The story made me remember what my father said about ministers who were gay even before 1988 and in ministry with a congregation who did not know they were gay.
The congregation was happy with their minister for years. However, once the minister was open and honest about being gay, the congregation became very upset. My father would ask the question: Why did sexuality make that big of a difference? If the person had the gifts and skills for ministry before declaring being gay, what changed after the minister came out? Had the minister lost all their skills and gifts overnight? What difference does sexuality make to abilities?
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