Deliver us from this 'freedom'
The “ex-gay” fest Exodus Freedom Conference, is going to be held June 27-July 1 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion. The meeting features a cavalcade of movement “stars” and guests. This year’s theme is “Live Out Loud” — and this is the message from conference honcho David Fountain, who’s setting up Exodus as the victims of persecution that need to speak out. This is really getting tired.
It has also been eye-opening and disturbing to see regularly how Exodus is portrayed and attacked. It brings to reality Matthew 5:10 – 12, when Jesus preached, “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. Not only that, count yourself blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close to comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens, give cheer even, for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds.”
… The bigger picture became more clear to me — Christians and the Church at large are under attack. Even within the church there is confusion and compromise when it comes to homosexuality. Satan will stop at nothing to silence us from sharing God’s truth. We all carry redemptive stories that is proof of God’s existence; stories that prove that Jesus is alive and through His Holy Spirit still saving and healing people. But we believe a message that is unpopular, even hated. He allows us to share in His own suffering.
Alan Chambers will share his journey out of homosexuality with attendees; Membership Director for Exodus International, Randy Thomas, “who communicates the hope of transformation to those struggling with unwanted same sex attractions”; and “award-winning talk show host, recording artist and pastor” on “sexual brokenness” Sy Rogers who will help folks out with inspiring speeches of praying the gay away.
Join us at the Exodus Freedom Conference as we impact lives through biblical training and education, and LIVE OUT LOUD, by proclaiming freedom from homosexuality through Jesus Christ.
For this life-changing week, more than 1000 men and women will come together for worship, celebration, and encouragement. The conference provides help to those who personally struggle with homosexuality, and those who have a loved one who identifies as gay. We also provide training to those ministering in the area of homosexuality, and education for all who wish to learn more about this important topic.
A new feature this time around for Exodus is a special interest group just for ministering to men. Get out the disco ball, guys, it’s time to party.
This year, we will be adding an Oasis group for Men. These groups meet every night after the Evening General Session in various locations on campus. The only exception is the Parent’s Oasis Group that will meet from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. This is a time to relax, reflect, be ministered to, and connect with other delegates for some fun and fellowship.
Yes, my friends, I’m sure there will be plenty of fellowship and freedom from homosexuality at Oasis.
The icing on the cake is that Exodus has invited loudmouth homobigot and the subject of numerous posts on the Blend, Ken Hutcherson.
Hutcherson photo art via Mike Tidmus.
This dunce tried to orchestrate a boycott of Microsoft to punish it for backing the addition of “sexual orientation” to Washington state’s anti-discrimination law, even proposing a silly stock buy and dump scheme to do so.
Paston Ken’s also the author of a scintillating piece of work, The Safety of Natural Order, Same-Sex “Marriage” is an Injustice to Children and founder of MayDay for Marriage. Here’s that organization’s statement of belief:
We believe God, not man, created marriage.
We believe marriage was the first institution designed by God. We believe the Bible teaches that the covenant of marriage is sacred and life long.
The Bible makes it clear that marriage is a legally binding public declaration of commitment and a private consummation between one man and one woman, never between the same sex.
Therefore, we believe God gives a wife to a husband and a husband to a wife, and they are to receive one another as God’s unique and personal provision to help meet their mutual needs.