Pastor Andy Stanley on gay youth
Pastor Andy Stanley: Churches Should be ‘Safest Place on Planet’ for Gay Youth (Photo Credit: Andy Stanley/North Point Community Church via Facebook)

Pastor Andy Stanley on gay youth

Atlanta megachurch pastor Andy Stanley says the church should be the “safest place on the planet” for gay youth “to talk about anything.” Um, this is sure to irk right wing evangelical Franklin Graham. But then again, he may not care, since North Point Community Church donates a lot of money to his charity Samaritan’s Purse.

“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,” said Stanley. “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.”

Stanley acknowledged that there was a diversity of views on homosexuality and gay marriage among his audience, but felt that regardless of these differences churches, as a collective, can create safe space for gay youth.

“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,” said Stanley.

“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.” Source: Christian Post

I fully expect all the right wing evangelical wingnuts to freak out over Andy Stanley’s remarks. But Jesus didn’t turn his back on a prostitute, I am pretty sure he wouldn’t turn his back on anyone.

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