I knew it would only be a matter of time. The message I’ve been waiting to hear from a Pentecostal pulpit in Australia happened on the weekend.
Pastor Rob Buckingham from Bayside Church in Melbourne preached a message of love and acceptance for GLBT people. At the Saturday night service, the congregation gave him a standing ovation.
It is so encouraging to find those within the Christian Church who have been willing to ask to important questions. There is definitely a new climate of questioning and humility in some circles. For this, we are very grateful. The two questions many are asking are.
1. Has the church’s attitude towards the GLBT community been reflective of God’s love
2. Is it possible that the churches beliefs about same-sex-orientation been in error
Some are beginning to say No to the first question and Yes to the second.
Whilst I’ve been in dialogue with many church leaders both in Australia and overseas, I’ve often wondered who’d be the first brave person to tell the truth publically about what they really believe and shared with me privately.The message preached by Pastor Rob Buckingham, ‘Real Christianity is Accepting’ at Bayside church in Melbourne is the first I am aware of from a megachurch Pentecostal pastor.
Listen to the audio or watch the video below.
During the sermon, Ps Rob Buckingham dispelled many of the myths about gay and lesbian people and also that the Sodom and Gomorrah story has nothing to do with homosexuality as we know it today. Not only is the message a global first, the entire congregation gave him a standing ovation at the conclusion of the message. Bayside is to be congratulated for their courage in being the first to say:
“Bayside Church is a place where everyone is welcome. We believe that God loves everyone and that He sent His Son Jesus to bring salvation (through His death and resurrection) to all of humanity. A study of the life of Jesus clearly reveals His love and care towards those who are often marginalized by the rest of society. Bayside Church welcomes GLBT people to find God’s love and grace and to worship Him freely within our community.”