But you won’t believe what happened the next day! The Upper Room Church of God in Christ located in Raleigh, gets an A+ and my high commendation for this.
On January 13, the church’s outspoken pastor, Dr. Patrick Wooden invited Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell, an openly gay theologian to address his “Ministers in Training” class. Webb-Mitchell was to talk on his book “On becoming a gay parent”. But when he veered off into a scriptural debate with the ministers, he was soundly challenged on his beliefs. Webb-Mitchell descibed the exchange as a “wonderful, passionate dicussion about scripture”. He even said the pastor and host church were polite to him. Upon the meeting’s conclusion, everything was fine with the pastor providing Dr. Mitchell with personal escorts to his car. Mitchell even expressed a desire to return to the church for more “dialogue”.
Anatomy of a liar
Then the very next day Webb-Mitchell had a change of mind. No one knows why but on his blog, the assistant professor at Duke Divinity School launched a shameless, hate-filled character assassination on both the pastor and the ministers! His account of the meeting was, to say the least, completely dishonest and unprofessional. And over the top vindictive. Its ironic that Mitchell is currently promoting his book on how to be a gay parent. Congratulations, Dr. Mitchell now your kids have a great example of what it means to be a unscrupulous liar.
Thankfully, the church had the entire exchange on tape so it was able to present the facts after the PCUSA minister publicly excoriated them without a cause. To date, Mitchell has issued no apology nor recanted his bizarre attack on the church.
Reading about this story reminded me of what happened to me in 2006 when Gareth Fenley, a gay christian activist came to the DVD screening of “I Do Exist”, which we hosted in Atlanta. After our exemplary hospitality, the woman went and wrote a fabricated account of the meeting in a local gay newspaper. Like Pastor Wooden, I was forced to set the record straight. She later recanted (somewhat) and blamed the paper, saying they changed her words.
Do you think Pastor Wooden should have invited Brett Webb-Mitchell to his church or was it a good thing in that it exposed Mitchell’s true character? My extensive experience dealing with homosexual activists —even the “christian” ones– lets me know that Webb-Mitchell’s behavior and smear of the church was all too typical.