That’s right folks. The Trinity Broadcasting Network, America’s #1 religious show, has produced (no surprise) another whopper of a story, although not for the glory of God.
The internet is ablaze thanks to the secular homosexual community about Azariah Southworth of Nashville (google his name for the rundown), who has announced he is now a homosexual christian.
Due to the fact that I watch very little TBN programming, I had never heard of Southworth, neither his “popular” youth show REMIX which consisted of showing videos and having religious rock personalities on as guests.
Those who are now applauding his open sin probably had never heard of him for the same reason. But now he is a star, a hero because he is one of them.
Words like brave, honest, genuine, authentic, courageous are being used to describe Southworth’s actions. He has said that he knows he will be (watch the choice of words) “I know I will be cut off from many in the Christian community”. There’s no mention of his sin cutting him off from God.
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2 This scripture lets us know that sin will indeed separate you from God. His love is steadfast, but unrepentant sin will cut off your relationship and fellowship with God. Look at the lexicon of this verse.
On his way out into the open Southworth makes an interesting claim, which is true.
“We all know there are so many other gay people in the Christian industry; they’re just all scared. I was scared, but now I’m no longer afraid.”
All of the major genres of “Christian” music and entertainment are chocked full with —not strugglers– but people who are reveling in their sin privately. They are only waiting for an opportunity like Southworth, to announce that they are now comfortable with sexual immorality and their so-called faith. They are waiting for the further desensitization of the church to sin.
No word from TBN whether the show will be cancelled. Its doubtful. TBN’s founder Paul Crouch, Sr. was at the center of a homosexual controversy himself. Paul Jr. recently divorced his wife after adulterating with new age religious profitess Pastor Melissa Scott [more info]. The network regularly features numerous false prophets and money-mongers so Southworth most likely has nothing to worry about. At least from the “Christian community”.
UPDATE: According to About.com Southworth’s show actually debuted on NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) but was later picked up by TBN’s Youth Network. Southworth also “cooked and shopped” with his guests.