Pastor Antonio Rocquemore of Chicago’s Energy Home Worldwide Ministries is standing his floor in selecting to kick out a person dressed in drag on Sunday night time.
In a Fb video posted on Monday by Christian James Lhuillier, the pastor is heard telling an unidentified man to depart the church.
After asking the person to step into the aisle Rocquemore mentioned, “Can you permit my church and go placed on man garments? And don’t come again like that no extra.”
“I maintain a normal in right here. No matter you do on the surface is your corporation, however I cannot let drag queens come in right here,” he continued. “And if you happen to’re gonna come in right here, you’re gonna come in right here dressed like a person … When you’re a person, costume like a person. When you’re a girl, costume like a girl. I’m not going to permit it. My salvation is extra vital, and God is holding me accountable.”
Though many individuals in the congregation cheered the pastor on, Lhuillier shared his disgust with the demonstration.
“In a spot that’s imagined to be a spot of change a spot of deliverance no matter you wish to name it why would you destroy somebody in entrance of a room full of individuals,” Lhuillier wrote on Fb. “That is the type of bulls**t that causes individuals to go house and commit suicide. S**t like that is the explanation that the church has no energy in 2018 as a result of they’re so nervous in regards to the incorrect issues.”
The video clip went viral and amassed practically half one million views. After Pastor Rocquemore was met with backlash from the LGBTQ neighborhood, he later posted a response calling for individuals to grasp the total story.
Within the church chief’s put up he clarified that the younger man in query was a member of the congregation.
“He’s not a stranger off the road” Rocquemore mentioned. “He’s a full member of the Powerhouse Worldwide Ministries. He joined earlier in the yr.”
The pastor additionally claimed that the younger man got here to the church to be taught to be a “man” and was instructed a number of instances to not costume like a girl whereas at church.
“I mentioned, ‘You can’t costume like a feminine coming to church,’” Rocquemore recalled. “If that’s what you selected to do outdoors of the church, I’ll simply pray for you. That’s between you and God.”
There may be additionally reportedly a rule that ladies can not put on leggings into the Powerhouse Ministries. Even with the foundations in place, the pastor tells the ushers to excuse guests who have no idea the rules.
The pastor alleged that the younger man adhered to the rule of “dressing like a person” however slipped up many instances earlier than Sunday.
Rocquemore felt he was being challenged publicly so he “challenged [the young man] again publicly by asking him to depart.” He denied ever bashing anybody for being homosexual and revealed he supplied “blessings” to the younger man when he was “hungry.”