The head of Exodus International — billed as the world’s largest “gay conversion” Christian group — said it was time for the organization to shut down because of changing attitudes towards homosexuality.
“I believe we’ve come to a time in the church when it’s time to lay our weapons down,” Alan Chambers said at an Irvine conference.
“We fought the culture and we’ve lost. But I think we’ve lost for a good reason because it’s time for peace.”
The Florida-based ministry announced it was closing its doors Wednesday night, a day after Chambers apologized in a statement to members of the gay community for “years of undue judgment by the organization and the Christian Church as a whole.”
Months ahead of the announcement that Exodus International would close, the controversial Christian ministry’s leader expressed doubts in the group’s mission.
In an interview published Wednesday by the Orlando Sentinel, Chambers said he concluded months ago that “if someone professes to love God, they will have a place in heaven. He said 99% of people cannot change sexual orientation.
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