Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Exodus International Backtracks on Homosexuality!

The end times are here, and if anyone still doubts how close we are to the finish line, the ‘U turn’ recently made by Exodus international should be a clear eye-opener!  For 37years, the Exodus International has been one of the foremost organizations highlighting the unprofitableness of homosexuality, and offering to help ex-gays live not just a healthy sex-life, but a holy one.  The organization is famous for its slogan that the opposite of homosexuality is not heterosexuality, but rather holiness.
Now Exodus international ( current Board membership, that is), is saying it has been making a mistake all along in condemning homosexuality, and that homosexuals should just go ahead with their lifestyle!  On his blog, on 19th June, President of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, profusely apologized to homosexuals for the past activities of the Organization, and recanting, said though he still considers the practice of homosexuality as wrong, he has come to realize there is nothing wrong with having same-sex attraction.  Chambers said he was sorry for so many things.  Basically he was sorry and ashamed of the Gospel.  For instance he said: “I am sorry that when I celebrated a person coming to Christ and surrendering their sexuality to Him that I callously celebrated the end of relationships that broke your heart.”  In short, Mr Chambers is apologizing for causing godly sorrows which indeed led to repentance and positive change in people!  Henceforth, rather than try to help people change their sexual orientation, Mr Chambers said the new organization they are starting will seek to help people “manage” it one way or another
In a statement posted on its website, Exodus International's board of directors said the decision to close the doors of the ministry came "after a year of dialogue and prayer about the organization's place in a changing culture."  Many observers noted that Exodus International had been losing big funding partners  in recent years, and Mr Alan Chambers had become increasingly inconsistent and confused. 
Speaking on the development, Russel Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention said: "I think there's a tendency to see Exodus folding as a parable of Christian capitulation and ethic, that is not what's happening. Instead what you have is an organization that has some confusion about its mission and purpose.... What is not happening here, is an evangelical revision of a biblical sexual ethic."  http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jun/21/local/la-me-0621-exodus-international-gays-20130621.
One of the lively comments on the closing up of Exodus International, as reported by Christianity Today,  was from one James Aist.  Mr Aist wrote:  “My initial withdrawal of support for Exodus came last year when Chambers embraced a re-worked, gay version of an ancient heresy called ‘antinomianism.’ The gay version, called the "gay gospel", holds that one can be a Christian, never turn away from the sin of homosexual behavior, and still enjoy eternity in heaven with Jesus. Satan is using the “gay gospel” to get Christians who are homosexual to continue to practice homosexuality, feel good about it, and end up in hell, rather than repent of it. Read more about the "gay gospel" at http://rethinkingtheology.com/2012/12/16/the-gay-gospel/  that there are still hundreds of ministries and therapists who adhere to a Bible-based approach to providing help for dissatisfied homosexual people. You can link to them at http://rethinkingtheology.com/2012/07/11/homosexuality-good-news/  
Unfortunately, this turn around by Exodus is only the latest of key conservative groups caving in to the intense pressure from by the antichrist’s new world order goons. The other time, it was Dr James Dobson being forced out of Focus on the Family, largely due to his unwillingness to soft-pedal on homosexuality ( http://churcharise.blogspot.com/2010/03/james-dobson-forced-out-from-focus-on.html ).  To continue with the work God had called him into, Dr Dobson had to leave the organization he had started and ran for 33 years to start a brand new one; while the old Focus on the Family turned into a shadow of itself – chiefly with respect to view on homosexuality and abortion.
Let nobody think it a child play, the enormous pressure being asserted by new sexuality people on organizations opposed to their evil agenda!  Months earlier, some Board members of Exodus International, seeing the handwriting on the wall as their president began to make ambivalent statements concerning homosexuality, began to  quietly jump ship.  For instance, John Warren the former treasurer, in resigning on  September 6, 2012  said as sad and disappointed as he was, he still understood the enormous pressure that brought down his president.  In his words: "I believe that Alan Chambers is a good man with good intentions. It is his messaging that concerned me recently and prompted me to resign….Alan is in an extremely difficult position, and I don't want to disparage him”  A few days earlier, Jeff Buchanan also had  resigned his position as executive vice president .
We can identify two major weaknesses exploited by the enemy to bring down Exodus International. First was its resolve to use man-made solution, the so-called reparative therapy, as the principal means of securing deliverance from homosexuality. Other prominent organizations helping ex-homosexuals who see the problem as more of a spiritual problem are having far better results than the now defunct Exodus International.  Indeed, according to John Warren, several other ministries under the Exodus Global Alliance are producing excellent results in the work in helping ex-homosexuals to exit a  destructive lifestyle
The weakness of Exodus’ proffered solution for dealing with homosexuality, with the resulting failures and disappointments, contributed to the frustration of Mr Chambers, who in admitting to the failure of reparative therapy, unfortunately concluded that there is no hope of (and consequently no need for) dropping the homosexual lifestyle. He consequently adjusted his theology to fit in this position.  Stoking this sad belief was Chamber’s close interaction and sympathy for Justin Lee, founder of the Gay Christian Network.  It was on account of Alan Chamber’s comments on  Mr Lee, that John Warren felt he had to resign his Board position on Exodus.  In an interview with Janet Mefferd, Chambers had insisted that Lee, a celibate but foremost advocate for homosexuality, is a fellow Christ follower, and will be with him in heaven.  An incredulous Janet Mefferd demanded of Chambers: "If you believe that you have to turn from your sin and turn to Christ ... how can you simultaneously hold that somebody who is an unrepentant homosexual can go to heaven?"
In the novel Piercing the Darkness, Frank Perretti, graphically demonstrated the enormous societal pressure on American Christians who are forbidden to identify demon possession among people.  Without a correct diagnosis, how can the appropriate remedy, deliverance in the name of the Lord Jesus, be applied?  The Bible explicitly says that intense demon possession will characterize the end times, just like it happened in the days of Noah, when demonic entities came down to copulate with human beings. Numerous evidences from both victims of homosexuality, desperately seeking a way out, and the Pastors who ministered to them, make it abundantly clear that homosexuality falls squarely within the realm of this phenomenon.
Founded in 1976, Exodus was an umbrella organization which grew to include over 120 local ministries in the United States and Canada and over 150 ministries in 17 other countries.[7] While local affiliated ministries can continue to operate, they cannot use the Exodus name, according to a statement from the group.   http://abcnews.go.com/US/exodus-international-gay-cure-group-leader-shutting-ministry/story?id=19446752

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