The Christian Post attempts to defend Pastor Sean Harris…

Just look at the title of this article…

“LGBT Groups Attack NC Pastor Before Gay Marriage Vote”

I’ve been over the the Christian Post several times because of Amendment One.  I must say that I was really disappointed with what I saw, especially on the message boards.  This title just makes it worse.

I’m just not sure how a Christian publication can defend someone that says these things and then tries to paint those that point it out as extreme.  Just go back and listen to the sermon.  It speaks for itself.  Here is an excerpt from the article…

However, gay advocacy groups are still attempting to paint the influential pastor as a hateful person ahead of the imminent vote to decide the terms of traditional marriage in North Carolina.

There is no “painting” that needs to be done.  He clearly articulates his position and then reinforces it with the pseudo apology and retraction.

via LGBT Groups Attack NC Pastor Before Gay Marriage Vote.

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Pastor Sean Harris and Berean Baptist Church offer official “retraction”… kinda.

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Lawsy me… the official “not” apology this AM on the “beat the gay away” message has turned into a full “retraction” from Berean Baptist Church… kinda. But Once AGAIN – there is justification, contradiction and obfuscation. People ought to mosey over to the church website and listen to other messages.  I’m guessing there is more stuff like this buried away.

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I’m just curious… How can he say that he has “never suggested children of those in the LGBT lifestyle should be beaten, punched, abused (physically or psychologically) in any form or fashion.”  (clear throat) Excuse me Pastor, did I not just hear you dedicate a good portion of your now infamous sermon to just that?  I mean, if THAT message in THAT form wasn’t “psychological abuse” of any gay or lesbian kids in that church, I’m not sure what would be.

No, you are correct, you never said children should be squashed… just that homosexuality should be squashed.  Oh, and I think you added a further descriptor of “like a cockroach” to make your argument crystal clear.  Hmmm…  I wonder what that does psychologically to a kid that might be grappling with their sexuality?  You ONLY advocated they they be punched, cracked and mocked. You ONLY said that their sexuality needs to be stepped on so hard that the insides squirt out.  And you did it all in the name of God.

No, gay marriage isn’t a threat to families Pastor.  YOU ARE.  You are adding to the Gospel.  You are like a Judiazer.  Never apologize for the Gospel — for the immense and immeasurable grace of a God that loves so deeply he would die for the world.  But my goodness, don’t add to it!

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As my friend John Shore said to another pastor who found himself letting the words of his heart from freely…  “You dare to eclipse the son of God with the full moon of your own fetid ass. ”  Pastor, your ass is in FULL bloom on this one… BRIGHT and SHINING for the world to see.  Here is a sugesstion:  When you offer an apology or a retraction, please leave it at that.  And don’t give me this mess about bloggers “intentionally framing your words without the context of the entire sermon.”Image

Here is the context… you preached the message on “marriage sunday”.  A deceptive political move by those in NC who are in favor of this amendment. YOU framed your words yourself.  YOU used the pulpit for a political tool to scare members into voting or an amendment designed — not to protect heterosexual marriages — but to inflict damage on the homosexual community.  It is a definitive stomp in the proverbial “squashing of the cockroach” you so eloquently pointed out in your message.

I see now you have an interview to further clarify your not-apology and your retraction…kinda.  I’ll have to go and watch it… but I’m guessing it is more of the same.  Oh… and you’ve received nothing but words of support from the congregation?  Given the fact that they were laughing when you talked about cracking wrists and punching gay kids, that shouldn’t be surprising.

Podcast for the Message that Blew Me Away at Buckhead Church

Here is a link to the podcast from my post on the message that blew me away at Buckhead Church. Take the time to listen to it… you won’t be sorry you did.  Trust.

Guest Post – Vote No on Amendment One – Here’s Why! | NC Amendment One Truth

Great article on why you should vote AGAINST amendment One on May 8th… even if you are against Same Sex Marriage.

