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New Life Church hero says she was asked to leave because she's gay
FOX 31 KDVR - DENVER ^ | 2011.02.28 at 06:53 AM MST | by Web Staff

Posted on 02/28/2011 9:26:48 AM PST by ironwill

COLORADO SPRINGS - The security guard who saved lives by shooting a gunman at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs has apparently been asked to leave.

In December 2007, Jeanne Assam - working as a volunteer security guard - shot Matthew Murray after he killed two people outside the church. He killed two others the night before at a training center for Christian missionaries in Arvada.

Assam was honored for her quick action. Murray likely would’ve killed more people at the church if she had not shot him repeatedly then pinned him down.

Assam says last year when she told church leaders she is gay, she was asked to leave the church.

New Life pastor Brady Boyd told the Colorado Springs Gazette the report is untrue. "We would never tell someone to leave because of their sexual orientation," Boyd says. "Jeanne will always be a hero at New Life."

Assam gave a speech on Saturday, February 19 at the Pride Center’s annual masquerade ball, a fundraiser for the gay community in Colorado Springs.

The Gazette reports she spoke of the pressures society places on gay people.

New Life Church was in the national spotlight in 2006 when Pastor Ted Haggard left after admitting he had had a relationship with a male escort in Denver.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; assam; christians; gunman; hero; homosexualagenda; leo; religion; sin
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If it's true that she was asked to leave because of her sexual orientation, then this wrong. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone, not those who live a life you disagree with. This church just turned away a person who needs redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ. This is a shame.
1 posted on 02/28/2011 9:26:50 AM PST by ironwill
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To: ironwill

She is a liar.


2 posted on 02/28/2011 9:30:18 AM PST by svcw (God in His own time not ours)
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To: ironwill

I hope you’re joking.


3 posted on 02/28/2011 9:31:26 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: svcw
She is a liar.

How do you know this?

4 posted on 02/28/2011 9:31:46 AM PST by r9etb
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To: r9etb

They would have never asked her to leave for the reason she is stating.


5 posted on 02/28/2011 9:34:04 AM PST by svcw (God in His own time not ours)
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To: ironwill
So Haggard can smoke meth and get a massage from a male prostitute and all should be forgiven and forgotten, but this woman has to leave the congregation?

Either this church is very confused and is not consistent, or there is something wrong with her story.

6 posted on 02/28/2011 9:34:25 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: ironwill

This her version of the story. If the church confronted her on the issue of homosexuality and she declined to listen and ignored it, then the church probably let her know that this was not acceptable (as they should have).

Too many times, church’s allow sinful behavior to go on without confronting it. If she came to the church saying, “I know this is wrong, but I’m struggling with it”, I’m sure the church would have welcomed her with open arms. Seeing that she is speaking at Gay right’s rallies, she doesn’t seem to feel that it’s a problem.


7 posted on 02/28/2011 9:35:15 AM PST by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: ironwill

I can understand a church removing her from membership if she was unrepentant about her sin—if she defiantly insisted upon still having homosexual sex, for example. It doesn’t sound like she’s struggling with it and trying to repent, though, if she’s giving speeches at “pride centers.” And further, the pastor denied it, so now it’s she said/he said and we don’t really know the truth.

}:-)4


8 posted on 02/28/2011 9:36:15 AM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: ironwill
"If it's true that she was asked to leave because of her sexual orientation, then this wrong. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone, not those who live a life you disagree with."

Relly? The Apostle Paul kicked a member out of the Church at Corinth because he was openly engaging in sexual sin. See Chapter 5 of 1 Corinthians. It was essentially the same situation as here.

9 posted on 02/28/2011 9:36:15 AM PST by circlecity
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To: svcw
They would have never asked her to leave for the reason she is stating.

So you don't actually know that she's lying, then, but you accuse her anyway.

I think there's a Commandment about that....

10 posted on 02/28/2011 9:36:46 AM PST by r9etb
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To: ironwill

I have no problem with a gay person attending a Church, as you correctly comment, they need salvation as much as any of us. But the Church is obligated to not endorse a life of sin, so she should not be employed by the Church.

But I would say the same of a drunkard (habitually drunk) or someone living with their girlfriend/boyfriend.

You can attend, but you can’t be a member, hold a position, or be employed.


11 posted on 02/28/2011 9:38:14 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: justice14
Too many times, church’s allow sinful behavior to go on without confronting it.

