"What do you think about Alan Chambers saying Reparative Therapy doesn't work, that 99.9% of 'ex-gays' still have SSA, and that gays can go to heaven just by believing in Jesus?"
When I was in High School and in my 20’s, I came to a conclusion based on the fact that I had not been able to “Pray Away the Gay” and my assumption that Reparative Therapy could “work” (provide a complete cure). I concluded that the modern gay construct was my permanent identity and that people with SSA (Same-Sex Attraction) should claim that identity and pursue gay relationships.
I want to start by pointing out that the work of Exodus International is distinctly different from Reparative Therapy. They have occasionally invited guest speakers and sold books about it, but they do not actually practiced or experienced it. This is OK because their primary ministry and intention is not about “becoming straight” – although some churches and people on the outside may have interpreted it that and certainly some individuals have made statements that would give that impression.
I personally HAVE experienced significant benefits from Reparative Therapy. It was a godsend for me and everyone I know who has actually participated in Reparative Therapy would say it benefited them in many ways. It does not claim to be a “cure” or to remove all traces of SSA (Same-Sex Attraction) but it is very beneficial for healing emotional wounds and relational disconnection that many of us with SSA experience. It has improved EVERY aspect of life significantly. It has also reduced my SSA significantly.
My sister has epilepsy and takes a prescription. While this prescription is not a complete “cure” (she STILL has epilepsy), she has not had a seizure in over ten years and is able to live a pretty normal life. I cannot imagine banning her prescription (or discouraging her taking it) simply because it is not a complete cure. IF they did not currently have medications to help with Epilepsy, I would say the most charitable and loving course of action for medical researchers would be to continue researching to find effective treatments. I would say the same for Homosexuality and any other potentially debilitating condition.
As I mentioned above, I will respond to the second question (Alan's comments on Salvation) is a separate post. While I might disagree with Alan on some theological points, I also believe his critics went way too far in their criticism. I will expound on that in the next post.