The pertinent observation is that Amendment One is not about marriage.  Perhaps the greatest lie of this election season, which we all know is full of lies and half-truths, is that it is.  If the legislators giving us Amendment One had wanted to write a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, they could have done so in simple language.  I’ll even suggest some language here: “Marriages between individuals of the same gender are not valid in North Carolina.”  Incidentally, North Carolina already has a law that says just that, enacted in 1995.  Clearly, if our legislators believe that a majority of us want a law banning gay marriage, they know how to write one.  And yet, that is not what they’ve written in this instance.  Instead, Amendment One, before voters on May 8th, says: “Marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”

via Guest Post – Vote No on Amendment One – Here’s Why! | NC Amendment One Truth.

Richard Land and Co. Defend Criminalization of Homosexuality – YouTube

This the kinds of stuff that make me craaaaaazzzzzyyyy….

via Religious Right Defends Criminalization of Homosexuality – YouTube.

Thank You Matt Moore, and here’s why…

When I started this blog, it was to serve as a journal and encouragement to others.  I wanted it to be a place where I could share, reflect and grow.  I’ve become side tracked my “stuff” and my new blogging friend Matt has helped me see that without saying a word to me specifically.  I’m still going to post things I’m passionate about, but I’m not going to neglect my Christian journey or my coming out experience.  You can read about Matt’s journey at his blog.  Please be kind in your words, even if you disagree.  My response to his post titled, “It Gets Better…Temporarily”  is below the video.

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Matt, my experience is a bit different than yours. It’s a long story, but I shut off the gay part of me for most of my life. I grew up in a conservative evangelical community, went to seminary and entered ministry. My life verse was Phil 3:10. It is at the bottom of every journal page of mine from my sophomore in college forward. “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings.”

I was a happy and fun-loving guy that was so good at hiding the gay part of me that I fooled myself. The “lifestyle” you speak of was foreign to me. I never experienced the heterosexual or homosexual extremes. I never strayed outside of my marriage, but just continued to stuff these feelings deep inside. Slowly, this started to eat away at me. My personality totally changed. I went from being the uber optimistic guy, great husband and “fun dad” to a shell of a person that no one recognized. During this time I was seeking God, planting a church and trying to hold life together.

After about 12 years of marriage, kids and a long time in ministry, I was looking in the mirror one day and said, “This is stupid, you’re gay.” Matt, I knew not ONE gay person. I had a couple of friends who had been in and out of being a lesbian, but I didn’t know any other gay guy.

That has marked the beginning a journey of discovering who I am. Fortunately, I have some wonderful family and friends that are walking with me. It has been painful for my family, as we both realized that this had been the cause of both of our depression and are divorcing. My kids are doing great… and for this I am eternally grateful.

I hear you passion and don’t question your sincerity. Please hear mine. I’ve observed those in the ex-gay ministry…friends of mine…encourage guys like you to get married because that makes things better. Please caution the guys that I know will come to you for seeing this as a solution. Marriage is hard enough for two people that are naturally attracted to each other. Be sure that at the very least, both parties go into the marriage with eyes wide open.

Well-meaning Christians have told me that I can’t be gay and Christian. I refuse to accept that. Typically (not always), these Christians seem to be motivated more by fear, hate or anger than a true passion for God. Not ONE person in the world but God knows my heart, or anyone else’s heart of that matter. Above all else, continue to be kind in your words. I love the quote from Philo of Alexandria… “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”

Just know this… I am here. I will pray for you. Hopefully we can both stumble our ways through this life and meet the loving embrace of our Savior. I hope nothing but the best for you.

I leave you with one other quote from the movie “The Help” that I just love. It has had to be my mantra over the past few months…

“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, “Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?” — Kathryn Stockett (The Help)

Grace and Peace.

The Elephant in the Room: “I Remain, Still, a Gay Christian” | JohnShore.com

Great article I just stumbled on from last year over at John Shore’s Website.  Click on the link below.  I know you will be encouraged.

The Elephant in the Room: “I Remain, Still, a Gay Christian” | JohnShore.com.