#Church

Homophobic Church Sign Prompts Protests

A homophobic sign that was erected on the lawn of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in Lake Shastina, California, sparked a protest across street by people who won't accept homophobia, according to LGBTQ Nation.

The sign reads “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still a sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not.” This caused quite the disturbance to the people of Lake Shastina, who protested outside of the church before services started at the "Shastina Love Rally." The purpose of the rally is to show the people of Siskiyou county accepts people of all sexualities. 

Justin Hoke, a pastor of the church and presumably the person responsible for the sign, said that he feels that the sign is necessary because it "rebukes sin." He also said that by displaying the sign, he is demonstrating a single truth: that God determines truth and culture does not. He feels as if the church has lost its "saltiness" and this sign will help it get it back. I can't see how a church being salty is really a good thing though...

It's nice to know that the majority of people (at least in Lake Shastina) won't stand for the homophobic and transphobic message that the sign so overtly displays. Maybe one day religious fanatics will realize that LGBTQ people aren't a threat to their religion.


h/t: LGBTQ Nation

Dedicated Church Member Kicked Out for Being Gay and is Asked to Repent

Kimberley Mills was once a dedicated member of Calvary Baptist Church in Oshawa, Ontario until she made the mistake of coming out as a lesbian to a few members of the church because she was tired of hiding her sexuality and her partner. The word got out to the higher-ups in the church and she was given a letter that dismissed her position in the church and said that she had to repent for her sins in order to regain her place in the clergy, according to Gay Star News.

Mills was involved in the church for about three years, acting as a youth pastor who frequently attended small fellowship groups within the church until she received the fateful letter telling her that she has been terminated from her position. In the letter, written by Deacon Chairman Dr. Tim Wagner,  Kim was informed that because she lives in disobedience of the scriptures her membership with the church was removed. They mentioned specifically that she did not heed the warning in 1 Corinthians 6-9, which says

"Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality."

The letter also states that the church hopes that Mills will see the error of her ways and that her "heart will respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit that comes with our obedience to this Scripture and that" she "will repent and be restored to your church family who love you deeply." Ignoring the subject-verb disagreement at the end of that statement, what was written was basically telling Mills that the church sees her as damaged and only through denial of her true self can she be given her position back. Wagner also states that the church will continue to pray for Mills' "restoration," as in the members of the church hope she converts to heterosexuality.

Mills was always gay but the church did not know and they allowed her to work as a clergywoman, while also being a lesbian. So if she wanted to keep her position as a youth pastor, she should have stayed closeted. But is that really any way to live? There are more progressive churches that accept that some people can be gay and also Christian. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. However, they did say that Mills will still be able to attend church services, but she cannot work for the church for as long as she is a lesbian.

So I suggest she finds a new church.


h/t: Gay Star News

Long Island Man Arrested for Stealing Pride Flags from Church

Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ, located in Sayville, NY is a progressive and inclusive church. The reverend, Ray Bagnuolo, is an openly gay man who has placed pride flags on the church's lawn to promote LGBT pride and to show that the church welcomes people of any sexuality. However, one man has repeatedly stolen the pride flags and, since crime definitely does not pay, he has been arrested, according to ABC News.

The 21-year-old man who stole the pride flags, Ronald Tyler Witt, was arrested at his home in Sayville on Tuesday. He was arrested on six counts of petty larceny as a hate crime.

Bagnuolo says that these thefts are "unnerving" and that "These types of things are meant often to send a message. Sometimes there just a dumb thing that people do, but repeated over and over it begins to feel like there's a targeting going on here and there's a message." I am inclined to agree with that, as the other flags displayed on the church's property remained there. He also said that he does not know Witt but is welcome in the church, as he recognized the thefts as acts of aggression and hate but instead of stealing the flags again, he should talk to the congregation. 

While he does forgive Witt, he is glad that he will be held accountable for his actions, and the rest of the congregation feels the same. 

It's sad to see such crimes in this day and age, but progress is still being made in the advancement of LGBTQ recognition which will hopefully decrease incidents such as this.


h/t: ABC News

Naked 21-Year-Old Man, High On Meth, Arrested For Lewd Act In North Dakota Church

Guys, meth is no joke. Hopefully that part isn’t news.

