So I go to a pretty liberal pentecostal church which i LOVE. The atmosphere is always so unbelievably positive and accepting and loving so I really thought that I'd found my people and my church going there...until this morning.
We had a guest preacher (turns out he used to be the pastor there like 10 years ago but I've not been there that long) and he was talking about the second coming of Christ. He was saying about how the world is getting worse and ungodly so it will be soon, and this was due to terrorism and war etc. Then he started talking about the loss of family values and sexual immorality. He never outrightly said homosexuality or being gay but it was SO clear what he was talking about.
I wasn't happy but understood why he might feel this way, he backed up this with scripture and I won't disagree with God's word but then he started going off on some of the most ignorant things I've ever heard. He kept saying "now young people, listen to this" and then genuinely was suggesting that being gay lead to disease and debauchery, taking drugs and turning evil. I actually couldn't believe what I was hearing and how my lovely, accepting church was allowing him to say these things. It felt like he totally went off reading scripture and was just on a tangent about his own hateful opinions.
I'm now feeling very torn about whether this church is the right one for me. I believe that God loves us all and as long as we believe and follow the path of Jesus then we will be saved. And I definitely think you can be gay and follow Jesus - I certainly don't think its a choice. I think what has upset me the most is the fact that I've always seen my church as so accepting, I used to go to a really conservative catholic church and nothing this hateful was ever said there so it completely shocked me to come from my current church.
I don't know whether this is something I have to accept and just continue in my church because apart from today I have loved it. Or do I need to find a new church?
(I'm sorry this is long, I just needed to get it all out of my system)
What does your church think of what preacher? Did they all agree?
I'm going to be brutally honest here. This is the true face of the abrahamic religions. You need to be honest with yourself and ask the question, "why would a god who's supposed to be omnibenevolent tell his followers to hate gay people?" If you think that an omnibenevolent being wouldn't hate gay people, christianity isn't the right religion for you. Homosexuality is specifically prohibited in the bible, which is why fundamentalists are so homophobic.
Because your church is right? Why are you expecting the religon of christianity to change their views for you because you like effing men?
It's a church....what do you expect?