Brownsville Revival leader, protest group attend LGBT Pride Charlotte (photos)
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On August 31, 2011, Dr. Michael Brown from the Brownsville Revival shared several articles regarding his involvement with the “God Has a Better Way” protest group and their time sharing the Gospel with the LGBT community during the Pride Charlotte event. Additionally, the group “Jeremiah’s Call” and Justin Edwards of “Project Pride Charlotte” shared numerous photos from the event through the social media networking sites Facebook and Google Plus. On August 30, 2011, Michael Brown wrote an article for the site Town Hall Conservative titled “Bad Reporting, Bias, or Both at the Charlotte Observer,” Michael Brown states in the article that his group’s participation in the event, where they demonstrated random acts of kindness by giving out bottled water and tracts, were either ignored or grossly distorted by local media.
Michael Brown pointed out that they didn’t attend the event with a “hellfire and brimstone or repent or burn” message but rather one of love and acceptance. A closer look at the “Jeremiah’s Call” Facebook photo album seems to question that interpretation, however, as one commenter repeatedly asked attendees if they took the time to speak to some of the more colorful participants or just took their photos to add to their album. Some also argue that the very premise of telling members of the LGBT community that “God Has a Better Way” indicating that their way is wrong or not approved of by God is synonymous with the “repent or burn” message. Michael Brown issued a statement in 2006 to the LGBT community where he stated, “We understand, of course, that in your eyes, our Biblical convictions constitute hate, and it is hurtful to us that you feel that way. The fact is that we really do love you- more than you realize or understand- and because we love you, we will continue to speak the truth, knowing that it is the truth that sets people free. Love does what is right, even when it is scorned, mocked and ridiculed.
“Many of you speak of your devotion to Jesus and tell us that if we were true Christians we would accept you as you are, and we do not doubt your sincerity. But Jesus did not simply accept us as we are. He died to change us! That is the greatest expression of sacrificial love. It is true that he says to us,’ Come as you are,’ but His invitation is always to come and be changed.”
Continuing, Michael Brown states, “And so, we will not stop loving you, even if you call us bigots, even if you claim we are depriving you of your civil rights, even if you mock us and call us Bible ranters. We will pray for you and fast for you and reach out to you and suffer alongside of you. Whether you understand it or not, we are here to help.”
The photos in the Facebook and Google Plus albums show a large number of members of the group wearing red tee-shirts emblazoned with www.godhasabetterway.com as they speak to attendees. One woman who frequently took issue with the photos on the Jeremiah’s Call Facebook group asked her friends to leave comments on the conservative group “One News Now” article titled, “When Drag Queens Lead the Way.” That article was also written by Brownsville Revival leader and teacher Dr. Michael Brown and challenges the “Family Friendliness” of such a public event.
What do you think about the issue of homosexuality and Christianity in general? Can Christians be gay or are all homosexuals doomed to hell? Does the Bible have any leeway when it comes to homosexuality and do you think calling homosexuality a sin constitutes hate speech?
What is your opinion of groups like “God Has a Better Way” speaking at events like Pride Charlotte?
Justin Edwards: Project Pride Charlotte Google Plus (photos)
Jeremiah’s Call 2011 Charlotte Pride photo album
Still Out Photography LGBT: 2011 Pride Charlotte
Dr. Michael Brown Statement to the Gay and Lesbian Community (PDF)