This is a hard one. The Soulforce targeted churches have mostly demonstrated that they are not on par with Biblical truth, so how do you advise a church in this mindset not to talk to snakes, or, uh.. Soulforce? One News Now has a poll I thought was very interesting. Go over and select your answer. If you’d like come back here and tell us why you chose what you chose. The discussion there is fairly shallow in that it is mostly about “showing love”. The question is:
What do you think is the PRIMARY reason Soulforce has chosen to target mega-churches with the ‘American Family Outing’?
- Potential for greater impact on Christian community.
- Change to influence high-profile ministry leader(s)
- ‘Dialogue’ could legitimize homosexual movement
- Media wont cover small churches
The Eve and snake saga aside, this is nothing new. In 2001, we stepped into the fray as Soulfarce was just beginning to develop this tactic with their invasion of the Southern Baptist Conference in New Orleans. We sent a letter to the then SBC President James Merritt in response to one of the many attempts by Soulforce to have a “dialogue” with him. I’m not sure he read our letter, but he basically did what we advised. This isn’t over by any means. Its only the beginning. I predict that as more black gay church activists sign onto the Soulforce program, there will be more invasions at black churches. From what we know already, they are woefully unprepared.
What do you think? Should we show snakes love and dialogue with them?
Update: ONN has closed their poll and posted the results. About 50% of people believed that ‘dialogue’ with homosexual activists could legitimize their claims. The problem with this is it only delays the inevitable. Without proper preparation and training, the church will be just as unprepared as this time. Secondly, it will allow the activists to get the attention which undoubtedly will further paint them as “victims”. That’s exactly what they want. Third, they use the event to recruit borderline people. This has been proven that everytime they showed at a Christian school, students who were closet gay activists were emboldened to join Soulforce.
The churches —not just the six megachurches— need to develop a proactive strategy. Eventually, this might develop into a Lot-Sodom showdown.