Anti-LGBT vicar Matthew Makela resigns after he admits to using Grindr gay dating app
Published 21/05/2015 | 08:39
An anti-LGBT pastor has resigned from his post, after it was discovered he was using a gay dating app.
Reverend Matthew Makela stepped down from his post at St John's Lutheran church in Midland, Michigan after messages he sent to a man on dating app Grindr were revealed.
One of the messages, which were seen by website Queerty, read: “I love to make out naked. Oral and massage... I would love to mess around with a bicurious guy."
Makela's messages were exposed after he was noted to have expressed anti-gay views under an article which expressed that sexual attraction must be resisted 'like the temptation to steal or lie'.
Revered Matthew wrote: “I love people who have same sex attraction, and so does God. The proof is in the sacrifice He made for all of us.”
The comments, which have since been deleted, continued: “We don’t tell a person born with tendencies to abuse alcohol to keep on giving in to his innate desires because he can’t help it.
"We try to help him in his struggle.”
Makela also labelled the LGBT equal rights movement as “aiding opportunistic sickos in preying upon children and others”, according to Queerty.
The pastor has since confirmed to the website that the profile was genuine and that he has made the decision to step down from his post.
Queerty said they revealed Makela's messages because it could make the difference to even one insecure child.
"If Makela made even one LGBT kid at St. John’s “'Christ-based' elementary school, their parents, friends, family or anyone who ever stepped foot in the church feel like being true to yourself is shameful (and it seems all too likely that he did), then we’re glad to share his hypocrisy with the world," they said.