A new phenomenon is growing among ex-ex-gays (backsliders in biblical terminology). That is to publicly apologize for telling homosexuals they can be saved and delivered from sin through Jesus Christ. Part of the strategy being employed with these public apologies is repetitive use of a de facto standard (I was wrong, therefore all are wrong) sans any proof or attribution to any authoritative biblical sources.
Exgaywatch, which serves as an unofficial mouthpeice for these groups, posted today via Soulforce and others that “three more” ex-ex-gays from Australia released public apologies for their part in helping homosexual strugglers find freedom in Christ.
The public apology phenomenon began with the Peterson Toscano’s Beyond ExGay (BEG) conference in Irvine, CA last month where former participants in exgay ministries publicly “apologized” for their part in allegedly leading people astray. Those who had failed to emerge from their ministry involvement as “heterosexual” issued statements condemning such ministry as misguided and dangerous.
We do agree with these individuals that becoming a “heterosexual” isn’t a goal of Christianity. It never has been, nor will it ever be. There are millions of heterosexuals who are sinners outside of relationship with God. The goal is holiness, based on Leviticus 19:2 and 1 Peter 1:15-17. Holiness is the lifestyle gold standard instituted by God for His people. Holiness incorporates sexual holiness, wholeness and purity from which unrepentant homosexuality is explicity excluded. 2 Thessalonians 4:7 For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
If any Exodus ministries have been telling people they can “become straight”, they are wrong and should immediately revamp their Living Waters programs and retrain their facilitators. However, neither BEG or its supporters have produced any tangible evidence proving people are being told (or promised) they can “become straight.” Therefore, we are skeptical that this is the norm as opposed to infrequent occurences.
That someone would recant and ultimately reject a solid biblical truth is perhaps more evidence of the growing strain of acceptable heresy among so-called gay christians. God’s truth –no matter who fails to live by it– remains as is. The promise of freedom from the curse and penalty of all sin is permanently embedded into the purpose of Christ’s first advent, earthly ministry, suffering, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and ultimately His return.
Ex-ex-gays who apologize for speaking the God’s truth are in grave error. What’s more, in their curent state, they are unfit to serve Christ. Luke 9: 62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Those who begin with the work of God, must resolve to go on, or they will fall away. Looking back, leads to drawing back, and drawing back to perdition.