AFTAH Protests Willow Creek's Break from Ex-Gay Ministry
Religion Today Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2011 Aug 14
According to a Christian Newswire release, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) President Peter LaBarbera announced a peaceful sign vigil for August 11-12 outside Willow Creek Community Church to protest the mega-church's disassociation from a Christian ministry that helps men and women overcome unwanted homosexual desires. The Americans For Truth vigil targets Willow Creek's annual "Global Leadership Summit," which draws thousands of Christians annually to the church's campus in Barrington, Illinois. AFTAH's banner message: "Is Willow Creek Qualified to Lead?" will greet Summit attendees. "Christians across the nation were stunned to learn that Willow Creek had abandoned its friendly working relationship with Exodus International, the world's largest 'ex-gay' ministry," LaBarbera said. "Worse, the break came in 2009, shortly after Willow Creek's leaders met with Soulforce, a homosexual activist group. Soulforce activists target mega-churches and Christian ministries like Focus on the Family, demanding a (politicized) 'dialogue.'"