Gay Cure App the Offensiveness of Ex-Gay Ministries

Apple has now removed the “Gay Cure” app from iTunes as described in this article.  First of all, I am not sure why Exodus International would name their app “Gay Cure” as it is just asking for trouble.  However, it was not just the name, as the Manhattan Declaration app was also removed for affirming marriage as being between a man and a woman.  I am not going to comment on the Gay Cure app specifically, as I have not seen it.

However, I would like to comment on the outrage many people have toward ministries that try to help people out of the gay lifestyle.  I am not exactly sure why people are so offended.  What do they think these ministries do?  Do they think they hide outside of gay bars, hit people over the head, toss them in a car trunk and use electric shock to force people to become heterosexual?  I have been able to meet some of the people, both ministering and ministered to, from a ministry called New Direction Ministries.  They are incredible compassionate and respectful.  They do not force their beliefs or lifestyle on unwilling people.  But they are there for those who are truly struggling within the gay lifestyle and are trying to get out.  Should these men and women not have the right to do that, just because it is not politically correct?  If you believe that people are born gay and should embrace that lifestyle, fine.  But have some grace for the people who want out and for the people willing to help them.

One final comment on the app that was removed.  How would Apple respond if Christians went through iTunes and deemed which ones were offensive?

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  1. The “gay-lifestyle” does not exist any more than a “straight-lifestyle” does. Being gay means to be attracted to members of the same sex. Ex-gay movements are about changing the orientation from gay (homosexual) to straight (heterosexual), it isn’t about changing mere behaviour. Their techniques are invasive and have been proved to be dangerous and not work, which is why they have been increasingly been declared illegal. This is why the app caused so much outrage and rightly so. I recommend speaking to someone like Eliel Cruz about their experiences of such therapies.

    There are many gay Christians who remain celibate, there are many who get support in order to resist urges, but that doesn’t mean their orientation has changed from homosexual to heterosexual. Orientation and action are not the same thing.

    1. I agree that orientation and action are not the same thing. I also have some concerns about therapies that attempt to change orientation. Having said that, I do not see a problem with people (of any orientation) seeking counselling to resist urges. In terms of changes of orientation, while it is not common, it has been reported. Here is one example: http://digital.faithtoday.ca/faithtoday/20130910?pg=54#pg54 I am not suggesting this as the norm, but we can’t discount what people claim to have experienced.

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