This is the third of five video interviews Alan did with RELEVANT Magazine. The other videos will be posted here throughout this week.
This is the second of five video interviews Alan did with RELEVANT Magazine. The other videos will be posted here throughout this week.
This is the first of five video interviews Alan did with RELEVANT Magazine. The other videos will be posted here throughout this week.
This article by Eddie Kaufholz is from RELEVEANT Magazine Issue 65: SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 as well as their podcast. Here is the intro:
“Change is possible!”
That was Exodus International’s slogan, an unapologetic answer to the dicey “are people born gay?” question. Often described as the largest “ex-gay” ministry in the U.S., Exodus worked with Christians who dealt with same-sex attraction for 37 years. That all changed in June, when Exodus International’s president Alan Chambers stunned the world by apologizing for his ministry and shutting its doors for good.
Chambers sat down with RELEVANT Podcast castmember Eddie Kaufholz (who happens to also be a pastor) to discuss that apology, tell his stories and give his vision for the future.
From the article “The Man Behind The Historic Implosion Of The Ex-Gay Movement” by David Peisner:
… Chambers not only closed Exodus in sudden and dramatic fashion, but acknowledged the ineffectiveness of gay-to-straight reparative therapy and offered a remarkable mea culpa that apologized for his organization’s many missteps. He’s now founding a new organization focused on bringing Christians and homosexuals together, called Speak. Love. Many in the LGBT community hailed Exodus’ demise as a victory in the culture wars but were disappointed Chambers hadn’t gone further in his support of gay rights or his renouncement of the religious underpinnings of the ex-gay theology. To many evangelicals, the man who had not only been a leader of the ex-gay movement but also a living example of its successes was now a lost sheep, or worse, a heretic.
“There are times when I feel like I don’t have a country,” Chambers says, not far from a wall of photos that include shots of him with his wife, with his kids, and with Mike Huckabee. “There are people who have been invested in this fight for years on both sides. It’s the vocal minority on either side that gets the microphone. What I believe is there are far more people in the middle.”
It’s this middle group that he’s hoping to represent and talk to. The question is, will he have the chance? At the moment, he’s working on defining specific plans for the new organization and raising money to keep the lights on. But in order to succeed, he’ll need to convince people that his divisive past has indeed passed, and that his own personal struggle won’t get in the way of his public mission.
This article is worth the read. Please check it out. If inclined, come and let us know what you think after reading the article.
This has been a busy summer for Alan in many ways, including media. Here is a list of some of the highlights over the past few months:
Special Report: God & Gays – Lisa Ling, Our America
‘Ex-gay’ group Exodus International shuts down – BBC World News
Exclusive: ‘Gay cure’ advocate apologizes – Anderson Cooper 360 (Three part video interview available online at link)
Some Christians shift on gays: Column – by Tom Krattenmaker, USA Today
Exodus International: Let the Recycling Begin! – by Brandan Robertson, Revangelical Blog
Homosexuality & The Question of Christian Unity – by Brandan Robertson, Revangelical Blog
Why I’ll Accept Your Imperfect Apology – by Laura Ortberg Turner, Christianity Today
Exodus international: bending history’s arc – by Christian Piatt, Red Letter Christians
My Response to the Closing of Exodus International – by Tony Campolo, Red Letter Christians
Can Christianity Learn to Say, “I’m Sorry”? – by Stephen Mattson, Red Letter Christians
Watermark interviews former Exodus figurehead Alan Chambers – by Susan Clary, Watermark
Alan Chambers, Exodus International’s Former President, On Sexual Labels, ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy – by Michelangelo Signorile (Includes audio of Alan’s interview on Signorile’s Sirius OutQ Radio program The Gist.)
Exodus to Speak Love – article by Erik Guzman and audio is included of Alan’s interview on Steve Brown Etc.
Watch the very first video in our new weekly web series! This is the “Exodus Week-End Review for September 21st, 2012” Please “Like” and “Share” to help spread the word. Thank you!
In today’s series launch video we cover:
- The purposed of “The Exodus Week-End Review.”
- Invitation to join us tomorrow at Westshore Evangelical Free Church for Love Won Out.
- Question of the Week: Is Sexual Behavior Important for the Believer?
- Ministry Highlight: Free! and Day Seven Ministries
- An Opportunity to Partner with Exodus
Websites of Organizations Mentioned in this video:
- Love Won Out: lovewonout.com
- Exodus International: exodusinternational.org
- Day Seven Ministries: dayseven.net
- Westshore Evangelical Free Church: westshorefree.com
Exodus Around the web:
Recently I appeared on an episode of Our America with Lisa Ling on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The majority of what aired was from a past interview, but I was grateful that OWN released an unused portion of the interview online. In my opinion it was one of the best parts of my time with Lisa as it clearly portrayed my deep and unequaled love for my wife, Leslie.
Not everyone liked the interview, however. In it Lisa asks, “So are you heterosexual?” To that question I answer transparently, sharing that while I do experience same-sex attraction I am Leslie-sex attracted. I state that I am not gay, which I see as an identity based around same-sex attraction that absolutely fails to describe me or speak to the majority of my feelings, desires or sexuality. I stop short of calling myself heterosexual, though, too. That seemed to irritate some and confuse others.
I think Christians have confused heterosexuality with holy sexuality. As I have said for more than a decade now, the opposite of homosexuality isn’t heterosexuality (or vice-versa) it’s holiness. I didn’t take the role I am in at Exodus to make people straight or to promote heterosexuality. I also didn’t take on the role to tell people with same-sex attraction how inferior that struggle is in comparison to others. I chose to serve at Exodus International to proclaim that God created us to live out biblical, sexual, holiness even amidst great trial and sacrifice. That is my story and it is my encouragement to fellow believers and others who might be seeking.
Last Sunday Alan gave a powerful and practical sermon at Grace Church Orlando titled Evangelism Overhaul: Practical Grace. You can listen to the sermon through the player instance at the end of this page. Here are the notes for his sermon if you would like to follow along.
Evangelism Overhaul – Practical Grace by Alan Chambers
August 26th, 2012
A. Repent of our own immorality and recommit to holiness.
1. Samson Story
B. Repent of Hostility and Recommit to Bold Love
1. Jonah Syndrome
2. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35)
John 13:35 (NASB) – 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
1. Anger vs. Hostility
Alan appeared last night on Lisa Ling’s Our America program. She replayed a show she did back in 2010 called “Pray Away the Gay.” At the end of the show she did a very short follow up interview with Alan.
However, Our America posted an extended interview with Alan online. I am embedding it below. I appreciated Alan’s honesty. The extended interview is quite thought-provoking as well. After watching I am sure you will agree.
As always your thoughts are welcomed and appreciated.