Conservative megachurch pastor Bishop Larry Trotter of Chicago’s Sweet Holy Spirit Church says he’s withdrawn from a speaking engagement set for the Powerhouse Church of Deliverance in Indiana after learning that the church’s Pastor Keith McQueen is in a same-sex marriage.
Trotter, who is known for his gospel songs such as “My Worship Is for Real” and “It’s Only a Test,” was recently featured on a flyer along with gospel singer Le’Andria Johnson and others expected to appear at Powerhouse Church’s seventh anniversary weekend celebration set for May 16–19.
In an interview with “Larry Reid Live” on Monday, Trotter said he accepted the speaking engagement without full knowledge about the church or its leaders.
“It’s unfortunate now that you have to screen people before you accept an engagement and I was kinda floored when I saw the flyer yesterday with me speaking and the comment under it stating basically that I’m sanctioning same-sex marriage and ministry which is far from the truth,” Trotter said.
“I was just checking another engagement a friend of mine had referred me to and I did not know whether it was a church with a pastor who had been married to another pastor. And so I have to graciously bow out because that’s not what I believe in,” he said.
Trotter further explained that there is a very strong split in the black church on the issue of same-sex marriage and noted that many ministers, regardless of their position on the matter, “take engagements because of the honorarium.”
In his case, he said, withdrawing from the event is a matter of conscience.
“Our church constitution says we accept homosexuality but we do not affirm same-sex marriage. I’m sure there are people at Sweet Holy Spirit that are into same-sex marriage relationships but it’s not allowed to be flaunted or something to post or what have you,” he told Reid.
“You go row by row, pew by pew there are people from every walk of life, but this. If you remember, I led the campaign in Illinois about not passing the law for same-sex marriage. And of course we lost but I shook hands with everybody,” he said, noting that former President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage helped create the split among the black church.
He said that a lot of black churches are torn on the issue and called it a “very tedious thing.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair