June 20th, 2013
10:22 AM ET

Exodus apologizes to gay community, shuts down 'cure' ministry

(CNN) - After 37 years, Exodus International, an organization whose mission was to "help" gay Christians become straight, is shutting down. But not before issuing an apology.

"We're not negating the ways God used Exodus to positively affect thousands of people, but a new generation of Christians is looking for change - and they want to be heard," Tony Moore, an Exodus board member, said Wednesday.

The announcement comes less than a day after Exodus issued a wide-ranging apology to the gay community for "years of undue judgment by the organization and the Christian Church as a whole," a statement from the group says.

"Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we've ceased to be a living, breathing organism," said Alan Chambers, the president of Exodus. "For quite some time, we've been imprisoned in a worldview that's neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical."

Chambers, who has a wife and children and previously identified as gay, has acknowledged that he has "ongoing same-sex attractions."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Culture wars • Gay rights • Homosexuality

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  1. BoldGeorge

    This has got to be one of the most disturbing and upsetting Christian heresies in recent history. Imagine, apologizing for having helped (or tried to help) sinners see the Truth about their sins and turning them to God's grace for redemption...which is through faith and dependency on Jesus Christ. This new "leader" turns them back to their own ways and makes a mockery out of the cross, which was all done so we may believe in Him so we may enter God's kingdom. That's TRUE LOVE! What this man just did is true hate...though the world sees it the other way around. And to think that this organization's slogan is "Reaching the World in Grace and Truth". It's more like "reaching the world by disgrace and lies". All this is and should always be is a warning to all sinners alike, to avoid eternal condemnation. It is not a call to judge others, to blast them, to insult them, and to much less hate them. It is a call to repentance from our sins and to turn to Him for salvation of our soul...just as we were once warned.

    June 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Ken Margo


      June 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
  2. OT rebellion

    At least 4 out of the 9 got it right. Sadly, 2 were led astray 🙁

    June 26, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • Ken Margo

      You can whine and cry all you want. You lost twice in one day DA'MN.

      June 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • sam stone

      Waaah, waaah, waaaah

      June 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
  3. Captain Morgan

    The entire "pray away the gay" concept was sick, sad and totally embarassing. I'm surprise it existed to begin with.

    June 26, 2013 at 7:19 am |
    • sam stone

      You were surprised by that?

      June 26, 2013 at 8:20 am |
  4. Douglas

    Dirve out fear...end the hate!

    Ceilbacy can free the sinner from the abyss of suffering.

    Reach out with the hand of fellowship and welcome the celibate sinner
    back from the abyss.

    There is room for sinners to repent at the foot of the old rugged cross.

    June 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
    • Bob

      Dougie, your horrid Christian users guide AKA the bible is really not a good source of guidance for anything, given its evil content such as the following:

      From both evil testaments, and note what I have to say about context and interpretation below:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Leviticus 25
      44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
      45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
      46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.

      June 25, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • sam stone

      They are not suffering, Doogie. You are the one who is suffering. Closet too confining?

      June 26, 2013 at 8:21 am |
  5. Lucie

    Genuinely no matter if someone doesn't understand after that its up to other viewers that they will assist, so here it happens.

    June 25, 2013 at 11:11 am |

    Never give up, never give in;

    for you Can get over it,

    and GOD will absolutely help.


    June 25, 2013 at 5:16 am |
    • Science

      If your fairy is so good why does IT need an old outdated web site ?

      June 25, 2013 at 5:25 am |
  7. Leandra

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    June 25, 2013 at 4:03 am |

    Is it not just a little strange that this article received so little recognition from theists? Nah. Expected.

    June 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • julia brown

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      June 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
  9. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Wow – this is a big deal.

    Exodus International is closing down with an honest admission that it was fueled by hate and the and a willful ignorance of the futility of prayer.

    I guess prayer doesn't change things after all.

    June 24, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      I wonder if Michelle Bachmann's husband will come out now?

      June 24, 2013 at 11:42 am |
  10. Athiest Hunter

    Depart from me, I never knew you.

    June 24, 2013 at 7:47 am |
    • Science

      Se-x and the stork thing !

      You know !

      It was not the horn0y red devil in the bedVrooooom

      June 24, 2013 at 8:52 am |
    • Science

      What a joke below !...............that damn matrix .............include self too AH


      June 24, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • sam stone

      Go fvck yourself

      June 24, 2013 at 11:26 am |
  11. faith

    whoo hoo nature triumphed over man made delusional religious thinking .

