Since Alan Chambers has finally come to grips with the fact that the vast majority of lesbians and gays are never going to change their orientation- including himself, the anti-gay groups have been up in arms. In fact they are furious over the fact that this has happened. After all, they believe that, if you pray hard enough, you can be ‘cured’ of being gay. So, of course, when a new group showed up trying to cash in on the same failed snake oil, Peter LaBarbera is thrilled.
The head of Americans for ‘Truth’ About Homosexuality wrote:
Americans For Truth is excited to hear about the formation of this Christian ”ex-gay” alternative to Exodus International, which has lost the trust of many pro-family advocates and Christian leaders due to the perceived unbiblical and erroneous statements by Exodus leader Alan Chambers. See this paper by Bible-and-homosexuality expert and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Prof. Robert Gagnon as the best critique of Chambers’ liberal tilt. Also see former homosexual DL Foster’s blog, Gay Christian Movement Watch. We will have more on the Exodus and Chambers controversy in future posts.
He also posted this:
Restored Hope Network (RHN) has recently been formed by leaders from throughout North America who seek to minister to homosexuals and other sexually broken individuals according to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We seek to be honest about the need for repentance in the life of believer and nonbeliever alike and we seek to communicate the many ways that God brings about real and lasting change in the life of anyone who turns to Him and allows Him to take them through a life-transforming process.
One of RHN’s founding leaders is Frank Worthen, who was the key figure in the founding of Exodus International in 1973. Of this new network, Frank writes:
“I am feeling inexpressible joy that the Lord has brought together a group of people who will not allow the message of hope and change to die in a sea of misguided social/cultural relevance. Restored Hope Network will now carry the torch of freedom from the sin and degradation of homosexuality and the transforming power of Jesus Christ.”
Restored Hope Network states that they are “a membership governed network dedicated to restoring hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin, especially those impacted by homosexuality. We proclaim that Jesus Christ has life-changing power for all who submit to Christ as Lord; we also seek to equip His church to impart that transformation.”
While there are some who have been ‘cured’ of being lesbian or gay, typically these individuals were closer to bisexual than lesbian or gay, and they usually came to grips with that by not going to one of these ex-gay ministers. The failure rate for most of these ex-gay therapies is close to 100% according to a large number of studies. Most of the time, what happens is that an individual can divert or sublimate their natural desires withouth ever actually being ‘cured’.