Over 300 protesters demanded the church stop a workshop.
Because they were trying to help girls confused by today’s schools and media.
And it could happen to your church … a pastor’s worst nightmare.
Let me explain…
Jesus had a lot to say about sexuality in the 4 gospels – as did the apostle Paul in his epistles…
But even discussing sexual and gender identity during a church-sponsored workshop is now taboo among progressive activists.
Recently we reported on the vitriol and vicious threats of physical harm unleashed against the pastor, his family, and the staff of Metro City Church – an Evangelical Covenant church in the downriver Detroit suburb of Riverview, Michigan.
Because they had announced a 6-week workshop called “Unashamed Identity Workshop” for girls aged 12 to 16 who are struggling with thoughts about whether they should identify as gay, bisexual, transgender … or “other.”
For this voluntary outreach ministry, death threats began streaming into the church office – on Facebook, Twitter, and Metro City’s phone lines…
Angry respondents threatened to shoot members of the church staff … and burn down their homes and the church.
They are accusing the church of conducting conversion therapy … in spite of the fact that the workshop requires parents to attend with their struggling teens.
In addition, the workshop:
- is totally voluntary
- is not coercive in any way
- is a conversation between parents and their teens … NOT conversion therapy
- is based on respectful dialogue
- is based on unconditional love and acceptance
The politicians are so incensed at the idea that teenage girls would willingly seek help … they’ve called for an investigation into the church for violating the Consumer Protection Act.
This law doesn’t apply, however … as the workshop is free.
Michigan state legislators have introduced House Bill 5550 … which would prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in efforts to change the sexual orientation and gender identity of a minor.
If passed, Michigan would be the 10th state – along with the District of Columbia – to have similar statutes.
The other 9 states that prohibit conversion therapy are California, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico, Illinois, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey.
About 300 protesters gathered on the church’s sidewalk on the first night of the workshop.
In spite of the opposition and continuing threats, pastor Jeremy Schossau isn’t backing down … the workshop is continuing.
Consider the Metro City Church ordeal with their workshop a wakeup call for all who hold to historical biblical teachings on marriage, gender identity and sexuality.
If the progressives haven’t yet come after you and your church … it’s only a matter of time.
Those who think they can avoid conflict by staying silent on these issues are mistaken…
Perhaps not today or this week … but at some point, we all will have to take a stand for what we believe.
Watch this 5-minute video of Pastor Schossau explaining the purposes of Metro Church’s workshop on sexual orientation and identity … and the firestorm of criticism he has received:
Also, here’s a link to metrocitychurch.tv. If you scroll down, there’s a 6-minute video of pastor Schossau explaining his vision for the local church … both his and yours. http://metrocitychurch.tv/
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