Exodus Int’l President to the Gay Community: “We’re Sorry”

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Exodus Int’l President to the Gay Community: “We’re Sorry”

Leader of 37-year old ministry admits grave errors

Irvine, Calif. (June 19, 2013) — Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality, issued an apology to the gay community for years of undue suffering and judgment at the hands of the organization and the Church as a whole.

The apology (http://exodusinternational.org/apology) dovetails with the ministry’s 38th annual conference in Irvine, Calif. – and the Thursday, June 20, airing of the television broadcast “God & Gays” on Our America with Lisa Ling. On Ling’s program, Exodus President, Alan Chambers, sits down with gay and lesbian people hurt by the Church with the goal of reconciliation.

Messy Story, True Story – Letter from Alan Chambers for February 2013

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I am thrilled to be a part of the Body of Christ. Though imperfect, I see a tremendous groundswell of truth, compassion, grace, and service, which accurately reflects the heart of Jesus Christ.

Contrast that to 1991, the year I sought support for my struggles with sexuality outside of the four walls and community of my local congregation.  I was afraid of being cast out because my story was different.  I had no confidence in the church’s ability to treat me kindly or extend grace.  I will never know whether my perceptions of them were right or wrong.  I simply couldn’t risk what I believed would be my reality if I “came out” to them. So I sought help from Exodus International.

Exodus Week-End Review #9 – November 16th, 2012


Exodus Week-End Review #9 – November 16th, 2012

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In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

Making Room: A Shift Toward Compassion

Cross-posted from the Exodus Blog. Excellent article!

Making Room: A Shift Toward Compassion

by Julie Rodgers

As a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, I’ve spent the past decade of my life trying to change my homosexual orientation.  When I attended my first Exodus conference ten years ago, I heard story after story of people who had experienced substantial shifts in their sexual attractions.  Countless men and women, who had previously been involved in intimate homosexual relationships, were sharing compelling testimonies about their transformation from homosexual to heterosexual.

Thrilled with the prospect that I too would experience a similar transformation in my attractions, I committed myself whole-heartedly to the process.  About seven years into that season—the non-stop support groups, ongoing counseling, healthy friendships with heterosexual women, abstaining from homosexual behavior, and praying with all my heart for the Lord to change my desires—I realized I was as passionately attracted to women as I had ever been.  I felt more alive, with a more vibrant relationship with Christ and His people, but I was still almost exclusively attracted to other women.  When I watched a romantic comedy, I dreamed of snuggling with a girl rather than a man holding me tight.

Exodus Week-End Review #6 – October 26th, 2012


Exodus Week-End Review #6 – October 26th, 2012

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In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

  •  Ministry Highlight: Truth Ministry – Spartanburg/Greeneville South Carolina
  • Resource Highlight: The End of Sexual Identity by Jenell Williams Paris
  • Question of the Week: How Does the Church Respond to Exodus International?
  • An Opportunity to Partner with Exodus: Thank you for the friendship and support!

Exodus Around the web:

Main Website: exodusinternational.org
Freedom Conference Website: exodusfreedom.org
Exodus Online Bookstore: exodusbooks.org
Facebook: facebook.com/exodusinternational
Twitter: twitter.com/exodusintl

Exodus Week-End Review #5 – October 19th, 2012


Exodus Week-End Review #5 – October 19th, 2012

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In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

  • Thank you for your feedback on these videos!
  • Ministry Highlight: Californian Member Agencies
  • Resource Highlight: 101 Frequently Asked Questions about Homosexuality by Mike Haley
  • Question of the Week: How Does Exodus Function Organizationally?
  • An Opportunity to Partner with Exodus: Thank you for the friendship and support!

Exodus Around the web:

Main Website: exodusinternational.org
Freedom Conference Website: exodusfreedom.org
Exodus Online Bookstore: exodusbooks.org
Facebook: facebook.com/exodusinternational
Twitter: twitter.com/exodusintl

Exodus Week-End Review #4 – October 12th, 2012

Exodus Week-End Review #4 – October 12th, 2012
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In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

  • Ministry Highlight: Regeneration, Regeneration Northern Virginia and National Community Church
  • Resource Highlight: Generation XXX by Sy Rogers
  • Question of the Week: Is Change Possible?
  • An Opportunity to Partner with Exodus: Monthly Giving

Websites of Organizations Mentioned in this post:

Exodus Around the web:

Main Website: www.exodusinternational.org
Freedom Conference Website: www.exodusfreedom.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/exodusinternational
Twitter: www.twitter.com/exodusintl

Exodus Week-End Review #3 – October 5th, 2012


Exodus Week-End Review #3 – October 5th, 2012
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In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

  • Ministry Highlight: Living Hope Ministries, Arlington Texas
  • Resource Highlight: Leaving Homosexuality by Alan Chambers
  • Question of the Week: Does Exodus Value Singleness as Equally as Marriage?
  • An Opportunity to Partner with Exodus: Monthly Giving

Websites of Organizations Mentioned in this post:

Love Won Out: www.lovewonout.com
Exodus International: www.exodusinternational.org
Living Hope Ministries: www.livehope.org

Exodus Around the web:

Main Website: www.exodusinternational.org
Freedom Conference Website: www.exodusfreedom.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/exodusinternational
Twitter: www.twitter.com/exodusintl

Exodus Week-End Review #2 – September 29th 2012

Exodus Week-End Review #2 – September 29th 2012 from Exodus International on Vimeo.
In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

  • Love Won Out Recap
  • Ministry Highlight: Beyond Imagination – Steven Bjork
  • Resource Highlight: Jesus Calling
  • Question of the Week: Why Should We Obey God?
  • An Opportunity to Partner with Exodus: Monthly Giving and Prayer Team

Websites of Organizations Mentioned in this post:

Love Won Out: www.lovewonout.com
Exodus International: www.exodusinternational.org
Beyond Imagination: www.beyondimagination.org
West Shore Evangelical Free Church: www.westshorefree.com

Exodus Around the web:

Main Website: www.exodusinternational.org
Freedom Conference Website: www.exodusfreedom.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/exodusinternational
Twitter: www.twitter.com/exodusintl

Exodus Week-End Review for September 21st, 2012


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:

Exodus Around the web: