An Oregon church had a bit of excitement last Sunday when a heckler interrupted their service.
In a livestream clipped by Pink News, an unidentified man walked in front of the service members and called openly gay Pastor Don Frueh an “abomination.” He wore a shirt that read “FEAR GOD.”
“Listen up: I’m here to tell you that homosexuality is wrong, and what you’re doing is wrong,” said the protester to the Parkrose Community United Church of Christ. “I want you to step down … homosexuality is an abomination of God. There’s a reason God made people male and female. You are here because a man and a woman had sex. You’re not here because two guys had sex, you’re not here because two girls had sex. It’s wrong and it has no place in God’s house.”
People of the church responded, telling him to leave if he didn’t like the church’s message of LGBT-inclusivity.
“You need to sit down and enjoy the service. We’re welcoming you. If you don’t like what we’re saying, then you’re welcome to leave,” they said. “You can not disrespect my pastor or the church.”
Then the man left, saying “I can’t find a wife in this homosexual city.”
The pastor then led a prayer to let the protester’s “hurt to be healed. And if there’s any way we can be part of that healing, please let us be that healer.”
He continued: “We can’t just go on (with the service), we have to understand we live in a time where there’s lots of differences that create anger. We are not — underline three times — people of anger, we are people of love. That does not mean we have to set ourselves up for abuse, but it means we need to remember what Jesus taught us, and you’re going to see a lot about that this very morning. In a way, I couldn’t have arranged that to happened that way … but I want you to understand, and I want to thank everybody who helped us deal with the situation in a way that was as respectful as possible without allowing us to be abused.”
Check out the video, uploaded by PinkNews, here.