Pastor DL Foster, along with supporters of GCM Watch will be at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, this Sunday to observe and report on the actions of Soulforce members who have targeted mega churches in an effort to spread false doctrine about homosexuality and scripture. Both June 2nd services will be monitored.
GCM Watch plans to monitor Soulforce in order to determine whether or not what they place on their website is actually what happened on site. Additionally, since Soulforce is seeking dialogue, we are challenging Sylvia Rhue and associates to a public debate on homosexuality and scripture.
GCM Watch has also engaged in conversation with New Birth officials seeking permission to hand out information about Soulforce real intentions and information about coming out of homosexuality.
Additional monitors are needed. If interested in joining GCM Watch to assist with this monitoring action, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE 05.30.05/12:59pm est
We have had several indepth conversations with Dan Renee, media director for New Birth. Renee stated that Soulforce contingent is small and no meeting is scheduled between Soulforce and Bishop Long (who is out of town) nor any members of the New Birth staff. He said per written visitor agreements signed by Soulforce, there would be no disruption of any type expected. Renee could not aswer whether gay couples dressing alike or wearing Soulforce identification badges could be considered disruptive to the worship service. He said that Soulforce may or may not engage members of the church at the “Welcome Center”.
Renee said that New Birth had only spoken to the group for the first time on Tuesday and he was given an assurance by Soulforce that they were only coming to “worship.” That is in contradiction to Sylvia Rhue’s somewhat militant statement “It’s not that we just want to worship, we want to meet with Bishop Long, and have an official meeting, or outing or a picnic with the church.”
However, Renee said no such meetings would take place regarding homosexuality. We are advising concerned New Birth members to monitor the church Welcome Center and be prepared to offer truth about homosexuality should Soulforce break its agreement not to engage in such conversations.
GCM Watch will attend to monitor any activites and conversations regarding Soulforce false beliefs.
UPDATE #2 – The gay newspaper Southern Voice made known its intentions to send a reporter cover Sunday’s service. Reporter Matt Shafer said an email to GCM Watch that a “preview article” is scheduled for the web edition today.