(Frontlines Exclusive) A local controversy has sprung up in Springfield Missouri that could carry national significance. April 22, Pastor John Lindell, senior pastor of James River Assembly, was invited to address the City Council of Springfield concerning a proposal that would add protections for gay and transgender residents to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance. Pastor Lindell was asked to offer a theological perspective which he did by advocating love for all while still holding to strict adherence to scripture.
Lindell opened his address by saying, “let me make it clear that as followers of Christ we do not hate anyone. According to our faith and the teaching of the Bible, we would regard everyone in this room (myself included) as sinners in need of God’s grace and forgiveness…That being said, I think it is important to make the clear distinction when discussing issues of sexual orientation and gender identity that disagreement is NOT discrimination.” (1)
Pastor Lindell then provided the theological perspective he was asked to bring, clearly stating the Biblical teaching concerning homosexuality and also providing a case for the adverse ramifications that lie ahead if the council choose to go ahead with the ordinance.
Dr George Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God described Lindell’s address as “Biblical but loving, recognizing homosexuality as a sin no greater than any other with which we all struggle” (2).
Read more at Frontlines