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Openly Gay Megachurch Pastor Talks More About Coming Out Of The Closet!

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As we've reported, Jim Swilley, a Bishop of a Georgia megachurch, came out as a homosexual man to his congregation, in response to the string of suicides in gay youth happening all over the country.

He recently sat down to discuss his decision to come out with CNN's Don Lemon, and opened up about being married to a woman, talking to his children about his sexual preference, and what it actually says in the Scriptures about homosexuality.

Check out the fascinating interview (above)!

We cannot thank this man enough for his incredible bravery.

The sad reality is that there's most likely been an unbelievable backlash from the church, but we hope he can keep in mind what an incredibly powerful and selfless thing he's done for so many confused individuals out there!

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26 comments to “Openly Gay Megachurch Pastor Talks More About Coming Out Of The Closet!”

  1. 1

    I am offended that the comercial beefore the clip is set to "Silent Night" and yet they show Muslim, Jewish and Hindu babies. Very insensitive CNN. Shame on you.

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    "…in response to the string of suicides in gay youth happening all over the country."

    Better: …in response to the string of suicides AMONG gay youthS happening all over the country."

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    Guess who is driving the bus to HELL!!!!!

    This guy is!

    You can't suck dick and preach about God's love……really fucked up.

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    What a courageous man. Knowing what he'll face from those who call themselves "Christians" and yet embrace all things evil - hatred, judgment, rage - that takes incredible bravery. God is LOVE, and God loves us all - no exceptions.

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    Re: URwhatUeat – Well said my dear friend!!!

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    I hate to see the nasty responses to this. This was such a brave thing for him to do. He didn't come out because he was caught in a scandal. He is not crying for forgiveness after a drug fueled night with a prostitute. And this doesn't change his beliefs or his message.

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    Shut up. You're a big ol hypocrite.

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    Re: URwhatUeat – You are saying that you can't be sexual and be a bringer of God's word. That simply isn't true. There are sects of christianity that believe that a pastor shouldn't be married so as to be able to fully focus on God and leading His flock. There are others that do not believe this and their pastors are married with children and experience all that goes along with that. I do not believe that you can't be homosexual and filled with the Spirit. I know and love someone who is probably the most spiritually devout person I know…and he is also gay. I just find it very difficult to believe that the God I love would turn his back on people who love and serve Him faithfully, simply because they are gay. Gay doesn't mean inherently evil. Heck, there are heterosexuals who openly raise more hell.

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    the best part was when he was talking about the parts of the bible and what they say to do and how the church brain wash's people. More people should watch this and maybe they will learn that just because the bible says something doesnt mean we do it.

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    What an immoral fuck up!! Shame on that ass fucker.

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    Re: Jaye1980 – Another moron making excuses to make their vile behavior seem OK. Disgusting how you make your own rules to suit your ugly behaviors.

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    Ever since someone linked this to me, it has changed my view on the bible, and i think it makes some since :) :
    The word being translated to "homosexual" in 1 Corithians 6, and 1 Timothy 1 is "arsenokoitai." This word does not appear in Greek writings prior to Paul's use of it in the NT.
    Nobody knows for sure what meaning Paul was trying to convey by it's use. If the meaning Paul wanted to convey was homosexual, then he would have used the word "paiderasste", which was the term used at the time for male homosexual. The word "paiderasste" does not appear in the Bible.
    "Arsenokoitai" is made up of two parts: "arsen" means "man"; "koitai" means "beds." Literally translated "arsenokoitai" is a "male-bedder." It is interesting to note that during the time of Martin Luther, the word was universally translated as masturbators untill the 20th century.
    Male-bedder has also been interpreted to mean a male prostitute. Which seems to me would be much closer to it's meaning than homosexual.

