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  • 'Gay' recovery Group Returns to Bondage: Media cheers after Exodus International disbands

    06/23/2013 1:50:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    WND ^ | 06/23/2013 | Scott Lively
    The headlines in the liberal media are gleefully trumpeting the demise of Exodus International, the leading icon of the ex-”gay” movement. “From ‘pray away the gay’ to acceptance,” chortles the L.A. Times. But this is not really a story about an organization, but only its leader, Alan Chambers, and his unfortunate capitulation to the world. I invite you to join me in prayer for him. Those of us “in the know” have over the past few years watched Alan slowly transform Exodus into his own private fiefdom, while at the same time he slowly gravitated inexorably away from recovery. By...
  • Exodus International to Shut Down; Ministry President Apologizes to Gay Community

    06/21/2013 7:00:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/21/2013 | Jeff Schapiro
    Exodus International, the 37-year-old ministry devoted to helping people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, is to be shut down. The Exodus board of directors unanimously voted to shut down the ministry after a year of prayer and dialogue, a press release states. Local groups that were affiliated with the ministry will continue, though they will no longer be under the umbrella of Exodus. "We're not negating the ways God used Exodus to positively affect thousands of people, but a new generation of Christians is looking for change – and they want to be heard," Exodus board member Tony Moore said...
  • U.S. group that ‘converted’ gays closes its doors and apologizes

    06/20/2013 1:48:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:30pm EDT | Daniel Trotta
    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 group’s board unanimously voted to close Exodus International and begin a separate ministry, the statement said. …
  • Alan Chambers Apologizes to Gay Community, Exodus International to Shut Down

    06/20/2013 11:59:18 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 27 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 6/20/13 | Melissa Steffan
    UPDATE: Hours after apology, Exodus International announces plans to close and begin a separate ministry. Melissa Steffan Update (June 19): Exodus International announced Wednesday night it will shut down and start a separate ministry for a "new generation." “We’re not negating the ways God used Exodus to positively affect thousands of people, but a new generation of Christians is looking for change – and they want to be heard,” said board member Tony Moore. The announcement came hours after issuing an apology to the gay community. At the time, Exodus leaders had shared little about their next steps, and the...
  • 2011 Daniel of the Year -- Alan Chambers: Change we can believe in

    12/08/2011 5:28:58 PM PST · by Zender500 · 1 replies
    WORLD ^ | 12/17/11 | Jamie Dean
    Alan Chambers is in denial. It's a charge his critics level against him on a regular basis. They say that Chambers—a former homosexual who helps others struggling with same-sex attraction—is denying what comes naturally to him. Chambers wholeheartedly agrees. "For Christians, every day we're called to a life of biblical self-denial," he says. "We take up our cross and follow Christ, and we deny what comes naturally." But he says denial isn't without reward: "Those who reject the concept of self-denial haven't reaped the joys that come with it." Self-denial isn't a new concept to Chambers. The 39-year-old president of...
  • Peer-Reviewed Study Adds Validity to Claims of Sexual Orientation Change

    10/01/2011 7:16:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/30/2011 | Jeff Schapiro
    Many people who work in the field of psychology argue against the idea that a person can change their sexual orientation. But a new study published in the October edition of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy reveals that some homosexuals who seek to change their sexual orientation may be able to do so with the help of religious mediation. The study, conducted by psychologists Stanton L. Jones of Wheaton College and Mark A. Yarhouse of Regent University, examined changes in homosexuals who sought the help of Exodus International in trying to change their sexual orientation. Researches tracked changes...
  • Jesus came for sinners, but he did tell us not to sin

    08/14/2009 6:12:04 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies · 743+ views
    Word Alone Network ^ | August 12, 2009 | P. Nelson
    Jesus came for sinners, but he did tell us not to sin by P. Nelson August 12, 2009 (Editor’s note: This article is a combination of an article written for the WordAlone Network and a letter to WordAlone from a woman. There are two typefaces to distinguish the two. The first paragraph is the article typeface and is in bold, darker type. The second typeface is from the letter.) Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means; ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come...
  • Psychologists repudiate gay-to-straight therapy (BARF Alert!)

