Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Pastor Responds to Buzzfeed’s Anti-Gay Accusation

The Build Series present Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines to discuss their new book The Magnolia Story at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City.
The Build Series present Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines to discuss their new book The Magnolia Story at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City.

It’s not exactly clear why Buzzfeed chose to publicly shame Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines. Nor do we know why the online publication attacked the Christian couple’s church.

Maybe author Kate Aurthur got a speeding ticket while driving through Waco, Texas? Or maybe she dislikes shiplap? Or perhaps Buzzfeed simply employs virulent, anti-Christian bigots?

We may never know. Regardless, their ugly attack on the Gaines family and Antioch Community Church in Waco cannot be undone.

Earlier this week, Buzzfeed raised questions about the Gaines family church and its position on same sex marriage. “And their pastor, Jimmy Seibert, who described the Gaineses as ‘dear friends’ in a recent video, takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight,” Buzzfeed breathlessly reported.

“So are the Gaineses against same-sex marriage?” the writer demanded to know. “And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV’s House Hunters and Property Brothers?”

Why is that the business of Buzzfeed? Do they expect Chip and Joanna to inquire about the sexual proclivities of potential clients?

Fixer Upper has fans of all stripes: Christians, feminists and LGBT viewers have all found something to love in the Gaineses,” she wrote. “So in the absence of a response from them or their representatives, it’s worth looking at the severe, unmoving position Seibert and Antioch take on same-sex marriage.”

For the record, it’s the same position taken by most Evangelical churches in the nation — not to mention the Roman Catholic Church. Does Buzzfeed plan investigating HGTV’s Catholic home improvement hosts?

“Fake scandals are as bad as fake news, and this is a fake scandal,” National Religious Broadcasters president Jerry A. Johnson told me. “In fact, millions of Americans go to tens of thousands of churches that teach in agreement with President Obama’s original position against ‘same-sex marriage’ — because ‘God is in the mix.’”

That’s an excellent point.

“Unlike the President, most pastors have not changed their position,” Johnson told me. “They know that the biblical pattern for sexuality is male/female, not “same sex” relationships. If the Gaines’ church has that kind of pastor, they are in the mainstream of American Christianity, as well as many other religious traditions on this issue. The real shame is not on the Gaines family, but on this media inquisition of Christianity.”

So let’s cut to the chase — is Antioch Community Church anti-gay?

“Absolutely not, Pastor Seibert told me in an exclusive interview. “We are not only not anti-gay, but we are pro-helping people in their journey to find out who God is and who He has made them to be.”

The pastor told me he was surprised by the controversy surrounding a message he delivered more than a year ago pointing out that people from all different walks of life attend the church. “For us — our heart has always been to love Jesus, preach the word of God and help people in their journey,” he said.

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SOURCE: The Stream
Todd Starnes