EXODUS INTERNATIONAL DISBANDS
Exodus International was one of the oldest, if not the oldest, organization that helped gay people overcome their same sex attractions using a number of different "techniques". They began in 1976 under its founder Michael Bussee who later became one of its most outspoken critics. This week after its president offered gay people an apology for hurting people, Exodus International disbanded.
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Of course there will be the expected knee jerk reactions from all the many and varied perspectives. Much of the evangelical community will lambast the decision and the apology, while organizations like GLAAD will applaud it as a step in the right direction. The lines will be drawn and there will be overtures from moral outrage all the way to moral inclusiveness and everywhere in between. But this issue deserves more than just convenient stone throwing especially from those of us who know and try to follow Jesus.
This should, this must, generate a deeper discussion about the depth, the expanse, and the power of redemption. Through prayer and an inspection of God’s Word that also is painfully honest about ourselves, we should strive to have a voice which is covered with love and grace without compromising God’s truth. But as usual we will hear the well worn mantras which elicit the desired applause from the specific choir to which you are preaching. I have begun another post, not about the gay issue, but about Jesus, redemption, faith, and eternal life. At the foundation of everything is this absolute truth: No one can find eternal life except through a personal faith in Jesus Christ.
I hope to provide my continuing perspective which reveals my love for Jesus and His eternal Word as well as my compassion for those who have same sex attractions. I realize this is an area that make many believers feel uncomfortable, however I sincerely believe that if Jesus walked the earth today He would most certainly eat with sinners including gay people. And I also believe He would be roundly criticized and condemned by many in the Christian community for such behavior. You see, most professing believers cannot see redemption as anything but carved in stone and that Jesus only extends grace to those who need it in less quantities than people like gay sinners.
"Jesus we ask for Your help and the Spirit's guidance in seeking the truth found only in You."