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    The Greek word being translated as effeminate is "malakoi." The word appears two other times in the NT, both times being translated as "soft." Taken in the context of this passage some believe it to actually mean "soft in morals." Within it's context, that meaning makes more sense than it does as a descriptive of a person's outward mannerisms.
    Jesus, himself, never says one word against homosexuality. If it is the grave sin it is made out to be, then you would think that Jesus would have mentioned it.
    In fact, Jesus may have confirmed that homosexuals are from birth in Matthew 19:11. The modern meaning of the word eunuch is a castrated male. However, in ancient times it was a broad term that included any man who lacked sexual desire for women for whatever reason. Hence, their use as chamberlains or officers in the Bible.
    Jesus even states that not everyone can accept this word. If the ancient term "eunuch" did indeed include homosexuals (some surviving ancient Roman literature points to this), then Jesus was proven right, some cannot accept that homosexuality is normal and natural from birth

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    Cool! We jsut had the 1st person in our family come out. So I have been tested to put my tolerance out there. It isn't easy and I am shocked at the hatred some of my family has directed to this person. Sad. So sad. But I am determined to be there for them and do all I can to be supportive.

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    Re: kissmyassobama – your name is "kissmyassobama." you call people "immoranl fuck up[s]" and "ass fuckers," and you are calling someone ELSE out on "making excuses to make vile behaviour seem ok… making [their] own rules to suit [their] ugly behvaiors"????? The only ugly and vile behaviour I see is YOURS. Maybe you should look on changing the way you carry yourself/express your opinions before you start judging other people for their struggles. Because you just sound like a hypocrite.

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    People, people. It is amazing that you think you have a handle of what God "thinks" really. The basic tenant of Christianity is Do Unto Others and Love your Neighbor as Yourself. If you really choose to believe it is a sin, then you still are bound to Love that person. God has made a diverse and amazing world of people - sorry if everyone doesn't fit into what you would like. Stop the hate.

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    I grew up in the city where his church was. The church is called CHURCH IN THE NOW. It was a huge mall-looking church & you had to pay to go to service. We figured it was a cult. But I think it was just a Christian church that was HUGE. He is strong to come out because of recent suicides. Love it.

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    Bravo Jim Swilley!
    Pastors, Ministers, Priests could all take lessons from you on what a true religious leader should be.
    I wish you well.

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    Re: URwhatUeat – Spoken like a true retard!

  21. 21

    Very brave. His father was my pastor and had a huge multi-racial following which is rare here in Columbus, Ga.

  22. 22

    I think this pastor is the confused one. He needs to resign and it's a shame he brings negative publicity to his church. The bible does NOT defend homosexuality; he just twists the word to his preferences…what's convienant to him.

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    seriously.. I miss the celeb gossip. This has turned into a platform for all these gay… bring back the celebs!

  24. 24

    I actually feel sorry for this man. He's a proven liar and deceitful person, not only in deceiving his wife and family, but also his church members. Contrary to what many of you here have posted, Christians don't promote hate against gays, but that behavior is against our beliefs and to accept it is to turn away from our faith. Something I am not willing to do.

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    1. Do not assume that you know a church's reaction to an openly gay pastor just because his church is in Georgia or that it is a "Christian" organization.

    2. Church in the Now, the church where Bishop Swilley is the pastor, is a cult. In order to become a member of the church they require you to give them your tax statements and require that 10% of your pay check is automatically given to them. They are money hungry and it would not surprise me if this is just another stunt to get more people into the church.

    3. Before you go idolizing some people just because they are openly homosexual, actually learn something about their character. I went to high school with two of his kids and I know who he is. He isn't someone to look up to. He is someone who has spent years openly bashing homosexuals on the pulpit and brainwashing his congregation to fill his own pocket all in the name of Christ. Is he still your hero?

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    Re: kissmyassobama – hah you exemplify exactly what is wrong with todays religious right… you put yourself on some moral platform which makes you blind to seeing the obvious contradiction of calling someone an 'assfucker' but still feel entitled to judge whether someone is immoral or not. You preach hate and intolerance, by the standards of your own religion, you are immoral, hateful and evil.