Thursday, October 16, 2008

In Response to Jim Smyrl's "Point of View"



Apparently someone failed to warn you that your "point of view" will remain in the Google cache forever. Your own words can never be taken back and that should upset you because as a pastor, you have failed your flock.

As the executive pastor of education at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL, you have done a disservice to those that you purportedly educate.

Your mission I assume, is to teach the word of God but I hope that I don't need to remind you that bearing false witness is a sin and when you twist people's words to suit yourself, you are doing just that. Need I remind you that all sins are equal in God's eyes?

In People Magazine this month Clay Aiken said about his son:

"I have no idea if he'll be gay or straight. It's not something I'll have anything to do with, or that he'll have anything to do with. It's already probably up inside the code there ... No matter what the situation you're in, if you're raised in a loving environment, that's the most important thing."


You falsely interpreted Clay's words like this:

"Sadly, the context of his statements is in reference to the apparent hope that his son will walk in his father’s homosexual footsteps, and, if he does, he should be man enough to let people know he is gay."


Apparently you can't be trusted to interpret plain language never mind the Bible. What Clay said was that he doesn't know his son's future and that he will raise his son in a loving environment because that is the most important thing. All parents should be as caring and accepting as that.

To add insult to injury , you presume that Clay will lie to his son about some obscure study from the Netherlands. Ironically, you make that unfounded accusation right after you lied about what Clay said.

You go on to reference Pitirim Sorokin’s study that analyzed cultures over thousands of years and concluded that cultures allowing gay unions almost without exception ceased to survive as a society.

Ironically, you don't mention that some churches have been plagued with charges of child molestation. Now there's a topic you should rant about. Is it any wonder that churches are struggling to survive?

You said:

"Before we raise ourselves above our own level of purity, let’s look at verse 32. There we see that our silence in regards to homosexuality is synonymously as depraved as the sin itself. When opportunities arise for Christians to voice their views regarding moral issues and we remain silent, we approve by apathy the sinful course of society."




Therefore Jim, I am morally obligated to use my voice and condemn you for encouraging hate toward your brother in Christ. You took God's place and judged your fellow man and compounded that sin by bearing false witness. Turn your righteous indignation on yourself where it belongs.

Shame on you for your intolerant and un-Christian character. God said "Judge not lest ye be judged" You can't hide behind religion... hate is a sin. God is disappointed in you and Google never forgets.

Coming out day? By Jim Smyrl

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31 comments:

  1. BRAVO!!!!

    There's really nothing more to say

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  2. BRAVO Chexxxy!! Your response is
    right on.

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  3. I wanted to answer his lies but you did a much much better job than I ever could.

    Jim Smyrl took God's place and judged his fellow man and compounded the sin of that by bearing false witness against Clay Aiken.

    Bravo Chexxxy.

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  4. Anonymous10:42 AM

    EXCELLENT blog.

    If I were a member of Jim Smyrl's church, I would be looking for another church. His words can not be trusted.

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  5. claniac2410:51 AM

    GREAT post, Chexxxy. I hope it gets worldwide distribution. You did a terrific job unmasking this purported "Man of God". The Christians I know tell me that the the greatest Commandment is that we love one another. They clearly don't attend Jim Smyrl's church.

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  6. Anonymous10:53 AM

    As a changed person in Christ, I thought the pastor's blog was judgmental and inaccurate. Why would a man of God seem so full of hatred? When he decided to misquote and exaggerate, his own words convicted him instead of the subject of his blog. Shame on you.

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  7. Jim Smyrl judged his fellow man and lied. He believes he follows the word of Jesus? No.

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  8. "Before we raise ourselves above our own level of purity, let’s look at verse 32. There we see that our silence in regards to homosexuality is synonymously as depraved as the sin itself. When opportunities arise for Christians to voice their views regarding moral issues and we remain silent, we approve by apathy the sinful course of society."

    This quote really tells it all, don't you think? Jim Smyrl, I think you and members of any Church that take it upon themselves to judge others should look inward for the sinner.

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  9. I hope this man never has a chance to teach my child as his message is hate, not love.

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  10. Anonymous11:00 AM

    It's sad when people hide behind religion to spread their hate.

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  11. Anonymous11:02 AM

    AMEN, SISTAH CHEXXXY!!!!

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  12. Anonymous11:06 AM

    Great blog, Chexxxy! Jim Smyrl's hypocricy is astounding.

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  13. Great blog!
    You did a great job with your response. You said what we all wanted to.

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  14. Anonymous12:17 PM

    Absolutely right! I would not presume to argue with the Pastor's theology, since that is a private matter between him and God, but when he deliberately bears false witness against a fellow Christian, he shows himself to been a hypocrite. This is one reason Christians are getting such a bad reputation. He does nothing to advance God's message.

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  15. Anonymous12:47 PM

    Bravo to this blog.
    I like to know who gave Jim Smyrl a direct link to God?

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  16. Well written, Chexxxy. These so-called men of the cloth are sometimes bigger sinners than most when they spout this kind of bigotry.

    Another man of the cloth made some snide remarks about Clay a while back and I responded to him. My answers to him appeared but didn't last very long although, of course, he kept his original post wherein he stated that Clay was not newsworthy (this was before all the latest stuff). He did not like the fact that I said that I hoped in his ministry that he had done as much for the children of the world as Clay had done through his UNICEF work and his Foundation.

    Although we may have had some differences in past ... and may in future ... I am totally with you on this one and congrats on your excellent blog.

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  17. Thank you Chexxxy for your thoughtful blog. You said what so many of us are thinking. It is unforgivable when a coward hides behind his "religious beliefs" to spread hate. In my life I've never worried about people who love or who they love, but I always worry about people who hate.

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  18. Anonymous2:08 PM

    Terrific blog, Chexxxy! We need more love and tolerance in the world.

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  19. Anonymous2:11 PM

    I am a born again Christian, a member of a So Baptist Church (albeit I don't fully belielve
    in their doctrine, we each have the right and privilege of discernment) - I am in a conundrum
    however.

    I try not to judge, I really do; however, however, I'm pondering who is more terrifying -

    Obama's Rev. Jeremiah Wright whom Obama dropped after THAT controversy which Wright still spews.[Wright was Obama's pastor for 20+ years, I am a Democrat btw] OR the complete LACK of knowledge and LOVE of the Bible by Jim Smyrl (I taught Sunday School High School aged students for 9 years). I am appalled at both of these pastors.

    Just because you are in a garage doesn't make you a car.

    Thank you Chexxxy, excellent blog.

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  20. Anonymous4:40 PM

    Why is it that the stupid person seems to feel the need to freely advertise their stupidity?

    Excellent blog Chexxxy!

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  21. Great blog Chexxxy!

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  22. LovesClaysVoice5:27 PM

    Fantastic blog!!!!

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  23. kielbasa5:39 PM

    Sadly, this "man of God" is nothing more than another misguided cretin, with vicious hatred in his heart, blatant lies and repulsive prejudice as his agenda, and hypocrisy and intolerance as his doctrine.

    The members of his flock should flee, and fast.

    This has to be one of your best blogs, Chexxxy. Well done.

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  24. Anonymous6:16 PM

    Thanks for posting Clay Aiken's "REAL" words Chexxxy. Where do Jackasses get off telling bold face lies? Amazing!

    Clay Aiken lives his life with love as God teaches. It radiates from him. I've never seen a more inclusive person.

    The Preacher lives his life in hate and it surely does radiate from him and his caustic words.

    Ignorance is as Ignorance does. The fact that Smyrl is an educator spreading his hate is what bothers me. He is toxic.

    outback

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  25. Excellent Blog, Chexxxy!!!

    and I soooo agree

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  26. Excellent blog, Chexxxy!

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  27. Anonymous9:29 AM

    I think the pastor is right. And he has the right to his own veiw of the bible. Where do you get off judging him.

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  28. Anonymous11:13 AM

    I know that we are all upset over all the latest we have had to come to terms with but attacking ministers and God's Word is not the answer. Attacking everything and everyone that goes against whatever Clay believes or is involved in it not the answer either. Let's get a grip.

    I thought Jim Smyrl's article was very good and to the point. Let's think about that instead of once going into the attack mode.

    Chexxy, you were all against those who tried to tell us all along that Clay was gay. We all defended him because we believed him but now the truth is out and we can't just change sides. Think about it. Find your grail but make it believable. We don't need to flip flop on our beliefs and attack everyone and everything that differs with what Clay says on any given day.

    He is gay. There is nothing that we can do about it. God's Word has always been against homosexuality. Religious leaders have preached against homosexuality for centuries and they aren't likely to change. We can't attack and take on the whole world without looking like a bunch of crazy whacked out fans.

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  29. That's where you are wrong, oh anonymous one.

    We are not all upset, I did defend Clay's right to define himself and I will continue to do so.

    I am not religious in any way. I do have some grasp of Christian dogma though and the pastor, even in my eyes was a raving hypocrite.

    More atrocities against fellow human beings have been committed in the name of religion by zealots throughout history than any other organized groups.

    Jim Smyrl is just another zealot with no regard for humanity and no tolerance for anyone who isn't just like him.

    If I'm a crazy whacked out fan, I'll wear that mantle gladly.

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  30. "I think the pastor is right. And he has the right to his own veiw of the bible. Where do you get off judging him."

    Yes, he does have the right to his own view of the Bible. What Chexxxy is saying here is that the most reverent Smyrl chose to twist Clay's words into something that Clay didn't say. Please read the article again and see if she isn't right.

    On another note, I would love to just understand why these people are so interested in S.E.X. I don't see these "men of the cloth" outraged over the latest murder or rape in my daily newspaper. Why do they get so riled up over a gay person? Is their sexuality threatened by just the mention of a gay man or woman? It is just puzzling to me and always has been. I tend to think they are just titillated by the very thought.

    I also think the churches need to clean up their own sexual behavior against children before attacking celebrities.

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  31. Loved this! Hallelujah and Amen!

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