    08/05/2009 2:34:41 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 38 replies · 1,151+ views
    AP-Yahoo! ^ | 5 Aug 2009 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK – The American Psychological Association declared Wednesday that mental health professionals should not tell gay clients they can become straight through therapy or other treatments. Instead, the APA urged therapists to consider multiple options — that could range from celibacy to switching churches — for helping clients whose sexual orientation and religious faith conflict. In a resolution adopted on a 125-to-4 vote by the APA's governing council, and in a comprehensive report based on two years of research, the 150,000-member association put itself firmly on record in opposition of so-called "reparative therapy" which seeks to change sexual orientation....
  • Psychologists repudiate gay-to-straight therapy

    08/05/2009 2:24:39 PM PDT · by tonyome · 12 replies · 687+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/05/2009 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK – The American Psychological Association declared Wednesday that mental health professionals should not tell gay clients they can become straight through therapy or other treatments. Instead, the APA urged therapists to consider multiple options — that could range from celibacy to switching churches — for helping clients whose sexual orientation and religious faith conflict. In a resolution adopted on a 125-to-4 vote by the APA's governing council, and in a comprehensive report based on two years of research, the 150,000-member association put itself firmly on record in opposition of so-called "reparative therapy" which seeks to change sexual orientation.
  • 'Missing' Man Sought by Gay Pal Is Willingly Undergoing Counseling, Family Says (

    07/23/2009 2:48:08 PM PDT · by nmh · 82 replies · 2,020+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, July 23, 2009 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    EXCLUSIVE: A 23-year-old pre-med student who "got caught up with friends who were pulling him" toward homosexuality is well and undergoing Christian counseling, his family says. But a gay activist who created a Web site to locate the "missing" man says Bryce Faulkner's silence speaks volumes, claiming that the young man's religious parents are controlling his every move in an effort to "cure" him of his homosexuality. Debra Faulkner, of El Dorado, Ark., denied the Web site's reports that her son was forced against his will to undergo reparative therapy for homosexuality at Exodus International, a nonprofit Christian organization that...
  • Exodus Youth Aim to Reverse 'Anti-Homosexual' Church View

    07/16/2009 5:21:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 993+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/16/2009 | Lillian Kwon
    Exodus Youth, part of the evangelical ministry Exodus International that deals with the issue of homosexuality, is aiming to reverse a "disturbing" trend seen across churches and perceived widely by young Americans – that the Church is anti-homosexual. Homosexuality is a topic that churches are still struggling to address in a culture that is increasingly accepting gay and lesbian lifestyles. It's a struggle that hasn't come across to many Americans in a positive light. "I think for a long time, the church just hasn't known how to talk about homosexuality," said Exodus Youth Director Scott Davis. "They've been very uncomfortable...
  • Now it's EX-'gays' getting pummeled

    05/28/2008 3:27:32 AM PDT · by Man50D · 13 replies · 236+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | May 27, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    Homosexual activist groups long have denied that ex-"gays" exist and have charged those ministries that work with the needs of those desiring to leave the lifestyle are fraudulent. One such activist even recently attributed the crime of rape to the "sickness" of the ex-"gay" movement. But some attacks on those who have left the lifestyle, or are trying to, go far beyond verbal denigration, according to those who have experienced it, including Joe and Marion Allen. Their son Bart was in the process of leaving the homosexual lifestyle in 2001 when the "gay" with whom he'd shared an apartment strangled...
  • New Study Finds Christian Counseling Effectively Assists Leaving Homosexual Life-Style

    09/22/2007 12:25:11 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 30 replies · 511+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 18, 2007 | Meg Jalsevac
    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...
  • 'Groundbreaking' study shows 'gays' can change

    09/16/2007 10:13:37 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 101 replies · 2,096+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 9/15/07 | WorldNetDaily
    In the first longitudinal, peer-reviewed, scientific study of its kind, researchers have concluded some homosexuals can change their "orientation" through religiously mediated guidance. Researchers Stanton L. Jones and Mark A. Yarhouse released the results Thursday of a three-year study during an address at the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference. Their conclusions contradict the claims of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association, which contend such change in sexual orientation is impossible and attempting to pursue it likely will cause depression, anxiety or self-destructive behavior. The new study concluded such changes do not cause psychological harm to...
  • Statement of Apology from former Exodus Leaders

