Dec 21, 2016 by Will Maule

The Pastor Who Kept Preaching Biblical Truth Even As His Churchgoers Walked Out!

It was one of the most inspiring stories of 2016. The preacher who continued to give the gospel, even as his Church members walked out of his Church. One congregation member popped up and headed for the door. Then another. Then another. Each walked out, "kinda shaking their heads," because Pastor T. L. Bates refused to compromise the Word of God, according to Charisma. 

The Assemblies of God Pastor was preaching on "Fire Starters," according, and addressing one of the most hot-button issues facing the Church community today: Homosexuality. "I used Elijah as the example of a 'Fire Starter,' and our need to raise up a new generation of 'Fire Starters' who would not be afraid to confront false religions (like Islam) and corrupt culture," Bates tells Charisma News.

"Anyone (comedians, LGBT community, media) can say anything negative about Christianity and there are no repercussions for their actions or their words. But as soon as a Christian preaches or speaks against the false religion of Islam or against the agenda of the LGBT community and the transgender movement and their demands for us to make accommodations for and accept their lifestyle and agenda—then we face persecution. We are called intolerant and told that we are not being politically correct."

The pastor of OKC Faith Church explained how about 50-75 people of all ages and races walked out. 

"We welcome everyone to Faith regardless of your sexual orientation, race or religious beliefs.  But we will not change the Gospel or modify our message in any way to accommodate any view or lifestyle that is contrary to the Word of God," Bates said.

"My real issue that Sunday was that the LGBT community, which by most measurements constitutes less than 1 percent of American society, is actively pushing their agenda on everyone else, while Christians remain silent. My call for Fire Starters was to raise up a generation of believers who were spiritually on fire (boiling point of passion), who would not be intimidated by false religions or deceptive culture for the sake of political correctness. We have an obligation to God to preach the truth in love—but also to preach the truth without apology."

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