Pastors to Proclaim Jesus Loves Gays at Pride Fest pastor Craig Gross is attending the Atlanta Pride Festival this weekend to apologize for the way religious people have often treated gay individuals.

In hopes of diminishing the disconnect between the homosexual community and the church, Gross is setting up a booth in Piedmont Park with the simple message: “We Are Sorry.”

The annual LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) event is the last stop in Gross’ unconventional “Jesus Loves You” tour. For the past couple of months, he and Jason Harper have been promoting the simple message to gluttons, criminals, porn stars, the poor and even the religious.

The message is spelled out in their recently released book, Jesus Loves You … This I Know. They believe Jesus’ vision and values have been distorted, twisted and hijacked by political dogma, right-winged sectarians and extremist beliefs. And in the process, many have missed the simple yet profound message that Jesus loves them.

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In a way, the pastor is correct – Jesus does love everyone from criminals, drug addicts, and deviants. However, that does not mean that Jesus is permissive of our behavior. When Jesus chased the money changers out of the temple, He didn’t do it because He hated them – He hated what they were doing. Jesus, and hence the Church, has always had this teaching – hate the sin, love the sinner.

Unfortunately, I don’t believe the pastor is teaching from this angle.

Well, He does.

I have to agree. Jesus doesn’t exclude anyone from His love.

Exactly. We need to share His love, but we need to do it in a truthful manner. Jesus didn’t ignore sin. He loved and called people to repent and “sin no more.”

Quite so.
But how often do we hear Christian clergy, even our own priests preaching that message to straights who are shacking up, divorced and remarried, viewing pornography, or o/wise living in sexual sin?

Protestant churches at least have been telling people that they can divorce and remarry and use birth control. Many churches (and some Catholic priests) go for a soft “Jesus loves everybody” sales pitch and don’t want to bother anybody with all that sin business. Telling gays that Jesus loves them is more of the same.

Mark 2:15-17
15 Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

i’m sure if Jesus is physically here on earth (He is always present spiritually) He’d be at the Pride Parade and talking to the people there and showing them the right way

Exactly. He would be there saying “I love you…repent.” It seems that the message of these pastors is “Jesus loves you…but keep on doing what your doing.”

That’s true. Jesus loves every single person who has condemned themselves to Hell because they chose to live a sinful lifestyle.

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