    06/28/2007 8:09:34 PM PDT · by Salman · 135 replies · 2,368+ views
    Beyond Ex-gay ^ | June 27, 2007 | Darlene Bogle, Michael Bussee, Jeremy Marks
  • Ex-gay or just exploited? (SoCal conferences)

    06/17/2007 6:18:28 PM PDT · by TheDon · 10 replies · 573+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | June 16, 2007 | MARLA JO FISHER
    ... The annual Exodus "Freedom Conference" expects to attract about 1,000 men, women, children, parents and spouses affected by homosexuality at Concordia University June 26 to July 1. A bike ride away, at UC Irvine, co-sponsored by the university, is scheduled "The Survivor's Conference: Beyond Ex-gay." ... "I chose to live differently, and my feelings changed, too," said Alan Chambers, president of the Orlando, Fla.-based Exodus International, who is married. "Today, I am a far different person. Not that I don't struggle, but my life has changed. I certainly don't have the desire to be involved in homosexuality. It has...
  • Exodus Ministry Applauds Anglican Head's 'Stand for the Truth'

    09/08/2006 5:21:42 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 369+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 9/07/2006 | Lillian Kwon Christian
    One of the world's largest Christian referral ministries addressing homosexual issues and helping individuals "recover" from homosexuality applauded the Archbishop of Canterbury who recently said homosexuals must change their behavior to be welcomed in the church. Lauding the Rt. Rev. Rowan Williams, one-time liberal advocate of same-sex relationships, Exodus International president, Alan Chambers, said "We applaud the archbishop's courageous stand for the truth." "The lack of biblical clarity on the issue of homosexuality is rampant in far too many congregations. Ours is a passionate call to the global church to extend the love and kindness of Jesus Christ, the hope...
  • Ex-homosexuals protest APA’s view of homosexuality

    08/25/2006 2:56:54 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 136 replies · 1,782+ views
    FloridaBaptistWitness ^ | Aug 24, 2006 | BP
    NEW ORLEANS (BP)—Approximately 50 people from various pro-family groups protested the American Psychological Association’s convention Aug. 11, opposing the organization’s position that says homosexuality cannot be changed. “The fact of the matter is that there are tens of thousands of men and women just like me who have overcome homosexuality. ... We’re living proof,” Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, a ministry to homosexuals and ex-homosexuals, told Baptist Press. He took part in the protest in New Orleans. APA has been one of the leading organizations to back the claims of homosexual activists. A statement on its website says that...
  • Foe of ‘Ex-Gay’ Ministries Launches New Group

    06/17/2006 6:20:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies · 866+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 6/16/06 | Sarah Kuziomko
    In yet another frontal attack on “ex-gay” ministries, a well-known homosexual activist held a press conference at the National Press Club last week to launch a new organization that he has dubbed “Truth Wins Out.” Wayne Besen, who insists that people are born “gay” and cannot overcome homosexual desires, staged his event on the same day (June 7) that the U.S. Senate was voting on the Marriage Protection Amendment. Joined by five other men who claim to have undergone “ex-gay” counseling and who say they reverted to homosexuality, Besen assailed the “right-wing” and Christian ministries in particular. Besen took...
  • 'Ex-Gays' Seek a Say in Schools

    05/28/2006 2:23:19 PM PDT · by DBeers · 131 replies · 1,767+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 28, 2006 | Stephanie Simon
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Over the last decade, gay-rights activists have pushed programs to support gay and lesbian students in public schools. Their success is striking: More than 3,000 Gay-Straight Alliance clubs meet across the country. Nearly half a million students take a vow of silence one day each spring in an annual event to support gay rights. California may soon require textbooks to feature the contributions of gays and lesbians throughout history. Critics, mostly on the religious right, view all this as promoting the "homosexual lifestyle." Unable to stop it, they have turned to a new strategy: demanding equal...
  • From gay to God

    04/30/2006 5:01:22 PM PDT · by DBeers · 62 replies · 1,497+ views
    The Nation Newspaper (Barbados) ^ | April 30, 2006 | Melissa Wickham
    From gay to God "I WAS EXCLUSIVELY HOMOSEXUAL; I had never been with a woman." That's part of the riveting testimony of the Reverend Darryl Foster, a board member of Exodus Global Alliance – a Christian organisation made up largely of former-homosexuals who promote the message that "change is possible through the power of Jesus Christ". The Texas, United States, native was one of the featured speakers at the just concluded three-day conference: Sex, Sexuality and Homosexuality: Engaging The Truth hosted by Project PROBE Ministries, at the Sherbourne Conference Centre. Foster, 45, is now a heterosexual who confesses that the...
  • Exodus National Ex-Gay Conference 6/27 to 7/2 2006

