Liberty University hosted a two day conference ten days ago warning its students about the “dangers of homosexuality.”
“Understanding Same-sex Attractions and Their Consequences,” featured Alan Chambers a high-brow, ex-gay. He is the president of Exodus International, a Christian organization dedicated to “converting homosexuals.” A chorus of ex-gay leaders also spoke following his keynote address.
“What I was looking for in homosexuality was someone who would give me what was missing in the core of what I was. It wasn’t all about sex. I was craving a relationship with someone who would love me,” Chambers confessed to the audience of Christian law students.
“The average gay-activist knows more about the Bible than most Christians do. Talk about losing the battle! How can you effectively debate if a gay activist knows more about the Bible than you do,” Chambers said.
Homosexuality is not the “worst sin of all,” he admitted. Chambers believes homosexuality might be genetic, but he points out, so are alcoholism, cancer, and mental illness. Therefore, he argues that “homosexual urges can be treated with therapy and prayer.”
While Chambers also believes demons are at work among homosexuals he does not believe that full-scale exorcisms are a “necessary step in curing the homosexual.” He asserts that the Church, to date, has “ministered” to the woebegone homosexual incorrectly.
“Anger corrects,” he said, “but hostility destroys. The homosexual must be understood, and brought back to holiness via love and compassion.”
At the conference, Chambers spoke of an outreach ministry he began for gays at a church in Virginia. He spoke compassionately of wanting to “strangle” church members who were loathe to think of homosexuals coming to church.
“We have an angry, bitter gay rights movement today because we created it. The people who are involved in homosexuality are mad for a reason. Mad because we treated them the way Christ never would,” Chambers said.
Virginia’s Liberty University claims to be America’s largest Christian university. Chambers spoke on the first day of the symposium, but apparently Dean J. Matt Barber did not listen to closely to what he had to say about compassion.
When Dean J. Matt Barber addressed the crowd, his talk was vitriolic, arguing that the gay community desires civil rights, not for “protection against discrimination, but to gain support of the gay lifestyle.”
He complained that gay rights activists “in order to achieve widespread support of gayness had to take the focus off of what homosexuality really is,” driving home conduct in bed. “They try to take the focus off of gay sex, the mechanics of which most of us don’t want to think about..”, he added.
Dean Barber almost taunted the gay community from the law school’s pulpit. He claimed gay rights activists, bloggers, and writers would watch his speech—although sermon might be a better word—and use it against him and other presenters as “gay bigots.”
The conference concluded with speakers taking the position that the quest for homosexual rights was inhibiting freedoms of speech, religion, and association. Just another typical day in the classroom for the students in Lynch-burg, Virginia.