Right or wrong, it does take guts to do what this pastor did. Pastor Antonio Rocquemore of Power House International Ministries in Chicago told a man in his service on Sunday night to "put on man clothes."
During a service began by praise and worship, Rocquemore called out a male member of the church who was dressed as a woman. "Can you leave my church and go put on man clothes?" he asked. "And don't come here like that no more," he continued, as some in the congregation began agreeing out loud.
"I hold a standard in here. Whatever you do on the outside is your business, but I will not let drag queens come in here. And if you're gonna come in here you're gonna come in here dressed like a man .... If you're a man, dress like a man. If you're a woman, dress like a woman. I'm not going to allow it. My salvation is more important and God is holding me accountable," he added. "... you will not be wearing weaves and heels and fooling people up in here."
According to Rocquemore, the man had been counseled several times previously about wearing men's clothing in the church. The pastor even says that the man, who remains anonymous, wanted help to overcome his gender confusion.
"He was not put out the church because he was gay. First of all I don't bash nothing. I don't separate sin. Sin is sin. There is no need to bash one or the other if you're preaching the word," Rocquemore said, reports the Christian Post.
"When you join my church, all the rules and regulations is told to you then. If you ever slip up [on the rules] we would still take you privately and go over them again. This particular situation, this young man was told several times in private. I went to him personally myself," the pastor said.
"He challenged me publicly and I challenged him back publicly. I asked the young man to leave. There was no security taking him out ... sir can you please change clothes," Rocquemore explained.
However, someone in the service (many presume it to be the transgender man in question) named Christian James Lhuillier videotaped the service and posted in online, saying the member should not have been called out like that.
"Some of y'all are going to have to excuse my language but I am tired of this (expletive). In a place that is supposed to be a place of change, a place of deliverance, whatever you want to call it why would you destroy someone in front of a room full of people?" Lhuillier asked.
"This is the kind of (expletive) that causes people to go home and commit suicide. (expletive) like this is the reason that the church has no power in 2018 because they are so worried about the wrong things. I know drag queens and transsexuals that can pray you out of sickness faster and some of these preachers that collect your love offerings every Sunday," he said.
"I would have turned that church clean out do you hear me!!!!!!!!! It's time for us to stand up for what we believe and stand in our truth and walk away from these ministries that bash who we are. Too many illegitimate relationships have been created trying to conform to a mold you were never meant to fit. I have a great deal of respect for the house of God. But I wish upon wishes upon wishes that had been me. The city of Chicago would never forget my name!" Lhuillier concluded.
Lhuillier's video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times and has been getting very strong and mixed reactions. Some think it was entirely inappropriate and hurtful for the pastor to publicly call out the man, while others think it was the pastor's right to do so and that he was taking a strong, biblical stand.
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