Minister Claims He Received ‘Strong Nudge from Jesus’ to Announce Support for Homosexuality

two menANN ARBOR, Mich. — A Vineyard minister in Michigan is claiming that he received a ‘strong nudge from Jesus’ a few years ago to announce his changing views on homosexuality—a topic that he is now discussing in a new book about embracing homosexuals in the Church.

“It’s about welcoming previously excluded groups,” Ken Wilson Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor recently told the Detroit Free Press. “That’s what it means to be evangelical—to make the good news accessible to those who haven’t had access to it. That’s my task. That’s what a church is supposed to do.”

Wilson, 62, states that he had opposed homosexuality for much of his life, including when he launched the church in the 1970’s. However, with the turn of the century, his views began to change as he discussed the matter with members whose family members were homosexual.

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Wilson

Wilson claims that in 2011, God told him to write a letter to his congregation to explain that he was rethinking his position on homosexuality.

“I got a strong nudge from Jesus,” he asserted.

Last month, Wilson released A Letter to my Congregation: An Evangelical Pastor’s Path to Embracing People who are Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Into the Company of Jesus. He told the Detroit Free Press that while he “take[s] the Bible very seriously,” he does not believe that it prohibits sexual relations between those of the same gender.

“There’s no real indication monogamous, gay partnerships were the aim of the Biblical texts, but there were some very clearly examples of exploitative same-sex sexuality, like temple prostitution or slave sex, masters requiring slaves to perform sexual services as part of their ownership of them,” he stated. “The Sodom and Gomorrah story is about gang rape. It’s not about anything like loving monogamous relationships. To apply that to the issue of homosexuality is a gross misuse of Scripture.”

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But Pastor Matt Trewhella of Mercy Seat Christian Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin told Christian News Network that it is instead Wilson who is misusing Scripture.

“These have become tired old assertions trotted out by the pro-sodomy crowd,” he said. “Leviticus 20:13, which criminalizes homosexual acts in God’s law, is surrounded by verses which list other sexual sins, none of which have anything to do with temple prostitution, slave sex or gang rape. Of the many passages in the New Testament that condemn homosexual acts, not one of them mentions temple prostitution, or slave sex or gang rape. What is criminalized or condemned are homosexual acts themselves.”

Trewhella stated that it is “utter delusion” that Wilson received a “strong nudge from Jesus” to come out in support of homosexuality as Jesus, the Creator Himself, explained that the woman was made for the man.

“His ‘strong nudge’ contradicts everything the Bible has to say about marriage and homosexual acts, including Jesus Himself who declared in Mark 10:6-7, ‘But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,'” he outlined.

Wilson has lost a number of members over his stance, equating to a 12 percent drop in income. He says that his denomination is also unsupportive of his position.


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  • Repentant Heart

    Cursed are those who twist scripture. Scripture clearly states homosexuality is an abomination.

  • Dr. Norman C. Murphy

    Contrary to popular belief, homosexuals were not fully accepted in either Greek or Roman culture.110 Throughout the Roman and Greek civilizations, gender incongruent males were ridiculed. Solon, as a practical matter, legalized homosexuality to tax the earnings of homosexual prostitutes. Roman law punished homosexual behavior as early as the third century B.C., later protecting minors and forbidding the use of premises for homosexual activity upon pain of death, even by burning.

    In the Old Testament, the Ten Commandments do not include homosexual behavior (Deuteronomy 5.11-21) and the seven acts most detestable to God (Proverbs 6.16-19: “haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and a man who sows discord among brothers” do not mention sexual misconduct. In the New Testament, Christ never mentioned homosexuality and asked for understanding and restraint of condemnation in sexual matters (John 8.1-11). The Bible never discusses homosexuality in the context of committed relationships or within the Gay community. In I Corinthians 6.9-10, as translated by some into English, St. Paul (coming from a cross-cultural Hebrew, Greek, and Roman perspective) discusses pagan sanctioned temple (cult) male prostitutes (πρvoι, pornos), effeminate males or catamites (μαλακoί, malakos), and homosexuals (aρσεvoκoiται, arsenokoitai). St. Paul’s statements taken literally, as translated into English, would condemn celibate effeminate homosexuals. Boswell, using Koine Greek contemporary to St. Paul, translations into other languages, and early Christian scholarship and commentaries on I Corinthians 6.9-10 convincingly argues St. Paul was not discussing homosexuals or homosexuality.113

    Saint Augustine, considered Pauline, admitted homosexual practices with much anguish. When Saints John Chrysostom and Augustine–both vehemently opposed to homosexuality–comment on I Corinthians 6.9-10, neither mentions homosexuality.114 St. Augustine’s major apologist, Martin Luther, wrote derisively of homosexuals, but translated “ρσεvoκoται” as “Knabenschänder,” or child molester.115 The Christian Emperor, Justinian, who herded whole villages into rivers to be baptized so they could die in Christ, believed homosexuality caused earthquakes, famines, and pestilence and legislated homosexual behavior should be subjected to penance much like adultery. His wife, Theodora, avoiding abortion, had many of her illegitimate children murdered.

