Once again, Exodus International is lying about what it offers potential clients. In this slick video promoting its upcoming road show in Irvine, California, Exodus peddles false hope when it asks, “Is freedom from homosexuality possible?” The group is playing semantic games at the price of the mental health of desperate and vulnerable people Exodus purports to assist.
The organization’s leaders, in rare moments of candor, answer the question of “freedom” by saying that one can, with great difficulty, alter behavior but the underlying gay feelings will always stay the same:
“One thing we can expect as Christians is a life of denial. I don’t think we’re afraid to tell people that they may have a lifetime of struggle. Freedom isn’t the absence of struggle, but the life of struggle with joy in the process.” (Christianity Today, Sept. 13, 2007)
“By no means would we ever say change can be sudden or complete.” (Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2007)
Sexual orientation “isn’t a light switch that you can switch on and off.” (Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2007)
“And so every single morning — this is a ritual for me — I wake up and I say, “Dear Lord, I can’t make it today without You. I choose to deny what comes naturally to me.'” (Love Won Out, Phoenix, Feb. 10, 2007, www.boxturtlebulletin.com)
Chambers told One News Now that he had never met someone who had a “sudden or complete change when it came to homosexuality.” He told the news service that he believes that God gives people the ability to overcome on a daily basis, rather than “a complete transformation in an instant.” (One News Now, June 22, 2007)
“I don’t think change is going from gay to straight. Just saying that doesn’t sound like an accurate representation of what Exodus facilitates or proclaims.” (Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth, pg. 35, Haworth Press 2003, interview taped March 11, 2001)
“To say that Exodus is a great healer and the place for people to become straight, I would think that is not right. If there are Exodus ministries that do that, we need to change that. We need to work on that.” (Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth, pg. 35, Haworth Press 2003, interview taped March 11, 2001)
“Put me in a bathhouse, would I find people attractive or would it stir me, it probably would. I’m not a raging heterosexual where I have to worry about if a lady walks in the room and I have to turn my head, while some guys are like that.” Anything But Straight, pg. 58, Haworth Press 2003, interview taped March 11, 2001)
Joe Dallas, Speaker, Focus on the Family’ Love Won Out tour
“No one has ever left therapy saying, “Wow, I have absolutely no homosexual thoughts.” (Los Angeles Times, April 5, 1990)
Jeff Konrad, Author, You Don’t Have To Be Gay
“Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t lust for women as some men do; that is not healthy behavior either.” (“You Don’t Have to Be Gay,” Pg. 280, Pacific Publishing House, 1987)
Alan Medinger, Author, Growth Into Manhood
“If an attractive man and an attractive woman enter a room, it is the man I will look at first.” (The Wall Street Journal, April 21, 1993)
There you go folks – the real truth behind the fancy video. Exodus is selling false hope. The group is asking people to pay hard earned dollars so they can “help” you spend your life lonely and sexually frustrated. Please consider the simple fact that one can accomplish this for free, without paying the salaries of Randy Thomas and Alan Chambers.
Ever wonder why Exodus does not keep statistics? It is because they have an astronomical failure rate. If they told the truth about their batting average, they would have struck out decades ago.
Don’t be fooled. Don’t be bilked. Don’t be suckered. Don’t be defrauded. Ask questions and think for yourself.