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Exodus International to Shut Down; Ministry President Apologizes to Gay Community
Christian Post ^ | 06/21/2013 | Jeff Schapiro

Posted on 06/21/2013 7:00:29 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

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 in a statement.

"Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we've ceased to be a living, breathing organism," said Alan Chambers, the ministry's president, in a statement. "For quite some time we've been imprisoned in a worldview that's neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical."

Chambers added: "From a Judeo-Christian perspective, gay, straight or otherwise, we're all prodigal sons and daughters. Exodus International is the prodigal's older brother, trying to impose its will on God's promises, and make judgments on who's worthy of His Kingdom. God is calling us to be the Father – to welcome everyone, to love unhindered."

The announcement was made just one day after Chambers issued an apology to the gay community for the "trauma" he and the organization might have caused them.

"I have heard many firsthand stories from people called ex-gay survivors," wrote Chambers. "Stories of people who went to Exodus affiliated ministries or ministers for help only to experience more trauma. I have heard stories of shame, sexual misconduct, and false hope. In every case that has been brought to my attention, there has been swift action resulting in the removal of these leaders and/or their organizations. But rarely was there an apology or a public acknowledgement by me."

Exodus formerly promoted the idea that same-sex attraction can be reduced or eliminated through reparative therapy, a type of therapy that involves prayer and counseling. For years, however, many have decried reparative therapy as harmful, and last year Exodus disassociated itself with the practice in order to focus on a discipleship model of ministry.

The apology Chambers posted to the Exodus website is a more thorough version of an apology he will deliver tonight on an episode of "Our America with Lisa Ling." The special report, titled "God & Gays," will show Chambers deliver his apology to several people who feel they were harmed by their reparative therapy experiences. In a video clip from the episode, one person is even shown telling Chambers to shut Exodus down.

The 38th annual Exodus Freedom conference, going on now at Concordia University Irvine in California, will be the ministry's last.

"I cannot apologize for my deeply held biblical beliefs about the boundaries I see in scripture surrounding sex, but I will exercise my beliefs with great care and respect for those who do not share them," Chambers said in his apology. "I cannot apologize for my beliefs about marriage. But I do not have any desire to fight you on your beliefs or the rights that you seek. My beliefs about these things will never again interfere with God's command to love my neighbor as I love myself."

While the board of directors decided to close down one ministry, it also unanimously voted to start a new one.

"This is a new season of ministry, to a new generation," said Chambers. "Our goals are to reduce fear (reducefear.org), and come alongside churches to become safe, welcoming, and mutually transforming communities."

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TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: exodus; exodusinternational; gay; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; ministy

1 posted on 06/21/2013 7:00:29 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
NSA made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
2 posted on 06/21/2013 7:01:17 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Religious faith in government is far crazier than religious faith in God.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Lawsuit.


3 posted on 06/21/2013 7:03:47 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: SeekAndFind

How is helping people who want to have a God-sanctioned sexual relationship - people who come WANTING the change - not Glorify God? What in the prior 37 years was wrong?


4 posted on 06/21/2013 7:06:38 PM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: SeekAndFind

“God is calling us to be the Father – to welcome everyone, to love unhindered.”

Huh?!?


5 posted on 06/21/2013 7:07:09 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Hey NSA, here I am. Bring a large Hawaiian pizza when you come for me.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Sooooo, they have a file on Exodus, too? Why would they flip like that? “Welcome everyone to love unhindered”? What sort of PC, NOT Christian nonsense is that?

As you said so succinctly, “HUH?”


6 posted on 06/21/2013 7:09:24 PM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10

I can see the call to love as God commands, but the Word most clearly condemns homosexuality.


7 posted on 06/21/2013 7:10:30 PM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10

This “all you need is love” philosophy is popping-up in a number of churches.


8 posted on 06/21/2013 7:11:31 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: SeekAndFind

Follow the money. There has been a payment.


9 posted on 06/21/2013 7:12:26 PM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Great. We were warned about such.


10 posted on 06/21/2013 7:12:30 PM PDT by madison10
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To: SeekAndFind

What a pansy.


11 posted on 06/21/2013 7:13:01 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy ("New Yorks Finest" are now "The Untouchables")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

yep....somebody’s got something on somebody else....just as well...


12 posted on 06/21/2013 7:19:59 PM PDT by cherry
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To: SeekAndFind
Holy Scripture sees it differently:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

Using this "leader"'s logic, then, we can continue to be drunkards, swindlers, covetous and idolaters...and still inherit the kingdom of God.

We are saved through grace, and YES, we are all sinners.

AND Jesus commanded us to "go and sin no more". That is the obligation of the child of God...and to continue in persistent impenitent sin is not the behavior of someone who, according to Scripture, will inherit the kingdom.

13 posted on 06/21/2013 7:24:21 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: madison10

In addition to the fact that God is absolutely NOT calling us to be the Father. We’re to emulate Christ and obey the Word. The Father is who He is - alone - and a source of adoration and worship. This sounds pretty ecumenical and new-age.


15 posted on 06/21/2013 7:29:02 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Hey NSA, here I am. Bring a large Hawaiian pizza when you come for me.)
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To: madison10

They flipped because the new leader, Sullivan flipped it. Keep your eyes on him.


16 posted on 06/21/2013 7:43:22 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Un Pere, Une Mere, C'est elementaire)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sign of the times - the last days. When apostasy spreads everywhere.

Campus Crusade for Christ - one of the leading evangelical organizations there is - drops the “for Christ” because it offends and is not politically correct. Sorry, the cross of Christ is an offense.

Day by day we see churches and “para-church organizations” falling.
It will only increase.

But we should be encouraged, looking for His coming........


17 posted on 06/21/2013 7:51:43 PM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is like surgeons recognizing the rights of diseases to exist and changing course on operating to remove them.


18 posted on 06/21/2013 8:23:19 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Arlis
Campus Crusade for Christ - one of the leading evangelical organizations there is - drops the “for Christ” because it offends and is not politically correct. Sorry, the cross of Christ is an offense.

Believe it or not, they've changed their name to "Cru"--whatever that means.

19 posted on 06/21/2013 8:33:52 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: SeekAndFind

Good grief.


20 posted on 06/21/2013 8:35:58 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Not that I agree with changing the name to “Campus Crusade”, but we used to call it “Cru” all the time when I was in college two decades ago. I don’t think that has anything to do with this most recent issue.


21 posted on 06/21/2013 9:19:16 PM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: SeekAndFind

Whoever APOLOGIZED is either GAY or has a GAY SON or DAUGHTER...period.


22 posted on 06/22/2013 2:55:36 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Arlis

“Campus Crusade for Christ - one of the leading evangelical organizations there is - drops the “for Christ” because it offends and is not politically correct. Sorry, the cross of Christ is an offense.”

I did not know this.

So it’s now just “Campus Crusade”? Crusade for what? That could be anything as far as I’m concerned.


23 posted on 06/23/2013 8:19:43 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Ann Archy

“Whoever APOLOGIZED is either GAY or has a GAY SON or DAUGHTER...period.”

Usually this is the case. They are on the strait and narrow (no pun intended) until a family member strays. Then again I believe Jesus said something about I did not come to unite I came to divide? This included families against each other.


24 posted on 06/23/2013 8:22:13 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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