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3 comments | Wednesday, October 27, 2010




Earlier this month Bishop Jim Swilley, senior pastor of Church In The Now in Conyers, Georgia did what most clergymen would consider the unthinkable- he came out to his congregation as a gay man. Amidst tons of speculation and rumors Swilley tackled the issue directly and stood before his congregation and told the truth.


Video has surfaced of Swilley's coming out in which he debunks myths about gay men and the ongoing debate over sexual orientation being a choice or an act of nature. Swilley also doesn't shy away from the scriptures that biblical literalists use to condemn homosexuality and breaks down the historical context behind each scripture.


The video is about 48 minutes in length but is worth watching. I highly recommend that you sit and watch faith and courage in action. Swilley is definitely a rare breed. Can you imagine Bishop Eddie Long coming out to his New Birth congregation?


Watch the video below:


Watch live streaming video from bishopjimswilley at livestream.com



3 Comments:

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Wow.. much respect to Bishop Swilley. I know that had to be hard but people have to grow up man..
as a straight christian woman I'm happy he did this

October 29, 2010 12:04 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

All I can say is WOW...WOW...WOW. I have never heard a down to earth healing message. As I watched, I had to pause and re-watch some parts because I was weeping so much. As a Christian who happens to be black and gay, I can feel everything that was said. Some many others need to hear this message. I would not call this a coming out message, but a coming into message because of what the Pastor said within the hour he and some many others can come into the realness of truthfully living for a lifetime. We have enough fake people in the world; we need more people like him to shed light on this topic. Thanks so much for posting this, Darian. Your blog is the best. Keep doing what you are doing! Love ya!!

October 30, 2010 11:20 AM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

No, actually. I can't imagine Eddie Long doing that. He's too much of a phony, concerned more with his image, stature and keeping up that mansion, the Bentley, the clothes than he is being a true believer in Jesus Christ.

October 31, 2010 12:30 AM

 

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