In a new sermon uploaded to Cornerstone Church’s YouTube channel, Pastor Andrew Rappaport makes a startling claim to his congregation. The video titled, “Witnessing to LGBTQM+,” Andrew gives his followers instructions on how to talk to people that identify as a part of the LGBTQ. Evangelicalizing to “convert” the gay out of people is nothing new for Christians. However, Andrew asserts that Minor-Attracted People (MAP) or pedophiles are a part of the community. What Andrew fails to realize is that MAPs or pedophiles are not a part of the LGBTQ+. He doesn’t seem to care though, and for 57 agonizing minutes, Andrew tells his community how to talk to individuals in the LGBTQ+.
At the beginning of the sermon, Andrew is compelling people to engage with individuals that he feels are damned to hell. To help these people, Andrew wants his congregation to talk to them about the glory of God. As he introduces the group to the LGBTQ+, he goes through a rundown of the meaning of each initial.
As he gets to the end, he adds on an M. He tells his congregation, incorrectly that individuals that are attracted to minors are a welcome part of the LGBTQ+.
Over the past several months, pastors have been making these claims about pedophilia. A poster went viral over the summer showing a Man and child holding hands with the caption saying, “Pedophiles are people too.”
Trolls all over social media have pushed this propaganda, falsely, that the LGBTQ+ accept and endorse pedophiles in their community. However, all of that is false.
For decades, the Christian right has tried to tie pedophiles to the LGBTQ+. However, there is no link between the sexual attraction of minor children and same-sex attraction.
The conservative Christians believe they must save anyone that isn’t straight as an arrow from the burning pits of hell. Andrew wants his congregation to include pedophiles in the group.
Despite their assertions that pedophiles are accepted and embraced by the LGBTQ+, the facts are pedophiles are not welcome in the community. The LGBTQ+ do not include pedophiles in their advocacy, and they do not condone pedophilia.
All of this is fear mongering by Andrew to his congregation. Pedophilia elicits fear and rage in people, and it also motivates people to move forward into their outreach.
In order to push his congregation forward to reach out, he needs to scare them to believe that pedophiles are now an accepted part of our society.
Andrew’s sermon has created outrage on Twitter and YouTube. Non-Sequitur dedicated two hours to Andrew Rappaport on Sunday to dispel the claims he makes in the sermon. Bit by the Bit Kyle Curtis and Steve McRae outlined all the factual errors in Andrew’s message.
Non-Sequitur invited Andrew to defend his claims by coming onto their show. However, Andrew declined the invitation. He did appear to watch the episode because he tried to Flag the channel for harassment later the same day.
For the record, the channel did not ask anyone to attack Andrew. The show debunked all the lies Andrew spewed to his flock of sheep.
Andrew fails to realize that as a pastor he doesn’t get to add a category to a group without the group’s consent. Kyle Curtis of Non-Sequitur, a gay man, reminded Andrew in the video that neither he nor his wider community condones pedophilia. He also reminded Andrew that men raping children isn’t even in the same galaxy as same-sex adults having consensual relationships or sex.
Andrew is another, in a string of hundreds of Christian pastors, that use fear and hate to motivate his sheep to save people from hell. His statements are harmful and hateful to anyone that identifies their sexuality as other than heterosexual.
Andrew is wrong.
His words are hateful, inaccurate, bigoted, and discriminatory to millions of people.
If anyone needs to be saved from hell, that person might be Andrew.
It’s ok Andrew, we’ll pray for you.
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