Joshua Fest Owner Says Staff Who Threatened Walkout Over ‘Gay Christian Rocker’ Need More Jesus

Pearson-compressedQUINCY, Ca. — The owner of a “Christian rock” festival is asserting that his staff members “need more Jesus” after they threatened a walkout if the homosexual frontman of the band Everyday Sunday wasn’t scrubbed from the event lineup.

“They’ve been really good to us over the years, and I’m not going to call them haters. They’re good guys that need more Jesus,” Aaron Diello of California’s Joshua Fest told Billboard this week.

As previously reported, this past May, lead singer Trey Pearson, known for the hit songs “Find Me Tonight,” “Wake Up! Wake Up!” and “Best Night of Our Lives,” wrote in a public letter to his fans that he has come to believe that he has been wrong for subduing his feelings toward the same sex.

“I have been suppressing these attractions and feelings since adolescence,” he said. “Trying not to be gay has only led to a desire for intimacy in friendships which pushed friends away, and it has resulted in a marriage where I couldn’t love or satisfy my wife in a way that she needed.”

Pearson, a professing Christian, said that he doesn’t believe that change is possible, and was trying to figure out how to only be friends with his wife instead of her spouse.

“I am never going to be able to change how I am, and no matter how healthy our relationship becomes, it’s never going to change what I know deep down: that I am gay,” he stated.

The following week, Pearson suggested on ABC’s “The View” that he divorced his wife and moved out, as he referred to his wife of seven years as his “ex-wife,” and said that he meets with her and his two children once a week.

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He also said he wants the Church to accept homosexuality.

“I want to see my church change. I want to see our denomination change,” Pearson said. “I want to see people to be willing to have the conversation in an open way where they are willing to listen to people’s stories.”

Pearson’s band Everyday Sunday had been scheduled to appear at the Quincy, California festival Joshua Fest over the Labor Day weekend, and in August, Pearson published a status touting that he would be the “first openly gay artist to ever play a major Christian music festival.”

“I am overwhelmed, and honored, to announce that I will be the FIRST OPENLY GAY ARTIST TO EVER PLAY A MAJOR CHRISTIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL!!!” he wrote (caps in original). “Joshua Fest happens Labor Day weekend, and I will be there with Skillet, Switchfoot, Relient K, Crowder Music, NF, Five Iron Frenzy and more!”

But nearly a dozen of the 14 members of the Joshua Fest production team expressed concern that a Christian festival would put a homosexual artist on stage, thus seemingly giving approval to homosexuality, which is a violation of the Law of God.

According to Billboard Magazine, Diello reluctantly dropped Pearson from the lineup due to word that most of the volunteer production team had advised of their intent to back out of the festival.

“I was hurt. I felt like I was powerless in the situation—like I was just punched in the gut,” he said. “I was forced to let down a friend, someone that I really wanted to just love and support, the way Jesus tells us to. I was being denied that opportunity, at my own festival. It was a horrible situation.”

Pearson ended up performing onstage anyway as members of the ska-punk band Five Iron Frenzy, whose drummer is an atheist, invited him to sing a song with them during their set. Lead singer Reese Roper said that the band had considered dropping out of the festival since Pearson was dropped from the lineup.

“[W]e had all talked as a band about just dropping off of [the festival], just to make a statement—like if you’re not gonna let him play, then we’re not gonna play,” he stated. “We don’t like to deal with that kind of intolerance.”

Roper told the outlet that he doesn’t believe the Bible is “clear enough” on the issue of homosexuality.

Diello now claims that because Five Iron Frenzy found a way to work around the situation, God was glorified.

“God took a bad situation and made it glorify him,” he told Billboard. “We really got to see something raw and unique happen to the core of people’s souls. … People were in tears, and not in a crazy Pentecostal way. Something bigger than us and our issues happened at that show.”

Diello did not return Christian News Network’s call for comment.

Christians believe that homosexuality a part of the Adamic sin nature that must be regenerated by the second birth, as Jesus outlined in John 3:5-7, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

2 Corinthians 5:14-17 also reads, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again. … Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”


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  • TheBottomline4This

    Not a Christian event.
    Next story.

