Megachurch Leader Rejects Bigot Pastor Dad: Church Should Be The ‘Safest Place On The Planet’ For Gays

Andy Stanley, the Evangelical pastor of megachurch North Point Ministries in Atlanta, has spoken against his pastor father Charles Stanley, the anti-gay leader of First Baptist Church Atlanta.

In direct opposition to his father’s views, Andy’s revolutionary message to Christians is that church should be considered the “safest place on the planet” for young gay people and that the religion needed to stop chasing them away. Andy also urged followers to stop looking at their religion through a political lens. He remarked:

“We just need to decide from now on in our churches when a Middle School kid comes out to his small group leader or a high school young lady comes out to her parents. We just need to decide, regardless of what you think about this topic — no more students are going to feel like they have to leave the local church because they’re same-sex attracted or because they’re gay. That ends with us.”

“There is not consensus in this room when it comes to same-sex attraction. There is not consensus in this room when it comes to gay marriage. We just can’t continue to look into the filter of our politics at our spirituality. Its got to be the other way around … and specifically when it comes to this issue.”

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In stark contrast are pastor Charles Stanley’s feelings on homosexuality. Previously, older Stanley hired armed security guards to protect his church from gay pride marchers and called AIDS God’s punishment for accepting the “destructive behavior” of homosexuality. According to Charles, accepting homosexuals is “disobedience to God.”

Andy, on the other hand, has a much different message for Christians – instead of focusing on these culture wars, be a true example of the messages in biblical teachings:

“If all the Christians for just one year, would quit looking at porn, would quit smoking weed, would quit having premarital sex, would quit committing adultery, would pay their taxes, and every church just foster one kid — in one year our nation would feel different.

“There are so many Christians, so basically — if we would just be better Christians, everything we would like to see changed for the most part would change.”

Andy, whose own megachurch is considered “gay-friendly,” has also publicly opposed “religion freedom” laws that allow LGBT individuals to be discriminated against on grounds of religious beliefs.

“Serving people we don’t see eye to eye with is the essence of Christianity. Jesus died for a world with which he didn’t see eye to eye. If a bakery doesn’t want to sell its products to a gay couple, it’s their business — literally. But leave Jesus out of it.”

“Jesus taught that if a person is divorced and gets remarried, it’s adultery. So if (Christians) don’t have a problem doing business with people getting remarried, why refuse to do business with gays and lesbians?”

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