    June 23, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
    • Tangee

      Good. About time.

      June 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
  12. faith

    sup? u r needlessly defensive. y do u care what someone calls drinking 8 glasses of wine per night for 10 years?

    as an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol, g a es may be powerless over their same secks secksal desires. some r powerless over their secksal urges for secks with opposite secks, finding their diseased cups need 2 b emptied and refilled with god and by god in his way and in his time, he may open new vistas for secksal fulfillment undreamed of b4. he kinda did create secks

    nazis r so boring. no imagination or capacity to consider infinite possibilities

    Happy Atheist
    to faith I ask, what do you call drinking two bottles of wine a night for more than a decade? a problem drinker? My doctor said I had a problem with alcohol, but i'm pretty sure he meant I was an alcoholic. If you are implying that because I was able to quit without God then I must not have been addicted then you are a moron (but I think that had already been established).

    June 23, 2013 at 1:31 am |
    • Two Twenty-Two

      Are you really that dim that you are comparing alcoholism with being gay? Can you just give up being hetero? Go to some basement meetings? You are one stupid person. And Nazis were Christian, you nincompoop. So you are condemning the very people you are supposed to represent.
      Infinite possibilities? Infinite lies. You are one of the bigger ones here.

      June 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • Tangee

      Faith, you understand very little about alcoholism, and even less about human sexuality. You are either very, very young, very, very old, or very, very uneducated.

      June 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
    • sam stone

      faith is a troll

      how is that lawsuit coming, gash?

      June 26, 2013 at 10:03 am |
  13. LIGHT

    Do you know why the US forces are there in the Middle east region?

    Do you know why they are talking too much about the NEW Middle east?

    Do you know why events are running very fast in the Middle east area?

    Because the Christ will come back again in the Middle east area ( where he born) and where the final battle will take place.

    So the antichrist is preparing the stage for that by sending his forces (US forces) to fight Muslims and the Christ (his killer)
    When he comes back.

    So in the media all Muslims must be terrorists and must be killers to make it easy to convince peoples to fight them.

    The media will show the antichrist as the hero who came to save the mankind.

    The antichrist succeeded in making people forget about him.

    But he is there planning for the final battle.

    June 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
    • Science

      Hey creationists and the supreme court is going to rule when ?

      That se-x deal and love ?

      Face it: Monogamy is unnatural

      By Meghan Laslocky, Special to CNN

      updated 11:02 AM EDT, Fri June 21, 2013


      June 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • gary

      LIGHT .... seems you live in a fantasy world of imaginary demons and deities ... of which there are none really.

      June 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
  14. Bostontola

    Prayer changes things.

    I'm sure that is true. What is interesting, is that prayer changes things and there isn't a god there. Much like a high school football coach changes things with an inspirational speech before the game. There are no guarantees in speeches or prayer, but it surely can change state of mind.

    Now if you think prayer gets some god into action for you, you are just deluded. If you think prayer makes things happen without your personal action and behavior, you're deluded.

    June 22, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • as always

      you are wrong but that shouldn't come as a surprise to you

      June 22, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • Bostontola

      as always,
      I'm wrong that prayer changes things?

      June 22, 2013 at 11:07 am |
    • as always

      you are wrong that there is no God beyond that you're a real idiot as well aren't you

      June 22, 2013 at 11:11 am |
    • Bostontola

      as always,
      Ad hominem is not effective at influencing people.

      June 22, 2013 at 11:14 am |
    • as always

      Influence on the block heads that frequent these blogs is an exercise in futility. The God haters and atheist /qu eer bigots that think they have something to say are not going to be affected by evidence, reason or common sense.

      June 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • RestonJeff

      As always, I'm a troll queer and I resent that.

      June 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      It is sad to see such immature people as 'as always'. Not believing in some sort of so called 'god' doesn't make one a god hater. They can't accept that others feel their beliefs are just a bunch of myths. BUT of course these same Christians believe the beliefs of all other regions are just a bunch of myths.

      June 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • as always

      The hate for God comes out daily in these posts, who are you trying to kid. You just referred to God as god {small G) what is that your respect and terms of endearment or a knowingly vicious hate motivated slur.

