Promise Keepers Sets Repentance on Mall: Men Will Gather to Confess Sexual Sins

By Witham, Larry | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), September 12, 1997 | Go to article overview

Promise Keepers Sets Repentance on Mall: Men Will Gather to Confess Sexual Sins


Witham, Larry, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Participants in the Promise Keepers Christian men's movement are planning a massive gathering on the Mall next month to publicly repent for sexual and other sins and to set its goals for the next two years, the group's founder said yesterday.

"We're going to confess sexual sin," Bill McCartney, the former Colorado University football coach who founded Promise Keepers in 1990, said about the rally. "We lead the world in pornography."

He said other sins to be recognized at the gathering Oct. 4 include racism, abortion and homosexuality.

About 60 percent of men who attend Promise Keepers rallies confess that sexual behavior is their predominant failing, Mr. McCartney told editors and reporters at The Washington Times.

He said a group of 41 "household names" in Christian leadership met this summer to discern the sins men were guilty of, and which to focus on at the rally.

Mr. McCartney declined to reveal the list of sins, nor would he discuss the goals that the Promise Keepers leadership will present at the rally for 1998 and 1999. He did say, however, that Promise Keepers will expand to other nations.

He also said the movement, which has drawn some 2.6 million men to 62 stadium events, will help to heal the breach of racism in America. …

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