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July 03, 2012

Reparative Therapy: To Cure or Not to Cure

Reparative Therapy: To Cure or Not to Cure

Exodus International is taking a controversial stand. From the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Exodus International, a ministry that reaches out to same-sex-attracted people with the love of Christ, announced last week that it is backing away from reparative therapy. Reparative therapy claims same-sex attracted people can be “cured” of their desires.

Exodus will take heat for this, but they are helping us talk more clearly sexuality. The Scriptures do not promise sinful inclinations will go away, but that in the power of Christ we can live above them and seek better ones. Being “cured” from stealing means we don’t steal, not necessarily that the temptation to steal goes away.

With this change, Exodus helps clarify that we are more than our desires and urges. The lie that same-sex attraction determines homosexual identity victimizes an entire segment of the population. I pray Exodus will continue to proclaim redemption and hope loud and clear – it’s far better than being “cured.” For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Christian group backs away from ex-gay therapy
Patrick Condon | Associated Press | June 26, 2012

The Journal: The Good of Marriage
Summit Ministries | February 2012

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