I don’t believe Timothy Kurek. He’s the alleged Christian, alleged heterosexual who told ABC News he spent a year “pretending” to be gay.
Why did the 26-year-old Nashville man, a graduate of Liberty University (the so-called evangelical “West Point”) decide to go undercover? Because, he said, he wanted to “walk in the shoes” of a homosexual.
So Kurek went all in.
He “came out” as gay to all his family and friends. He got a job in a gay café. He hung out at a gay bar. He joined a gay softball league. He even got a gay bud of his – “a big, black, burly Teddy bear” is how Kurek described him – to be his “pretend” boyfriend.
So how did it all work out for Kurek?
Well, he said, he “went from being a very conservative Christian to being an ally of the gay community.”
That’s because church people are so intolerant, so judgmental, so unwilling to accept that homosexuality is on a moral par with heterosexuality.
In church, said Kurek, “You learned to be afraid of God” and that “the loving thing to tell my friend that is gay, ‘Hey listen, you are an abomination and you need to repent to go to heaven.’ I absolutely believed in that lock, stock and barrel.”
Well, I don’t know what kind of church Kurek attended. And I don’t know what kind of theology it espoused.
I just know I’ve attended a number of churches around the country with conservative Christian congregations.
None of them taught that Christ followers should be “afraid” of God. And I heard no pastor say that the loving thing to tell any gay friends or family we might have is that they are abominable and going to hell if the don’t straighten up.
What I heard in those conservative Christian churches is that God is love. That He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. That He is not willing that any should perish – including gays – but that all should come to repentance.
Kurek, author of a book, “The Cross in the Closet,” thinks gays have nothing to repent. He thinks it should be perfectly acceptable for man to lie with man, and woman to lie with woman.
Well, God’s Word says otherwise.
And allies of the gay community, like Kurek, the alleged Christian, espouse false doctrine when they tell homosexuals they can live in defiance of that Word without fear of eternal separation from the Almighty.