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Megachurch Pastor Says It’s ‘very unloving’ For Christians To Affirm LGBT Lifestyles

Megachurch Pastor Says It's 'very unloving' For Christians To Affirm LGBT Lifestyles

Megachurch Pastor Says It’s ‘very unloving’ For Christians To Affirm LGBT Lifestyles

Megachurch Pastor Says It’s ‘very unloving’ For Christians To Affirm LGBT Lifestyles

A Virginia megachurch pastor recently addressed questions about how Christians should respond to LGBT activism in today’s society, emphasizing the need of Christians “communicating truth in love” rather than endorsing their LGBT friends’ lifestyles.

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On June 8, Gary Hamrick, senior pastor of Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, participated in a question-and-answer session where he answered a variety of topics ranging from illegal immigration to religious exemptions to vaccine mandates.

During the discussion, one person asked how parents can guard their children against “the push for the acceptance of sexual fluidity in their generation and future peer groups.”

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“It’s unavoidable. All you can do as parents [is] pray a lot for your kids. And it is OK to shelter them as best as you can,” Hamrick replied. “You do your best and you trust God to protect their hearts and their minds in Christ Jesus.”

Hamrick said parents will often expose their children to ideas of gender fluidity and sexuality too early because they are fearful their children will be too “sheltered” from “the real world.”

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“You can shelter your kids as best as you can. And they’re still going to eventually have to come to grips with the evils of the world. But you don’t have to expose them at an early age. That’s what’s key,” Hamrick said. “When kids get exposed to things at an early age, that’s where it’s much more detrimental.”

Megachurch Pastor Says It’s ‘very unloving’ For Christians To Affirm LGBT Lifestyles

Hamrick encouraged parents to direct their kids to Bible passages such as Genesis 1:27, which reads, “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

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Another audience member asked: “How should Christians respond to LGBT friends who argue: ‘Love is love.’”

Hamrick replied, “if you really believe the Bible is the basis for your belief system, then you are going to recognize that God calls homosexuality sin.”

“And if you operate from that standard, from that description, from that definition, then it’s a matter of ‘how do I communicate truth In love?’” he said.

“Being loving is not denying the truth. That’s a very unloving thing. Being loving toward somebody is figuring out a sensitive way to communicate the truth. It’s a very unloving thing to say: ‘Well, I’m just going to affirm them and not really tell them the truth.’ So you’re not doing them any good, and you’re not being honest before the Lord or to yourself.”

Hamrick believes that “the Church has not done a very good job on this topic of homosexuality” because they fall into two “extremes.”

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Megachurch Pastor Says It’s ‘very unloving’ For Christians To Affirm LGBT Lifestyles

“[Churches are] either really harsh against homosexuals, or they’re … really affirming and [claim that] ‘it’s no big deal and God loves everybody,’” Hamrick said.

“And the truth is, it’s really easy to live in the extremes of life and to live in extreme conversations. I mean, that’s easy. What’s hard is to find that balance in the middle where you’re communicating the truth in love. And to affirm somebody in their sin is just lying to them.”

Hamrick said Christians might face backlash when sharing the Bible’s stance on homosexuality but encourages them to stand strong.

“They may not accept it. … But that’s not on you. What’s on you is ‘how can I communicate this with sensitivity and love, without affirming what is wrong?’” Hamrick said.

He stressed that sharing the truth about the Bible’s stance on sexuality can be challenging because “our world and our culture has now affirmed something that God does not.”

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“It’s really easy to confront someone, even if you do it in a loving way, about something that the culture and God both agree on” but challenging when “the culture is saying the opposite,” Hamrick said.

“Just the fact that you might hold the belief that homosexuality is wrong, you’re going to be labeled a hater, intolerant, a bigot,” he warned.

“You can’t control that. All you can control is: ‘I want to honor God and I want to always be truthful, and so I’m going to look for a gentle and sincere way to communicate truth when necessary when it comes up.”

Hamrick asserted that Christians shouldn’t “affirm anyone for whatever the sin might be.”

Megachurch Pastor Says It’s ‘very unloving’ For Christians To Affirm LGBT Lifestyles

“If somebody is a pathological liar, [and we tell them], ‘Well, that’s OK, everybody lies.’ Why are you saying that?” said Hamrick.

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“Or somebody is a gossip, or somebody is in premarital heterosexual sex, [and you say], ‘Well, that’s OK. You know, we all have urges.’ … Why are we compromising the truth for the sake of just appeasing people?”

Hamrick’s son, Austin Hamrick, the church’s assistant pastor, was on stage with his father during the Q&A event and said he disagrees with the phrase “Love is love.”

“The phrase: ‘Love is Love’ is not a very stable motto to stand on. I mean, I love a lot of things that are not beneficial for me. My daughter, she’s 4. She loves to run in the middle of the road. And if she just said, ‘Hey, love is love. Why would you infringe on what I love to do?’ Well, it’s because I know that there are harmful consequences to her love for running in the middle of the road,” Austin Hamrick said.

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“You love Krispy Kreme doughnuts,” he said to his father. “Now, to indulge in a lifestyle of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, there might be some harmful consequences to that.”

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The younger Hamrick said Christians should look to the Bible to find what is truly “good love.”

Within Scripture, Austin Hamrick said Christians can discover what “God says [about] how we should flourish in our sexuality and in relationships.”

“Love is love means you should affirm everything that I want or desire. … It’s not true love. True love is to will the good of another,” he added.

