After Exodus: Evangelicals React as Ex-Gay Ministry Starts Over
"When I think about what may be interesting in the years to come is this: Is there room in a diverse and pluralistic culture for a Christian ministry to retain its beliefs and values about sexuality and marriage while moving away from the expectation of change (at least in the form of reparative therapy)? … A ministry would then have to ask: Is there an audience for that kind of ministry when many people (most?) who come to a ministry want the very change held out as normative in reparative therapy? All indications are that the message will be that of Christlikeness (or what Christian refer to as sanctification), and, I would guess, that the focus on sanctification will be independent of the question of whether attractions change."
Mark Yarhouse, director of Regent University's Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity (Limning the Psyche)
"How merciful of God to shut down Exodus, which under Alan Chambers leadership had completely veered off the course of its mission."
Andrew Comiskey, board member for the Restored Hope Network (a new Exodus alternative) (Twitter)
"Over the past thirty-plus years Exodus had successfully permeated the Christian cultural consciousness that sexual orientation could be changed. This message has caused immeasurable harm to well intentioned LGBT Christians, as well as their parents, families and friends–all working under the illusion that with enough prayer, submission to the Lord's will, reparative therapy or continual attendance to Exodus' programs that same-sex attractions can be 'fixed.' … I could not have been more happy to see … Alan's apology, and then bold and courageous decision to announce last night that Exodus International will shut down."
Andrew Marin, president and founder of The Marin Foundation and author of Love Is an Orientation (Patheos)