Some of us consider abuse of apostrophes to be a sin.

12 posted on 02/28/2011 9:38:45 AM PST by r9etb
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To: r9etb

Because she was kicked off the police force in Minneapolis for filing false reports in back the 90s...


13 posted on 02/28/2011 9:38:59 AM PST by fatez ("If you're going through Hell, keep going." Winston Churchill)
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To: allmendream

I don’t know the whole stories of either. But if Haggard was repentent and seeking help, then the church SHOULD allow him to be in their church (he should be stripped of all leadership roles though).

If this lady is not repentent and feels that she is doing no wrong, she needs to be confronted.


14 posted on 02/28/2011 9:40:27 AM PST by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: circlecity

Even Jesus said a person must be shunned from the Church if they refust to repent from open sin. Matthew 18:15-17


15 posted on 02/28/2011 9:40:27 AM PST by circlecity
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To: ironwill

Why would the church say that they would never dismiss a person for their sexual orientation?

In 1 Cor. 5, Paul tells the Corinthian church to dismiss a man who was dating his mom. Any and all non-heterosexual-married sex requires church discipline.

Sounds like New Life Church needs to change their name to Unchanged Life Church.


16 posted on 02/28/2011 9:40:31 AM PST by lurk
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To: ironwill
Being gay is "just" a sin...
What other sins does the church Disallow?..
ANY?.. some?.. a few?.. NONE?..

Does the pastor sin?.. If so, which ones?..
Are some sins better than others?..

Munching carpet is a sin I suppose.. so is cheating on your tithes..
Wonder how much that goes on!.....

THEN.. you got yer "packers", theres a nasty story.. for a future time..

17 posted on 02/28/2011 9:40:51 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: ironwill
I can see how an unrepentant sinner might be refused communion.
I can see how an intentionally disruptive person could be barred from a service.

But I fail to see why a Church would basically say "We don't allow sinners to enter our building."
Seems like the building would be pretty darn empty.

I know nothing about what really happened, but I find this woman's version of the story to be ... ummmm ... surprising.

18 posted on 02/28/2011 9:41:03 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: ironwill

It’s one thing to be attracted to the same sex. It’s another to act on it.

If a stright member, was sleeping with any willing member of the church - openly and flagarantly - they would likely be asked to leave too. Most churches do not endorse the promiscious lifestyle.

She opted to flagarantly display her orientation; now is demanding that the church change it’s stance, for her - because she is ‘special’.


19 posted on 02/28/2011 9:41:03 AM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: fatez

So she’s obviously lying now....? Careful, son...


20 posted on 02/28/2011 9:41:18 AM PST by r9etb
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To: fatez

BTW, I go to New Life Church..., Brady Boyd is a man of integrity.


21 posted on 02/28/2011 9:41:52 AM PST by fatez ("If you're going through Hell, keep going." Winston Churchill)
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To: ironwill

The Bible teaches us to repent from our sins and turn away from our old selves and strive to live in rightesouness. If this woman continues to live the lifestyle that is called an abomination (Leviticus 18:22), then after following the instructions in Timothy for addressing such a one, the church would be right and proper to disassociate from this woman until such time as she leaves that lifestyle and returns to Christ.


22 posted on 02/28/2011 9:46:54 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: hosepipe
I agree. There are no small sins. If this church thinks being an unrepentant lesbian is "worse" than some other sins, they are simply wrong. Every member of that congreagation is a sinner, and none are "better" than any other. We all need forgiveness.

I say again that I find this woman's story ... surprising.

23 posted on 02/28/2011 9:47:41 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: justice14
Haggard was an equivocating non repentant scumbag throughout. About what you would expect from a slimy conman who sold religion while he smoked meth and got “massages” from a homosexual prostitute.

He said he threw the meth away and only got a massage. In other words, he did not repent.

And yet the call was out to forgive and forget?

Not likely!

24 posted on 02/28/2011 9:48:00 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: r9etb
I answered your question, she is a known perjurer which obviously is not good enough for you to be convinced. I know Brady Boyd and i belive him. I think you, have an axe to grind. Please keep your condescending remarks to yourself, I don't think your old enough to call me son...
25 posted on 02/28/2011 9:48:12 AM PST by fatez ("If you're going through Hell, keep going." Winston Churchill)
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So she’s being an advocate at a homosexual fundraiser, and is apparently unrepentive. Shame on her.


