A tragic and ironic end

25 Mar

“It was like a scene out of the 1980′s movie, “Airplane.” I was accosted by Jesus freaks at the Port Authority Bus terminal in New York City. Listen, I was raised in a religious family. Born Catholic, but my parents consider themselves non-denominational Christians.

But, I don’t like religion shoved down my throat. In “Airplane,” the Leslie Nielsen character confronts all sorts of peddlers as he’s strolling through the terminal. He punches them out and kicks them, as each approaches. I kind of felt that way at the bus terminal. “Have you been saved.” they asked. “Have you found Jesus.” I could have responded with a bunch of crude jokes, but I bit my tongue.

Like many other public places, those who solicit inside these spaces are heavily regulated. Often, the vendors are told to move from place to place. But, the people at the King James Bible Baptist Church in Manhattan have a free reign.

They hand out tiny leaflets with titles like “this WAS your life”, “men of peace”, “no fear” and “Satan.” They’re religious stories using cartoons and they’re designed to steer you on the straight and narrow. Again, no problem. That is until, they shove them in your face and begin lecturing you as you walk through the bus station.

It’s about time these “public places” treat religious organizations like for-profit enterprises. Some of the brownstones in my neighborhood say “No Menus.” Yet, there’s nothing stopping the Jehovah Witnesses from knocking on my door and lecturing me about Jesus. Like my sexuality, I’m comfortable in my religious beliefs, I just don’t want to be molested by the Jesus freaks.”

The above is from the blog entitled  I was molested by Jesus freaks.

Little did the gay man who wrote that tragically ironic blogpost March 30, 2008 know that his soul would be required of him less than a year later.  George Weber, an ABC News broadcaster in New York was stabbed to death March 22, 2009, by a 16 year old boy he picked up for sex. The report said Weber routinely picked up men for sex from Craigslist. [source]

No one knows when their time to die will come. If you are reading this and you have not given your life to Christ, don’t delay. Don’t turn a deaf ear and go on enjoying your sin. Don’t mock God or the people he sends to you to tell you time is winding up and your soul is at stake. The only payment you can receive from sin is death.  And when death comes and you are not in relationship with Christ, hell and eternal torment await you. That’s not to scare you, its just the unfettered truth.

Weber probably thought he was being smart to deride and mock the evangelists who tried to save him.  He may have felt justified in his hatred of those sent to save him. Little has changed, people did it to Noah who preached for 100 years before the door closed and the rains began to fall. Weber may have thought being “comfortable with his sexuality” was right, but there is nothing worth losing your soul over. Nothing.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12
Today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts Hebrews 4:7

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21 Responses to “A tragic and ironic end”

  1. N'Catina March 25, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    All I can say is “WOW.” This kind of puts me in mind of John Lennon who, if I’m not mistaken, made the statement along the lines that the “….Beatles are more famous than Jesus,” only to be gunned down and killed shortly thereafter.

  2. gcmwatch March 25, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    Yeah N’Catina, Lennon said that and tragically met his end. Of course that doesnt mean that everyone who rejects Jesus is killed tragically. But these cases highlight to me much more the irony of humanism and its rejection of God.

    They just updated that story saying the teen was a satanist.

  3. Pamela March 25, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    I remember the statement well made by Lennon (The Beatles were more popular than Jesus). I thought at the time that something would have happened quicker. However it was more than a decade before his murder. It happened on my birthday in 1980.

    I fully believe that we will answer quicker for our ungodly stances because more and more people are praying and crying out for righteousness. This story is a sad example of this. Maybe somehow he cried out Lord have mercy on me before he met his maker.

  4. Pamela March 25, 2009 at 10:28 pm #

    The fellow confessed to the crime. How dreadful.

  5. Euripides March 25, 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    There are consequences for our choices. Weber’s immediate choice of sexual partners led to the unintended consequence of his physical death. Weber’s choice of mocking God will certainly had consequences leading to his spiritual death.

  6. elder jimmy March 25, 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    Those evangelists were going into the highways and byways and compelling people to come into the kingdom. Too bad Mr. Weber didn’t listen. Given his prediliction for young boys I am not suprised he chose to use the word “molested” to describe his encounters with the “Jesus freaks”. “Thou fool, tonight thy soul shall be required of thee.”

  7. N'Catina March 26, 2009 at 2:14 am #

    I heard about the teen satanist earlier today.

  8. hiscrivener March 26, 2009 at 2:57 am #

    “Irony is a dish best served cold.” Sure, the adage doesn’t go quite like that, but um… wow?

    Dude is “acosted” by a siege of witnesses trying to hand him the keys to the kingdom, and little does he know the keys to hell, death and the grave are the only ones dangling on his keychain… and escorted there by a Satanist?!

    Amazing story, pastor

  9. gcmwatch March 26, 2009 at 3:19 am #

    I probably will get hate mail for saying this but this type of hookup culture is common in the homosexual world. Another guy in NY who did the same thing was murdered. And yes heterosexuals do it to, but no matter what type of sexual proclivity it is, SIN leads to death. The best course of action is to get out of the deadly sin business and live for Christ.

