“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matt. 5:10-12).
Metro City Church, a non-denominational church in Michigan, is facing a fierce backlash from angry LGBT activists after daring to host a group meeting for teen girls struggling with issues of sexual orientation or gender identity.
According to ChristianPost.com, “[the] controversy stems from Metro City Church announcing [in] a now-deleted Facebook post that it will be hosting an Unashamed Identity Workshop, made for ‘girls only (by birth), 12-16 years old, for those struggling with the thoughts that they are trans, bi, gay or other. It doesn’t have to be this way.’” In response, head pastor Jeremy Schossau said, “the church has been targeted by ‘unbelievable hate, vulgarity; filled with stuff that I just can’t understand or believe.’ The pastor said that people have “‘threatened to kill me and my family, to burn my house down, burn our church down,’ describing the developments as ‘absolutely crazy.’”
Unfortunately, this type of response isn’t that surprising. It’s the face of the new tolerance. In a culture that either hates truth or denies that there is such a thing, speakers of truth can expect to be met with retaliation.
Please join us in keeping Pastor Schossau, his family, and Metro City Church in your prayers.