A married father-of-five reverend from Michigan, who has publicly condemned homosexuality, has resigned as an associate pastor, after his active profile on gay hook-up app Grindr was uncovered.
Reverend Matthew Makela of Midland, Michigan, worked at St John’s Lutheran Church. He was known as a man who enjoyed “family, music, home improvement, gardening and landscaping, and sports”.
Makela has made negative statements at the church about the gay and transgender communities and has once reportedly compared homosexuality to alcoholism.
1. Reverend Makela (pictured) of Midland, Michigan, worked at St. John’s Lutheran Church where he was an associate pastor.
In a comment for a Midlands Daily News story (it has since been removed), Makela wrote:
I love people who have same sex attraction, and so does God.
The proof is in the sacrifice He made for all of us who sin… We don’t tell a person born with tendencies to abuse alcohol to keep on giving in to his innate desires because he can’t help it.
We try to help him in his struggle.
2. Makela made negative comments about gay and transgender people on his Facebook page, Queerty reported.
Makela has also made negative comments about gay and transgender people on his Facebook page, Queerty reports.
Queerty obtained screenshots from Grindr, which show Makela saying that he loves to “make out naked and cuddle” as well as “oral and massage” and adding that “I top”.
Makela confirmed that the Grindr profile was real, Queerty reports.
When news of the Grindr profile reached church officials, Makela decided to resign.
3. Pastor Daniel Kempin of St John’s (below) informed the congregation about the resignation with a letter.
Pastor Daniel Kempin of St. John’s told his congregation about Makela’s resignation in an open letter. He wrote:
Pastor has acknowledged that there was sin and repentance, and I have testified that there is indeed forgiveness through the same Lord who forgives all our sins.
Nevertheless, it is an end of our time together in ministry, and we ask for your continued prayers and support for the Makela family.
I write this to you to warn you that you may be confronted with the details of the sin, and to remind you that sin is never pretty.
Kempin asked the congregation members not to panic or respond, before offering some last advice. He wrote:
Be very careful, then, how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. See you in Church.
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