The Florida-based Christian group, Exodus International, officially announced this Thursday that would cease operations. The organization known for specializing in rehabilitation of same-sex attracted people through prayer until now claimed this form of therapy worked to remedy sexual orientation.
Alan Chambers, Former President of Exodus International, published an official letter apologizing about the group’s mission and the LGBT community along with the harm they may have cause to members of the church.
In addition, in the same letter he acknowledged within that he suppressed his own same-sex attractions during his time serving. Not only was it a conflict of interest, but a conflict within the teachings of Exodus.
”And then there is the trauma that I have caused. There were several years that I conveniently omitted my ongoing same-sex attractions. I was afraid to share them as readily and easily as I do today. They brought me tremendous shame and I hid them in the hopes they would go away. Looking back, it seems so odd that I thought I could do something to make them stop. Today, however, I accept these feelings as parts of my life that will likely always be there. The days of feeling shame over being human in that way are long over, and I feel free simply accepting myself as my wife and family does. As my friends do. As God does,” according to Chambers.
According to Procon.org the move to discontinue operations came as no surprise since the revelation about the president’s sexual orientation was openly discussed by Chambers a year earlier.
”The announcement that Exodus would close was not a total surprise. Last year, Chambers — who is married to a woman but has spoken openly about his own sexual attraction to men — said he was trying to distance his ministry from the idea that gays’ sexual orientation can be permanently changed or ‘cured.'”
A link to the official letter can be found by clicking here.
Another quite possible reason to terminate operations after 37 years since its founding is that the State of California is seeking to ban conversion therapy for same-sex people, according to a BBC report.
The group’s mission had outraged gay rights activist for some time. It seems times have changed and policy has evolved little by little to recognize the issue as perhaps a civil right. Just recently the Pew Research Center published a detailed report where the media narrative has in recent months endorsed the implementation of the legalization of gay marriage.