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Exodus International Shuts Down, Leader Offers Apology

In a true stunner, Exodus International, the country's largest and oldest LGBTQ-oriented Christian ministry, is shutting its doors following a lengthy apology from its head, Alan Chambers. Chambers said that he "cannot apologize for my deeply held biblical beliefs about the boundaries I see in scripture surrounding sex," but he does say that he is sorry that Exodus, among many other things, "promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents" and that he does "not have any desire to fight you on your beliefs or the rights that you seek.” Chambers goes onto say that "for the rest of my life, I will proclaim nothing but the whole truth of the Gospel, one of grace, mercy and open invitation to all to enter into an inseverable relationship with almighty God." You can read the entire thing here.

The anouncement comes ahead of an Our America with Lisa Ling episode called "God and Gays," which will be broadcast on OWN tonight and will feature an interview with Chambers in which he discusses the issue at greater length ...

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Esther Aspling

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Esther Aspling commented…

I hope they are able to redirect into a ministry inspired by grace and love.

http://forthisisthetime.com/

David Malcolm Puranen

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David Malcolm Puranen commented…

Calling Exodus International a Christian Ministry to LGBTQ people is like calling Canada's residential schools a ministry to the aboriginal population. Or like calling the wars in Afghanistan Ministry to the Arab world.

What Exodus did was spiritually (and often physically) rape, abuse, torment and slander multiple generations of God's beloved who simply happened to have not been created heterosexual. Their sins are some of the most disgusting that Jesus chose to forgive on the cross. I thank God that though many of their members may move on to abuse more children who simply need to know that the Father loves them, that there will be fewer of them.

Nathan Lockard

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Nathan Lockard replied to David Malcolm Puranen's comment

wow everybody calm down- go read the article about hate and the church http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/separation-church-an...
what happened to LOVE - weather you think they are born/created/turned-in-to gay - whatever love is the only way -

David Malcolm Puranen

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David Malcolm Puranen replied to Nathan Lockard's comment

Huh seems like somebody removed all the comments from the homophobic people.

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