The president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, in his absolutely nauseating defense of George Rekers, completely ignores the victims: untold numbers of families that have been ruined by his lies during his 30-something year career scam span.
It’s sickening, the pretentious holy bullshit, the tired christian victim cliches: poor, poor Dr. Rekers, he “fell from grace”. That’s all they’re about, worried about their “walk with the Lord”, their “salvation” and the next life, while fucking up the real one we all have. Chambers says:
“As it turns out, that young man happens to be a prostitute. … Dr. Rekers actions, at best, lacked an enormous amount of discernment. At worst, he is guilty of leading a double life.”
Really? … “as it turns out”?! Oh, I think he discerned quite well in his search for a “luggage handler”. He knew right where to go, and there was no malfunction of “discernment”, no “oh, I just accidentally logged into this male escort website with my username and password”, there was no “what? oh, my goodness, you’re a what?”. As for the “At worst” part of your sentence. Rekers is obviously living a double life, d-f; this is not something he whimsically fell prey to, from a chance temptation from “Satan”. The “At worst” part is the untold pain and heartache he brought onto the children and families against whom he bore false testimony.
“Despite the familiar human desire to throw the stone in my hand at Dr. Rekers, I cannot. He is a human who seems to have made a mistake. He is a Christian who seems to be guilty of practicing what he has preached against. It is that fact that alone causes the deepest feelings of anger to arise no matter what side of the debate one falls. Regardless of any sexual impropriety, his actions were not above reproach and that has hurt his excellent reputation.”
Fine, keep your stones, I have a pile at my feet I’ve been collecting — I’m throwin’ ’em back. Rekers did not “make a mistake”. He has intentionally lived a fraud, professing “Christ”, putting on this grand act of morality (to hide the fact that he has none), getting paid thousands of dollars to sit in a witness chair in a court of law and lie and dehumanize and defame good people, trying to deny children their chance at a warm and loving home, children who were thrown away by their heterosexual parents, children who no one wanted. The judge in the Florida case said the kids under the care of the gentlman were “thriving“. The oldest didn’t even know what a book was; he hoarded his food at meals, because he was afraid; it took a month for him to talk; Rekers wanted to condemn those kids to be shuffled around, unwanted and unloved.
This fiasco has also fueled speculation and doubt about the lives of others who have chosen to pursue a life in Christ above their sexuality – people like me, and those I represent at Exodus. And while Dr. Rekers may be guilty of things beyond those he has admitted, he deserves no less grace than I or any in the gay community – those now reveling over what must feel like a victory beyond their wildest dreams to prove that people affected by same-sex attraction cannot and should not do anything but embrace a narrow view of their same-sex attractions, by adopting and celebrating a gay identity.
Hate to break this to ya, but long before this scandal, there has always been “speculation and doubt about the lives of others who have chosen to pursue a life in Christ”, especially those who make a big deal over telling others how pure their “morality” is. And, isn’t your whole organization, and your whole identity, about your “Christ-centered” “Biblical” sexuality? Isn’t that kind of the running theme going around with people like Rekers, Haggard, and the whole tired revival-tent show?
People like that don’t deserve our grace. A public flogging, maybe, which is what he’s deservedly getting. This doesn’t prove anything that everybody with a brain and the guts to be honest with themselves and others knows already. Narrow view? Who has this “narrow view”, again?
And, what about the young man, Jo-Vanni Roman, at the center of this controversy? The carnivorous gay bloggers and their followers seem most concerned with the downfall of a man, a marriage and a movement; not to mention the titillating photos and full bodily description of this boy barely out of high school.
“Carnivorous gay bloggers”? You are as fucking funny as you are deluded. I’m actually fed up, so, no thank you. First of all, dood, what people are concerned with is bringing down a FRAUD who has given FALSE TESTIMONY for money in courts of law, a man whose lies and slander and misinformation has been used in court to take children away from possibly the only chance they had at a good home. This “man” has done a lot of damage with this “movement”; his marriage? Yeah, I can tell, just by his part, what his marriage means to him.
“not to mention the titillating photos and full bodily description of this boy barely out of high school.”
Don’t make me vomit. Hold on … you’re blaming the “carnivorous gay bloggers” for his photos? Hello? This grown man (not a “boy”, stop playing the “boy” angle b.s., unless you’re painting Rekers as a pedophile), this grown man put his own goddamn photos on a website for professional escorts, with face, and he wrote his own “bodily description”, and apparently “8-inch uncut” and “hot, tight ass” really caught the eye of Rekers, who knew exactly what kind of website he was perusing for his “luggage lifter”.
While the gay community seems hell-bent on forcing everyone to be tolerant of their “just like everyone else” lives they seem completely incapable of showing Jo-Vanni Roman any compassion or care. This kid is so desperate for love or money or care that he stoops to dehumanize himself with anyone who can afford to use and abuse him.
Motherfucker, I, for one, am nothing like a lot of people, and especialy not hypocritical fucks prancing around waving their “godly morals” up a flag pole — those are the ones I watch out for; they are not the “moral” ones — they are hiding something. I am “just like” regular folk, and most would probably consider my life to be pretty boring, but I like it. And, you are wrong. Do not cast your blanket of condemnation over an entire group of very diverse people. I’m “hell-bent” on being very intolerant of motherfuckers who cast an entire group of very diverse people as all the same.
Well, it’s time for the Church to rise up and show that the counterfeit really isn’t the best kind of community. [the Church is nothing but counterfeit! the whole damn religion is counterfeit!] While it has been common in the Christian community to cast stones [it’s commanded in your Bible], extend the left foot of fellowship and shoot our wounded, [now that’s an idea!] the tide is changing. And I, for one, am inclined to extend a hand to George Rekers, the man, and offer him help. He is, after all, a husband and father. We have seen other devastating situations in families turn around. Maybe this is the crisis that will lead George Rekers to find the healing he has been looking for, but afraid to admit he needed.
He sure ain’t much of a damn husband and father, eh? The man has been a life-long scammer; living a double life — that does not equal husband and father — I feel sorry for his family caught in the shame he’s brought them with the phony Christ scam! Fuck this Rekers’ “healing”! He doesn’t need help, he needs to stop the harm he does. We know all too well how this “healing” goes about in Christian circles. How about the healing and restitution for the families he’s shit on in the name of Christ?
The one thing we absolutely know is that there is a God who loves, redeems and restores completely.
I’m going to call “Bullshit!” on that claim, because I’ve seen evidence very much to the contrary over my lifetime — nothing “redeemable” about most Christians. I’d recommend that the young man steer clear of the “Church”, and creepy dudes with luggage, or “baggage” is a better term. While you people blah, blah about your “walk with Christ” and “falling from grace”, remember that there are real people, many times children, who get caught in the collateral damage when you get tipsy and “fall from grace”.
Whatever the damage that has been done, people whom Christ loves and gave His life for are in need. As part of the Body of Christ, Exodus International helps [funny way of putting it] those in need – no matter who they are or what they’ve done —even those who will seek to criticize us for this very offer.
Oh, Rekers has done damage, all right. Attitudes like he promotes, the lies he promulgates, are responsible for taking away my son’s chance to have a Dad. When Rekers says that “homosexuals are mentally unstable”, he’d better speak for himself. Leave us sane ones out of it.