Renton Pastor Rebukes Anti-Gay Bullies

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...Tickle fights?
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When will SLOG cover the hundreds of local Christian pastors who already are accepting of gays and lesbians, as well as the countless churches of many denominations where gay and lesbian men and women are active as parishioners and leaders? Or the many local gay and lesbian pastors themselves? Seems funny that Stranger/SLOG "rediscovers" these facts over and over through the years.
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@2 Name some names. Email the Stranger staff and tell them who they should be writing about. I sincerely doubt that they are out every day looking for pro-gay churches and pastors. Want to see something covered on Slog? Send a tip like everyone else. Obviously they are not opposed to covering this topic.
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@2 - This has been covered ad nauseum. The point made every time by the Stranger staff (or more specifically, Dan Savage) is that those pastors need to be louder than the bigots and take a more active role in condemning those people. Seems funny that you "forget" all those posts so easily.
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@4 And my hunch is that you will find those pastors at smaller, mainstream Protestant churches in the area, not larger operations like Mars Hill which almost unanimously tend to be ultra-conservative, typically have a larger media presence and greater resources to spread their message. So if someone out there does want to highlight the work of a pro-gay church or pastor, point media outlets in their direction. There is no shortage of people willing to sing the praises of Ken Hutcherson or Mark Driscoll, and they get a lot of media exposure, even here.
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nonetheless, good post, and good on that pastor for speaking up.
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Hernandez is right--if you have a tip, share it. We don't bite. We like good stories.

@6 -- Thanks! Rev. Braxton is definitely a nice guy. He gave me a lot of time on the phone.
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Another quote from the clip above: "The church is creating the toxic waste to create these religious frankensteins. And I was part of that tradition." An important ownership of responsibility, and message to his congregation that its time for the bullying to stop. Yes, other pastors are there, but not too many that started out where he did, as the "bully in the pulpit."
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"We created the dogma that created all the bullies that went out and have kids killing themselves."

QFT. Anti-gay bigotry (and possibly racism and misogyny) would have much less traction (dare one hope that it would not exist?) without the support given it by the determined efforts of the few (desperately seeking support in a few biblical passages to further their agendas), and the lack of effort by the many to "love their neighbour as themself". Thankfully things finally seem to be changing.
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I am a firm believer we should hate the sin but, love the sinner into right understanding and relationship with the Lord and His Word. Why would you allow anyone you love to parish by not being truthful about GOD'S WORD. He is Holy!! by all standards. This is clearly an abomination against GOD.
Romans 1:25-32 Romans 6:23 also I can get more Scripture for you if needed. When Mosses came down of the Mt. After meeting with the Lord Israel was doing all kinds of ungodly things (Sin). Mosses prayed please don't destroy them. The key to that is he acknowledged their Sin he didn't sweep it under a rug just because he loved them. NUGGET!!

Minister D.
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Romans 1:21-32 Romans 6:23
We should LOVE THE SINNER BUT, HATE THE SIN AND THAT GOES FOR ALL SIN NOT JUST
GAY OR LESBIAN LIFE STYLES. IF YOU SEE ANYONE MISS GUIDED IN THE WORD OF GOD. IT IS OUR DUTY AS BELIEVERS TO LOVE THEM BACK IN RIGHT RELATIONSHIP. We need to be honest with people if they want to live like JESUS CALLED US TO LIVE WE CANNOT HAVE SAME SEX SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS PERIOD. YOU MAY DESIRE IT BUT YOU JUST CAN'T DO IT. IT'S SIN AND SIN IS WRONG!! See Scripture above.