Exodus' actions were appropriate.

"I am pleased that John will remain a member of their board as he continues the process of restoration," Minnery told the magazine.

Paulk was removed from the lineup of speakers that were scheduled to testify at Focus' "Love Won Out" seminar held in Colorado Springs shortly after the gay bar spotting, though Minnery told Christianity Today that he expected Paulk would eventually be reinstated to the seminar.

The Colorado Springs ministry believes that gays and lesbians can be "cured," though medical and psychological experts have discredited the idea that homosexuals can change and become heterosexual. Many gays and lesbians spend thousands of dollars, and many years trying to become straight, often with fruitless efforts, Besen and other gay activists warn.

"Focus, which bases its beliefs on moral values, is promoting him and profiting off his tapes and his books, and it's inherently dishonest to tell people, 'come and be like John,' but not tell them who John is," Besen said.


10 posted on 08/07/2003 4:21:42 PM PDT by george wythe
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To: HostileTerritory
The difference is ...once you have a relationship with the risen Lord Jesus
and you stumble the Holy Spirit brings conviction and repentance

Without that relationship and no Holy Spirit conviction repentance-
you are able to "rationalize" your sin away...even defend it....
and remain lost to damnation...

Its humbling to fall...and know your true condition before God

only then can one even begin to understand..

the meaning of His mercy and his grace..

unmerited forgiveness mercy and salvation- God resists the proud...
11 posted on 08/07/2003 4:22:28 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: HostileTerritory
Here are a couple more success stories:

Link to article about Greg and Cheryl Quinlan: "Justifying the Lifestyle"

Link to article "Freedom from the Homosexual Lifestyle"

12 posted on 08/07/2003 4:29:33 PM PDT by KriegerGeist ("The weapons of our warefare are not carnal, but mighty though God for pulling down of strongholds")
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Exodus International: Setting the Record Straight
Two men who helped organize the first Exodus conference now claim that ex-gay ministries are a fraud, which promote "homophobia and self-hatred." Their comments have appeared in gay newspapers across North America. In the mid-1970’s Michael Busseee and Gary Cooper were calling themselves "ex-gay." They were both married with children and working at EXIT, the "EX-gay Intervention Team" at Melodyland Hotline Center in Anaheim, California.

Both men helped organize the first Exodus conference, held in Anaheim in September 1976. Unknown to their co-workers, Bussee and Cooper were struggling with strong sexual attraction to each other. "I kept praying and hoping that some day I would develop normal sexual attraction to my wife." Bussee told The Standard. "Gary had three kids by this time, and I had one daughter."

Finally, in late 1978, Bussee and Cooper began a secret adulterous relationship. They quit EXIT and two years later; both men divorced their wives and began living together. "I was ripped apart by the pain," recalled Ann Busse at the 1985 Exodus Conference. "I could not believe Mike had been unfaithful."


13 posted on 08/07/2003 4:35:49 PM PDT by george wythe
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To: HostileTerritory
How many alcoholics "fall off the wagon" from time to time? A lot. But, the difference is that no one is there offering to declare alcoholism normal or healthy.

What the gay rights movement does is it makes the disease excusable. If Alcoholic were told by a certain segment of society that what they were doing was normal and healthy, many would have a lot more problem staying sober.

The lifestyle is so hard to escape from. Paulk was guilty of a minor indiscretion that was punished very firmly. Others just failed, and with the exception of Johnston have gone to the gay community which will be more than happy to use them as examples of failures. But there are also real successess out there.

14 posted on 08/07/2003 4:41:57 PM PDT by Keyes2000mt
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To: HostileTerritory; scripter
I heard about this the other day. But like the other guy said about the Devil not letting go easily I believe it is so. Only he said it more eloquently.

I think people can come out of the lifestyle, many people do. Many famous people have:

David Bowie
Lou Reed
Julie (Melissa Etheridge's ex)
Ann Heche

etc.

I think being homosexual has a lot to do with serious dysfunctional parentage, drug taking and liberal lifestyle, as well as constant barragement by the media that it's "okay" and "politically correct" to be so.


15 posted on 08/07/2003 5:02:19 PM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: george wythe
What a shame. You would think these men would have seen that just like a recovering alcoholic has their issues around drink, this was their issue. Just like the alcholic, you fight it. It's sad to just see people throw it all away and then trash an organization that can and probably does help people(even if they fell back into sin) to justify their own slip. Sad!
16 posted on 08/07/2003 5:21:16 PM PDT by glory
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To: Keyes2000mt
Agreed.
17 posted on 08/07/2003 5:21:53 PM PDT by glory
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To: george wythe
The Colorado Springs ministry believes that gays and lesbians can be "cured," though medical and psychological experts have discredited the idea that homosexuals can change and become heterosexual.

Dr. Dobson is both a medical and a psychological expert, I believe.

18 posted on 08/07/2003 6:24:29 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Dr. Dobson is both a medical and a psychological expert, I believe.

That is pretty silly on the face of it. I don't know if gays can be turned into heterosexuals, but for every Dobson who says he can do it, I am sure there are 10 other medical and psychological experts who say you can't.

You would think though that somebody who says they are cured, and are making a living off of that fact, can avoid going to gay bars though. Alcohol is the perfect analogy. Many alcoholics I know say they are fine, just as long as they avoid alcohol. If they have one drink though, it's over.

If this guy really thinks one can cure homosexuality, he could have worked harder. Not all gays even go to gay bars, or are sexually active for that matter. He chose, he lost, he is discredited.

19 posted on 08/07/2003 6:30:23 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: HostileTerritory
No different than someone who quit alcohol having a weak moment and taking a drink.

This guy thought he was cured but found out he still has his sickness and needs more therapy.

20 posted on 08/07/2003 6:38:04 PM PDT by fso301
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To: joesnuffy
I think humility is a cornerstone characteristic of an authentic Christian. Only when we've seen how truly awful we are, can we fully realize our desparate need for God's forgiveness. Only God can truly change people.
21 posted on 08/07/2003 6:47:36 PM PDT by Sweet Hour of Prayer
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To: dogbyte12
There's a world of reporters who claim the war in Iraq was a quagmire and who still tell the world it's a daily failure for our hapless troops...and there's the very different and real truth.

People have been changed, radically - by the grace of God. It doesn't mean the old nature doesn't have to be buried anew daily. We all fall short.

The left plays this all or nothing game no human can live up to: eg - the President wins a war in less than a season, his administration helps take out over 6000 terrorists in the Euopean theater alone, and is doing good work across the globe - but he failed because of ...(insert anything here, the truth doesn't matter, nor does national security the lives of the troops or the welfare of the longsuffering Iraqi people).

IOW, if anyone daring to challenge the left's anti-family agenda falls, they will be strung up by folks like Michael Moore and Larry Flynt.

23 posted on 08/07/2003 6:50:26 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: HostileTerritory
Maybe there is somthing to the doctrine of predestination. Rather spooky thought.
24 posted on 08/07/2003 6:55:19 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (Further, the statement assumed)
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To: HostileTerritory
It's like an recovering alcoholic falling off the wagon. When the lifestyle is imbibed and hooks the soul, it's a life-long struggle to maintain sexual sobriety.

That's all it means.

25 posted on 08/07/2003 6:58:42 PM PDT by Kevin Curry (Put Justice Janice Rogers Brown on the Supreme Court--NOW)
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To: HostileTerritory
I know someone in Alcoholics Anonymous who later fell off the wagon, does that make AA a fraud and a waste of time?
26 posted on 08/07/2003 7:03:12 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat
I think the AA to ex-gay comparison is really rough for a lot of reasons. But anyway...

If all the members of the executive board of AA fell off the wagon, I think I would start to question the effectiveness of their methods, yeah.
27 posted on 08/07/2003 8:25:13 PM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: HostileTerritory
There is ALWAYS recidivism and relapse in behavioral pathologies and in the treatment thereof. If true, Buddy Smith has simply fallen into the same trap as many others who can’t/won't stop their unwanted tendencies. Cognitive therapy only works when certain thinking patterns causing your symptoms are changed, if not it gives you a distorted picture of what's going on in your life provoking you into ill-chosen actions.

28 posted on 08/08/2003 8:11:09 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: HostileTerritory
If all the members of the executive board of AA fell off the wagon, I think I would start to question the effectiveness of their methods, yeah.

But that's not the case here is it?

29 posted on 08/08/2003 8:12:59 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Uhhh...Buddy Smith is the GOOD GUY at the AFA, calling the homosexual, Mr. Kerusso, back to his ex-gay life.
30 posted on 08/08/2003 8:23:21 AM PDT by Gopher Broke (Abortion: Big people killing little people)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Sorry, make that Michael Johnson is the back-slidden homosexual.
31 posted on 08/08/2003 8:24:20 AM PDT by Gopher Broke (Abortion: Big people killing little people)
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To: dogbyte12
If this guy really thinks one can cure homosexuality, he could have worked harder

He can't, but God can. Homosexuality is not a lifestyle, it's not a disease, or something 'hardwired' into a person. It is a choice to follow in sin instead of what God wants, plain and simple

32 posted on 08/08/2003 8:25:03 AM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: Gopher Broke
Thanks Gopher Broke, you're right.
33 posted on 08/08/2003 8:58:47 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks
When Michael Johnston, John Paulk, and the two founders of groups in the 1970s can't hold it together, we have a problem.
34 posted on 08/08/2003 12:00:25 PM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: HostileTerritory
This article also claims that two founders of ex-gay ministries in the 1970s fell in love lust, left their wives, and ran off together.

A much more likely scenario.

35 posted on 08/08/2003 12:07:52 PM PDT by jimt
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To: george wythe
Why would anybody want to change a homosexual in the first place?

I would just settle for a little less noise about it.

36 posted on 08/08/2003 12:25:29 PM PDT by Old Professer
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To: HostileTerritory
John Paulk didn't revert, if going into a gay bar makes you a homosexual I wonder why I'm not gay? He resigned in good standing to be with his family.
37 posted on 08/08/2003 1:27:31 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: HostileTerritory
If they're still in lust together after 25 years, we should all be so lucky!
38 posted on 08/10/2003 4:53:49 PM PDT by HostileTerritory
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