  • buckrod73

    In his letter Trey Pearson used, “I have, I couldn’t, I am, I want, I will, and I was.” Not one time did he mention what Jesus wanted. The “I’s” are in control rather than the Spirit of God.

    • TheBottomline4This

      Living by the flesh, but if he’s not really a Christian, it’s expected.

    • Amos Moses

      and that opera ……. “Its all about me, me, me, me, me” …………………..

  • Allan Trenholme

    I think he missed the part in the Bible where God says He is the same yesterday, today and forever. God doesnt change but we are required to.

    • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

      Amen.

  • BravesFan

    The band with the “atheist” drummer should have been dropped too. God’s word is NOT unclear, you just don’t like what it says.

  • Amos Moses

    Oxymoron = “gay” christian = christian rock = christian rocker ………….

    1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
    1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
    1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

    5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
    5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
    5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

    • http://shadow-ax.bandcamp.com/ Rocker83

      I am a Christian Rocker and I do not approve of homosexuality or anything else the Bible classifies as sinful. Do not judge me based upon my choice of music genre. Look at my behavior; that is the only Biblically acceptable way to judge a person.

      • Amos Moses

        i have not judged you ……….. i do not know you ……… but if you feel judged then maybe that is a conviction that you need to examine …….. i have judged the music and the results, the fruit, or more accurately the lack of it ……. it is satanic ………. i used to listen to rock music ….. i like it much less than i used to …. i still listen to it from time to time ….. but i have come to understand that it has no place in a church or worship setting …. it is a disservice to the gospel …… and to try to meld christianity with the satanic in that fashion is not a service to Christ … it does not lead people to Christ … it leads them away ……….

      • Amos Moses

        Journey Song Becomes Unlikely Worship Hit After Accidental Christian Radio Broadcast
        September 21, 2016

        NASHVILLE, TN—All it took was for a KLOVE radio intern’s finger to slip, and a classic power ballad by Journey became an unlikely worship sensation overnight.

        The incident reportedly occurred Tuesday evening, as new intern Kyle Criswell attempted to queue up Michael W. Smith’s song “Open Arms,” but mistakenly selected hit rock band Journey’s 1981 power ballad of the same name instead.

        Criswell realized his mistake as the sappy love lyrics “Lying beside you, here in the dark / Feeling your heartbeat with mine / Softly you whisper, you’re so sincere / How could our love be so blind” began pumping into his headphones. Horrified, the young assistant immediately signaled the on-duty DJ to come over and help him figure out how to correct his mistake.

        But then, something amazing happened, as thousands of new listeners began to tune into the station to hear the hit new worship song, calling in and demanding the station replay the track.

        “I’ve never had a more powerful time of worship than singing along with a godly worship leader like Steve Perry to my sweet Savior Jesus,” one listener wrote on the station’s Facebook page. “So here I am, with open arms, hoping you’ll see what your love means to me, Jesus!” she continued, quoting the chorus from the intimate worship song.

        The buzz surrounding the rediscovered worship ballad instantly spread across the country like wildfire, as KLOVE and Air1 affiliates from around the nation began aggressively playing the Journey tune in their song rotations. By Wednesday morning, the worship song had risen to number one on all contemporary Christian music charts, prompting CCLI to license the song’s sheet music on its download site for worship leaders, where it instantly rocketed to the top.

        At publishing time, Capitol Records had announced a new worship compilation album capitalizing on Christians’ newfound love for power ballads to Jesus. The record will reportedly contain powerful worship songs like “Open Arms,” Skid Row’s “I Remember You,” and Foreigner’s “I Wanna Know What Love Is.”

  • Reason2012

    // The owner of a “Christian rock” festival is asserting that his staff members “need more Jesus” after they threatened a walkout if the homosexual frontman of the band Everyday Sunday wasn’t scrubbed from the event lineup. //

    Might as well have read “The owner of a “christian rock” festival is asserting that his staff members “need more Jesus” after they threatened a walkout if the self-admitted unrepentant sinner who will not stop sinning frontman of the band Everyday Sunday wasn’t scrubbed from the event lineup.”

    Make no mistake: if a person claims to be a Christian, but continues in open, unrepentant sin, they are only kidding themselves.

