Sunday, February 28, 2016

Some misunderstandings about evangelism and the gay communities


On page 7 of the New York Times review on Sunday February 28, 2016, Molly Worthen asks, "Who ae the gay evangelicals?"  She parallels the fall of ex-gay ministries with the rise of gay marriage, and the neo-conservative idea that everyone should find marriage of some kind and be prepared to raise children.  On the other hand, a major part of the evangelical movement, she says, focuses on abstinence and celibacy (which is still a different beast from “conversion”).

When I lived in Dallas in the 1980s, I certainly saw a lot of Pentecostal behavior at MCC Dallas, even before the Cathedral of Hope was founded.  One of two people really tried to make it a personal mission to "bring me to God" as an emotional experience, particularly on a camping trip in West Texas in 1979.
   
Back in the 1980s, there was a group called “Evangelicals Concerned”, formed in 1975 by Dr. Ralph Blair    I even met with the group at the home of a male couple in the Dallas area.  Blair visited once, and even mentioned familiarity with the Ninth Street Center in New York City and Paul Rosenfels, where the ideas about monogamy had turned out to be a good thing in the age of AIDS.
   
My nine years in Dallas seem to contribute a disproportionate amount of material to my columns.



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