"Be Not Deceived": The Sacred and Sexual Struggles of Gay and Ex-Gay Christian Men

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Alternate
Theologies
Sins and Solutions

The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Com-
munity Churches is a Christian Church founded
in and reaching beyond the Gay and Lesbian
communities. We embody and proclaim Christian
salvation and liberation, Christian inclusivity
and community, and Christian social action and
justice. We serve among those seeking and
celebrating the integration of their spirituality
and sexuality.

Mission Statement of UFMCC

Proclaiming to, educating and impacting the
world with the Biblical truth that freedom from
homosexuality is possible when Jesus is Lord of
one’s life
.

Exodus International—About Exodus

The above two mission statements clearly reveal the key difference between MCC and Exodus; MCC works to integrate homosexuality into Christian life while Exodus seeks to purge it. In accord with these contrary missions, the groups are also on opposing sides of the debate over whether homosexuality is innate (MCC) or chosen (Exodus) and split on the issue of whether people can change their sexual orientation. Certainly, each group’s purpose reflects and helps to form the cornerstone of belief within each organization, and these differences are critical aspects of the groups. It can therefore be tempting, as mass media presentations of these organizations have done, to characterize the groups as polar opposites, pitting one against the other and aligning MCC with political and theologi

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