      June 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      As always; I say 'god' because I don't have any definition of 'god'. The term is meaningless to me (thus I couldn't have any hate towards 'it' either), but I do understand how meaningful the term is to others.

      Why can't you accept that others feel differently about this so called 'god'.

      June 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • N. Onbeliever

      I'm just applauding your implementation of actual spelling and grammar after skimming a couple of the posts that appeared above yours. Could this be a sign of the return of literacy, as foretold in the not-so-ancient text messages?

      June 23, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • EnjaySea

      I'm not a god hater. I don't believe in god.

      I'm also not a Santa Claus hater, or a Tooth Fairy hater.

      June 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
  15. Vic


    June 22, 2013 at 10:46 am |
  16. LIGHT

    @Secrect – 666

    Actually CNN is a very respectable channel...they always want to remind us with 9-11 attacks so they designed their logo by that way to remind us with the attacks.

    See now how they are very clever in that:

    Read the logo upside down you will get MD..............means (M)onth and (D)ay.

    Read it from left to right you will get.............. 9111....... means 9-11-01.

    Read it from right to left you will get.............. WTC...... read the T upside down.

    Thanks CNN for that.

    June 22, 2013 at 9:46 am |
    • Secrect - 666

      What ?

      June 22, 2013 at 10:12 am |
    • Observer


      So CNN knew 911 was coming and so selected that for their name.

      You're a riot!

      June 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • light

      thos like you the antichrist was awaiting for many years.

      June 23, 2013 at 6:34 am |
  17. pervert alert

    Send all the qu eers on a one way cruise to the island of misfit toys, no one needs or wants them anyway. Qu eers the people who gave AIDS to the world.

    June 22, 2013 at 7:47 am |
    • billy blank

      I wonder if Anderson Cooper is the moderator for this story? If he is this comment won't last very long.

      June 22, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • Observer

      Ignorant bigot alert.

      June 22, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • jazzguitarman

      The reason you're so angry is because you know that your POV is now a minority POV. So it isn't that no one like THEM. The real truth is that less and less people wish to associated with people with your POV. YOU are now the outcast. I find that very funny but I can understand why it makes you angry.

      June 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
    • RestonJeff

      Pervert alert and as always are the same person, spewing the same tired trollish garbage.

      June 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
    • just one dering

      Where is as always on this thread, i cannot find it?

      June 23, 2013 at 6:39 am |
  18. Luke

    Thanks, Exodus International for bailing on us! Thanks for perpetuating a lie to those who believed in your ministry. Thanks for leaving scores of parents whose children have CHOSEN to live in direct opposition to God and His word to fend for themselves!!!

    June 22, 2013 at 6:50 am |
    • UncleM

      All religion is a lie. Get over it.

      June 22, 2013 at 9:05 am |
    • myweightinwords

      Any parent who gives their child over to a "ministry" like Exodus International has already failed their children.

      June 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      1 John 2:16  

      For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
      1939   //  epiyumia  //  epithumia   //  ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah  // 

      from   1937  ; TDNT – 3:168,339; n f

      AV – lust 31, concupiscence 3, desire 3, lust after 1; 38

      1) desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust

      For Synonyms see entry   5845  &   5906 
      4561   //  sarx  //  sarx   //  sarx  // 

      probably from the base of   4563  ; TDNT – 7:98,1000; n f

      AV – flesh 147, carnal 2, carnally minded +   5427  1, fleshly 1; 151

      1) flesh (the soft substance of the living body, which covers
      the bones and is permeated with blood) of both man and beasts
      2) the body
      2a) the body of a man
      2b) used of natural or physical origin, generation or
      2b1) born of natural generation
      2c) the sensuous nature of man, "the animal nature"
      2c1) without any suggestion of depravity
      2c2) the animal nature with cravings which incite to sin
      2c3) the physical nature of man as subject to suffering
      3) a living creature (because possessed of a body of flesh)
      whether man or beast
      4) the flesh, denotes mere human nature, the earthly nature of man apart
      from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God
      3788   //  oftalmov  //  ophthalmos   //  of-thal-mos'  // 

      from   3700  ; TDNT – 5:375,706; n m

      AV – eye 101, sight 1; 102

      1) the eye
      2) metaph. the eyes of the mind, the faculty of knowing

      212   //  alazoneia  //  alazoneia   //  al-ad-zon-i'-a  // 

      from   213  ; TDNT – 1:226,36; n f

      AV – boasting 1, pride 1; 2

      1) empty, braggart talk
      2) an insolent and empty assurance, which trusts in its own
      power and resources and shamefully despises and violates
      divine laws and human rights
      3) an impious and empty presumption which trusts in the
      stability of earthy things

