For those that haven’t heard, Exodus International is soon to be no more. Why is this? What does it all mean?
Exodus International has always been an “umbrella organization” – headquartered down in Florida. It has often been referred to as one of the largest, if not the largest “Ex-Gay Ministries”. Those that have heard me talk, have heard me share how many problems have plagued that group and why I’ve had no use for them. So, I’m not at all surprised to hear this has finally caught-up with them. What are / were the problems? Here’s a couple of the more prominent ones:
1) Exodus, was always an “Umbrella Organization”. As such, it has had no “consistency” in their message from local chapter to chapter. This is because they have always had so many different member groups sharing and espousing so many different things.
2) Much of Exodus’ “Official Position” historically, has always gone something like this: In order for a homosexual to be “saved”, you must not only leave the “gay lifestyle”, repent of your sins, but you also must go through counseling programs to be transformed into practicing heterosexuals. Telling gay people: “Go and become straight (heterosexual)”. [When, in fact, we know from God’s Word that it is enough for someone to leave behind a sinful lifestyle, repent, and resist sin. We have no promise from God on this side of heaven that we will never have to struggle with temptations. For some, those continued temptations may be with homosexuality.]
How has this been problematic? Let me count the ways. I’ve known so many folks from over the years that have gone through Exodus’ Affiliate Counseling programs and at the end of participating in that very long, costly program, and if they continue to still struggle with homosexual temptations (they aren’t attracted to the opposite sex), they say: “Well, the heck with it! … Read the rest