220- Two Approaches to Pride Part 1 | with guest Stephen Nylen

Posted by: WCSG & Hole In My Heart | Friday, April 19th, 2024 (12:00am)

Some Christians write off June’s Pride festivals as Sodom and Gomorrah. They don’t think anyone there could possibly want God.

Are we so sure about that?

At least two ministries in the U.S. are regularly going to Pride festivals in their areas, and they are seeing people come to know Jesus better or for the first time because of their presence, preaching, and practical love of neighbor.

This week, we interview a street evangelist who has been going to Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Pride Festival for the last five years. We ask:

—Why does he go?

—What heart does he have when he goes?

—Does he not understand that street evangelism (with signs!) makes him look like Westboro Baptist?

—What pushback does he receive?

—What fruit does he see from his going?

—What can we learn from what he does?

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EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 

“We are either open and affirming or we are openly condemning, but in the middle ground is the gospel.” —Stephen Nylen

“They will not know if I do not go. So I have to go. But if you’re going to preach and your feet aren’t beautiful (Westboro Baptist, legalists, moralists, open and affirming, or openly condemning) then you’re not preaching the right gospel.” —Stephen Nylen

“If you’re a firefighter and you see a fire, then your calling is to go. And so I go.” —Stephen Nylen

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