Exodus Intl. Closes. A "New Day" for Gays/Evangelicals?
Exodus International, the 37-year-old "ex-gay" ministry, announced its closing last week. The organization had received high profile criticism from many quarters for its "reparative therapy" for those struggling with unwanted same-sex feelings or lifestyles. Exodus' board voted unanimously to shutter the ministry, with president Alan Chambers issuing an apology along with their formal announcement of closing.
"It is strange to be someone who has both been hurt by the Church's treatment of the LGBTQ community, and also to be someone who must apologize for being part of the very system of ignorance that perpetuated that hurt," said Chambers. "Today it is as if I've just woken up to a greater sense of how painful it is to be a sinner in the hands of an angry church."
President Alan Chambers unpacked his personal reasons for the decision in a talk at the Exodus Freedom Conference. He said that the ministry's choice to close did not negate the "true stories" of those who found freedom as a result of their involvement with Exodus. He also said that the organization had become the "older brother" in the parable of the prodigal son, becoming "entrenched in rules" instead of grace.
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