37 years ago, Exodus International started its activities as a small ministry to assist those striving to patch up their homosexuality with the teachings of Bible. With time, it was developed into a prime practitioner on the contentious ‘gay cure’ movement. It established 260 ministries throughout North America.
The organization claimed purging many homosexual people of tormenting sexual urges. However, the leaders of the movement started showing doubts about their activities and mission. Alan Chambers, the president of the organization, gave up the idea that homosexuality could be purged last year.
The organization announced this week to terminate its activities. The announcement came rather abruptly. Chambers offered a public apology, regretting for the trauma and shame that the organization had inflicted on numerous gay people.
The termination of this movement highlights the growing social acceptance for the homosexual people. Even the evangelical Christian community has posed a more tolerant view about LGBT people. Polls show growing supports of the Americans for gay rights and marriage while some prominent conservatives including Rob Portman and Dick Cheney uttered their supports for LGBT people.
A Gallup poll conducted in May demonstrated that nearly 59 percent of the USA adult people had no problem morally accepting gay and lesbian relationships. The percentage was up by 19 points since 2001.
Gay-rights group appreciated Chambers’ statement though some pointed out toward the recent decreasing influence of Exodus among evangelicals as conversion of gay people became gradually out of the mainstream.
On Thursday in an interview with the ‘Los Angeles Times’, Chambers talked about his change of heart. He said that Christians should accept gay people even if they harbor bigotry against them. He said that he could comfortably deal with his attraction to men and being married to a woman but acknowledged that majority people could not do so.
On Wednesday during the annual conference of Exodus, Chambers made his first apology.