That's what megachurch pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church in Tennessee called the driving force behind his move to totally and unequivocally accept unrepentant sinners into leadership positions, as well as to celebrate their continuing sin.Interestingly, the Japanese for 'divine wind' happens to be 'kamikaze' – and I think we all know what happened to them, don't we?
“We were thrust, I believe, by a divine wind, into a prayerful, painful, invigorating, careful and hopeful conversation regarding sexual orientation and gender identity,” he said, remarking that the “art of conversation … is a holy calling.” “This has been at the least painful, and at times, devastating.”
Yes, like the World War Two Japanese pilots, who committed suicide by ramming their airplanes into our ships, it seems GracePointe Church is on its own suicide mission:Much like the churches of the old Mainline – which are losing members wholesale – GracePointe Church, by embracing the world rather than embracing the Word, is on its way to oblivion.
According to TIME, Mitchell’s congregation continues to shrink since he first made the announcement two years ago that he was going to open a listening period over the issue. Two years ago, GracePointe had an average of 800-1000 members in attendance, and after he announced full inclusion for homosexuals this month, attendance went down to 673. Last week, it stood at 482.