Florida-based Exodus International had been operating for 37 years, devoting itself to helping people ‘seeking freedom from unwanted same-sex attraction’.
Exodus promoted the belief that homosexuality could be reduced or even eliminated through prayer and counselling.
Change of heart: Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, with his wife, Leslie
In 2007, Mr Chambers said that he himself had benefited from this ‘therapy’.
He told The Associated Press: ‘Exodus is here for people who want an alternative to homosexuality. There are thousands of people like me who have overcome this.’
In an extraordinary change of heart Alan Chambers, the ministry’s president, apologised ahead of the closure.
He admitted: ‘For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical.’

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20