Exodus Int'l Head Named 'Daniel of the Year'

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WORLD Magazine has named Exodus International President Alan Chambers as its "Daniel of the Year," a title that honors Christians who stand up to ungodly trends. 

This year has been difficult for Chambers and Exodus International.

In March, the tech giant Apple yanked an Exodus iPhone application designed to help those who want to leave homosexuality, calling it "offensive to large groups of people."

Shortly afterwards, Illinois mega-church Willow Creek also opted to end its relationship with the organization.

Worsening matters -- Christian radio host Dawson McAllister dropped Exodus from his show's referral list. Also, there have been on-going attacks from gay activists who just want Chambers and his group to go away.
  
WORLD officials told CBN News that it wanted to recognize Chambers for standing strong.

"There have been not just secular people but some Christians, when they turn their back on Alan Chambers we want to say, 'We're with you in this. We'll support you; you're not alone in this and we're glad you have the guts to do what you're doing," Editor in Chief Marvin Olasky said.

Exodus oversees a network of churches and ministries that help people who want to exit the homosexual lifestyle.

In a 2008 interview, Chambers told CBN News his group's work centers on the Church in order to reach those struggling with same-sex attraction.

"What I see as a common denominator in the people who live out a life of success for decades long-term is that they have community, people who they can be honest with, and I mean the body of Christ," Chambers explained.
   
Chambers said Exodus remains as committed as ever to its mission. But Olasky predicts that political correctness will only add pressure for both organization and the Church.

*Originally aired on December 22, 2011.

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