Strang Report, by Steve Strang, Founder of Charisma magazine

Want to receive The Strang Report by email? Sign up here
Alan Chambers
Alan Chambers (Facebook)

This week, a couple dozen Christian leaders, ranging from Dr. Jack Hayford to Mike Huckabee, to Carlos Campos of Regent University to Dr. James Dobson and others, signed a statement that says, “We stand in solidarity to defend marriage and the family and the society founded upon them.”

I had the honor of adding my signature to the others.

The same week, news came from the Exodus International annual convention that Exodus, a ministry that for nearly four decades has been helping mostly Christians who have unwanted same-sex attraction find freedom through the power of Jesus Christ, was shutting down. Instead, a new ministry called Reduce Fear that is gay-friendly is starting up.

I’m encouraged that many Christian leaders are standing with clarity. I’m sad that Exodus is apparently caving in to the pressure of the gay agenda and apparently taking the line that either it’s not possible or not necessary to become “ex-gay.”

I say "apparently" because I have been a supporter of Exodus for many years, and I consider its president, Alan Chambers, a personal friend. I have read Alan’s website and the statements he issued. But I have not been able to talk to him, so I must withhold my judgments. He must have been under enormous pressure.

Alan does make a point that many Christians have been unkind in their dealings with those who deal with same-sex attraction. I believe all of us must reduce fear. But we also must stand for truth.

In the same way that we should not abandon the ideals of democracy and give in to the demands of terrorists like the Taliban, so should we not cave in on the ideals and the truth of God’s Word when there are cultural terrorists who want their view to become the norm.

Rick Warren, the respected pastor of Saddleback Church in California, says the civil rights movement of the 21st century is religious liberty. I believe that is true because it is eroding moment by moment.

I encourage you to click here to read the entire Freedom Federation statement and to see the names of those who signed it. I also encourage you to read a very thoughtful blog post written June 17 by Andy Comiskey, a former president of Exodus, only a couple days before Exodus shut down.

Comiskey writes, “I am troubled by Christians who now claim that God made them gay and cry victim at anyone who believes otherwise. Doubtless some have been treated heavy-handedly by churches or promised quick cures by homely, uninformed ministries. But instead of submitting their wounds to God and trustworthy healers, these ones allow bitterness to transform them into the most virulent proponents of gay identity and practice. And in Jesus’ name and authority, the wounded become deceived then deceivers.”

Please give your comments below. I know this is an explosive social issue, but it’s a time when we have to have clarity and when Christians must stand up and speak truth. But we must speak the truth in love.

Steve Strang is the founder and publisher of Charisma. Follow him on Twitter @sstrang or Facebook (stephenestrang).

Best Magazine Deal. Subscribe now and get 3 magazines for the price of 1. Get Charisma, SpiritLed Woman and Ministry Today, all for $24. YES - I want this deal!

3 Reasons Why you should read Life in the Spirit. 1) Get to know the Holy Spirit. 2) Learn to enter God's presence 3) Hear God's voice clearly! Click Here to draw closer to God!

Did you enjoy this blog? Click here to receive it by email.

Your Turn

Comment Guidelines
View/Add Comments
  • Rev. Samuel Rodriguez was the first Hispanic pastor in history to pray at a presidential inauguration.

    At Trump Inauguration, Charismatic Leaders Pray Boldly in Jesus' Name. Is This Foreshadowing a New Day in America?

    It was an amazing day to let religious freedom ring in America.

  • Pastor Jim Garlow in a file photo shown praying.

    Conservative Christian Leaders Gather in DC, Calling Trump's Election an Answer to Prayer

    "Although the news media is predicting protests, what I'm seeing is that everyone is abuzz ...

  • Donald Trump certainly needs your prayers.

    Why You Must Pray for Donald Trump

    Here are eight ways I plan to intercede for President Trump regularly.

  • When I flew into D.C. yesterday, there were so many Secret Servicemen on the plane I wondered what was going on!

    Jennifer LeClaire Releases Urgent Prophetic Warning Over Washington, D.C.

    When I flew into D.C. yesterday, there were so many Secret Servicemen on the plane I wondered what ...

  • Here's a prophetic word for Washington, D.C.

    Prophecy: The Lord Is Raising Up Daniels in DC

    I believe we're on the precipice of a Third Great Awakening the Lord spoke to my heart about in ...

  • Does any of this reflect what's going on in your marriage?

    9 Characteristics of a Healthy Sexual Relationship for a Believer

    A healthy sexual relationship for a Christian couple takes effort, and it's worth working for.

  • Churches don't address this topic affecting women.

    The Secret Sorrow Women Carry

    This woman breaks the silence about a taboo subject to help restore many women.

  • Bishop Eddie Long died at 63.

    Bishop Eddie Long Dead at 63

    "Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate ...

  • Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Follow God on the most fulfilling journey of your life with Encounter the Holy Spirit! Break away from past hurts and press into the One who wants a personal encounter with you.

  • Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Reach your full potential and be led by His Spirit. In His Presence takes you to a deeper understanding of who God is and how he communicates with us.

  • Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Receive the power and gifts that come through the Holy Spirit Baptism. Don’t go empty-handed; accept all that He has for you! His power is available to those who ask.

  • Put on the Full Armor of God

    Put on the Full Armor of God

    Break every stronghold with the power of the Holy Spirit. Use the power of your tongue to declare and decree the Word of God. Witness heaven move on your behalf.

Use Desktop Layout
Charisma Magazine — Empowering believers for life in the Spirit