Time to come out from among them: Mega-church 'pastor' comes out
The founder and pastor of a Georgia megachurch said Saturday that the September suicide of a Rutgers University student was the tipping point for his decision to come out of the closet to his congregation.
"For some reason, his situation was kind of the tipping point with me," said Jim Swilley, who calls himself a bishop. "There comes a point in your life where you say - how much time do we have left in our lives? Are we going to be authentic or not?"
Swilley, 52, said that he has known he is gay since childhood, but that he never thought he would live openly. He came out recently after more than 20 years of marriage to his former wife, who continues to work at their church.
"At a certain point, you are who you are," said Swilley, who has four children from two marriages....
""At a certain point, you are who you are," said Swilley"
Yea, at a certain point, by God's grace you come to recognize yourself for the sinner you are. Then by God's grace you repent. Then by God's grace who you are is a sinner saved by grace unto a life of holiness. No longer a servant of sin, but a servant of righteousness.
The sin that indwells in all men's hearts is disgusting! We can not be snobbish and think that this man is so radically sinful that he should not be in the church. HE IS NOT QUALIFIED FOR ELDER!!! But his place is to repent and sit under the true preaching of the word of God. "Coming out" is nothing more than saying, "I am openly non-repenting from this sin." He should be excommunicated and treated as a gentile. We should seek to share the gospel with him. It is a sad day when the false prophets take the front stage. As those who are truly of Abraham it is important that we share the entirety of God's word, including sin, judgment, hell, and the only way of salvation (Faith in Jesus Christ).
And I thought the article was going to be about a church telling people to come out from among the pagans, or a church telling its members to quit going to its services/programs, as Harold Camping has been recommending for years! But, since it is about gay pastors, it makes me wonder how many other churches, large or small, have similar cases. In a strange way, this might be a good thing--to reveal more of these pastors, so that the members can make a decision. You could also say that Roman Catholics are sitting in the aisles in judgment, saying--and you thought we had a lot of gay priests!
I briefly went to their church web-site and I noticed immediately their emphasis that "everyone" is welcome! My first thought was everyone except Christ. I agree with Wayfare and will paraphrase MacArthur when he was asked what he thought about Christian churches ordaining homosexuals. He simply responded that never occurs!
"Swilley, 52, said that he has known he is gay since childhood, but that he never thought he would live openly."
Another church that is not a church.
Lust instead of God's Scripture.
Satan wins again.
As we observe the church disappear from western society, we see the alternative evil replace it.
Sodom and Gomorah is a church near you in these end times.
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
The wrath of God is the sign we perceive in these abominations today.
I agree Rufus. [URL=http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=92807123612]]]The Bible Says Homosexuality is Sin[/URL].
I wouldn't be surprised though that this congregation like that of Charles Stanley, who had different problems but also disqualified him for a leadership role, will demand that he stay, or at least the majority of them, and yielding to the voice of the people, he won't give up his position of power. One would hope this congregation is different.