Target: Alan Chambers, Exodus International President
Goal: Commend the leading ‘ex-gay’ organization for shutting its doors and apologizing to clients
One of the nation’s most prominent coalitions aimed at “curing” homosexual Christians has shut it’s doors after 37 years of therapeutic services . The announcement comes a day after issuing a lengthy apology to its clients, of which Exodus President Alan Chambers admits, “I am sorry that I, knowing some of you so well, failed to share publicly that the gay and lesbian people I know were every bit as capable of being amazing parents as the straight people that I know.”
Chambers, who has a wife and children and previously identified as gay, has acknowledged and accepted that he has “ongoing same-sex attractions.” Explaining that homosexuality is God’s will and not his own, Chambers notes, “…you are not the Holy Spirit. I am not the Holy Spirit. The Church is not the Holy Spirit.” The organization’s close and acknowledgments are good news for the LGBT community, further paving the road for equality and acceptance in progressive politics.
In 2009, Exodus International, along with other “ex-gay” therapy centers, experienced a large decrease in staff. Workers were not able to agree with what they were preaching. Chambers and his staff have plans to start a new organization named Reduce Fear. “This is a new season of ministry, to a new generation,” Chambers said. “Our goals are to reduce fear, and come alongside churches to become safe, welcoming and mutually transforming communities.” A deeply moving and heartfelt close to his letter of apologies reads, “I am sorry that I have communicated that you and your families are less than me and mine.” Commend Exodus International for coming to terms with the truth and giving other “homosexual cure” therapy treatment centers something to think about.
Dear Alan Chambers,
Members and supporters of the LGBT community deeply thank and commend you for your graceful termination of Exodus International. Coming forward to express your true feelings toward “gay therapy” is a colossal milestone toward society accepting the undeniable truth that no one is born with sexual preference choice. It is no easy task telling clients there was never any need for a “recovery”, but it is a necessary one that will further pave the way for equality in political and social spheres.
Your new agenda includes starting the Reduce Fear organization, which will help the transition of newly accepted homosexual Christians whom do not want to abandon their faith. This will give viable footsteps for similar organizations to follow to help the flow of acceptance and equality into a brighter America, and world. Deepest thanks, from the LGBT community and all of it’s supporters. It is people and organizations such as yours where tangible and responsible change stems from.
[Your Name Here]
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