    • Terry Bridges

      Sorry…the bible is very clear…read Romans 1 and 2 and see what the final depravity is before God calls a culture condemned. It is very clear….as far as the Old Testament is concerned….there are laws pertaining to homsexual behavior and they are strict and justice is strict as well. God made his point clear and final when he created MAN and WOMAN and called that GOOD! He told THEM to be fruitful and multiply. it is not real hard to understand this one, unless you desire to not do so….no one is so blind as he who will not see….. and quoting or mentioning Church”fathers” who were heretics, or at least had abberant theology doew not help your point. Try Paul, inspired by the HOLY SPIRIT for your answer not the “wisdom of men”. Seems as if you are fulfilling prophecy..”men will call evil good and good evil”. Look that up.

    • http://mikesnow.org Michael Snow

      Dr. Murphy gives us a lesson in how to obscure the facts. First, he argues from silence: The Ten Commandments don’t mention homosexuality. And Proverbs list of seven detestable sins does not include it. Well, Proverbs does not include incest, bestiality, and a whole lot more. Will Dr. Murphy argue the case for these, too?

      Then, he gives us doubt about a translation in 1 Corinthians. Of course, that says nothing about the clear texts in Leviticus or Romans, though those like Dr. Murphy attempt to obfuscate those passages also.http://textsincontext.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/homosexuality-false-contexts-and-perverting-scripture/

    • http://ChristianNews L. D.

      God hates all sin whether it falls into the category of iniquity, abomination or your everyday infractions of God’s moral laws. Sin is sin, and all sin bears the same punishment: “Sin when it is finished worketh death”. The soul that sins (without repentance) shall surely die: in hell where the fire is not quenched; where there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth; where the worm dieth not. That’s the end of ALL sin, sexual in nature or not.

      Jesus told the adulteress to “Go and sin no more”. He was not compassionate of the sin but if the sinner, seeing that mercy rejoices against judgement. He knew that mercy would be the greater teacher of what is against God’s love. He did not exercise restraint on the condemning the sin; that would be against the very reason he came. Jesus came to save the people from THEIR SINS; because he knew sin destroys utterly. It separates us from the love of God in death permanently. After death is the judgement. Sin is already condemned but sinners, while they live and breath, have equal opportunity to receive a pardon by the Judge of all and the only one on earth who has power to forgive men their sins, Jesus.

      Furthermore, Jesus made it perfectly clear what he viewed as lawful unions, male and female joined together in the bond of matrimony, “For marriage is honorable and the bed undefiled”. Christ did not have to in this instance include the specific sin of homosexuality, because he covered all sexual sins in this discourse with the spiritual leaders seeking to entrap him in some infraction of the law. He is the final Word, for. He is the Word incarnate.

      • Tim Tremblay

        Well said L.D. What I find interesting in addition to this Truth is the problem of apostasy in the church involving not only such instances with this apostate pastor but the Church at large. What part of “Go and sin no more” is not being preached? I guess this is why the Good Lord said; “Narrow is the Way the leads unto Salvation and Few there are who find it”. If we say we Love Him and continue in sin we lie and have no part in Him. Yes we are all guilty of sin but with “His Help” we may Overcome it. May His Peace be with you “Always”.

  • WesinID

    Is sex sacred? Is marriage sacred? If you answer no, then anything goes on the issue. So, figure out where you stand on the things GOD has instituted. Then you can come to terms with the right answer.

    I can desire to be compassionate towards homosexuals and understanding of homosexuality. However, if GOD’s word is absolutely clear (and it is) on the issue of the sacredness of sex and marriage, then I don’t believe the church can condone the act or sanction the marriages.

    But then what do we do? We accept all homosexuals seeking CHRIST like we do liars, thieves, alcoholics, gamblers, adulterers, greedy people, and all other sinners. Because the church is where they go understanding their need for forgiveness and strength to turn away from sin.

    But why would GOD make them that way? Why would GOD allow a person to be born blind? Why would someone be born unattractive? Regardless of the condition, all people are fallen, and continuing to live in rebellion to GOD is not going to make us better.

    Support the sin, continue in sin if you want. You may find happiness in this life still. But then what?

    John 3:19,20…John 9:41…John 5:46,47…John 9:5…John 10:27-29…John 12:44-48

    • Rebecca

      Wesin, I agree that there is a big difference between accepting the sinner into the church vs accepting and supporting the continuation of sin. This is where people get hostile–I do not believe the church HATES the homosexual–just the act. It is what they do not truly who they are that the church is trying to make a point about not full support of their sin. If people would really take the time to figure this out instead of coming up with all kinds of “hate speech” accusations against Christians attempting to point out their sin and the consequences it would come across better. No one enjoys having their lifestyle determined to be in sin but we all need to be held accountable. Are not Christians the salt of the earth? Are we not responsible to at least approach a sinner about redemption and a better road in life?

