Christian love? In California, a popular conservative Christian pastor is instructing parents to alienate, isolate, and shun their gay children.
Speaking during a recent edition of his “Grace to You” show, Pastor John MacArthur said that parents of LGBT kids should cast them out of their lives and “turn them over to Satan.”
MacArthur, Pastor of the Grace Community Church in the San Fernando Valley responded to a question from a viewer on his “Grace to You” show who asked how to react to an adult child coming out as gay.
“My adult child just ‘came out,’” wrote MacArthur’s viewer, “‘in other words declared to be a homosexual. What do I do?’”
“You know, the answer depends,” answered MacArthur. “If that adult child professes Christ, claims to be a Christian, then that becomes an issue for confrontation of the sternest and strongest kind because that falls under Matthew 18.”
“If that person doesn’t repent and turn, you take two or three witnesses, and confront again. If there’s still no repentance, then tell the church. And if the church pursues it and there’s still no repentance, then there’s a public putting-out of the church, that person who professes to be a Christian. That’s how you deal with that.”
Non-believers, he said, don’t matter. “They’re just acting like a non-Christian.”
However, “if they profess to be a Christian, you have to alienate them,” he said. “You have to separate them. You can’t condone that, it’s inconsistent with the profession of Christ. So, you isolate them. You don’t have a meal with them. You separate yourself from them. You turn them over to Satan, as it were, as scripture says.”
Non-believers, MacArthur says, should be repeatedly hammered with admonishments and Bible verses to “expose that sin and all other sins, and call that person to salvation and repentance.”
How’s that for Christian love? Alienate them. Isolate them. Refuse to share a meal with them. Turn them over to Satan. Is that really what a Christian should do? Is that really what Jesus would do? And most important, is that really what a decent human being would do?