The tech giants Apple and Microsoft removed a phone App created by Living Hope Ministries (LHM), a Texas-based Christian organization, because of its biblical position on homosexuality and commitment to helping people leave the homosexual lifestyle.
Founded in 1989, LHM is a non-profit, non-denominational, 501(c)3 organization whose mission is “to proclaim God’s truth as we journey with those who are seeking sexual and relational wholeness through a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.” It has developed a world-wide ministry and outreach to anyone seeking sexual and relational wholeness, and is a pioneer in the areas of online support ministry and youth work.
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A Change.org petition filed by a group called, “Truth Wins Out,” claims LHM’s “ex-gay” app is “dangerous,” “bigoted,” and “hateful.”
“The app falsely portrays being gay as an ‘addiction’, ‘sickness’, and ‘sin,’” the petition claims.
Living Hope Ministries of Arlington, Texas, told The Christian Post “We are saddened by Apple’s and Microsoft’s removal of our app because of a single person’s false accusations. Regardless of their decision we will continue to make the app and our services available to those who seek them,” said Ricky Chalette, executive director of the ministry.
“We are a ministry that for nearly thirty years has helped individuals resolve their feelings they deem incongruent with their faith,” he continued. “We help people deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through Bible study and accountability. We walk with them to align their lives with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Through support groups they realize they are not alone and are able to share honestly and openly in a non-condemning atmosphere about their struggles, passions, and victories. From chaos and confusion they often find peace, hope, and a deeper sense of personal wholeness. Our ministry is free and strictly voluntary.”
He added, “In a day when diversity and tolerance is celebrated I would hope it would be extended to issues of faith and practice.”
Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen said, “We thank Apple for exemplifying corporate responsibility and taking swift action to remove a dangerous app that stigmatizes and demeans LGBT people.”
In 2014, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was the first Fortune 500 company leader to announce he was a homosexual.
At the time, he told CNN that being gay was “God’s greatest gift to me.”