    HC, yep this is lathered in irony. But in this case its much more than just a literary identifier.

  10. Neil March 26, 2009 at 3:23 am #

    How sad. He knew what he was rejecting.

  11. nan March 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    he knew what he was mocking, because he was raised in the Church. He turned a deaf ear and died in his sins. How sad

  12. Pastor Edward Williams March 27, 2009 at 5:48 am #

    Wow this is another example that sin maybe pleasureable for a season, but in the end it brings forth death. I praise the Lord for Pastor Foster sending a message of righteousness and holiness, perhaps someone will read this be saved, some preacher will read this and repent and turn from their wicked ways.

    I really hope that the christians around these people will stop putting their heads in the sand and pretending that they don’t see a thing. God bless you Pastor Foster and your family.

  13. Bruce March 28, 2009 at 2:39 am #

    The tragedy is that the pious here seem to revel in the notion of a gay man getting his just dues for his sexual sin.

    The tragedy is that there seems to be little sadness over the death of a man regardless of his sexual orientation.

    Did Weber deserve to die? Of course not.

    God’s a big boy, I doubt that Weber’s words ruffled God’s feathers at all.

    Weber’s objection was to in your face religlonists who believe it is their duty to evangelize everyone whether they want to hear it or not.

    As far as Lennon’s Jesus quote.

    Here is what Lennon said:

    “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
    He was, as she reported, reading extensively about religion at the time. It was a small part of the article. No one took notice of it in Britain.

    Here is Lennon explaining his words:

    John: “If I had said television is more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it, but I just happened to be talking to a friend and I used the words “Beatles” as a remote thing, not as what I think – as Beatles, as those other Beatles like other people see us. I just said “they” are having more influence on kids and things than anything else, including Jesus. But I said it in that way which is the wrong way.”

    Reporter: “Some teenagers have repeated your statements – “I like the Beatles more than Jesus Christ.” What do you think about that?”

    John: “Well, originally I pointed out that fact in reference to England. That we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion at that time. I wasn’t knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact and it’s true more for England than here. I’m not saying that we’re better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it’s all this.”

    Nothing like context. And we should lament the tragic death of John Lennon too.

    It seems the God of those commenting is a weapon packing God who takes time out slay people who say bad things about him.

    And this is an awesome God?

    Bruce

  14. gcmwatch March 28, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    No Bruce its called warning by example.

    You must have missed that part. Its not pious, its bible.

    Take some time and read and then you warn sinners of the same thing. Mocking God comes to no good. No one said Weber deserved to die, but then again youre not God, so you dont know what God decided about Weber.

    Youre wrong if you think God “winks” at a person’s sins. There is no insignificant sin in God’s eyes. Its people like you who in this tragic occurences only want people to be sad and continue on business as usual, instead of seeing this as a warning to get your life right with God. Sadness wont change anything now for Weber, but a warning —if heeded— can turn a sinner away from eternal damnation.

  15. Ina March 29, 2009 at 1:11 am #

    I used to live very close to where this happened in Bklyn. As soon as I heard about it, I knew it was this type of killing.
    Let us pray for the 16 yr. old who was also a victim. His life was corrupted and now it is pretty much ruined. He will be tried as an adult and sent to prison for a long time. Among other things, Weber died a pedophile and a pervert.
    May God have mercy on his poor soul.

  16. Dee Gaffney March 29, 2009 at 5:59 am #

    I am curious – sin leads to death, yet we all die. what sin has a baby who dies at age 2 hours committed? has someone who dies at age 98 committed fewer sins than the 2 hour old baby? we can’t get out of the sin business; we’re all sinners. isn’t the question whether we want to live again in eternity with God our Father, in which case we should be repentent sinners, not intentional sinners?

  17. hiscrivener April 1, 2009 at 1:55 am #

    Dee, seriously. How many two-hour-old babies have hit the age of accountability, where they understand the consequences of their actions?!

    Your nonagenarian guy has ample opportunity to hear about Christ, study to show himself approved and understand the results of not accepting Jesus as Savior.

    That, dear, is the difference.

  18. David Berube April 3, 2009 at 3:08 am #

    NOWHERE in that blog piece does he even hint at having a “hatred” of those evangelicals. It’s a matter of exasperation. You wouldn’t have blinked an eye if it had been entitled “I was molested by Hari Krishna freaks.” But then of course, you have the ONE TRUE INTERPRETATION of the ONE TRUE RELIGION. And by the way, John Lennon made his Jesus comment *years* before he was shot.

  19. David Berube April 3, 2009 at 3:10 am #

    How on earth can it be “dreadful” that a murderer confessed?!?

  20. David Berube April 3, 2009 at 3:14 am #

    Most of the people here seem awfully comfortable in thinking they know what God decided about Weber.

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