Anyway, as reported by KFYR, a 21-year-old man named Zachary Burdick has created quite a ruckus. Earlier this month, Burdick charged into Spirit of Life Roman Catholic Church in Mandan, North Dakota completely nude. According to police, he was high on crystal meth.

Burdick hopped into the church’s holy water fountain. Then he got out and masturbated in the aisles. And yes, this was during a service. About 70 people were attending mass.

According to reports, Burdick was asked to leave by the church earlier in the day for offering to bless churchgoers with the Book of Mormon. It’s more than worth mentioning that the church also houses a preschool. Children were in the building during the incident, but documents say they weren't in the same room fortunately. 

The church now must drain, sterilize and re-bless the holy water. The cost of this is estimated to be $500.

Burdick, was arrested for ingestion of meth, criminal mischief and indecent exposure, On his Facebook page, he describes himself as a “rapper, producer [and] songwriter.”

It’s easy to joke about this, and I’ll concede that on the surface it is undeniably entertaining and attention-grabbing. In all seriousness though, here’s hoping Burdick gets the help he needs.

For more on this: KFYR

 

 

 

Show people that you're on the straight and narrow with this certificate!

Are you tired of people questioning your masculinity? Want to be sure that you can find a job? Do you need to prove to your parents that you’re not on the wrong path? Well, have we got the thing for you!

There’s an online church that is issuing certificates and other holy items that will rid you of any homosexual thought in your body. This is to prove to the world that you are who you say you are in the streets, but a freak in the sheets--nonetheless.

La Iglesia del Final de los Tiempos or otherwise known as “The Church of the End of Times” offers a Certificate of Heterosexuality to insure that the naysayers at work, school, and home don’t question the fact that you are, indeed, straight. I mean, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, right?

This piece of paper, which is only good for 5 years, mind you, is certainly the answer!

The website is completely in Spanish, but translated it reads:

Certificate of Heterosexuality

Are you tired of people questioning your masculinity? Have you been accused of being a part of the ‘other side’? Do you hate that others treat you like you are abnormal? If this is, The Church of the End of Times has your solution. We were the first church in the world to incorporate this type of certificate. With the Certificate of Heterosexuality from the Church of the End of Times, you will be able to shut the mouths of those who wish you harm and talk badly about you. Show the world that you are a normal person, free of the practices of Sodom.

Let us remember that Sodom and Gomorrah were cities destroyed by God whose inhabitants had immersed themselves in perverse and unnatural passions.

The certificate is signed by His Holiness, Prophet Andres de la Barra, the only man on earth who possesses the gift of Homosalvation.

Get your Certificate of Heterosexuality today!

Another great item for ridding gayness is the Indecency Cleaning Cloth:

Indecency Cleaning Cloth

The Indecency Cleaning Cloth is an excellent accessory for cleaning that every Christian family should have. Clean the floors, the furniture, the restroom, the dirt in the corners, all the physical filth in the home, with these indecency cleaning cloths from the Church of the End of Times.

Show God which side you are on: the Creator’s side with the traditional family or Satan’s side of indecency. Use this cloth each time you get a suspicious visitor, and eliminate those who could pose a threat to the stability your marriage has set for your family. Don’t forget that your husband’s ‘intimate friends’ are the first enemy of God and the wife. It is in those spaces of nudity and complicitness that the devil of sodomy attacks.

Yeah, and it’s a rainbow flag!

But that’s not all! The Church of the End of Times also sells items such as:

  • Certificate of Virginity - insures that you are, in fact, pure.
  • Stove for the Sinning Woman - a stove that allows a woman to cook and scroll through social media all at once
  • Rope to prevent left-handedness - yeah, you tie your child’s hand down with the rope so they won’t use their left hand

And another favorite:

Anti blasphemy mouthwash - rids your mouth of any impurities and blasphemous speech, as well as keeping your breath minty fresh! And it has 0% alcohol and 100% blessings!

There is no possible way this can be a real church! Or is it? These items are so outlandish that they are comical, but there are homophobic and non-homophobic people out there who are actually buying them!

If nothing else, they would make incredible gag gifts or pranks, right? I mean, think about it--someone walks into your office and sees that Certificate of Heterosexuality hanging on your wall and you wiping your computer monitor with a rainbow flag. And please, someone buy me that mouthwash!