LITTLE ROCK, AR-- A Conway church says it will keep helping gays and lesbians overcome their attractions, despite the recent closing of a popular 'gay to straight' ministry.
Exodus International once stated people could move from a homosexual lifestlye to a heterosexual one, but decided to shut down June 19.
Exodus closed its doors at the same time its leader posted an online apology to the LGBT community for years of undue judgement, saying "for quite some time we've been imprisoned in a worldview that's neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical."
Vicar Mark Tooley is one of the leaders at Peace Lutheran Church LCMS in Conway, which was once a referral church for Exodus International.
"I've had the opportunity to work with many families across the country by way of referrals coming from Exodus International and that is really our only connection to Exodus International," said Tooley.
Tooley is now moving forward from the group's statement.
"I think it's a product of the times and I think that it seemed inevitable that some of those things were about to happen," said Tooley.
He says his church will continue to help gays and lesbians who want to overcome their attractions, despite losing referrals from Exodus.
"We in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod believe that homosexuality is one of the many sins within our human existence," said Tooley.
He also maintains the church's efforts will remain focused on loving everyone.
"God is a god of new beginnings and through his grace and mercy he looks at all sin and provides grace and an opportunity for healing and salvation," added Tooley.
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