Saturday, June 22, 2013

An example of true repentance

A few days after I posted about the importance of taking repentance seriously, the news broke that Alan Chambers, founder of Exodus International, had apologized for the ministry and was shutting it down. Here is his apology in full.

It is an example of the kind of repentance I was talking about. Chambers is direct and contrite. He spells out all the ways Exodus hurt people. He acknowledges his part in it. He talks about how in trying to do good, he did great harm. Most importantly, he is ceasing what he is doing, ending the behavior, and looking to see what God will do next.

We rarely see this from Christian leaders of any stripe. That's stunning when you think about it.

It will be more than interesting to see what God does with this kind of repentance. I look forward to watching the developments.

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