For Immediate Press Release – June 27, 2013
Response to Exodus International Closure and U.S. Supreme Court Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage
The His Way Out Ministries Executive Board/Officers and Advisory Council grieves the recent closure of Exodus International and decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court with regard to same-sex marriage. Once a powerful Christian ministry, Exodus International represented a considerable network of referral ministries dedicated to working with Christians who struggled with unwanted same-sex attractions. His Way Out Ministries joined Exodus in 1995 and became a referral ministry. However, several months ago, His Way Out Ministries withdrew membership from Exodus due to their adoption of new philosophies and interpretations of Scripture.
His Way Out Ministries continues to stand upon The Authority of Scripture and we remain committed to the biblical witness believing Scripture clearly defines homosexual practice, in any form and to any degree, incompatible with Christian teaching and conduct.
It must be recognized the push for the legalization of same-sex marriage remains a key component of achieving the legitimacy and social acceptance of homosexual practice. Western culture, and America in particular, is now faced with a challenge the significance of which is nearly impossible to exaggerate.
The truths must be spoken about homosexuality and same-sex marriage, and they must be spoken in love. That is, with compassion, understanding, and also with the full knowledge that truth is not always a soothing balm.
His Way Out Ministries is bound by love to speak the truth about homosexuality and same-sex marriage; this alone holds out the hope for true sexual liberation and personal wholeness – to the individual, family, and nation.
The only morally adequate response to homosexuality and same-sex marriage is that which combines compassion with understanding and the recognition that American society, in an amoral pursuit of pleasure at any price, and in any form, threatens to undermine all of America’s values and institutions.
Pastor Phillip Lee
His Way Out Ministries
His Way Out Ministries remains:
- Concerned regarding the issue of homosexuality and will continue to seek to minister to those within The Church and the community at large, with the Truth of Scripture, the power of testimony and the dialog of issues.
- Dedicated to raising awareness, educating, and encouraging The Church to minister to those with unwanted same-gender attraction. We believe restoration and wholeness is available through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the healing power of the Holy Spirit.
- Committed to lovingly communicate that God’s mercy and grace is available and sufficient for transformation. Restoration and wholeness, through competent ministry and a caring Christian community, is possible.
- Committed to effectively and compassionately communicating God’s heart concerning homosexual practice, in any form and to any degree, while disputing the unchangeable nature of sexual orientation.
The position of His Way Out Ministries rests on the Authority of Scripture. Therefore, we do not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider such practice incompatible with Christian teaching and conduct.
Founded in August 1994, His Way Out Ministries remains a network of individuals, families, ministries and churches dedicated to offering hope to those impacted by sexual and relational brokenness. We repudiate any non-loving, prejudicial attitudes that deny Christ’s unconditional love for all persons and declare such to be sin. Our intent is to extend a compassionate Christian ministry for such persons.
For more information, please contact Pastor Phillip Lee, Executive Director of His Way Out Ministries.
All His Way Out Ministries Services are centered on the biblical foundations of compassion, integrity, and dependence on God.