Skip to comments.Controversy Ignites Over 'Jesus Had Two Dads' Church Sign
Posted on 09/22/2013 6:01:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
A Tennessee pastor says he didn't intend to start a controversy when he put a message on his church's marquee last weekend that said, "Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine."
Many people have interpreted the message, which refers to God and Joseph, to be a statement about gay and lesbian parents. But Bill Campbell, pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Nashville, told CP that wasn't his intention.
"For me it was a very simple statement affirming families and children who are in situations where they have multiple parents or there's a divorce or a death, where there's family strain, that type of thing, to affirm that they are daughters and sons of God, and using the example of Jesus in that regard," he said.
Campbell says he saw a sign with the same message on the Internet and decided to put it up on the St. John's marquee at the end of a church yard sale on Saturday. By Monday he was giving interviews to local news media.
Despite Campbell's intentions, the sign has sparked a debate among some social media users.
"As a gay and, frankly, former-Christian man... thank you for standing up for what love, and love of family, truly means," said one person, who also indicated he and his partner were in the process of adopting a child, on St. John's Facebook page.
"Now if you're teaching that Yeshua loves all people then yes he does," stated another Facebook user. "However if you read the Word of God it clearly states that homosexuality is a sin. Now you can be like other churches and pick out which scriptures you want to use and believe but I believe in the Whole Word not just bits and pieces."
The UMC does not ordain "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" and forbids its elders from officiate same-sex marriages, though these issues have been debated in the denomination for years. The denomination has affirmed, however, that it will minister to all people and that its churches should "not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends."
Campbell says he is "disturbed" by how some people have reacted to the sign, and says many people are making assumptions and are unwilling to ask any questions. People today take sides on an issue, he says, and are focused more on tearing each other down than they are in engaging in a reasonable dialogue.
"It's provoked some conversation and that's, I think, part of the best outcome, is that we began to have some conversation and learn from a different perspective. Whether we agree or disagree is not the issue," he said.
A photo of the same message on the marquee of an Anglican church in Ontario, Canada, recently went viral on the Internet, garnering more than 1.5 million views in just three weeks.
Of course that was his intention.
Sure he didn’t intend to cause controversy.
He's backpeddling fast. How else did he think people would interpret a sign like that. He might has well have put up a sign saying "Heather Has Two Mommies, and She Turned Out Fine."
A large percentage of churches in America now have become apostate in what they teach..... Sin and redemption are no longer the core basics...... His heart is not right with God because he is not being honest when he claims he had no idea how that would be interpreted....If he’s that stupid then sit down.....
The new pope is a fine example of, well really 5th column work. He recently stated that you don’t need to believe in God to get to heaven. I guess he’s not read the Bible in a while. Now I hear he wants to soften the church’s stand on abortion....
We all have two dads, one earthly and one Heavenly, one maybe present and the other always present. And Jesus had a Godly mom, too, unlike what those faith-revisionists are promoting.
Suuuuuure that was his intention...
Throw the vile pastor out! I am sick of the devilish garbage being peddled by so called pastors these days. It’s a rot and it’s pervasive.
Perhaps the pastor isn’t familiar with what the Scriptures say about liars...he knows EXACTLY what he was doing.
Who needs women when you have gay men??
Because this is the religion forum I won’t finish the sentence but you may fill in the blank of what I meant.
“My big, fat, white, Queen Latifa sized _______ he did!!”
Do you believe the main stream media about everything? I strongly advise you to go directly tot he source rather than trusting anything the MSM says about him of the Church.
Obviously Campbell is a liar. Therefore unworthy to lead a church.
That told me all I need to know. It is a profligate cult. Of course this was his intention.
Right. I guess lying though your teeth about your intentions is an actual class at Methodist Minister School. I wonder how many credit hours it is. As an aside, I have to mention it comes as no surprise to me this would be a Methodist.
Sure it wasn't...
Just drove by a church (Lutheran?) that had the same thing on their sign!!! Seattle area (of course!).
Of course, Jesus was raised by a mother and father. I was thinking it was more akin to Mary being “raped”, but deciding to keep the baby rather than abort it, and Joseph being a supportive husband and father.