Two homosexual pastors, who have been secretly gay for years, are now planning to reveal their “down low” lifestyles to their families as well as their congregations in an emotional three-part series premiere on OWN’s ‘Iyanla: Fix My Life.’
As for now, Iyanla Vanzant does hope that this series will spark a much larger conversation about the topic of homosexuality in the black church.
“My experience has been whenever this conversation comes up of homosexuality in the black church, it’s shut down. Or the people who bring it up are attacked or shut down,” she told TheGrio.com in a recent interview. “We’re going to start the conversation.”
Vanznt travels to Louisville, Kentucky, to meet the two pastors who simply go by the names, “Pastor Mitchell” and “Pastor Derek.”
Mitchell was married with five children and spent many years preaching against homosexuality. However, he was also having affairs with men behind his wife’s back.
“This isn’t anything I ever wanted to involve anybody else in,” Mitchell helplessly weeped to Vanzant. “Nobody needs to deal with this. This is all my stuff.”
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7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.