    03/26/2006 9:03:30 AM PST · by dcnd9 · 51 replies · 907+ views
    "LIVE OUT LOUD" 2006 FREEDOM CONFERENCE [img] www.exodusfreedom.org/freedom/images/2006Conf/Box_Subtitles1.3.jpg[img]
  • Gay rights group criticizes Christian conference for allowing 'ex-gay' speaker

    03/17/2006 7:09:12 PM PST · by Lorianne · 27 replies · 798+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | March 16 2006 | James D. Davis
    The annual Reclaiming America conference often draws controversy, but not always before it even begins. A national gay-rights group has criticized the conference, set for Friday and Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, for planning a speech by a leader of a ministry to gays, Exodus International in Orlando. "Giving a speaking opportunity to anyone from the ex-gay movement is wrong," said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "It needs to be repudiated at every step, not given a pulpit." Gary Cass, executive director of the Center for Reclaiming America, shrugged off the complaint: "We believe...
  • Report: Gay prevention programs harm teens

    03/04/2006 8:03:52 AM PST · by LouAvul · 39 replies · 845+ views
    ap/modbee ^ | 3-4-06 | laura munoz
    A national gay and lesbian group is accusing several religious organizations of harming homosexual teens by offering parents what they say are bogus therapies to keep children from becoming gay. In a report released Thursday in Miami Beach, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute questioned whether the therapies are ethical or effective and said state and federal authorities should provide greater oversight when these programs are aimed at youth. The report said some Christian-based gay prevention and treatment groups have used the First Amendment protection of religion to avoid sanctions by state health officials seeking to enforce...
  • Ex-gays promote the straight life

    02/26/2006 5:41:59 AM PST · by Joe Republc · 47 replies · 1,206+ views
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ^ | 02/26/2006 | Kim Bell
    MANCHESTER — A traveling conference advocating the heterosexual lifestyle came to the suburbs of west St. Louis County on Saturday. As gay-rights groups staged a peaceful protest outside the First Evangelical Free Church, conventioneers spent the day inside, mostly listening to speakers who say they were previously gay. Parents of gay and lesbian children got advice and could speak to counselors about what to do, short of accepting their child's behavior. "We suggest you decline an invitation to a civil commitment ceremony," Melissa Fryrear told a group of parents. Some busily took notes; a few others wiped away tears. "So...
  • ‘Ex-gay’ Billboard Defaced (man stops having sex with other men - found Jesus Christ)

    02/25/2006 8:31:25 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 29 replies · 13,725+ views
    LaShawn Barber's Corner ^ | Saturday February 25th, 2006 | LaShawn Barber
    Randy Thomas, a former homosexual washed clean by the blood of Christ (!), reports that one of Exodus International’s billboards was defaced in St. Louis, Missouri. Randy is headed that way to attend a conference on Sunday called, Love Won Out. Pray for Randy and others attending the conference, especially those still in the lifestyle and seeking answers. “Ex-gay” folks are getting lots of threats.Related posts: Homosexual “Marriage” And Black VotersHomosexual Lobby Decides A Little Moderation Is In Order Addendum: Read Randy’s testimony.
  • Brokeback Syndrome — More Than One Way Off the Mountain

    02/25/2006 3:31:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 35 replies · 1,664+ views
    CERC ^ | February 2006 | Warren Throckmorton, PhD
    By now, the plot line of Brokeback Mountain is well known. For those just returning from another planet, here it is: in the early 1960s, two young, male sheep herders, Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar become sexually involved for a summer on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Then, with no strings attached, they move on to marry heterosexually. After a few years they reunite and go on periodic fishing trips together where their fishing lines never get wet. Eventually Ennis' marriage falls apart and Jack dies via suspicious circumstances.   Brokeback Mountain has been billed by some as a universal...
  • Information from Deacon Gene: Is Homosexuality Curable?

    08/30/2005 4:27:46 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 11 replies · 785+ views
    Drell's Descants ^ | 8/30/2005 | Deacon Gene
    Doesn’t seem to addres lesbians but only male homosexuals; interesting nevertheless:Dear Friends, This is a list — not complete, but very good — on the social science journal articles that report that homosexuality is curable. Would that Frank Tracy Griswold would read some of these articles.Deacon Gene1930- Stekel publishes, “Is homosexuality curable?” (Psychoanalytic Review) 1952- Poe publishes, “The Successful Treatment of a 40-year Old Passive Homosexual” (Psychoanalytic Review) 1958- J.A. Hadfield publishes, “The Cure of Homosexuality” (British Medical Journal) 1959- Albert Ellis “A homosexual treated with rational psychotherapy” (Journal of Clinical Psychology) 1960-Christianity Today prints a roundtable discussion on “American’s...
  • Free indeed: Exodus International celebrates 30 years of helping thousands of gays

    07/25/2005 7:01:38 AM PDT · by Zender500 · 2 replies · 471+ views
    WORLD ^ | July 30, 2005 | Jamie Dean
    Alan Chambers was a youth pastor's "dream kid": president of the youth group, a member of the youth choir, sure to be at church every time the doors opened. He was a role model to other kids and a trouble-free son to his Christian parents. But Mr. Chambers, now 33, was also the keeper of a dark secret. Behind the veneer, Mr. Chambers struggled with homosexual impulses. By middle school he was acting out on the impulses, though he knew his actions were wrong: "I knew that I knew that I knew that what the preacher said about homosexuality being...
  • The Great Escape

    05/23/2004 5:12:48 PM PDT · by scripter · 20 replies · 466+ views
    Focus on the Family’s Mike Haley recounts his nose-dive into homosexuality and his ensuing spiritual recovery that came about through the help of concerned believers who reached out to him during his lowest hours On Sunday, May 16, Mike Haley, manager of the Gender Division within the Legislative and Cultural Affairs Department at Focus on the Family, addressed the Thomas Road Baptist Church congregation.  He underscored his 12-year plunge into homosexuality and the subsequent extensive spiritual recovery that has taken place in his life since he returned to the foundations of his faith in Jesus Christ.While the powerful Hollywood community and influential...
  • Ex-Homosexuals Feel Insulted by Kerry's 'Born Gay' Comment

    10/15/2004 2:57:02 AM PDT · by kattracks · 25 replies · 1,402+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 10/15/04 | Robert B. Bluey
    (CNSNews.com) - Sen. John Kerry's declaration Wednesday that homosexuals don't have a choice about their sexual orientation has enraged individuals who identify themselves as "ex-gays." In response to a question at the third presidential debate, Kerry made reference to Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter, Mary. Kerry said she was "being who she was born as." His response angered Lynne Cheney, the vice president's wife, as well as ex-homosexuals. "Senator Kerry, in his answer, basically invalidated me as a person," said Jeralee Smith, a self-proclaimed former lesbian who runs a support group for "ex-gay" educators. "I have experienced significant...
  • If Elected, Kerry Expected to Be Most Pro-Homosexual Prez Ever

    08/24/2004 8:08:01 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies · 656+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 24 Aug 04 | Bill Fancher & Mary Rettig
    If Elected, Kerry Expected to Be Most Pro-Homosexual Prez Ever By Bill Fancher and Mary Rettig August 23, 2004 (AgapePress) - A pro-family leader says homosexuals will be celebrating if Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry wins the White House. Rob Schenck of the National Clergy Council says Kerry has promised the homosexual community that he will champion their cause -- a promise that was relayed to a homosexual rally in Boston, Massachusetts, after the recent Democratic National Convention. Schenck says members of the homosexual community "know who Senator Kerry is, regardless of what he says about his beliefs on marriage....
  • Victory over homosexuality

    05/23/2004 4:54:17 PM PDT · by scripter · 22 replies · 229+ views
    WND ^ | May 22, 2004 | Jerry Falwell
    On Sunday, May 16, I invited a young man to speak at Thomas Road Baptist Church because I believe he has a message of healing and hope that needs to be heard by many Americans. However, if we are to listen to the influential mainstream media and Hollywood community, this young man's message is completely illegitimate and without merit. You see, this man, Mike Haley, lived for 12 years in the homosexual community. But he is no longer there. He is living a life of steadfast faith that the homosexual community deplores. But Mike's message is so important I wanted...
  • Resist urge, gays told: "Walk away from homosexuality"

