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Georgia Church Insists Pastor's Pro-Gay Speech Wasn't Support For Gay Marriage (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Pastor E. Dewey Smith Jr., of the House of Hope Atlanta Greater Travelers Rest church in Decatur, Georgia, recently gave an emotional speech about the hypocrisy within churches that oppose homosexuals (video below).

Smith's nearly five-minute speech, which was part of his sermon, went viral after it was posted online last week.

In the video, Dewey clearly directs his comments at people who were angry at the U.S. Supreme Court and went on to say how churches were dehumanizing gay people, but also using them to further churches via their musical talents, which Dewey compared to slave owners exploiting slaves.

Smith's sermon was applauded by pro-LGBT advocates, but Tigia Finn, an executive assistant to Smith, released a church statement on July 27 to The Christian Post:

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"That (video) clip was posted without our knowledge by someone who was in attendance and gives absolutely no context concerning the overall message. Since that time enumerable (sic) media outlets have posted the clip with captions best suited for their journalistic and editorial priorities. It's important to know that the descriptions of the posted sermon clip are not the opinions of E. Dewey Smith Jr.

"By no means is Smith now, nor has he ever been a proponent of same-sex marriage. Smith has always believed and taught that marriage is only designed for a man and a woman. This reality was clearly stated during the sermon but not included for some reason by the person who posted the clip. Smith believes that same-sex marriage isn't the Will of God.

"Many publications have tried to present the message as affirmation of equal rights for the LGBT community. Regardless of how the clip is "bent" that was not the content nor intent of the message. The message was taken from Acts 8:1-8 and presented the responsibility of the 'church leaving Jerusalem and going to evangelize in Samaria.' The clip that you heard referenced a pastor who was born as a hermaphrodite.

"It also dealt with the historical challenges associated with the Jews ministering to the Samaritans. The message spoke of the hindrances and hypocrisy associated with ministering to people considered as 'outcasts.'

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"The aim of the message was simply for believers to learn how Philip preached and walked out the message of Christ. As a result of Philip's ministry, many 'unclean' Samaritans were healed, delivered and set free.

"The message was designed to encourage the church, not to omit self-examination, while also examining our 21st century context. The goal of ministry should be deliverance."

Acts 8:1-8 never mentions homosexuals or hypocrisy. The verses state how Saul — later known as the Apostle Paul after his conversion — was persecuting Christians and how Philip went to a city in Samaria and preached Christianity, notes BibleGateway.com.

EEW Magazine reported in 2014 that Dewey retweeted words by a lesbian Bishop, Yvette Flunder, who said: “There’s a disproportionate number of same gender-loving people who are the heads of music in conservative churches.”

Smith also retweeted Flunder saying: "Just about every good gospel song has been written by or performed by a same gender-loving person.”

Sources: The Christian Post, BibleGateway.comEEW Magazine / Photo credit: YouTube Screenshot