(Randy Thomas, Left)
TruthWinsOut.org expressed concern today for the evangelical Christian community after an “ex-gay” organization pledged to recruit 10,000 churches. If Exodus International succeeds with its goal, it will become one of the leading causes for evangelical divorce in America, says TruthWinsOut.org.
“Evangelical pastors will rue the day they aligned themselves with Exodus and caused a great deal of needless suffering for many of their congregants,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of TruthWinsOut.org. “We hope to head off as many disasters as possible and stop thousands of evangelical Christians from unwittingly marrying ex-gay spouses — which often leads to divorce. TruthWinsOut.org is willing to have off-the-record discussions with any evangelical church pastor who wants to learn more about Exodus. We urge them to look carefully before they make the leap off the Exodus cliff.”
According to Family News in Focus, Exodus will offer resources and training to pastors and church members.
“The vision is that there would be churches that people struggling with same-sex attraction could go to where they could learn how to be Disciples of Christ,” said Exodus deputy spokesperson Randy Thomas.
Often, churches take serious looks at the content of “ex-gay” programs and their spokespeople and find they lack credibility and believability. According to the article, Thomas hopes Exodus’ outreach will help churches become less hostile to their unproven message.
“With the issue of homosexuality being at the forefront, and so many options are thrown at the person dealing with same-sex attraction, it’ nice to have churches who are willing to hold a hand out and say, “We’re here to help you.'” Over 70 churches are already on board. Exodus hopes to reach 10,000 congregations by 2010.
“Unfortunately for the victims, Exodus does not offer legitimate help, but prolonged hurt,” said TWO’ Besen. “TruthWinsOut.org offers a real helping hand for those whose lives will inevitably be shattered by Exodus’ grand plan to expand pain and misery to thousands of evangelical Christians.”
TruthWinsOut.org is a non-profit organization that counters right wing propaganda, exposes the “ex-gay” myth and educates America about gay life.