We’ve seen this several times before. The sequence goes something like this:
1.Pastor of AnyChurch USA gets all hip and openminded.
2.Pastor starts “rethinking” bible’s teachings
3.Pastor starts viewing homosexuals as a discriminated population in need of acceptance (no other demographic qualifies for such special treatment)
4.Pastor starts rethinking the “outdated” teachings on homosexuality
5.Pastor holds gay conference with gay religious speakers at church (make sure to tell the media)
6.Pastor transitions church to gay “inclusive and affirming”.
7.Pastor later reveals that he is homosexual.
Sans sequence number seven, that’s what happened at Highland Church in Denver. Pastor Mark Tidd, a former member of the Christian Reformed Church said he knew “devout Christians who tried this [change from homosexuality] and found it spiritually and psychologically crippling”. The Denver Post reported it as if it were astronauts walking on the moon for the first time.
An evangelical church can be a scary place for gay people, yet the Rev. Mark Tidd’s Highlands Church in Denver is trying “to live and love without labels” in an inclusive community.
This kind of open-minded approach to full church life for gay, lesbian and transgender people, along with everyone else, Tidd said, could be “kind of the kiss of death” for a new congregation, one started just last Christmas.
“But I knew it was the right thing to do,” Tidd said.
As it became apparent that he intended the new church to be inclusive, he lost half his congregation, which had peaked at about 350. He lost two-thirds of his financial support.
A little dented but unbowed, Tidd hosted a symposium Saturday at the Lowell Street church, offering a progressive perspective on homosexuality and Christianity.
Thankfully not everyone at Highlands Church was fooled by this pied piper and promptly left. That’s what you should do too.
Be careful if youre in any church or under any leader who incrementally begins introducing material questioning the bible authority. It may be subtle and nice at first, but trust that an agenda is not far behind. Generally its a cover for the pastors own sexually immoral lifestyle and he needs to seduce the church first with vain philosophies of man (and so-called science).
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