Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell(pictured left with Bush), the black pastor of Houston’s Windsor Village UMC (ironically called “Kingdom Builders”) decided to flex his political kingmaker muscles and endorsed Obama for President. Homosexual activists supporting Obama were delighted. Wow, they cooed, another black preacher onboard the Obamatrain. But when they started checking Caldwell’s church website, they found something so horrible, it sparked outrage.
Windsor Village had a ministry (google cache thanks to Warren Throckmorton) that helped people struggling with homosexuality to overcome it. You’d think that that would be normal in the church. After all, the church has other minstries claiming to help people get delivered from acoholism, cocaine addiction, lupus, sexual assault, adultery and even arthritis.
The website said the ministry was “A program created to provide Christ Centered instruction for those seeking freedom from homosexuality, lesbianism, prostitution, sex addiction and other habitual sins.”
I’d known this for quite sometime. As a matter of fact when it was started a longtime friend of mine who was a member of the church called me excited about it. It became part of our black church resource listing.
But when the activists found out, they immediately launched operation internet outrage about Caldwell’s evil “exgay” group. In their eyes, it was like running a mobile concentration camp.
They contacted Caldwell and demanded to know why he would allow such a ministry in his church. So, did the pastor defend the ministry on the grounds that homosexuality was sinful and people needed the church’s help to be free from it?
Not on your life.
Instead, Caldwell had the offensive ministry deleted from the site and denied ever knowing it was there. According to Politico.com interview Caldwell took the road of least resistance. After all what black preacher wants gay activists angry at him for preaching that homosexuals can change?
“I got to tell you, this is going to sound real stupid, but I didn’t know it was on our website,” Caldwell said. “I was surprised and embarrassed by it. I’m embarrassed from the standpoint that I should have known. We have 120 ministries at the church. You can’t be on top of everything.”
When asked if he opposed such programs, Caldwell said: “It’s not a ministry of the church. It is not supported financially by the church. It is not located at the church. That is pretty much where I am with it.”
Notice, he skirted the question. But, let’s say he didn’t know the ministry was listed on his church’s website. As pastor of the nation’s largest UMC one would think that Caldwell was capable of thinking on his own. His bio emphatically states that one of the driving principles behind Windsor Village’s growth from 25-14,000 is contributed to “Pastor Caldwell’s belief that the church must embrace theology, identify societal problems, and deliver solutions holistically. In other words, the church must take the “sanctuary” to the streets.”
Oh. Really? (That’s rank sarcasm in case you missed it.)
When Politico asked Caldwell if he supported gay marriage or civil unions, the highly successful pastor replied: “I would need to check with the church.”
As we warned, any black pastor who wants to partner with Obama publicly means you will have to squirm, cower and recant all of your previous biblical beliefs about homosexuality.
Just ask Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell. We did, but there was no response to our email and phone call.
Update: Be sure to check out Independent Conservative’s post on Kirbyjon Caldwell. Our condolences to Barbara Hicks, the woman on the Windsor Village staff whom Caldwell publicly sold out to the gay activists.