Exodus Policy Statements

The following policy statements are listed below:

 

Criminalization of Homosexuality

Exodus International believes that every human life, regardless of sexual orientation, is of inestimable and equal worth to God and that defending this principle is foundational in offering a Christian response to any issue. As such, Exodus International has not supported and will not support any legislation that deprives others of life and dignity based on their sexual orientation or the expression of such within the confines of a consensual adult relationship. We stand with all who are defending this basic, biblical tenet and remain committed to sharing the compassion, hope and life-giving grace and truth of Jesus Christ.

Finally, we stand with the LGBT community both in spirit, and when necessary, legally and physically, when violence rears it’s head in Uganda, Jamaica or anywhere else in the world.

For more information, see the Official Exodus Statement Regarding Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009.

Holding/Touch Therapy

Exodus International is opposed to the therapeutic practice commonly referred to as “holding/touch therapy” as a healing exercise for those with same-sex attraction distress.  Accordingly, Exodus does not endorse  any individual or organization that is known to use that method.

Bullying

Exodus International affirms that gay-identified individuals and those who struggle with same-sex attraction are persons for whom Jesus Christ died and loves equally. Therefore, we strongly oppose bullying, name calling and acts of aggression against any individual or group of individuals for any reason. These actions have no place in our society and we must, instead, affirm behavior that validates the personal worth and dignity God bestows upon every human being.

In addition, every individual deserves equal protection and every offender should receive equal punishment. We call upon other organizations concerned with preserving the essential equality of all individuals to exhibit impartiality in their policies, rather than singling out some for special treatment.

Exorcisms Used as a Means to Address Same-Sex Attractions

Exodus International does not advocate the practice of exorcism as a means of addressing same-sex attraction in an individual’s life. We believe same-sex attraction to be a complex issue shaped by a variety of dynamics. One of the greatest needs we as human beings have is to connect with one another in authentic, transparent relationships and to participate in a life-giving community. As such, we believe that we, as the Christian church, must make a commitment to befriend and walk alongside those who struggle with this issue. While we are, of course, spiritual beings and know, according to Scripture, that there are spiritual influences in our world today, we seek to encourage understanding towards hurting individuals in need of unwavering encouragement and compassion.

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