26 posted on 02/28/2011 9:48:37 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: justice14

Ok...let me restate.

If she was not repentant, then they were right to ask her to leave. If she was repentant and dealing with the issue, then they shouldn’t have asked her to leave but help her through the issue.

Sorry if I wasn’t more clear, I’m at work and have to sneak in posts quickly.


27 posted on 02/28/2011 9:48:37 AM PST by ironwill (III - Molon Labe)
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To: taxcontrol

Leviticus 18:22 is specific to male homosexual relations.

Women having sex with women is condemned elsewhere.


28 posted on 02/28/2011 9:49:28 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: hosepipe
"Munching carpet is a sin I suppose.. so is cheating on your tithes.."

Really? Show me anywhere in the NT where a Christian has a obligation to tithe?

29 posted on 02/28/2011 9:49:59 AM PST by circlecity
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To: ironwill
Assam gave a speech on Saturday, February 19 at the Pride Center’s annual masquerade ball, a fundraiser for the gay community in Colorado Springs.

It sounds an awful lot like she wants to be a militant gay and still maintain a place of honor in the church. The two positions are incompatible.

Homosexual tendencies are one thing. Militant homosexuality is another.

30 posted on 02/28/2011 9:50:29 AM PST by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
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To: allmendream

“So Haggard can smoke meth and get a massage from a male prostitute and all should be forgiven and forgotten, but this woman has to leave the congregation?”

I thought Haggard was fired.


31 posted on 02/28/2011 9:52:38 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: allmendream
Haggard was an equivocating non repentant scumbag throughout. About what you would expect from a slimy conman who sold religion while he smoked meth and got “massages” from a homosexual prostitute. He said he threw the meth away and only got a massage. In other words, he did not repent. And yet the call was out to forgive and forget? Not likely!

I did not know this. In that case, yes, kick him out of the church until he repents.

32 posted on 02/28/2011 9:53:45 AM PST by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: ironwill

An unrepentant sinner should not be allowed to contaminate the congregation. The Bible clearly teaches the homosexuality is a sin, and a person who is not trying to leave the old sinful life behind should not be allowed period. The Bible also clearly teaches that as well.


33 posted on 02/28/2011 9:55:41 AM PST by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: lurk

That’s not orientation, it’s conduct. Orientation is what people struggle with, conduct is what they do.

Colonel, USAFR


34 posted on 02/28/2011 9:56:32 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: ironwill

What if her sexual orientation was toward children or siblings. Would you consider that wrong?


35 posted on 02/28/2011 9:57:04 AM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: circlecity; hosepipe

I think that a lot of people have missed that tithing was to support the tribe of Levi who were the priests and had no land. That doesn’t hold true for the Christian church.


36 posted on 02/28/2011 9:58:48 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: fatez; r9etb

It would seem very likely that this woman is both a hero(ine), and a tool of the LGBT movement, striking out at organized religion (especially Christian religion).

They might have promised her financial support if she would ‘get fired’ somehow and blame it on her sexual preference.

Just because she ‘was’ a hero, doesn’t mean she couldn’t bend over for a bunch of money, and some fame.

Of course, it could just be the ‘church’ (board members) deciding they didn’t want the association, because she had gone ‘public’ with her ‘sexual preference issues’.

Probably all of the above.


37 posted on 02/28/2011 10:00:20 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post.)
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To: ModelBreaker
He resigned some, was fired from another. This while denying knowing the guy who later he admitted gave him a “massage” (cuz male prostitutes often moonlight as massage therapists) and sold him meth which he “threw away”.

He had a team “counsel” him and deem him ‘heterosexual’.

He is currently starting a NEW church!

38 posted on 02/28/2011 10:00:40 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: ironwill

Doesn’t she have a book coming out?


39 posted on 02/28/2011 10:04:56 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ironwill

I have gay family and friends and this has been a hot topic recently.

As a Christian, I believe I have a responsibility to show them love and kindness as I would any other family or friend. That said, should the topic of homosexuality come up, I also have a responsibility to be steadfast in my faith. The Bible is very clear that homosexuality is a sin.

I embrace the individual not the lifestyle.

After all that, I’ve still had extended family call me a “hatemonger” and tell me that the Bible was written by a bunch of old drunk men.


40 posted on 02/28/2011 10:04:56 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: allmendream
Either this church is very confused and is not consistent

Reminds me of the theme of the LETTERS TO THE CHURCHES in the Bible. 2000 years later, we haven't improved much.

