By Bill Bumpas, Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

January 15, 2018

A note from Pastor Kevin Lea follows this article.

A Baptist pastor in Dallas is facing some harsh realities more than a year after leading his congregation to affirm homosexuality.

In November 2016, Wilshire Baptist Church voted to extend membership to those involved in the homosexual lifestyle. The church’s slogan is now “Open to all, closed to none.”

The action prompted the Baptist General Convention of Texas to sever ties with the church. A year later, Chelsen Vicari decided to contact senior pastor George Mason to see how the church has been affected by the change.

Vicari is evangelical program director for The Institute on Religion & Democracy, a conservative Christian think tank. She writes that while Mason knew some members would vote “no,” what he didn’t know was they would leave the church as a result. While the “bleeding” stopped months later, he estimates that about 250 of the 1,500 active members at the time no longer call Wilshire their church home – and took about $700,000 of annual giving with them when they left.

The pastor told Advocate Magazine two months ago that “three Sunday school classes of older adults disappeared altogether” – but that the church had gained 100+ new members since the vote.

But Mason’s main point of rebuttal, according to Vicari, seems to be that churches across the country are struggling with attendance.

“… Wilshire just seems to remind me … that there’s just immense pressure from secular

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Note from Pastor Kevin Lea: This article amazes me in many ways. 

Jesus is very clear that the sexually immoral will not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Revelation 21:8, etc.).  How can a pastor of a church professing to be Christian “affirm” immorality?  Answer – by calling God a liar and by calling good evil and evil good (Isaiah 5), both of which are not consistent with biblical Christianity. 

One cannot out of one side of their mouth say that Jesus is their LORD and savior and out of the other side call their “LORD” a liar. 

So we can grieve for this pastor as he apparently values the praise of man rather than the praise of God and will realize the horrible error in his ways when he is sent to the lake of fire on judgment day, if he doesn’t repent.

Also, God calls His people to gather together in Christian fellowship, especially as we see the last days coming (Hebrews 10:23-25).  But if the pastor is not a biblical Christian and the church is calling evil good, then it becomes impossible to have “Christian” fellowship inside of those walls. 

Therefore a true believer in love with God’s word would shake the dust off of their feet and go to a church that at least agrees with God’s word and preaches the biblical gospel, even though they (as we) often fail in being totally obedient. 

The writer of this article seems encouraged that 250 souls of a 1,500 soul church left as a result of the pastor’s actions.  What should it have been if these souls were biblically saved?  – All of them, not one left, not one dollar going to fund the “ministry” of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. 

Instead, the actions taken in this “church” only reinforce in my mind that the last of the last days are upon us.  We have nearly become like Sodom and like Gomorrah, the end is near and I pray that the reader agrees with Jesus and His word, and not with fallen man.   Life is short, eternity is long and the condition of your eternal soul is at stake.