    1 John 2:3-4 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

    // “I have been suppressing these attractions and feelings since adolescence,” he said. “Trying not to be gay has only led to a desire for intimacy in friendships which pushed friends away, and it has resulted in a marriage where I couldn’t love or satisfy my wife in a way that she needed.” //

    Might as well read. “I Have been suppressing the desires for adultery and fornication since adolescence. Trying not to act on my desires for adultery just made me not want to satisfy my wife in a way that she needed.”

    // “I am never going to be able to change how I am, and no matter how healthy our relationship becomes, it’s never going to change what I know deep down: that I am gay,” he stated.//

    Might as well read “I am never going to be able to change how I am, and no matter how healthy our relationship becomes, it’s never going to change how I lust for other women and need to get with some of them as well”

    // He also said he wants the Church to accept homosexuality. //

    Might as well read “He wants the Church to accept unrepentant sinners who live in open sin. He wants the church to accept fornication and adultery”

    // “I am overwhelmed, and honored, to announce that I will be the FIRST OPENLY GAY ARTIST TO EVER PLAY A MAJOR CHRISTIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL!!!” he wrote (caps in original).//

    Might as well read “I am overwhelmed, and honored, to announce that I will be the FIRST OPENLY UNREPENTANT WILLFUL SINNING ARTIST TO EVER PLAY A MAJOR CHRISTIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL!!!”

    Matthew 7:20-23 “[Jesus said] Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

    Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

    Do not be deceived, many professing Christians are going to end up in_hell. If “Christians” that performed miracles, prophesied in Jesus’ name and cast out devils are cast into_hell, what chance have we got if we start pretending God is ok with some sins and refuse to repent?

    Christians need to think twice about going to an even marked “Christian” that instead openly mocks God / Jesus Christ.

  • Reason2012

    // Roper told the outlet that he doesn’t believe the Bible is “clear enough” on the issue of homosexuality. //

    Yes, and adulterers would say the Bible’s not clear enough on adultery, fornicators will say the Bible’s not clear enough on fornication.

    No, God’s Word is very clear about homosexual behavior (whether a person claims to be “homosexual” or not)

    Homosexual behavior is most literally pointed out as a sin, and God has not changed on that regard. But if a person has those inclinations but does not act upon them, does not dwell in lust upon others, but is instead struggling against them to avoid them, then it’s not a sin. It’s just like sinful inclinations of any kind: it’s acting upon it when it becomes a sin.

    And this is what God says about sin and specifically the behavior of homosexuality:

    Romans 1:26-27 ”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.”

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ”Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [men who willingly take on the part of a “woman” with another man], nor abusers of themselves with mankind [s odomites], (10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

    1 Timothy 1:9-10 ”Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, (10) For_whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind [s odomites], for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;”

    Jude 1:7 ”Even as_Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

    Luke 17:29 ”[Jesus said] But the same day that Lot went out of_Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.”

    Matthew 19:4-6 ”And he [Jesus] answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, (5) And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (6) Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

    Jesus made it quite clear God made us male and female so that a man will leave his father and mother (not two fathers, not three mothers and so on) and cleave onto his wife (not his husband and so on).

    The Word of God rebukes us all – even if we all try to say we don’t believe the Bible, the very Word of God will be our judge when we face Him. And God is a righteous judge and will judge us all – not turn a blind eye to our sin. Do not be deceived by the world: it’s God we will have to convince that His word was a lie, not men. What happened in Noah’s day when the entire world rejected God? Did God spare them because there were so many? No – they all perished except for Noah and his family!

    Proverbs 9:10 ”The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

    God spared not His chosen people – we are kidding ourselves if we think He will spare the United States of America if we choose to blatantly turn away from Him.

    Jeremiah 12:17 ”But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.”

    Luke 17:28-30 “So also as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; (29) but the day Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from the heaven and destroyed them all. (30) Even so it shall be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

    Romans 1:18-32 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold [suppress] the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

    For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

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

    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: 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.

    And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, m urder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

    The entire Bible points out men having_sex with men is an abomination. Likewise woman having_sex with women. It’s not just Paul that pointed it out.

