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Ex-Gay Leader’s ‘Bondage Of Homosexuality’ Remarks Accidentally Resurface, Clouding New ‘No Cure’ Mentality

By Zack Ford  

"Ex-Gay Leader’s ‘Bondage Of Homosexuality’ Remarks Accidentally Resurface, Clouding New ‘No Cure’ Mentality"

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When Exodus International’s Alan Chambers started telling media outlets that there’s “no cure” for homosexuality, the media in turn described a “rift” in the ex-gay movement. In reality, all the ex-gay groups are still shunning homosexuality — just to different degrees. Still, the infighting has provoked candor from those involved, such as NARTH’s founder Joseph Nicolosi describing the non-pornographic images his clients use to imagine (his word) being attracted to them.

Now the “rift” has led to an unusual development: Charisma magazine published — then unpublished — an essay by Chambers that was actually written in 2004, but that was updated to adjust for anachronisms, such as the number of states that have passed marriage equality. According to Box Turtle Bulletin, Charisma is “looking into it,” but Chambers has now stated (from the beach, literally) that he had nothing to do with the republishing of “an 8-year-old article that I am embarrassed that I ever wrote.” Still, it is worth revisiting the rhetoric Chambers was using just eight years ago to describe homosexuality, with thanks to Right Wing Watch for preserving the post before Charisma pulled it:

Have you noticed that America is becoming a gay nation? The land of the free and the home of the brave is morphing into a homosexual haven… How did this happen? We have been naive targets of the most successful marketing campaign in history. [...]

After much counseling, prayer, obedience, tears, deliverance and daily submission to God’s will, I am free from the seemingly unbreakable bondage of homosexuality. I am living testimony that gays can change. [...]

Because my parents knew homosexuality was anti-creation and anti-God, they instilled in me some of those “old-fashioned” values that are greatly lacking in so many homes today. I’m thankful they did. [...]

Pro-homosexual leaders realized the same truth employed by Hitler and Marx: To advance their agenda they must radically influence the hearts and minds of young people. [...]

If you ask the average kid, even the average Christian kid, how they feel about homosexuality, nine out of 10 will tell you they believe it is genetic, normal and just like heterosexuality. We have allowed an entire generation of young people to be brainwashed with an alternate morality. [...]

Now, perhaps too late, we are waking up from a three-decade sleep to realize that the gay lobby has taken America hostage. I hope we are not so naive that we think their agenda stops with legalizing same-sex marriages. [...]

The moral crisis we face today is the result not of sinners running loose but rather of Christians remaining passive and prayerless. Only if we repent, recommit and remobilize do we have hope for reformation.

Chambers’ rhetoric has no doubt improved, but this essay is an important reminder of what has motivated him to champion harmful and ineffective ex-gay therapy for a living. If he is truly embarrassed that he ever wrote this, perhaps after his vacation he should write a new essay disavowing the claims he made. Exodus’ new approach of only suppressing sexuality instead of changing it is a distinction without a difference. So long as Chambers still sees his own homosexuality as something to “struggle” with, he will unnecessarily encourage others to do the same.

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