Exodus International repudiates the holiness without which no man will see God...

Here's an Atlantic Monthly interview that is a tragic betrayal of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Alan Chambers, the leader of Exodus International which he's just announced he's shutting down. This is the way of all flesh in our Vanity Fair. We repent of our prior Biblical commitments... and make nice with heretics like Gene Robinson and Rachel Held Evans. May God have mercy on Alan Chambers and all those souls who will be led further into wickedness by his apostasy.

And may God raise up men of God who will faithfully proclaim repentance and faith in Jesus Christ to all those who are weary and heavy-laden. Our hearts are not at rest until they rest in Him.

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BTW, I didn't want to leave the interview without a Christian witness, so before writing this post, I left this comment over under The Atlantic's interview with Mr. Chambers. Other readers may wish to make a similar witness, there. Here's the text of my comment:

Very sad. Men and women suffering temptations to commit adultery, sodomy, lesbianism, incest, pornography, bestiality, fornication, and divorce must be called to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. And true repentance and faith will never bypass our sexual sin. God has warned us about these sins: "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life" (Galatians 6:7, 8). In past years, Exodus loved those in bondage to sexual sin by calling them to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. Now Alan Chambers has turned his back on that love and is joining the world in condemning Scripture as "hate speech" that causes young people to commit suicide.

Alan might respond, "I'm not condemning Scripture! I'm condemning those who twist Scripture to support their own personal interpretations that privilege heterosexuality and demean those who aren't like them." But of course, everyone claims to speak for God. Everyone claims to know the heart of Jesus. Everyone's religious in their own way and Alan is not going to issue a press release saying he's turned his back on the historic Christian faith. It would undercut his ability to do "something else."

Meanwhile, only the Bible reveals the mind and will of the Only True God and He has commanded those looking at naked women's bodies on their computers to repent. Those copulating with members of the same sex to repent. God commands all sinners to repent and believe in the righteousness of His Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. This is what Alan Chambers has left behind, and yet it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ alone which will set men free. Now Mr. Chambers is off to hang with heretics like Rachel Held Evans and Gene Robinson. May God have mercy on his soul. And may all those who hunger and thirst after righteousness come to Jesus Christ and His Church where they may join those who still believe in sin and righteousness and judgment, and still submit to the Word of God Written, and still hope in the blood of Jesus Christ shed for the forgiveness of our sins. "From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17).

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.

Comments

This has to be one of the saddest things I've ever heard--a Christian sorry for God's holiness. :(

You forgot Andrew Marin.

This is so disheartening! When people cave like this, I don't think they have any clue how many people may fall with them.  It's hard enough to stand up to open enemies.  But when those who are supposed to be fellow laborers join the enemy's propaganda machine?

Fifth columnists come to mind.

Trends within Exodus International have been noted by member ministries for a number of years. Because of this abdication of Biblical direction, a number of them formed a new umbrella organization, Restored Hope Network. So this new ministry will take up where the old one failed. (Note: a self-destructing parachurch ministry should come as no surprise to true believers. These are not churches, and their theology often falls to the lowest common denominator, with an Evangelical veneer that is the verisimilitude of legitimacy.)

While the existence of Exodus and now Restored Hope might give one some encouragement in thinking that sodomites are being healed, a contrarian view might be that these parachurch organizations exist because of the failure of the local church to call sinners to repentance with an orthodox theology. On the other hand, it could be a chicken/egg dichotomy. Do these ministries exist because of the absence of patriarchal church leadership, or do pastors and elders relinquish their responsibilities because the responsibility is being born by this foreign body, to which a token stipend keeps the guilt at bay? You decide.

Either way, the true church need not depend on parachurch organizations to do its work. True preaching of the word, correct administration of the sacraments, and church discipline would render this type of ministry unnecessary.

Wise, Todd. Very wise. And I think it's both/and. Love and respect,

Hi Pastor Bayly,

Thanks for your example over there. I read your comment and the comments that respond to yours. You have given me a good reminder of the witnessing opportunity that these things present rather than an opportunity just to debate (not that that's always wrong...). 

You were patient and gracious, all marks of a mature Christian, and something I need to work on more. It was helpful. Thanks.

In Christ,

-Zack

Thanks, Zack. May God give us the strength and faith to witness to His goodness. Love,

Reading this makes me wonder what an orthodox Christian Exodus Int. with a truly victorious, bold and Godly repentant sodomite man leading it, could do for the cause of helping repentant sodomites through the building up of Christ's bride. 

I noticed at bottom of each Exodus page it still points out that "Exodus President, Alan Chambers, is available for interviews."  I doubt they'll be free.

Quote from Exodus website:

“I am sorry I didn’t stand up to people publicly ‘on my side’ who called you names like sodomite—or worse. I am sorry that I, knowing some of you so well, failed to share publicly that the gay and lesbian people I know were every bit as capable of being amazing parents as the straight people that I know. "

  Their IRS form 990 isn't available for free. It might be interesting. I don't have time to look it up, though. 

Here's one from 2010. I've not looked through it though.

-Joseph

Here is a post that describes the big picture of what Chambers did in his apology: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/philosophicalfragments/2012/06/11/if-youre-selling-scorn-for-conservative-christians-the-market-is-hot/

The author calls it scorn, as in "we are not like those conservatives that made you feel bad." It is an interesting read.

Thanks for the 990 link. I looked over it, and there's nothing noteworthy of fishy in it.

 Mr. Dalrymple at Patheos.com is doing the same thing he says liberals are doing, except in a "moral equivalence" version where instead of real Christians being evil, there are "mistakes on both sides". He says: 

I understand why Rachel and her fellow progressive Christians are angry.  I have many close relationships with gays and lesbians who do, indeed, find actions like Prop 8 and Amendment 1 hurtful.  I do feel for them, and I genuinely wish for the sake of our relationships that I could agree with them on these issues. 

     I bet if the issue were child porn, or racial segregation, he wouldn't say, "I genuinely wish for the sake of our relationships that I could agree with them on the issues."  He's of the school of "The Bible says it, so I have to believe that sodomy is a sin, but there's no reason it should be, so I sure wish God hadn't said that. I'm stuck with doing what He says, though, so don't think I'm really a bad person."

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