    Genesis 19:4-13 “But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of S odom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them [men wanting to have_sex with men].

    And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing [he offers his daughters to be_raped to keep them from having_sex with another man – shows_rape is not the issue but male on male_sex]; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

    And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

    And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.”

    These two messengers were sent to destroy that place before the event where they tried to_rape these messengers.

    Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

    Leviticus 20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination …”

    Even cross-dressing is an abomination:

    Deuteronomy 22:5 “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”

    Deuteronomy 23:17 “There shall be no_whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a s odomite of the sons of Israel.”

    1 Kings 22:46 “And the remnant of the s odomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.”

    1 Kings 15:11-12 “And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. And he took away the s odomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.”

    2 Kings 23:7 “And he brake down the houses of the s odomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.”

    Ezekiel 16:49-50 “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister S odom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.”

    And the “pride” parades about homosexuality are more of the same.

    Matthew 19:4-5 “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”

    Not father and father. Not mother and mother. Not his husband.

    And only two people of opposite gender can become “one flesh”.

    Live forever, people – not temporarily only to be cast out for living for the things of this world.

    May God/Jesus Christ be glorified!

  • Becky

    “He [Trey Pearson] also said he wants the Church to accept homosexuality.”

    And that’s the crux of the matter…Gay Pearson, along with all homosexual activists, want their lewd behavior infiltrated into everything, especially churches. No Christian will ever accept it.

    • Thomas Dowdy-Winslett

      Or the anti-gay activist want to impose their judgement on everyone else and be applauded for it. Why else would they make such a show of their beliefs. Jesus does not condemn gay people, why should you or anyone else. You will be judged by the measure you judge. Jesus does not require you to not work or associate with the lepers, or widows, poor, or despised of society. Jesus only calls us to love one another as we would be loved. Anything else including grandiose show of “faith” and indignation is nothing but sounding symbols which amount to nothing. If you want to do good deeds do them in secret. If you want to cast stones at the wicked you will be condemned.

      • buckrod73

        Nice try! It is not our judgement we are dealing with here. It is Gods! Read Romans 1. That is not me or anyone else, it is God. Jesus did not “only” call us to love. He himself called the Pharisees “white-washed sepulchers.” We are to tell the truth in love. Try as you may, the scriptures are clear on homosexuality being wrong. Again, nice try!

        • Thomas Dowdy-Winslett

          Clearly you do not believe in all of Jesus’ words but pick and choose as you wish to justify your own desires. Jesus clearly said Do not judge. Do not cast the first stone. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?
          Anyone who refuses to work with a person because they believe they are sinful is failing to follow the teachings of Jesus.
          I don’t know what scriptures you are misreading that lead you to believe you are the judge of anyone other than yourself. I do know many pulpits are filled with fire and brimstone mouthpieces that love to do exactly as you claim to have the right to do. Just because others do something doesn’t mean it is God’s will or sanctioned by God.

          • Susan

            In your words “pick and choose”…and is this not what you do? Do you not know the scripture when it says if you see your brother or sister in sin, you are to go talk to them? That is only the beginning of where we can judge. It is NOT judging the person, but the sin. And if someone calls you brother but continues in his sin, you are not even to eat with him. We are not talking about judging the unsaved here…they do not know better, but yes, we are to judge the fruit of those who say they are a Christian. You are right…we cannot “pick or choose” but even Jesus said “go, and sin no more” when he spoke. So yes, we can judge actions and words. And may we all continue to pray for those who say they are a brother or sister, and we see them sin. And may we go and speak with them. Not to condemn them, but to encourage them to repent of their sin.

          • Amos Moses

            “I don’t know what scriptures you are misreading that lead you to believe you are the judge of anyone other than yourself.”

            Try these ………..

            Matthew 7 Read the WHOLE chapter

            Matthew 18:15

            John 7:24

            2 Timothy 3:16

            1 Corinthians 5 & 6

            1 Corinthians 2:15

            Proverbs 27:5, Proverbs 31:9

          • Amos Moses

            “Anyone who refuses to work with a person because they believe they are sinful is failing to follow the teachings of Jesus.”

