Supporters’ flight from Exodus cited as reason for shutdown

Thursday, June 20, 2013
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As a decades-old Christian organization set up to help homosexuals leave the lifestyle closes its doors, a new one is making its debut.

Exodus International president Alan Chambers, in a June 19 press release on its website, announced that the 37-year-old organization is closing down. He also apologized to the homosexual community for what he describes as "years of undue suffering and judgment at the hands of the organization and the church as a whole." Chambers now rejects the idea that homosexuals can change their orientation through Christ.

LaBarbera, PeterPeter LaBarbera, who heads Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, was asked about Exodus shutting down.

"I think Alan Chambers, who basically ruined the organization, had no choice because the affiliates were leaving," he tells OneNewsNow. "All the people who support the truth that homosexuals can change and overcome this perversion through Jesus Christ were leaving Exodus."

According to the AFTAH spokesman, problems with Exodus began when Chambers started dialoguing with homosexual activists who convinced him that change is not possible. As LaBarbera points out, the Bible says otherwise.

"Homosexuality is about behavior, and behaviors can be changed with the help of God and through Christ," he offers. "... That's what Exodus used to be about. But once they started talking about so-called 'gay sexual orientation,' as if this is the inherent state of somebody's being, they got in trouble."

LaBarbera calls Exodus International's decline and ultimate closing "one of the greatest tragedies" he has seen in the pro-family movement.

Restored Hope Network is holding its first convention in Oklahoma City this weekend, and the new organization, under different Christian leadership, will be Christ-centered. ( Related article)

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