When leaders announced that Alan Chambers would be in a panel at this weekend’s Gay Christian Network conference in Orlando this weekend, opinions flared. Chambers, president of the “ex-gay” group Exodus International, joined a panel that included three former Exodus ministry leaders, John Smid, Wendy VanderWal Gritter, and Jeremy Marks. If that weren’t wild enough, his statement that “99.9% of people do not change their sexual orientation” took the conversation through the roof.
While much of Chamber’s statements were somewhat conciliatory, I was taken back by another statement that was a declaration that his ministries no longer use the slogan, “change is possible.” I don’t know if there’s any other way to say it. He’s either not aware of what the ministries say or he’s ignoring it. Either way, he’s full of it. Here’s a screen shot of one of their ministries, Exodus Global Alliance.
I fully appreciate the folks at Gay Christian Network and their desire to build bridges with the “Ex-Gay” folks (strangely, Chambers also says that he doesn’t like the term “ex-gay” and runs an ex-gay ministry), but the problem is that Chambers has a long history of distorting the truth.
To listen to the panel (and I highly encourage it) go to the links below:
Be sure to check out what others are saying about this event:
- Alan Chambers: 99.9% have not experienced a change in their orientation – Warren Throckmorton
- They are the 99.9% – Dan Savage (LOVE this title!)
- Exodus President Alan Chambers to Appear at GCN Conference Tonight – Ex-Gay Watch
- “Ex-Gay” Leader: “Vast Majority” Of “Ex-Gays” Still Experience Same-Sex Attraction – Equality Matters
UPDATE: Another blogger shares her point of view on Exodus, Chambers and their outright lies.