Pastor Michael Demastus of Ft. Des Moines Church of Christ found himself embroiled in the midst of a controversy when he planned to preach on homosexuality this Sunday.  He changed the church’s sign (see on the right) to say “Gay is not okay” on Wednesday morning to promote the upcoming message.

Now a protest has been planned before the service.  He has since changed the marquee to read “adultery is not ok.”

He didn’t get it changed before some decided to add their thoughts to the church sign as you can also see from the picture as well.

Demastus told The Des Moines Register that he knew the title was provocative, but he didn’t expect the reaction he has received.  He forwarded three of some of the most recent emails that he has received:

What’s wrong with you? Why do you have so much hate in your heart? If you didn’t have so much hate in your heart, there would be room for God in there.

You should be ashamed of yourself. You wonder why there’s a so-called assault on Christianity in America? It’s because of people like you! You give good Christians a bad name.

I will pray for your salvation, but I fear you aren’t willing to make room in your heart for God’s love.

That was one of the tamer ones…  The next two are not so tame:

Its because of f**ked up people like you on why our world is so bad! I’m glad you have shown your true colors! You are going to hell! Oh yea- and do you think god doesn’t love gay people? F**k you! (astricks added by me)

This person sent two emails:

COWARDS!!!! You are brave enough to display such a disgusting sign but you are too weak to answer your critics? GOD HATES BIGOTS!

Your so-called ‘church’ is disgusting. By posting this sign you are teach nothing but hate and ignorance. Time and time again it is proven that churches such as yours are full of heretics. You, your church and its congregation have not been chosen…you’re not even close.

One email he received came with his home address with the message, “I hope you feel safe at home.”  That was when Pastor Demastus decided it was time to change the sign, but not the sermon.  It wasn’t worth the potential threat against his family.

It is amazing to me how those who proclaim tolerance act in the most vitriolic and hateful ways.  To threaten violence because you disagree with somebody?  To potentially disrupt a church service because you disagree with the topic at hand?

While the church sign was provocative, the message is true.  Homosexuality is a sin.  Being gay (more specifically acting on that temptation) is not ok.  I find the email that called Pastor Demastus and those who teach homosexuality as sinful heretics.  It would be heretical to teach anything different.  That is what the Bible teaches.  We can’t reinterpret it just because some in our culture believes differently.

What the homosexual community and those who have been indoctrinated by “diversity training” is that true tolerance requires disagreement.  It would be great is those emailing Pastor Demastus and the church would learn that and practice true tolerance as they are the ones who are being hateful.

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6 comments
  1. Pastor Demastus is being truthful! He has no hate in his heart, except the hate for sin. Those people that threatened him should be ashamed of themselves. This is how society works now, if someone disagrees with you they get in you face and intimidate or threaten you or family. They are the cowards!

  2. True followers of Christ will not bow down to the mask of tolerance. We are to love all people. That is commanded by G-d. And STILL the Holy Word of G-d list homosexuality AS sin.
    If you say it is in your genes, you would be probably correct, just as it is in my genes. Along with the ability to be a murderer, a thief, a gossiper, a liar, etc …. we are all a part of the fallen creation.
    For ALL have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of G-d. Romans 3:23

  3. While the church sign was provocative, the message is true.  Homosexuality is a sin.  Being gay (more specifically acting on that temptation) is not ok.

    Although I applaud the pastor for his courage, I have two problems with his approach:

    1) Lack of specificity (as you mentioned).  The homosexual orientation (as opposed to sinful homosexual acts) is an emotional illness.  So, making the generic statement “gay is not OK” might be viewed by some as something like “diabetes is not OK.”  If you’re going to go all out on a particular topic, you need to make sure you have your message straight.  Perhaps a better (positive) approach would have been to title the message: “Sex is holy and ordained by God to be between a husband and wife.” Then you can go into other details during the sermon.  

    2) Is this really something appropriate to even advertise on a church sign?  It just makes it super-easy for Satan to fire potshots and to take the entire message out of context.  Far better to keep the opposition “guessing” about your plans than giving them easy ammunition IMO.    

    I find the email that called Pastor Demastus and those who teach homosexuality as sinful heretics.  It would be heretical to teach anything different.  That is what the Bible teaches.  We can’t reinterpret it just because some in our culture believes differently.

    Sure we can.  The only absolutes are what liberals want to believe.  😉  Besides, who cares about thousands of years of human history.  The illuminati think they’re smarter than everyone else who’s ever roamed the planet.  

    What the homosexual community and those who have been indoctrinated by “diversity training” is that true tolerance requires disagreement.  It would be great if those emailing Pastor Demastus and the church would learn that and practice true tolerance as they are the ones who are being hateful.

    Oh, they’re tolerant toward everyone who agrees with them.  Their message has always been: “You can agree with us, or you can be wrong!”  In reality, they wouldn’t know tolerance if it disrobed in front of them!  😉

  4. I agree with you that the Bible is clear on its teachings of homosexual acts being sinful. My question, however, is as followers of Christ how can we best love our brothers and sisters who are caught in sin? It is obvious that posting a sign such as that is going to stir up a great deal of conflict. A sign like that is only going to generate more hate and stir the fire against the Christian church even more. If the pastor’s true intentions were to draw the homosexual community in and engage in a loving manner he did the exact opposite. I think that sign created irreparable damage as well and pushed the gay community even farther away from the church. As a Christian who strives to live out what the Bible teaches, this makes me very angry and embarrassed.

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