“The truth is that homosexuality does not send people to hell. Gay people live in heaven. It’s not about fire and brimstone, it’s about an alternative option,” Chambers said.
That’s a statement Alan Chambers made to a North Carolina newspaper in defense of its annual Freedom Conference in session from July 15-20. Read this statement backwards, forward, from the middle out and from the center in. I did, and unfortunately I could find no biblical basis –or context– for it whatsoever.
Gay people live in heaven?
Perhaps there are reasons why Alan Chambers, as president of Exodus International would make such an irresponsible statement. Maybe the Asheville Citizen-Times misquoted him or maybe it just concocted this statement out of thin air in a brazen case of media bias against Christians. Or perhaps the paper quoted him out of context.
But more than likely none of that is true. Given the astonishing string of ignorant and unbiblical messages we have heard from Exodus leaders in the media in recent times, once again we have to say it is due to the shallow, if not nonexistent, theological maturity of its leadership. In these days and times, with the pervasiveness of false doctrine and false teachers, this can be dangerous for people attempting to come out of homosexuality. More than just “mixed messages”, this is sheer irresponsibility in handling the gospel and the ministry of freedom.
The entire article contained quotes by Exodus participants, but none offered any biblical context for being at the conference , having the conference, personally coming out of homosexuality or for others to be set free from homosexuality.
Several weeks ago, our friend Rik wrote that the Exodus message is foundationally flawed in that it “blends Freudian psychology with the Christian worldview.” We referenced that in our own commentary which questioned Exodus’ apparent lack of theological muscle. And after reading this article and the statements made by Chambers and others therein, its become even more apparent that Exodus is caught in an infantile stage of biblical understanding. Milk is for the carnal and appropriate for the beginning stages (1 Cor 3:1), but after 33 years, Exodus should be serving a healthy dose of meat.
Chambers’ statement even shocked the political religionists at exgaywatch (for different reasons).