Regardless of your stance on the issue of homosexuality and the church, it is pretty impressive and important to note when three former leaders for one of the largest “You’re gay? We’ll fix you!”-ministries publicly apologize for their part in the ministry.
In this LA Times article, “3 Former Leaders of Ex-Gay Ministry Apologize, the former leaders publicly stated that Exodus International’s attempt to fix gays is psychologically harmful and has caused very serious depression in some and suicidal tendencies in others. Regular readers of this blog are familiar with my thoughts on homosexuality and the church, and can understand why this is such a big deal. When you have the co-founder of Exodus International speaking out against the organization he helped create, it’s time for people to listen.
Read the article and let me know what you think. Please refrain from throwing around scripture like Leviticus and Romans in the comments – I’d encourage you to address the following questions: What do we do with this press conference? The founders and leaders of Exodus International, those who were very passionate about the “cause” at some point, have come to realize that it’s not healthy, nor helpful for families, for gay men and women, or anyone involved. Will some blow them off as simply “failed” converts – those who didn’t try hard enough not to be gay? What do you think?