According to an announcement posted in Q-Notes, the LGBT newspaper of the Carolinas, there will be a peaceful protest outside of our FIRE Church services this Sunday morning, August 26th. I am presently in Canada and will not be there to greet them, but this is my personal word of welcome on behalf of our entire leadership team and congregation.
On behalf of FIRE Church, I want to extend to you the warmest welcome and let you know that we are thrilled that you are here with us on Sunday. We have been praying for you for a long time!
As always, you will only meet with love, kindness, and respect from the FIRE leadership and congregants, and we proclaim to you once again the amazing grace of God. Jesus died to save us from our sins, heterosexual and homosexual alike, and only in Him can we find forgiveness, redemption, and transformation. Jesus alone is the Healer, Savior, Deliverer, and Transformer.
It has been my personal joy to have shared meals together with the last two editors of Q-Notes as well as to have given an open mic to the past editor of Q-Notes so he could share his own story in our church building. Our doors are open to you, our hearts are open to you, and as Jesus gave Himself for your salvation and wellbeing, we are committed to following in His footsteps.
Should you ever want to have an open forum for the purpose of mutually respectful discussion on the issues that divide us, we would gladly host that event in our church building or participate in one of yours. Let us know what we can do to help make that happen.
If you are looking for Rev. Flip Benham, as per your announcement, he has an independent ministry in the city and is not affiliated with FIRE. I trust he will be happy to meet you face to face as well.