            And did Christ agree to work with these people …… for the most part the homosexual denies he is doing anything wrong ….. he denies the truth … he denies Christ …. he is under the law and not under grace ….. he needs to be brought to conviction of his crimes against Christ before he comes under grace …… how can they do that if they do not hear the law ……

            Matthew
            12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
            12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
            12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
            12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
            12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
            12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

            Matthew
            23:19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
            23:20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.
            23:21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
            23:22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.
            23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
            23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
            23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
            23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
            23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
            23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
            23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
            23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
            23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
            23:32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
            23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
            23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
            23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
            23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
            23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chicken under her wings, and ye would not!
            23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
            23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

      • Amos Moses

        Wow ………. you sure can mix and match scripture out of context and it all amounts to nothing ………. try quoting some scripture in context …. it does not come out the way you are trying to present it ………. and you accuse others of “picking and choosing” ……… again ……. WOW ……………..

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Homosexuality practically causes mankind to have sexual lust over everyone and everthing in existence. (Genesis ch.19, Leviticus ch.18-20, Jude ch.1) Such immorality hurts children the most. Exposure to homosexuality is a child-abuse, since innocence is children’s human rights. Jesus cursed those who hurt children. The Westerners got quite lost this century by applying racial equality upon sexual immorality. Racism is an average defect among mankind but the inclination to Sodomy is abnormal even among the pagans. The West should stop forcing Sodomy upon the nations and upon the children; it’s so suicidal.

    • http://shadow-ax.bandcamp.com/ Rocker83

      Totally agree! I am heartbroken over both Trey Pearson’s defection to the ways of the world and Reese Roper’s willingness to align himself and his band (Five Iron Frenzy) with this foolishness. I miss the old FIF. They weren’t like this originally. Before they went on hiatus in 2003, they stood boldly for the Truth of Jesus Christ. I don’t know what happened between 2003 and 2012 that caused them to sell out the way they have, but I do know that until they get right with God again, I will not go to their concerts or buy anything they are selling.

  • Shelly

    Pearson doesn’t believe that change is possible? I agree with him. Change isn’t possible on our own. When you really meet Jesus, truly accept Him as Lord of your life, He will bring the change. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

    • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

      Praise Jesus! o/ ♪

  • Josey

    Pearson, a professing Christian, said that he doesn’t believe that change is possible, and was trying to figure out how to only be friends with his wife instead of her spouse.
    Not only is sodomy condemned by God but adultery is to and the only remedy is to repent of selfishness and wanton lust and trust in the saving work Jesus Christ accomplished for us. Romans 10:4 “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.”
    You don’t have faith in Christ Jesus to deliver and change you. You are no believer in Him for anyone who comes to the cross authentically repentant is changed from dark to light. colossians 1:12,13 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: There is an immediate change when one comes to Christ and then there begins a daily work as we grow up into Him, we must rely on the truth that we can do nothing apart from Christ but can do all things through Him who gives us strength. We have to daily resist the devil for he is going around as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.

    2 Timothy 3:1-3 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
    These who would walk away if this unbeliever is allowed to participate in this Christian music festival are obeying God’s word, They are blessed for standing and being obedient to the truth as written in God’s word, may God keep them strong in the power of His might!

  • dtom1955

    Read your bible Mr. Diello, it will strengthen your doctrine.

  • DLCraig

    There can be no peace, no compromise, no middle ground between sound Christian doctrine and those who would soften and water it down. A personal story might help to explain:

    There is a famous composer and arranger of Christian hymns who is well known to my family; my mother-in-law was his piano teacher and they have stayed in touch with him for decades. Many of his arrangements appear in numerous hymnals and are dedicated to both my in-laws.

    It is a closely guarded family secret that this man is a homosexual. He has admitted his attraction to men only to his closest friends; we have kept the secret and will continue to do so. He knows that homosexuality is a sin and has never taken a lover or had any sexual relationship in his life. He has simply honored The Lord through his music and many reading this now have been blessed by his talents.

    To have a sinful attraction and not act upon it demonstrates Christian strength and honors God. To be tempted is not a sin.

