- While the LGBT is open to everyone's opinion, we do not understand how a baptist preacher can say we are not Christians.
- Some preachers abuse their 1st amendment rights by blatantly twisting God's word to preach what they want.
- Several pastors and churches have realized the mistake they have made by blasting LGBT, thus resulting in apologies at pride events, at rallies, etc.
Some pastors have a wicked and warped interpretation of scripture and religion. In my previous blog post Hatred Towards LGBT People By Those Who Are Not Knowledgeable About LGBT Issues, I talked about the misunderstanding of LGBT individuals by uneducated people, and the hatred that is shown. This post was quickly shared by LGBT individuals, Pride organizations, and several local activists and advocates. With this blog post being shared so rapidly and so broadly, this has drawn scrutiny from several groups, and anti-LGBT individuals.
One group out of Lubbock, Texas, Lubbock Pride, shared my blog post because they knew it contained valuable information about the issues the LGBT community faces daily. Stephen Miller, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Lubbock, made comments on this post about the sins that the LGBT community commit every day.
While the LGBT is open to everyone’s opinion, and we listen to everything being said, and most of us have civil conversations (at times its hard, because of the hatred thrown at us), we do not understand how a baptist preacher can say we are not Christians, we are fooling ourselves, or that God will not listen to our prayers if we are LGBT.
Statements made by this pastor Mr. Miller includes:
“When you all stop trying to recruit teenagers into your wicked way of life, I will leave you all alone. When you all stop going into public libraries and doing your Drag Queen Story Hour with five and six-year-old kids, I will leave you alone.”
Local Ally/Activist response: “1) There’s nothing wicked about it 2) we don’t recruit, because God makes people who they are; you can’t change who people are, no matter how hard you try, it just damages them forever 3)if a drag queen can teach a kid to read, while learning how to be accepting of other humans, I’m all for it. You are the one that is proselytizing and trying to make people believe things out of fear, rather than love and trying to prevent people from being who they are through the evils of conversion therapy. Our existence comes from a foundation of love and acceptance, while your actions come from bigotry and hatred.”
The LGBT community is not forcing their lifestyle on everyone. We are not forcing kids to be LGBT. This goes back to my previous blog. The hatred towards LGBT is because of not being educated about the issues and simply judging and criticizing based on your beliefs, not knowledge of the situation.
Stephen Miller: “If you are “married” to a woman (which I did not know by the way) then you are in a relationship that needs to be terminated immediately. That is not my opinion. That is the clear teaching of God’s word. Anyone who tells you otherwise is both a deceiver and a liar!”
The pastor is saying to get a divorce, which in turn, going by his own words about religion, would be a sin. As this preacher mainly goes by the Old Testament, divorce is sinful, or if the person started seeing someone new, in Texas they would be committing adultery.
Stephen Miller: “Actually, I will be present on your day of judgment if you do not repent of your sinful ways, and turn to the LORD. And He will actually call me to testify”
With this sentence, he states God will call on him on Judgment Day, which means when this person dies, Mr. Stephen Miller would also have to die to be called to testify. As judgment is done only by God, and God will listen and if you repent of your sins, you will be forgiven, as Jesus died for everyone’s sins. But this guy says he will be present on your Judgment Day.
Stephen Miller: “If you are in this are a type of lifestyle, then save your prayers…because the LORD will not hear them.”
He is a pastor and in the previous statement says to repent and pray that you will find your way, and all must repent for you to be forgiven, etc., but in this statement he says God will not listen to their prayers. So he is telling everyone to turn away from prayer, turn away from God if you choose this lifestyle. And even if you pray for forgiveness and ask God to guide you in the correct path, he says that God will not listen to the prayers. As he puts it, “The LORD will not hear them.” How can he be preaching to repent and become Christian and then in the next statement say to save your prayers because the Lord will not hear them?
Local Ally/Activist: “Why would an all-powerful God need your testimony to determine what he does? It sounds like you are a serious religious narcissist. You have no right to judge or testify against any one of God’s children.”
Another comment made: “you know who has truly testified on God’s behalf is not you. It’s those that have truly walked in the footsteps of God who have loved as God would love. Those are the ones I think he will call on more than the one that sins just as much as he claims I do.”
Stephen Miller: “The LORD loved you enough to die for you. But you have to admit that your sin is indeed sin. If you say that it isn’t sinning, you make Him out to be a liar! “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and the truth is not in us.” (I John 1:9-10)”
No one said they are not sinning. I myself admit I am sinning, but as I state, I know God will forgive me as he will forgive all sins that are asked and acknowledge. Jesus died on the cross for everyone’s sins, everyone is born of sin. How would you be able to repent a sin that you were born of, of which you have no knowledge?
He then goes on to blast a pro-LGBT pastor in Lubbock, TX about being inclusive and allowing LGBT to be in his church without judgment. The thing is, Jesus says in the New Testament, “Love thy neighbor like thy love thyself, Love everyone as God loves you.” This is the ultimate commandment.
The Bible also states in several passages:
Let the one be free of sin, cast the first stone.
Do not judge lest ye be judged.
Do not judge others, for every judgment you give you will be judged in return.
How can a preacher sit here, preaching his wicked and warped interpretation of the Bible and his religion, saying everyone is sinning and going to hell, but in turn is breaking rules and laws, and sinning himself?
In Leviticus, it states:
Do not cut your hair
Do not shave your face.
Do not drink caffeinated drinks
Mr. Miller is clean-shaven, bald, and drinks coffee
In other parts of the Bible, it states:
Love thy neighbor as thy love thyself
Well, he must hate himself, because he seems to hate everyone else.
And yet in other parts of the Bible, it states:
Do not judge lest ye be judged.
Let thee be free of sin cast the first stone.
Do not judge others.
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
But then he states you are sinning while sinning thyself by judging others and judging unjust. Then he says he will be the one called to testify when you are judged.
This in itself is unjust. As God judges, I don’t think an all-powerful God would need others to judge others when he states clearly that others are not allowed to judge others.
Some preachers abuse their 1st amendment rights by blatantly twisting God’s word to preach what they want. They judge others and say they are going to hell, while they hypocritically preach verses aimed at the issue while ignoring verses about what they are doing. And in turn, they are spreading and spewing hatred at individuals, while stating it is God’s word; Enacting violence and spreading hatred with every 1st amendment right, while saying the people they are talking about have no rights.
But don’t say anything about 1st amendment rights, or these people will state you are trying to block their right to free speech when you simply state your opinion about the way they are using their rights.
Everyone is entitled to free speech and this is why I am allowed to write this blog post, and report on what is done. I do not want to infringe rights, I want equal rights for all. But I think some people extend these rights to allow hatred and violence toward others.
Several pastors and churches have realized the mistake they have made by blasting LGBT, thus resulting in apologies at pride events, at rallies, etc. Mr. Stephen Miller has blatantly been blasting these churches and pastors for their inclusion of LGBT and their support of the LGBT community.