    03/28/2004 5:54:20 PM PST · by MegaSilver · 48 replies · 1,736+ views
    FOX11AZ ^ | 28 March 2004 | Stephanie Innes
    A Baptist preacher who tells gays and lesbians they can walk away from homosexuality inspired a colorful community protest north of Downtown Saturday. As 65 people sat inside First Southern Baptist Church, 445 E. Speedway, to hear about how the Rev. Tim Wilkins "walked away" from being a homosexual, about 150 people picketed outside, many of them infuriated by what they said is a hateful and hurtful message that Wilkins couches in love. Protesters like Cathy Busha, program director for Wingspan - Tucson's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community center - say there's an unmistakable political agenda in Wilkins' seemingly...
  • Gay marriage? George Grant focuses on solutions to homosexuality

    01/26/2004 4:17:59 PM PST · by Zender500 · 7 replies · 193+ views
    Razormouth.com ^ | 1/24/04 | George Grant
    America’s homosexual communities are in the midst of a remarkable new trend that looks as if it could very well transform them forever. Couples are getting married. But it’s not what you think. It’s not what the newsmakers and the political commentators have been crowing about during the past year. To be sure “gay marriage” is a hot topic these days. In November, Massachusetts moved closer to becoming the first state in the country to legalize homosexual unions after the state’s highest court struck down a ban on same-sex marriages. The 4-3 ruling, which stopped short of declaring that homosexual...
  • The Lure of Lesbianism [Change is Possible]

    11/17/2003 9:19:13 AM PST · by scripter · 22 replies · 668+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | September/October 2003 | Misty Thigpen Grimes
    I was 14 the first time it happened. Mary* lived next door. She was two years my junior. Because Mary's parents both worked, they often asked me to watch Mary and her younger brother. One day, Mary found some pornographic magazines in her parents' bedroom. I understood the magazine's depictions, because I had my first of several sexual encounters when I was ten. But I'd never had sex with another girl before. As we looked at a photograph of a couple having intercourse, Mary asked, "Have you ever done that?" "Sure," I said proudly. "How was it?" "It was okay."...
  • Baptist Convention 'Reaches Out' to Gays

    06/20/2003 12:29:50 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 5 replies · 221+ views
    Baptist Convention 'Reaches Out' to Gays AMARILLO -- Southern Baptists stir up controversy and anger with their latest announcement. Their convention is underway in Phoenix. That's where a new initiative was announced, saying that church leaders should reach out to gay people. The ultimate goal would be to 'convert' homosexuals into heterosexuals. Here in the Panhandle, some think the concept is absurd. Dyanne Kuster is proud of who she is. She says her being a lesbian doesn't change the fact that religion is an important part of her life. "I was a Southern Baptist growing up my whole life,...
  • Southern Baptists' initiative aims to convince gays to become heterosexual

    06/17/2003 7:21:55 PM PDT · by Brian S · 310 replies · 241+ views
    <p>PHOENIX (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention announced a new initiative Tuesday to convince gays that they can become heterosexual if they accept Jesus Christ as their savior and reject their "sinful, destructive lifestyle."</p> <p>At the denomination's annual meeting, leaders urged their more than 42,000 churches nationwide to reach out compassionately to gays with a message about how Christianity can save them.</p>
  • RNC Chief to Meet With Ex-Homosexuals

    05/08/2003 2:26:06 AM PDT · by kattracks · 469 replies · 735+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 5/08/03 | Steve Brown
    (CNSNews.com) - After pro-family leaders criticized Republican National Committee Chairman Marc Racicot for meeting with what they call "gay pressure" groups, Racicot has now agreed to a meeting with a group of people who used to be homosexual. "We thought it was bad politics and not the right thing to do to meet with a homosexual activist group," Peter LaBarbera, senior policy analyst for the Culture and Family Institute, a part of Concerned Women for America (CWA), told CNSNews.com.LaBarbera was referring to Racicot's early March meeting with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), one of the nation's largest groups advocating special...