Restored Hope Network

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Restored Hope Network is an ex-gay network of interdenominational Christian ministries and individuals. The Restored Hope Network holds an annual conference in a different location in the United States each year.[1] Conferences have counseling, offer conversion therapy, and have speakers on homosexuality that offer advice for families with LGBT relatives and outreach to churches to reach out to the gay community. Their Board of References consists of members from ex-gay organizations Randy Alcorn, Matt Barber, Steve Berger, Michael Brown, Donald A. Carson, Paul Check, James Dobson, Robert A. J. Gagnon, Jim Garlow, June Hunt, Juan Martinez, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr, Ray Ortlund, Janet Parshall, Leanne Payne, Georgene Rice, Mathew Staver, Sam Storms, Christopher West and Joseph Nicolosi of National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality or (NARTH) [2] Speaking of the closure of Exodus International, Nicolosi stated, "most of the local Exodus affiliated ministries had started to reorganize into a new organization that began about a year ago, Restored Hope Network."[3][4]

Restored Hope Network
Founded 2012 (2012)
Type 501c3 Nonprofit
Tax ID no. 46-0739644 (EIN)
Headquarters

PO Box 22281

Milwaukie, Oregon 97269
Services network of ministries and support groups
Mission "Restored Hope is an inter-denominational membership governed network dedicated to restoring hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin, especially those impacted by homosexuality. We proclaim that Jesus Christ has life-changing power for all who submit to Christ as Lord; we also seek to equip His church to impart that transformation."
Website restoredhopenetwork.com

Positions[edit]

Restored Hope Network focuses on treating same sex attraction as a gender identity and spiritual identity problem. The network believes that homosexual behavior is inherently sinful and they are opposed to same-sex marriage.[5]

Criticism[edit]

Restore Hope Network has been called the "new Exodus International" by Truth Won Out.[6][7][8]

Frank Worthen, one of the founders of Exodus International and also of the Restore Hope Network said, “I am so thankful that Restored Hope Network exists at this time to continue the message of transformation and new life in Christ.” [9]

Reverend Mel White, cofounder of Soulforce, in an op-ed stated explained:

The Exodus (ex-gay) faithful are now uniting under a new name, the Restored Hope Network, currently being organized by Anne Paulk. She admits proudly that this will be an ex-gay ministry. In her online testimony she describes the network’s “cure” for us in these words: “Jesus got hold of me and that was the end of my homosexuality.” Paulk is one of several ex-gays who participated in a national ad campaign and what was probably the highest moment of visibility for their movement, appearing on the cover of Newsweek with her (now openly gay) husband, John, in 1998.[10]

John and Anne Paulk[edit]

John Paulk Chairman of Exodus International until October 3, 2000. In 2013 John Paulk renounced his work with Exodus International.

"Today, I do not consider myself 'ex-gay' and I no longer support or promote the movement," John Paulk wrote. "I know that countless people were harmed by things I said and did in the past, Parents, families, and their loved ones were negatively impacted by the notion of reparative therapy and the message of change. I am truly, truly sorry for the pain I have caused."[11]

In January 2013, the Board of Directors hired Anne Paulk to the first executive staff position: Coordinator of Restored Hope Network.[12] Anne Paulk responded in her own statement:

I have walked the path that God has put before me, alongside those I love. There are also certain paths I have refused to walk down, dark and dangerous paths of deceit and sin. Someone dear to me has made different choices followed by very different words. And there, on that path, our ways part sadly. ... His conclusions and mine are very different in key ways. I would ask that you join me in praying for his decisions regarding his future, hope, God's truest freedom, and love to direct his decisions. In a later statement, Anne Paulk added, "I have been true to my marriage vows and true to Christ. Though my heart has been tremendously grieved by John's words and moral choices, I have chosen–and will continue to choose–to follow Christ, care for my boys, and serve Restored Hope Network."[13][14]

Exodus International was founded by Frank Worthen, Michael Bussee, Gary Cooper, Ron Dennis, Greg Reid in 1976 and disbanded on May 28, 2013 by Alan Chambers.

Robert Gagnon[edit]

Board member Robert Gagnon authored a book ”The Bible and Homosexual Practice” that has received criticism from Equality Matters. In the book, Gagnon clearly states that gay people “have no excuse for not knowing” that engaging in homosexual behavior makes them “worthy of death”[15][16]

Participation in same-sex intercourse is partly its own payback for turning away from the one true God, since Paul regards such behavior as itself unclean, a dishonoring of one's own body, and a self-shaming act of obscene indecency. At the same time, it is evidence of God's future judgment, since the participants have no excuse for not knowing that those who do such things are worthy of death.[17][18]

Conversion therapy[edit]

Main article: Conversion therapy

Restored Hope Network is a supporter of conversion therapy.

Mainstream health organizations critical of conversion therapy include the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.[19][20][21] Conversion therapy is illegal for minors in several parts of the United States.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hardline ‘Ex-Gays’ Form Splinter Group to Escalate the Hate". Truthwinsout.org. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Board of Reference". Restoredhopenetwork.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
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  7. ^ "Hardline ‘Ex-Gays’ Form Splinter Group to Escalate the Hate". Truthwinsout.org. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Cimarron Alliance". Truthwinsout.org. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Response to the Announced Closure of Exodus : Statement of the Board of Restored Hope Network" (PDF). Restoredhopenetwork.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Op-ed: Ex-Gay Isn't Exactly Over". Advocate.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Former Ex-Gay Spokesman John Paulk Apologizes Amid Divorce". Gleanings - ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Restoredhopenetwork.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Former Ex-Gay Spokesman John Paulk Apologizes Amid Divorce". Gleanings - ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Anne Paulk's statement Concerning John Paulk and her marriage" (PDF). Restoredhopenetwork.org\accessdate=14 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "NOM Scrambles To Distance Itself From “Worthy Of Death” Rhetoric". Equalitymatters.org. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Co-Leader of U.S. Ex-Gay Group Says Gays ‘Worthy of Death’". Truthwinsout.org. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "NOM Scrambles To Distance Itself From “Worthy Of Death” Rhetoric". Equalitymatters.org. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Co-Leader of U.S. Ex-Gay Group Says Gays ‘Worthy of Death’". Truthwinsout.org. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "AMA Policy Regarding Sexual Orientation". Ama-assn.org. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Pediatrics, Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics 92 (4)" (PDF). 1993. pp. 631–634. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Healthcare :: Physician Assistants vote on retail clinics, reparative therapy". Spiritindia.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014.