Stop picketing my church. I've got a restraining order.

Vineyard of Columbus’ Pastor Rich Nathan has had enough.

Members of the Minutemen United have been protesting the church for months.  The minutemen say the church has a ‘passive resistance’ to both abortion and gay marriage.

So Pastor Nathan got a restraining order against the minutemen.

According to the minutemen spokesperson, the church does not speak out against homosexuality and abortion.  But here’s the clincher:  the church helps women recover from abortions and accepts gay members.

Nathan’s response:  The church IS anti-abortion and against gay marriage, but it has a mission of ‘broad and inclusive’ boundaries.

You can read more here.

What would YOU do in this pastor’s situation?  Is a restraining order a good idea? Or not?

How do you/should you deal with YOUR critics?


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  • Jeff Ruble July 9, 2013 Reply

    I can see why this pastor is taking a stand. After all he is the under Sheppard of Gods church. It is up to him to take a stand to protect the flock.
    I applaud him for the work that God had his church doing by helping these people. After all didn’t Jesus do the same thing and was criticized for being friends with sinners by the religious nuts.

  • Rick Blackburn July 9, 2013 Reply

    Jim Wallis and Rich Nathan are “near,near friends.” Follow Nathan on the internet in videos where he addresses the big mukety-muk Jim Wallis crowd and states, and I paraphrase, “There are many things that divide us, abortion,gay marriage, but the one thing we can all agree on is that we should have immigration reform for millions of undocumented Immigrants.” Huh? I didn’t know we could all agree on that.Nathan is a crafty wordsmith if nothing else.It’s come to the point where Jim Wallis cannot hide what he is, a veneer of his former incarnation as the leader of the Students For a Democratic Society while a student at Michigan State.It’s becoming more difficult for Nathan to walk a tightrope of being an evangelical and a liberal.Let’s just say he’s a diversity type of guy.

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