One Equal World

The Exit of Exodus International

Posted on: July 10, 2013


Christian group Exodus International has finally closed, issuing an apology to the LGBT community.
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Exodus International, a 37-year old ministry, is finally closing its doors for the last time.  And they’ve taken things a step further and issued a formal apology to the LGBT community for their wrongs.

Exodus International was known, especially, for “gay conversion therapy,” a process that was supposed to “cure” gays of their “tendencies” or “preferences.”  Essentially, they tried to turn gay people straight.  In the end, they realized that it just didn’t work and it can actually inflict deep psychological harm.

The Board of Directors prayed about and voted on the closure on June 19th.  After a year of deliberation, their final unanimous decision was that the organization did not fit with the changing culture and beliefs of Christians in the United States today.  There is more open acceptance of gays and lesbians than ever before, and many are beginning to realize that being gay is neither a choice nor something to be frowned upon.

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

Exodus International now has plans to open a new ministry with the goals of reducing fear and extending an olive branch.  They want a place that is welcoming and safe for all.  Score one for love!

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