On Sunday, August 26, 2012, a LGBT group cancels protesting Fire Church in Concord, NC.
A local NC LGBT group set out to protest at Fire Church in Concord, NC. Fire Church is pastored by Scott Volk and is home of Dr. Michael Brown. Brown is a Christian apologist who is no stranger to LGBT issues. Many in the gay community are probably aware that Brown wrote A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been and has addressed the pro-homosexual lifestyle numerous times on his radio show, The Line of Fire.
The LGBT group posted a message about the protest on the events calender at the Qnotes website for a Peaceful Protest of Fire Church in Concord.
MAKE YOUR SIGNS, AND BANNERS!!
Keep the love going as we peacefully protest Fire church Sunday after pride. During the pride event you will have a chance to hear Flip Benham and other representatives of Fire church throwing damnation our way. Lets show them that they cannot come into our community and intimidate us.
We will meet just before Service begins, and protest as they gather, we will have a silent protest as service is going and let them have it as they leave for the day.
Remember we will be peaceful and respectful, something they don’t understand. We are going to STAND TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY to show that our love is stronger than their hate.
Later that Sunday Pastor Volk commented on the Qnotes post.
Actually, the protestors ended up leaving early today because they said we were nice, loving, and didn’t deserve a protest. So, I’m thankful that our love did win out.
On the following Monday Dr. Brown addressed the attempted protest on his radio show leaving the following comment on his website.
I received a wonderful call from Jeff, the organizer of the gay protest at FIRE Church this Sunday. He called to apologize, and we are looking forward to meeting together face to face.
What a pleasant outcome so far. I am curious about what will come of further dialogue between those at Fire Church and some from this LGBT group.
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
(Romans 12:17-21 ESV)