Alan Chambers: 99.9% have not experienced a change in their orientation

President of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, spoke Friday evening as a part of a panel discussion at the annual conference of the Gay Christian Network.  Audio of the panel is now up at GCN (Part 1part 2). During part 2, about 5:30 into the file, Alan Chambers is asked about the way Exodus and member ministries describe the work they do. He was specifically asked about the slogan, “change is possible.” Chambers responds by discussing his views of sexual orientation change, saying

The majority of people that I have met, and I would say the majority meaning 99.9% of them have not experienced a change in their orientation or have gotten to a place where they could say that they could  never be tempted or are not tempted in some way or experience some level of same-sex attraction. I think there is a gender issue there, there are some women who have challenged me and said that my orientation or my attractions have changed completely. Those have been few and far between. The vast majority of people that I know will experience some level of same-sex attraction.

(http://wthrockmorton.com/2012/01/09/alan-chambers-99-9-have-not-experienced-a-change-in-their-orientation/)

According to the above quoted url:

There was also some discussion of change meaning a change of viewpoint and behavior but the consensus was that Chambers was giving an honest appraisal of the aspect of sexuality that involves essential attractions. As one who once defended sexual reorientation change efforts, I have to agree with Chambers’ assessment. Credible reports of change are rare and do come more often from women than men.

This is very interesting, I wonder what will become of this statement. Will it be clarified and reworded, or will it just be hidden away like it never happened, or will the Christian groups use this statement as is (very unlikely).

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