Here is the link to the report from Baptist Press which published the above claim.
While you read the report, everything looks nice and dandy and you even lean towards believing that maybe its true. Maybe it can happen.
But there are flaws which very smartly the coauthor Mr. Jones points out before anyone else can and gives justifications which cannot be taken seriously.
He himself says that people have argued that its a very small sample. He had nothing to counter the claim besides HE THINKS the find is significant.
When asked why some people were “successful” in changing their orientation where some failed, he said he has no answer for that.
He refuses to put the subjects through a visual stimulus like porn to see if they get sexual aroused or not by giving a very lame excuse of keeping the “Sexual Purity” intact.
Exodus which is well known for its notorious claims of ex-gay for half a decade now and have been denounced time and again as bogus just doesn’t know when to stop . They don’t get: that IS the litmus test. Ofcourse to them gay-sex is impure. But it is crucial to find out, do they still have the urge when they see porn, or any kind of same-sex sexual act? If not porn, in future these same people would see same sex couples kissing, or a sex scene in a movie or tv series, how will they react to those? Or is he suggesting they should not watch tv, or movies, or move around blind-folded for the rest of their lives to preserve their mental purity and not be exposed to same-sex sexual display of any kind.
Living abroad I don’t get to eat Indian food that often. Don’t see them, don’t smell them around me, so I don’t even miss them. But when I go home, the moment I take the first morsel, I realize how much I missed it. Just because I didn’t miss Indian food for 2 years doesn’t mean I grew out of them. Isn’t it similar to what Mr. Jones is claiming?
“I know individuals who have been married for 20 and 30 years after coming out of the gay community,” Jones said.
True..(although I am yet to meet one such person) but he forgot to mention that the opposite is true too. There are actually more number of “married for 20 or 30 years and then got divorced and came out as gay” kind of men. How does he explain that? I don’t need research for that, I personally know quite a few of these kinds.
So believe what you want to believe, but these are valid concerns, I feel that needs to be properly and believably addressed. Once they can do that scientifically, without bringing any religious reference, maybe I would consider this claim to be credible.