    How many Church scandals would have been avoided if heterosexual pastors had simply not given in to their attraction for strange flesh? The practicing homosexual cannot be part of a Christian community any more than the profession heterosexual Christian who sleeps around. All sinners who actively resit temptation must be allowed to flourish within the Christian community regardless of how you view that temptation.

    • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

      Truth with dignity. Thank you, this was a great post. Praise Jesus! o/ ♥

      • DLCraig

        Thank you dear… I appreciate your recognition and discernment…

  • Crusader777

    Their is no such thing as a gay Christian. The Bible is very clear that all those that continue in their sins will have no place in Heaven.

    Galations 5:16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
    17 For the flesh craves what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.
    They are opposed to one another, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; 20 idolatry and sorcery; hatred, discord, jealousy, and rage; rivalries, divisions, factions, 21 and envy; drunkenness, carousing,
    and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who practice such
    things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no Law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us walk in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying one another.

    When you accept Jesus as your savior you make a commitment to follow his laws and commandments and to be a disciple of Christ.
    Salvation is repenting of your sins and asking for forgiveness with the promise of becoming a believer in God’s Word, a follower of His commandments and a disciple of Jesus Christ.
    Without repentance there is no salvation. Without a true change in ones sinful nature to one that desires to follow Jesus there is no salvation. Grace covers repented sin and it is not a tenant of the faith that gives you a free pass to live like the world and still go to Heaven. God knows every mans heart and the battles we all face as we clean ourselves up to conform to the image of Jesus Christ and walk out our salvation.
    We have a Church filled with wolves leading the sheep astray with lies and the doctrines of men and demons. Jesus forgave all sin and was very clear in saying to the adulteress at the well found in John 8:10b…”Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
    11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and SIN NO MORE.”
    John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

  • jael2

    True Believers in Jesus Christ, who hold fast to the Word of God, are facing an onslaught of ridicule and shaming by those who espouse another “jesus” and another “gospel”. They call good evil and evil good.
    So WWJD? He would say to those who hold to such views: ” unless you repent, you will all likewise perish”. Not only will those who practice such things spend eternity in hell, but also those who approve of it. ( Romans 1)

  • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

    So many things wrong with this whole event.

  • http://www.rejectingjesus.com Acalibre

    Embrace your sexuality, Trey, and dump the BS.

  • Mary Lyons

    Homosexuals are only fooling themselves when they say they are a “Christian homosexual.” God doesn’t wink at sin, or has a list of “acceptable” sin. NEVER. This is why His dear precious Son, Christ went to the cross. For a homosexual to say that they are a Christian are being deceived by the devil. God has already said in Romans, Chapter One that He has given them over to their depraved minds and they a judged to go to hell because they refuse to acknowledge God or His Son, Jesus Christ. Romans 1:18-32He also said he wants the Church to accept homosexuality.

    “I want to see my church change. I want to see our denomination change,” Pearson said. “I want to see people to be willing to have the conversation in an open way where they are willing to listen to people’s stories.” Well, Mr. Pearson, any born-again, Spirit filled Christian KNOWS what God has said about homosexuality and obviously, whatever church you went to allowed you to think that you were a born again, Spirit-filled Christian, when in reality you had a false conversion. There is NOWHERE in the Bible that condones such perversion. I hope and pray that you will wake up and realize that you have been lied to. God has already judged you, unless you truly see your pitiful state, you and all your unbelieving friends are going to hell. This is what God says.

    God is NOT willing that you perish, but if you continue on in your deceived thinking, you will perish and it will be your choice. Believe it or not, homosexuality is a CHOICE. You are NOT born that way no matter what anyone tells you. If you had a true conversion, you would certainly see that homosexuality is stench in God’s nostrils. Sad thing is, you have never had a need for Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in your life. You don’t understand what sin really is, when you insist that “you want to see the church change.” That will never happen Mr. Pearson. God protects His church, which is the body of Christ and He says He WILL chop out at the root those branches that are dead.

  • Gena B

    No such thing as a ‘gay’ Christian, only people who convince themselves that what God deems sin is not really sin. Christians that truly love God will love what He loves and hate what He hates. It’s not about what we want or feel or even like, it’s about the Father and has always been about the Father for those who know the truth.