In this is ridiculous news, a new group has emerged claiming they can “cure” homosexuality through prayer. Exodus International, a group that attempts to “reprogram gay men and women, had a huge setback earlier this year. Their leader Alan Clambers admitted that there is no way to “cure” or pray the gay away. This was a huge contrast to the group’s ongoing statement that they can rid gay men and women of their sexuality.
So a new group has emerged claiming that they can “cure” homosexuality called Restored Hope Network (RHN) to reform us gays claiming that they give hope when really all they do is incite fear. This is their mission statement:
“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.”
Americans for ‘Truth’ About Homosexuality leader Peter LaBarbera is ecstatic believing this will help their asinine organization after Chamber’s damning comments. Here’s LaBabera’s ridiculous statement:
“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.–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.”
I’d love for for more medical/mental health organizations to further denounce and ban this type of “help” and call it what it really is: brainwashing so religious organizations like RHN, EI, and AFTAH can no longer lie when they recite inaccurate research. This form of “treatment/religious intervention/whatever the hell they’re calling it” has been proven harmful and that it does not help at all. California is already taking steps to prevent this form of “reparative therapy” for children. These are the negative effects they found in their research:
The task force concluded that sexual orientation change efforts can pose critical health risks to lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, including confusion, depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, suicidality, substance abuse, stress, disappointment, self-blame, decreased self-esteem and authenticity to others, increased self-hatred, hostility and blame toward parents, feelings of anger and betrayal, loss of friends and potential romantic partners, problems in sexual and emotional intimacy, sexual dysfunction, high-risk sexual behaviors, a feeling of being dehumanized and untrue to self, a loss of faith, and a sense of having wasted time and resources.
The APA (American Psychological Association) have already denounced the treatment of “reparative therapy” because no beneficial evidence has been found and that there is no cure for homosexuality. Why? Because there is nothing wrong with being gay. These groups that try to alter someone’s sexuality need to stop lying. You cannot pray away your sexuality. It would also be nice if they’d stop lying about Jesus because he was about love. This is just flat out wrong. Why don’t you actually start following Jesus’ true purpose which was love and acceptance.