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        Amen, Rebecca! You have the right heart – grace with truth, not the “gospel” of grace without truth or the “gospel” of feel-goodism, both of which have overtaken so many churches in the West. It is unloving to stand by when someone is mired in sin and not speak up. In fact, Ezekiel 33 says that if we do so, their sin will be imputed to us!

    • Tim Tremblay

      Only GOD is “SACRED”. This world and everything in it except the WORD of GOD and only a paltry few things are “SACRED”. Marriage between one man and one woman is rightfully termed “Holy matrimony” as that is for the procreation of our species, and that only marriage in Christ or the Church. If Christ said “If you don’t HATE the world you are not worthy of Me” what should that tell you? It should tell you that this world is full of sin and while we are “IN” it we are not to be “OF” it. “Be not Conformed to the world”. Herein lies the MAJOR problem with the so-called average Christian, while they espouse being a Follower of Christ they are in no way ready to “Deny” themselves but rather are so attached to the “Materiality” of this world they therefore have no part in Him. Hypocrites. Homosexuality is Perversion, always was and always will be, at least on this planet.

  • Thor

    Many will come in the last days in Gods name, to lead us astray. Be yet not fooled.

  • Edward

    Clearly stated stated in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

    Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?Do not be deceived:Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[ a]10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlerswill inherit the kingdom of God. the word of GOD is the final authourity! Bible talks about false teacher’ beware men and brethren’ the end is near! hebrew 2 vs 1″4

  • Nigel Binghamton

    A strong nudge?…. that’s almost like a hit. so i guess violence is ok too now?

  • Mikhael David

    Tom Nation,

    You need to understand that passage is in future tense and what man will continue to do… Please do not quote scripture if you do not know what it means..

    John Gill’s Commentary on the passage says,

    “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still,…. These words are not to be considered as ironical expressions, such as in Ecclesiastes 11:9 much less as an allowance to do injustice and commit filthy actions; nor even as deterring persons from these things, by tacitly suggesting, that should they continue unjust and filthy, they would be severely punished; nor as an anticipation of an objection that might be made against the publication of this book, and the sayings of it, taken from the ill use that some men might make of it, who might be provoked to injure and persecute the saints more and more, or indulge a filthy conversation; but as a prophecy of what would be at the close of time, at the second coming of Christ. The imperative is put for the future, as is usual in the Hebrew language, in which it is said, let such and such things be, when the sense is, that they shall be; see Ezekiel 3:27 Zechariah 11:9 and so the meaning of this expression is, he that is now found without a righteousness, and full of all unrighteousness, and acts unrighteously, will continue so; there will be no change made in him, no regeneration, renovation, repentance, or reformation; he will remain the same wicked man he ever was; or he that hurts, or does injury to his fellow creatures, will still do mischief; at least he will have the same inclination, though not the opportunity and power, but will attempt it, of which there will be an instance in the wicked dead, when raised; see Revelation 20:8.”

  • http://www.biblicalpov.com Steve Gilkey

    Romans chapter 1 is unequivocal in its condemnation of homosexuality. In particular, consider verses 24-27:

    “24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

    Verse 26 addresses women leaving “the natural use” of men, and doing “that which is against nature”; and verse 27 addresses men also “leaving the natural use of woman”, saying that they “burned in their lust one toward another; men with men”. Thus, this passage is CLEARLY about homosexuality; and likewise CLEARLY opposes it.

    Regardless of what anyone says, being a homosexual is a choice.

    http://www.biblicalpov.com/homosexuality-is-a-choice.html

    These people have chosen to, in the words of Romans 1:25,

    “worship… and serve… the creature more than the Creator”.

    Paul gave us an example of how to choose what to do in our lives. When Paul wrote about meat sacrificed to idols, he acknowledged that many Christians have the “liberty” to eat it (unlike homosexuality, which is never acceptable). Nevertheless, regarding such meat, Paul states:

    “9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. 10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; 11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

    12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.”

    THIS is how we should live: putting the interests of others before our own interests, and avoiding “sin against Christ”. We should treat other people as better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). But, we see the truth of Romans 1:25, that these people behave in the opposite way, and

    “worship… and serve… the creature more than the Creator”.

    God NEVER “nudged” anyone to do that.

  • Spectrum

    Apostasy is in full swing. A sure sign that we are living in the End Times that Jesus spoke of.

    There is a strong spirit of deception in the world today that is leading many away from the true faith. Don’t allow yourselves to be seduced by that deception. Hold fast to what is right.