Orlando-based ‘Ex-Gay’ Group Apologizes to LGBT Community, Announces Disintegration
According to a press release posted on their website on the night of June 19, the Orlando-based group will disintegrate alleging a “change in culture” in the last few years. Part of the organization may resurface as a separate ministry that aims to be more welcoming to gays.
“We’re not negating the ways God used Exodus to positively affect thousands of people, but a new generation of Christians is looking for change — and they want to be heard,” Exodus board member Tony Moore said.
The group gained national prominence as a place where gay people could be “cured.”
The announcement comes just hours after Exodus released a statement apologizing to the LGBT community for years of undue judgement.
“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.”
The Christian organization starting showing signing of shifting attitudes last year, when Chambers stopped endorsing gay “reparative therapy.”
Then last April, John Paulk, a former chairman of Exodus and the poster boy for the “ex-gay” movement renounced his past involvement with the organization and said he was still gay.
“For the better part of 10 years, I was an advocate and spokesman for what’s known as the ‘ex-gay movement,’ where we declared that sexual orientation could be changed through a close-knit relationship with God, intensive therapy and strong determination,” said Paulk, who had authored a book called “Love Won Out: How God’s Love Helped Two People Leave Homosexuality and Find Each Other.”
“At the time, I truly believed that it would happen. And while many things in my life did change as a Christian, my sexual orientation did not.”