Holy gay days at TBN?

Gays are taking their popular disarming the church tactic to TBN’s Holyland Experience theme park.

From Charisma Magazine:

Members of the gay and lesbian community plan to visit the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday with hopes of bringing “a message of equality.”

The Bible-based theme park owned by the Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) is legally required to drop its $35 admission fee one day a year in order to receive certain property tax breaks. This year the park decided to host its free day just two days before the kick-off of Orlando’s Come Out With Pride week.

Kirk Hartlage, an Orlando-based DJ, is encouraging pride week supporters to visit the park on Tuesday wearing red. “By no means should we seek to disrupt the park’s daily activities; instead we should hope that our message of equality will be accepted in a place where tolerance and acceptance of all is said to be preached,” Hartlage said in a memo, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Colby May, communications counsel for the Holy Land Experience, told Charisma the park would operate as usual on Tuesday. “The Holy Land Experience is opened to everyone and is designed to present all visitors with a glimpse into the events of the Bible during the time of Christ Jesus,” he said.

May said the date for the free day was randomly chosen. The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Update: Turnout for the free day caused traffic jams, and the park reached maximum capacity a half hour after the doors opened. TBN spokesman John Casoria said the park gave out 5,000 vouchers for those who couldn’t make it in to come back within 30 days. Last year’s free day drew roughly 900.

Casoria said he noticed only a few dozen people wearing red shirts, signifying their support for the gay pride week.

“We were welcoming them to come believing that it would be a very unique ministry experience for the park, for everyone,” Casoria said. “The more people we get into the park and have a great experience here at the park, we know they’ll come back and bring their friends and family. We see this as a very good thing.”

Couple of points TBN (and the general Christian church) should be aware of:

1. This is about setting precedent. They will be back with more and more until red shirts will outnumber others. But because you have accepted their money (which is what you really want anyway) you will rationalize their wicked agenda.

2. The Holy Land Experience is just another “Christian” entertainment/money making venture. It might as well be on the Las Vegas strip with slot machines inside. Of course, with all the charlatans on TBN’s nightly network, this just helps to fund more blasphemy of the Lord’s word.

3. So the park is open to everyone, right? I wonder what TBN would do if a group of brown-shirted neo-nazis showed up to drum up support for white pride?

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14 thoughts on “Holy gay days at TBN?

  1. “We were welcoming them to come believing that it would be a very unique ministry experience for the park, for everyone,” Casoria said. “The more people we get into the park and have a great experience here at the park, we know they’ll come back and bring their friends and family. We see this as a very good thing.”

    This comment says it right there. They are all about the money, and making sure that they ALL “come back”. I’m sure the compromising of scriptural integrity is not even an issue.

  2. I am hopeing and praying that TBN uses this oppurtunity to MINISTER THE TRUE WORD OF GOD CONCERNING THE SIN OF HOMOSEXUALITY WITHOUT COMPROMISE, REBUKING & REPROVING THE SO-CALLED “GAY CHRISTIAN”, ALL IN THE SPIRIT OF LOVE. If TBN plans include doing the things above, then IMO they are doing the right thing. IT IS MY PRAYER THAT TBN WILL BE SALT & LIGHT TO THEESE LOST PEOPLE, & THAT THEY WILL BE THE ONE’S DOING THE INFLUENCING, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. The last thing the body of Christ needs is a lukewarm, worldly, “God accepts anything & everything” christian.

  3. No Brian, you ask those wearing the red shirts if they are there to promote gay pride. If they say yes, then bar them from admittance. Its that simple.

  4. Well there is a difference between homosexuals coming to the park and homosexuals having an agenda. The whole point of them going there was to take a stand about homosexuality being ok at the place where they beleive they are not being accepted. “Christians, The Church you have to accept us because theree is nothing wrong with what we do and Jesus loves and accepts us how we are and so should you”. THATS A PROBLEM!

    Since they were let in this will only emboldem them in their agenda as no one told them their agenda is sinful and an offence to God and what TBN stands for.

    Did someone preach the gospel to them and tell them that they are living in sin? if not, who benifited and what was the benifit?

    God bless!!!

  5. That’s my issue w/ this also…they had an agenda. For gays to come to the park and enjoy the park for “entertainment” sake, then fine. But if your heart’s intent and purpose was to boldly go against that which the Bible condemns then it’s obvious you weren’t there to enjoy the park, you came as an anti-christ witness and to “spit” in the face of God’s order.

  6. OK, (what am I missing here?)… Let’s be fair-minded about this.
    I dont see what TBN could have done differently and still be within the law. The local law says they had to open it up free to the public one day per year. If they banned people with red shirts they’d be in violation of the statute that says it should be open to everybody, plus also open themselves up to a discrimination lawsuit.

    I’m not a fan of TBN but I’m not going to bash them just because I dont like them. Lets be fair here. They were between a rock and a hard place. If this event in future become a gay-fest (which clearly the gays would like it to be) then TBN should just do away with the “1-free day a year” thing, and pass up on the tax breaks they get. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds in the future.

  7. I am one who believes that homosexuality is a sin. I am concerned though about banning persons from admittance. Did not Paul have an agenda on the Damascus Road?

  8. chillzone, what I said was to ban protestors with red shirts. Gays are free to come, but they should not come to protest or try to get someone to accept their sin. Come and enjoy the site and go home. Like everyone else.

  9. “Did not Paul have an agenda on the Damascus Road?”

    So Dee, if Saul lived in this time and wanted to go to the Holy Land to kill those who loved Christ, TBN shouldve welcomed him and his army in?

    I believe we have to look a bit deeper, no one is saying dont let them in but if there should and must be restrictions when people have an alterior motive especially when it goes against what the message of the Park.

  10. the fact that TBN was happy about more coming and the tone they took is a bit disconcerting.. if they were legally liable to have this free day and legally liable to accept anyone into it- if it had been my park, I would’ve encouraged all workers and all Bible believing Christians to wear shirts with VERSES against homosexuality and verses about repentance on them!

  11. that park is about making money and the people who go there really believe they are really meeting Jesus. this place is just another theme park for raking in money and deceiving people. God has nothing to do with that hot mess in Orlando, Fl. If you have an ounce of discernment then you will know this.Why do Christians feel they need to visualize the word of God now with characters in skits and plays. People don’t want to read and study anymore they want to be entertained. They don’t want to hear from God directly anymore they want someone to show the and tell them everything in an act now. Scene one, and action! Sad

  12. Okay, yall knew from the beginning that TBN was about one thing and that is MONEY. Use common sense now, they have been holding telethons for how long? It’s just another way they can get some money out of people, and this time you get something in return (rather than them staying on T.V.)So please people don’t act so shocked…

  13. Paul N said: “I believe we have to look a bit deeper, no one is saying dont let them in but if there should and must be restrictions when people have an alterior motive especially when it goes against what the message of the Park.”

    Paul N, I was looking deeper. Do we loose hope as Christians that change and repentence can occur? And how do you police motives against the message of the park with or without a red t-shirt?

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