More Dangerous than Westboro’s Phelps? Oh Yes!

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“Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and you crack that wrist. Man up! Give him a good punch.” – Pastor Sean Harris, Berean Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC

Yup, that’ll teach ‘em, especially because nothing says “my son is gay” like a limp wrist.

Dennis Leatherman, Pastor at Mountain Lake Independent Baptist Church, Oakland, MD used a sermon to talk about his internal struggle with his fleshly temptation to kill gay people.

Or how about this…  “Build a great, big, large fence, 150 or 100 mile long. Put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals, and have that fence electrified till they can’t get out. Feed ’em. And you know what? In a few years they’ll die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce.” –  Pastor Charles Worley, Providence Baptist Church, Maiden, NC

Oh, thank you Pastor Worley such an idea… and for clarifying that lesbians are neither “queers” nor “homosexuals.” It all gets so confusing.

Good God almighty!

You may think this kind of judgment, condemnation, Bible misinterpretation, lies, and hate are limited to a few — the fringe, the radicals.

Nope. All these mainstream leaders of the Evangelical church are unChristlike in their anti-gay beliefs…

John MacArthurTony PerkinsFranklin GrahamRick Perry, American Family Association, Scott Lively, Pat Robertson, James Dobson, Southern Baptist Convention.

I could go on. And on. And on.

Jesus is the most well-known, life-changing figure throughout history, religion aside. Spanning the two thousand years after he lived on earth, countless people claim not only to follow him but to have a personal relationship with him.

Now here’s a question for you: If Jesus had acted like the religious leaders of his day, would people have followed him? Would we even know his name?

Let’s put it this way: we don’t follow or know the names of the religious leaders.

Of course the answer is a resounding NO. It’s the love of Jesus that changes lives, not the rule-enforcement of his followers.

The tide is turning and every day more and more faithful, Jesus-following Christians are coming to know the truth and changing their hearts and minds. (Click here)

Yet, many of today’s vocal “Christians” who are still sounding off about this very important topic of how to respond to the LGBTQ community sound exactly like those religious leaders.

How does the Christian parent respond when their gay kid comes out?

Take a look at this post from Benjamin Corey, showing two possible responses.

“John MacArthur was recently asked by a reader how they should respond to an adult child who has acknowledged they are gay. His parenting advice?

Alienate them. Separate them. Isolate them. Refuse to have a meal with them. Turn them over to Satan.”

Benjamin Corey goes on:

“I have a better idea: if you have a child who comes out to you, regardless of your theological opinion, here’s what you should do:

 Walk across the room, give them a big hug, and tell them that you’re always going to love them.”

Just compare those two: complete shunning or full embrace.

So, here’s my question for you: which response sounds like religious leaders and which one sounds like Jesus?

I bet you saw which was which, didn’t you?

Religious leaders are characterized by holding people harshly to the law, void of love and grace.

In Jesus’ times they were called Pharisees. Today, they go by the names I listed above.

Jesus is characterized by loving, embracing, accepting.

To choose MacArthur’s way is anathema to what Jesus showed us. Polar opposite. Night and day. Life and death.

Shunning people for something we disagree with cuts across the very heart of koinonia fellowship, agape love, those concepts the Bible calls us to.

We never see Jesus shun anyone — ever. Not once. In fact, he strongly warns us several times not to do that: don’t judge God’s child, deal with the log in our own eye, you’ll be judged the way you judge.

On the other hand, we see him embrace endless streams of broken, hurting, isolated people, and breathing life into them!

Be careful, these evangelical religious leaders are more dangerous than Westboro’s Fred Phelps because they’re not as in-your-face extreme, so they’re easier to swallow. But their beliefs are deadly poison to our faith, our souls and to those in the gay community.

MacArthur, Lively, Robertson, Graham, Perry and friends, take your Bible seriously, follow Jesus’ commands to love God and love others and leave the rest up to the Spirit.

In fact, you might want to read Jesus’ interactions with people. He might just give YOU life.

6 thoughts on “More Dangerous than Westboro’s Phelps? Oh Yes!

  1. As a Conservative Christian father of a gay 14 year old teen son, what is important to me is showing him and his brother and sister to Christ. Yes, one of my kids is gay, but that still does not mean that I can’t love him and show him the way to Christ. My son is made in the image of God and I would not nor will not turn my back on my gay teen son.

    Also, I personally think that when someone attacks other people, they tend to diminish their argument with me. Just My humble opinion.

  2. As an agnostic the ministers you called out are the ones who really freak me out. I can’t imagine that any religion that supports them would have any use for me, Our I would have any use for

    • I know it. It’s how I imagine the poor pitiful outliers in the New Testament felt about the devout, pious religious leaders — they would want to avoid them at all costs. That is not the appealing aroma of Christ. Thx for the comment!

  3. I can only hope that as these Pharisees spout their hate and others hear it, that the people will be moved to know the truth and decide to be on the side of love. These kind of comments make me sick and I am embarrassed to be associated with them in ANY way. I am sure Jesus is heartbroken over these kind of words. 😦

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