      979   //  biov  //  bios   //  bee'-os  // 

      a primary word; TDNT – 2:832,290; n m

      AV – life 5, living 5, good 1; 11

      1) life
      1a) life extensively
      1a1) the period or course of life
      1b) that by which life is sustained, resources, wealth, goods

      For Synonyms see entry   5821 

      June 23, 2013 at 9:20 am |
    • Observer


      Just some cut-and-paste. Can't you think for yourself and come up with your own words?

      June 23, 2013 at 10:34 am |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    June 22, 2013 at 6:45 am |
    • UncleM

      Obviously not.

      June 22, 2013 at 9:04 am |
    • Colin

      Obviously so.

      June 22, 2013 at 9:13 am |
    • EnjaySea

      Throwing dice changes things.

      June 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
  20. LIGHT

    I will give you one challenge and a miracle at the same time.

    I can bring you thousands and millions of Muslims who can read the Quran from the first page to the last one without looking at the book.

    I can bring you children with 05 and 06 years who can read the Quran by the same way without a single mistake.

    I can bring you non Arabs of Muslims don't know the Arabic language can read all the Quran by the same way.

    now you are requested to bring us one Christian can read the bible without looking at the bible.

    If you can not bring one Christian can read just one page from your many bibles without looking at the book.

    Quran is only holy book on Earth now.

    June 22, 2013 at 6:40 am |
    • Colin

      The koran is demonic bull sh it! Challenge taken, defined and defeated.

      June 22, 2013 at 6:43 am |
    • Luke

      70 years ago I could have shown you scores of children in HItler's youth leagues who could read Mein Kampf without looking at the book. Does that make Mein Kampf a holy book?

      Today I can show you millions of Chinese who can read pages from Mao's Little Red Book without reading it. Does that make it a holy book also?

      Cultural adoption is not measure of truth!

      June 22, 2013 at 6:57 am |
    • LIGHT


      lies will not work.

      show me one of them.

      show me one outside china from another nationality can read that (LITTLE) red book without reading it.

      show me some blinds can read it all without looking at it.

      show me one child with just 05 years old can read it all without a single mistake.

      June 22, 2013 at 8:00 am |
    • Colin

      You bypassed the simple Truth that the koran is demonic bull sh it in the first place.

      June 22, 2013 at 8:03 am |
    • Saraswati

      Wasting one's time with this much religious nonsense would go a long way to explaining why most predominantly fundamentalist Muslim countries can't make an economic success without sitting on top of an oil field. What a sad waste of brain power.

      June 22, 2013 at 8:41 am |
    • Secrect - 666

      Old money no in god we trust ?

      Shocking! CNN actually covers Bilderberg conference



      Brain power and money leaves god out.

      June 22, 2013 at 8:47 am |
    • Science

      Very old money fossil fuels

      John D Rockefeller and Standard Oil. The nightmare begins...


      Essay takes a critical view of Rockefeller's "greed, not philanthropy." Also includes the final chapter of Ida Tarbell's book, The History of the Standard Oil ...

      June 22, 2013 at 8:54 am |
    • Science

      And I remember a LONG time ago it was 25 cents US a gallon ! (but it was not unleaded )

      June 22, 2013 at 9:24 am |
    • Science

      Hey light................take the test it will shed light on where you are from.

      DNA tests reveal Prince William's Indian ancestry

      By Peter Wilkinson, CNN

      updated 12:48 PM EDT, Fri June 14, 2013


      June 22, 2013 at 9:45 am |
    • Science

      Hey creationists...............the se-x thingy and you know evolution...........wins hands down.

      Two Mutations Triggered an Evolutionary Leap 500 Million Years Ago

      June 24, 2013 — Evolution, it seems, sometimes jumps instead of crawls. A research team led by a University of Chicago scientist has discovered two key mutations that sparked a hormonal revolution 500 million years ago.


      Can the pope be good and say............. no fairy in the sky needed ?..............lmfao


      A Conversation with Richard Dawkins and John Huddlestun (College of Charleston


      June 25, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Science

      To funny jboom is chirping where jboom ?

      June 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
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