A crowd of sodomy supporters gathered outside Crossroads Church two days ago to protest what they describe as “anti trans’ comments made by one of the speakers during last week’s service, resulting in the Church backing down and issuing an apology to satiate the woke mob and their own frustrated and riled up congregants.
A week before, the multi-site megachurch that has 10 campuses across Ohio and Kentucky (yes, the same church we featured last month that had a trainer breaking a wild horse onstage for a live sermon illustration) invited David Mahan to take the stage and speak about gender transitioning and identity.
Mahan is the Director of Policy with the Center for Christian Virtue and gave an excellent sermon from a conservative, Christian viewpoint on the topic, such as why puberty blockers being forced on families and children is a bad idea, and how putting pressure on parents to give in to their kid’s demands in order “save their life” was immense, noting:
“If you have a child struggling with gender dysphoria (such as a girl thinking she’s a boy) and you go to a clinic in this area, eventually you’ll get down to brass tacks on if you want a dead daughter or a live son.”
Likewise, Mahan drew some excellent parallels by asking the congregation how they would respond and what they would do if a teen that was battling anorexia came to them and told them she was suicidal because she was too fat.
“What is your response? Affirmation, or do you try to get her distorted mentality of herself to line up with her biological reality? What do we do? And if we do the latter, why wouldn’t we do it with the same dysphoric condition of transgender?
When he was finished speaking, many members got up and cheered, giving him a standing ovation, while another faction of the congregants, all of them likely lost and going to hell, got up and left.
The Cincinnati Inquirer reports that one attendee was “devastated and shocked” by the message:
“It felt like the rug was being ripped out from underneath me. I came here thinking it truly was an affirming, accepting church. And sitting inside that service last week, I was appalled, disgusted, and then devastated to see how many people stood up in ovation to the message.
Upon hearing this, various queer folk and allies organized a ‘Pop-up Pride Event’ at the church- a developing phenomenon that is becoming more and more popular as society becomes less tolerant- in order to protest them and their alleged homophobia and transphobia.
Organizer Jack Croft explained the purpose of their protest :
“The problem with Crossroads is their stance on LGBTQIA+ issues, and people, is very unclear publicly. If this happened at like the Westboro Baptist Church, we wouldn’t have a demonstration because their views are very well-known. But many people think Crossroads is pro-LGBTQ.
Hit with the backlash, the church purged their website and social media of any mention of David, his organization, their message, and issued a statement of apology (1).
During Sunday’s message, Senior Pastor Brian Tome addressed the controversy during the service, reading a prepared statement that said in part:
“I invited a man to speak on children transitioning to a different sex prior to puberty. Having that as a topic wasn’t a mistake. What was a mistake was that with such a sensitive and complex topic, our community deserved to hear biblically rooted teaching from me first instead of someone outside our community who is connected to a very polarizing institution. My regret and my apology is that I didn’t more formally vet the content and the organization. I should have been the one to deliver a message like that.”
He went on to say that they affirmed the notion of biblical marriage, but that “we have never and we will never mobilize our church around the politics of sexuality.” Tome also explained that their Church was charting a “middle ground” on the topic, offering up a completely incoherent and biblically untenable position:
We’re in the radical middle of an understanding on things such as sexuality that don’t fit into either side of the polarizing political paradigm of America. We aren’t trying to be in the middle, but Biblical teaching doesn’t fit purely in the right or the left. People leave Crossroads because we won’t marry two people of the same sex and then people leave Crossroads because we will baptize or dedicate children of same-sex parents. I’ve had conversations with people who don’t like that gay people can serve in our children’s ministry.
“People have left over that decision and people leave over the decision we have made that there are certain leadership positions that are closed to a sexually active gay person just as (to) a heterosexual who is having sex outside of marriage.
“This radical middle position confuses people because we don’t hear what we want to hear in sound bite form and then come to faulty conclusions like us not hiring gay-owned businesses or vendors. That’s not true, we do. Or that we’re not teaching the Bible. That’s not true, we do, just maybe not in the way some understand it.”
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