As the session neared the end, the Hamricks were asked about being attracted “to both genders” and if same-sex attraction is a sin.

Megachurch Pastor Says It’s ‘very unloving’ For Christians To Affirm LGBT Lifestyles

“There are a lot of things that we might be drawn to in our hearts. And the one thing that we have to guard against is acting on it,’ Gary Hamrick replied.

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“It’s one thing to have certain feelings, but the Bible [in] Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he said, ‘take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.’ So we need to rein in our thought-life.”

It is not uncommon for Christians to have “unnatural sinful thoughts,” Hamrick continued, but “the main thing” is “don’t act on it.”

“You don’t give in to it. You ‘take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.’ So at the thought level, as long as you are not taking it to a place of fantasy and lust, … that’s not going to be sinful. It’s at the behavioral level that it’s going to be sinful,” he added.

The senior pastor then quoted Martin Luther: “I cannot control the birds flying over my head, but I can control whether or not they make a nest in my hair.”

“There are a lot of things that are going to come in my head, and I can’t always control that. And some of those desires or thoughts are wrong,” Hamrick stressed.

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“But the main thing is, don’t let it take root. Don’t let it nest and don’t act on it. That’s the main thing. Fight those thoughts and those desires that aren’t pleasing to the Lord.”

 

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Dr Abel Damina Was Wrong For Saying This About Dunsin Oyekan’s Song

Dr Abel Damina Was Wrong For Saying This About Dunsin Oyekan's Song

Dr Abel Damina Was Wrong For Saying This About Dunsin Oyekan’s Song

Trending on the internet is a video of Dr. Abel Damina who is known for his controversial take on issues concerning the body of Christ and is seen by many as a heretic or controversial preacher saying the song Channels Of My Spirit by Dunsin Oyekan is unscriptural. This has caused a mixed reaction from ministers, musicians and the general audience who are for or against Abel Damina’s take.

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However, looking at the revelation behind the song, we would agree that Dr Abel did not understand the context. In the video below he referred to the channel as a frequency, not as a pathway for a body of water. The Bible says in JOHN 7:37b -39 feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.’” 39He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified

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OUR TAKE 

A channel in the spirit could mean a pathway by which we reflect the embodiment of the Holy Spirit in us, in our everyday life, jobs, academics, careers and ministry that will in turn make others give glory to God. Anything that affords you the privilege to reflect the God in You is a channel of the Spirit. The Bible says by their fruits we shall know them.

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Watch the video to have a full grasp of the concept and revelation behind this song which is proof that Dr. Abel was incorrect for berating the sanctity and revelation behind the song.  Above all, let love lead!! Let us refrain from the bathers on social media and pray for one another.

 

 

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Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile After Years Of Feud

Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile After Years Of Feud

Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile After Years Of Feud

Good news to the body of Christ in Nigeria as the much anticipated reconciliation between Apostle Arome Osayi and Apostle Mike Orokpo took place on the 3rd of June, 2024. This was made possible by the intervention of great servants of God such as Dr Akpami (the spiritual father of Apostle Arome Osayi), Dr. Paul Enenche who was revealed to have played a major role in this regard. Other men of God involved include; Pastor David Ogbueli and Evangelist Anthony Ogbuche.

We are happy to see this happen after a long time, but this is much expected as the highest expression of Priesthood is Love!!. The enemy is fighting against the body causing discord and bringing many into contention and completion . But, if we stand together as a whole body united and in love we will defeat the enemy.

Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile

He has agenda to make the house divide against itself, for the scripture to be fulfilled. In Matthew 15:25 ‘Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. Therefor, anything that brings about unity and peace amongst shepherd must be encouraged.

Thus, we  are on body and we serve the Living God! See the Official post in the Image below;

THE ZARIA RECONCILIATION AND PEACE ACCORD.
We bless the name of the Lord of peace Himself who has brought peace between his servants Apostle Arome Osayi and Apostle Orokpo Michael.
The meeting which held on Monday June 3, 2024 in Zaria was specially summoned by Apostle Arome’s father in the Lord, Dr. John Akpami, the heavenly arbitrator who saw off all matters in a most Holy Ghost charged atmosphere of love after a blunt session of truth revelations and discernment.
Special appreciation to Dr. Paul Enenche who did everything within his powers to ensure that the meeting holds to bring the needed peace to the both parties cum the body of Christ.

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Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile

Heart felt gratitude also to Dr David Ogbueli, Evangelist Sunday Ogwuche and all the fathers of faith who insisted on the reconciliatory initiative.
What our hearts longed for, our eyes have seen today.
We are eye witnesses of these things.
Jesus is Lord forevermore.
May be an image of 2 people
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Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Late Pastor Ezekiel Atang Burial and Service Of Songs 

The body of late Pastor Ezekiel Atang, the Presiding Pastor of God’s House of Refuge, Uyo laid to rest in his hometown.

The Pastor died on Sunday, February 20, 2022, while in active pastoral duties at Onitsha, Anambra where he was invited to a 3-day crusade. READ HERE

The late cleric kicked off his final home journey on Wednesday, March 31 with a Service of Songs at the church auditorium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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There was a lying-in-state on Thursday, March 31 at the church premises by 8 am while a funeral service was held at the Ibom Hall Ground, which was attended by the state governor, Udom Emmanuel and other clerics.

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

However, Some of the guests include the governor of Akwa Ibom state, Rev Dr Uma Ukpai, Dr Pasul Enenche and Many others.

MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL FIND ETERNAL REST IN THE LORD

See pictures below.

             

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Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

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