41 posted on 02/28/2011 10:06:00 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post.)
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To: Neoliberalnot
What if her sexual orientation was toward children or siblings. Would you consider that wrong?

see Post 27. Of course it's wrong. I never said homosexuality wasn't.

42 posted on 02/28/2011 10:09:43 AM PST by ironwill (III - Molon Labe)
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To: ironwill

“New Life Church hero”.....
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Let us see now.
She was an armed security guard.
She was working (volunteering) at the Church.
A gunman comes to the church, kills a couple of people and she in turn kills the gunman.
I know I am ‘nit picking’, ‘beating a dead horse’ etc but where does this make her a hero?
She was doing her ‘job’.
You (or at least I) do not place someone in hero status when they are simply doing their job.
A cop in a shoot out with couple of bad guys is doing his job.
A cop in a shoot out who zig zags his way, through gunfire, and positions himself where he can take out the ‘bad guy’ is acting heroically.
A HERO is the guy that, when already safe, runs back into the foray to rescue someone else or take out the ‘bad guy’ He is a ‘hero’.
Just another word that has been butchered and handed out like graffiti just to more or less give someone their ‘15 min of fame’.
A soldier, standing with a group of people who spots a grenade and jumps on it is a ‘hero’ - his action will most likely contribute to his early demise - and save the lives of those in the immediate vicinity.
Even if it didn’t go off, the intent was there and he did place himself in an awkward, to say the least, position.

The ONLY EXCEPTION to this rule is if he placed the grenade there himself.


43 posted on 02/28/2011 10:10:41 AM PST by xrmusn ((6/98) When you are right, nobody remembers, but when you are wrong, nobody forgets.)
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To: r9etb
She is a liar.

How do you know this?

FTFA: New Life pastor Brady Boyd told the Colorado Springs Gazette the report is untrue. "We would never tell someone to leave because of their sexual orientation," Boyd says. "Jeanne will always be a hero at New Life."

According to r9etb, "she was kicked off the police force in Minneapolis for filing false reports in back the 90s," so she has a history of lying.

Do you have any evidence that pastor Boyd has a history of lying?

44 posted on 02/28/2011 10:14:55 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: hosepipe

“”Munching carpet is a sin I suppose.. so is cheating on your tithes..””

Very true. And if the cheaters began speaking at “Tithe Cheaters Pride” events I would expect the Church to openly disapprove. See the difference?


45 posted on 02/28/2011 10:23:20 AM PST by getitright (If you call this HOPE, can we give despair a shot?)
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To: ironwill

I don’t buy this. It is a “modern” sect of christianity.

I suspect she is just fishing for a payoff and the reporter is complicit for personal agenda reasons.


46 posted on 02/28/2011 10:24:49 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: circlecity
[ Really? Show me anywhere in the NT where a Christian has a obligation to tithe? ]

"But a man named Ananias with his wife Sapphira sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles' feet." "But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."

47 posted on 02/28/2011 10:26:39 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: fatez
Do you know what the nature of the false reports were. Not being snarky, I am interested in the details. As we know there are false reports and there are false reports. I wonder if she was railroaded due to her, er ,sexual preferences for some minor administrative violations inflated into being VERY VERY SERIOUS offenses?
48 posted on 02/28/2011 10:27:36 AM PST by robowombat
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To: ClearCase_guy
I agree. There are no small sins. If this church thinks being an unrepentant lesbian is "worse" than some other sins, they are simply wrong. Every member of that congreagation is a sinner, and none are "better" than any other. We all need forgiveness.

While this is true, the method for handling unrepentant sexual sin is clearly laid out. Deliver such a one to stan for the destruction of the flesh so that the soul may be saved. Essentially, shun them until they repent (Which is covered in 2 Cor 2:5-11).

New Life church (if they shunned her) was doing EXACTLY what the bible tells us to do.

49 posted on 02/28/2011 10:28:46 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: DJ MacWoW
[ I think that a lot of people have missed that tithing was to support the tribe of Levi who were the priests and had no land. That doesn’t hold true for the Christian church. ]

Actually the word church has been morphed into what it is not.. "Ekklesia"(church) means the called out ones(not congregation) like a Synagogue.. .. called out of the sheep pens.... John ch 10...

50 posted on 02/28/2011 10:32:12 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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