Christian Author Jonathan Merritt Outed: Had “inappropriate” actions with gay blogger…
Here we go again. Put another notch on ‘closeted christians exposed belt’. When will the self loathing ever end?
Jonathan Merritt a columnist whose work has been published on sites like USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor and The Atlantic, who is also the son of James Merrit, the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and currente pastor at an Atlanta mega-church (well that’s enough to keep you in the closet) has admitted to an “inappropriate” actions with a fellow gay blogger.
Now normally this would not be big news if Merritt was not anti-gay. He recently wrote and article explaining why we shouldn’t boycott Chick-fil-A. And in a past article explained why us gays need to stop hating the people who want to deny us marriage equality. Honey, just focus on not hating yourself.
Merritt claims that he was sexually abused by and older boy when he was a child and leads you to believe that caused his homosexuality. I am so tired of the abuse excuse a lot of these “Christians” will use to excuse their MALE ATTRACTION. You are born with your sexual orientation and no experience in your life is going to change that.
Here is what he said to Ed Stetzer:
“In 2009, I was contacted by the blogger [Azariah Southworth] in response to an article I wrote about just that–that Christians must love people who experience sexual brokenness. We corresponded several times by email and text for a couple of weeks, some of them inappropriate. When I was traveling through a city near him, we met for dinner because we’d corresponded so recently. As we were saying goodbye, we had physical contact that went beyond the bounds of friendship. I was overcome with guilt, knowing I had put myself in an unwise situation. We never saw each other again and we ceased contact after a period of time.
“When I returned home, I saw a Christian counselor to address the events in my life and sort through my childhood and what I believed God wanted for me. I also began to acknowledge to myself that I have sin in my past, sin for which I accept responsibility. Inappropriate texting, inappropriate actions are inappropriate no matter who the other party is. These were my decisions and no one else’s. It’s from my brokenness, that I feel I can now be transparent, honest, and authentic about these accusations. Those close to me know I have actually been planning to share the story of my brokenness for some time. Because it is part of my spiritual journey. And because it underscores the power of the Gospel to transform lives.” – Anti-gay Christian author Jonathan Merritt, in an interview just posted to the blog of evangelist Ed Setzer.
Some where Alan Chambers is popping a bone…
via Joe. My. God.: Outed Christian Author Jonathan Merritt: Yes, I Had Sex With Azariah Southworth But I Swear I Am Totally Not Gay!.