Leslie Chambers Tackles Heterosexuality, Hyper-Grace, and Offers Hope

Leslie croppedCross-posted from the Exodus Blog.

Have you ever wondered what people think of you? As my husband is Alan Chambers, the President of Exodus International, I have. At present, he is somewhat of a conundrum for a lot of people. There seems to be some confusion about who he is, what he is saying and what he stands for. Here it is in a nutshell: while he has repeatedly stated his biblically orthodox view of sexuality, he has also stated his belief that one particular sin is not some how more offensive to God than another. As his wife, I have stayed out of most of the chaos but there are a few things that I cannot be silent about any longer. So here it goes…

Happy ‘I Tolerate You Day’

question mark heartNothing says love more than telling gay sinners how much we ‘luuuuuuv’ them and how much we HATE their sin.  I think that is why there are so many Christians who have deep friendships with gay and lesbian people.  Tolerance is a compelling gift to the gay and lesbian community so anxious for Christians to half-heartedly embrace them with the limp, lukewarm hug of Jesus.

Can you just feel the love?

Before I go too far with the pretense that I am an expert on this subject, please know this pep talk is for me as well.  I am relatively new on the scene of wholeheartedly embracing all people, period.  Even typing that sentence was full of deep conflict for me.  I so badly want to qualify my own superiority in all of this by sharing the type of people I am embracing—compelled to make the comparison between my morality and theirs so that you will know how amazing it is that I, a good (a.k.a. morally superior) Christian, am embracing…well, them (a.k.a. poor things lost in sin).

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

Entering The Promised Land – Letter from Alan Chambers for September 2012

Cross-posted from the Exodus Blog

Twenty-one years ago this month I walked into a local Exodus Member Ministry for help.   I was 19 years old and a church kid—a believer in the one, true Christ.  I was also 8 or 9 years into my struggle with same-sex attraction. SSA was, at that time, all consuming; likely because I was 19 and my young body raged with hormones I constantly gave into my sexual thoughts.  In my teenage years, I gave into a few sexual relationships with guys my age.  My daily life was full of fearing God, praying for relief and giving in to overwhelming temptations that I thought I had no power over.

So, when I found out about Exodus I knew I had to check it out.  I’ll never forget that fall-like day on September 12, 1991.  I remember what I was wearing as I walked through the parking lot of that ministry–a building I’d driven by numerous times in my life with no clue that inside was an answer to a nearly decade old prayer.

The big and burly director of the ministry eventually came out into the lobby and greeted me.   A good ole boy of sorts.  Corduroy pants, flannel type shirt, suspenders.  Certainly no connection to “the issue”, I concluded.  Never judge a book by its cover.  Sitting in his office a few minutes later, I was scared. However, that day was pivotal for me.  I began a real healing journey that wasn’t at all what I’d hoped for or considered.