Alan Chambers Could Not Pray Away the Gay

Alan Chambers

Alan Chambers, the president of a prominent U.S Christian Group, Exodus International, announced that the organization is shutting down after more than three decades of trying to cure homosexuality. Quitters!

Florida-based Exodus International announced that it will be closing its doors on Thursday and beginning a new ministry that would work with other churches to create “safe, welcoming and mutually transforming communities.” The organization’s president, Alan Chambers, also apologized for the years of pain caused to the LGBT community.

“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.”

He went on to apologize directly to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people saying he was “sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized patients”.

“I am sorry that there were times I didn’t stand up to people publicly ‘on my side’ who called you names like sodomite – or worse… I am sorry that I have communicated that you and your families are less than me and mine.”

Weirdly enough, Chambers says he still believes homosexuality is a sin and he cannot apologize for his “deeply held biblical beliefs about the boundaries [he sees] in scripture surrounding sex.”

But in a sexy twist, Chamber also revealed that he himself is still gay. Chambers had always presented himself as a success case for Exodus’ methods. He claimed he left the gay life in his teens and is now married with two adopted children (of course they’re adopted… ). But now Chamber admits that throughout his life he has struggled to hide his “ongoing same-sex attractions.” So much for praying away the gay!

“I was afraid to share them as readily and easily as I do today,” he wrote. “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.”

The apology coincides with California’s battle to ban “conversion therapy” of gay people. In October of 2012, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law banning gay “conversion” therapy for minors – but the law in still in appeals and only applies to licensed therapists, not ministers.

Via: USA Today 

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