'Glitter' Ash Wednesday: Churches show LGBTQ support

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There must be a more appropriate way to promote love and “inclusivity” without hijacking the Biblical meaning of the ashes.
From Fox News: Several churches throughout the Chicago area are planning to show their support for the LGBTQ community by providing ashes mixed with glitter on Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday – the tradition of marking the sign of the cross with ashes on foreheads marks the beginning of the Lenten season for Christians. The event falls on March 1st this year.
Several Chicago area churches this year plan to mix a purple glitter with the ashes to show a sign of support for the LGBTQ community. The “Glitter Ash Wednesday” initiative was created by the New York faith-based organization “Parity”. The organization focuses on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Parity’s goal is to combine the message of solidarity and support with the traditional symbol of lent – repentance.
Some of the participating churches in the Chicago area include Unity Lutheran Church in Edgewater, Holy Covenant Metropolitan Community Church in Brookfield, and Berry United Methodist Church in Lincoln Square.
“I think it’s really important for the church to respond to the intolerance and culture of fear that is being created especially toward LGBTQ people” said April Gutierrez, Berry United Methodist Pastor. “We want to make sure the Christian message is one of love and inclusivity”.
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Dr. Eowyn
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When did 2-3% of the US population hijack everything in society & culture?

Lana
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Lana

“When did 2-3% of the US population hijack everything in society & culture?”
When the Talmudic bankers decided to use them as weapon against culture by changing the psychiatric manual that defined them as unbalanced and funding them to spread their mental and spiritual perversions, circa 1970.
Amazing what you can do when you have all that money that you print out of thin air.

MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

these “churches” are committing blasphemy…
no real church embraces anti-Christian values….they embrace satan’s teachings therefore they are of satan.
these people are literally ‘showing their colors’ and I pray people see them for who they are…
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.” 1 John 4:1,5
and
“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” 2Corinthians 6:14

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

MomOfIV . . . Rather than embrace all the PC rhetoric, we all need to give heed to the two scriptures you have mentioned. Thank you for reminding all of us.

Cinderella Broom
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Cinderella Broom

Glitter in ashes, as repulsive and irreverent as it is, is trivial compared with other examples of religious blight, such as a Pope that lets priests get away with raping kids. The whole organized 501C-3 Churchianity religious system is beginning to stink to high heaven. Not sure I want to enter the hallowed halls tonight. It would be different if my church were decrying the media lies, the child trafficking network and the murder of Christians by rat-brained Islamists, but it never does. Instead, it diverts the collection plate to enabling illegals and lectures parishioners on the sin of racism.… Read more »

Maryaha
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Yes, they are trying to make what the Lord has called evil look innocent. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like † manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.8 Likewise † also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, † † despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. JUDE 7-8 When GOD has had all he will take of this blasphemy, I don’t want to be anywhere close to those who call evil good, and good evil. May God have… Read more »

Corduroygurl
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Corduroygurl

I quit going to church 3 years ago, for all the same reasons. Not only do they not teach about deception but the cult of personality and preacher worship has almost made me vomit in the pew. It’s just not the real church. Jesus’ church is invisible and it’s not divided at all. He said no one can snatch it from His hand.

David
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David

The Bible says you should use ASH. When these churches(????) add glitter or anything else to the ash that are making the ceremony about PEOPLE instead of GOD and JESUS. It also makes it about sexual preferences.
Shame on them. If my church was to try this I would walk out and never return.

Youghn
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Forgive my bluntness but when did rectums and strapons become holy? Someone left that chapter out of my Bible.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Youghn . . . . . that was excellently put, straight to the point, and right on target. Good for you to bring that up.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Ash Wednesday is a catholic rite which is unecessary to Christianity, as is much of catholicism . Just as any Church that bows to such abomination should be avoided like a plague. If one has true faith in the Gospel of grace an actual physical church may not be necessary at all, as a church loyal and true to word of God may be hard to find any where in this age.

Youghn
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I’m not Catholic but I understand they have particular customs and traditions seeded in Christian beliefs. To expand even a portion of that to accomodate an act our Lord calls an abomination is to mock those things to the point of making them irrelevant. That’s the gay agenda, though, to debase Christianity until it becomes nothing but empty, meaningless motions and it’s God just another among many.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Youghn . . . Bravo! Well put . . . “to debase Christianity until it becomes nothing but empty, meaningless motions and it’s God just another among many.” To read and let it sink in fully nearly takes my breath away.

Dan
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Dan

Kevin, the ashes ritual symbolizes the need for repentance during Lent and repentance before we ourselves return to ashes in physical death. The practice goes back something like 1200 years, at a time when Christendom in the West was one, so it’s not so much a custom concocted by Catholics and Lutherans as one rejected by some Protestants. Your name sounds English so it might be of interest to you that Christian practice in England was for 900 years as Catholic as Catholic gets, and as Eamon Duffy demonstrates in Stripping of the Altars, the people (Wyclifites excepted) cherished those… Read more »

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Really considering my heritage is of little help in determining my understanding of our Bible. My known family is from the south and southern baptist. Therefore I grew up believing confessing believe in Christ and baptism was the only path to salvation. I spent many years in that belief, and read all the way through the bible at least twice with little understanding. It was not until I found a teacher who was able to taught me the difference and how to separate the Old Testament covenants of the Kingdom Gospel from the revelations of Paul who was Gods appointed… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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Kevin, For some reason, you chose to sidetrack DCG’s post into a diatribe against the Catholic Church, instead of what it is about, namely, the desecration of a meaningful ritual by mixing glitter with ashes in order to please LGBTs, which completely alters the point of Ash Wednesday — a humility-inducing reminder of our mortality (Dust thou art, and to dust thou return) and a prelude to the Lenten season when we remember Christ’s suffering and “passion”. I can’t imagine that your doing so serves any good purpose for Christianity or Christian unity. I’ve never used my platform on FOTM… Read more »

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Perhaps I did over react a little, as I felt slightly offended by Dan’s comment. I felt I was being labeled, or may be criticized for not accepting catholic heritage. It is true that I have little regard for the vatican, the roman catholic church, or the pope. I do feel that all Christian churches, regardless of denomination, and perhaps because of the multitude of denomination, confound and confuse people, even mislead people more than they help. If not for the conversion of Saul into Paul, and his continuation and revelation of the Gospel of Grace to the gentiles, we… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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Actually, it is you, not Dave, who is responsible for sidetracking DCG’s post into a diatribe against the Catholic Church. This is what you wrote in your original comment, to which Dave reacted: “Ash Wednesday is a catholic rite which is unecessary to Christianity, as is much of catholicism.” The arrogance of that sentence is utterly astonishing. Once again, this post is not the place for your thoughts on the Catholic Church, whether the OT should be part of Christian cannon, or whether there should be any Christian church at all. If there had not been the first church formed… Read more »

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for a perfect rebuke stating the truth about this matter. Once again, the purpose of the post is side-tracked.

ManCavePatriot
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ManCavePatriot

And they wonder why their pews are empty.

CP
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CP

More on “Glitter Ash Wednesday” and Parity…
The Gay Version of Christianity: ‘Glitter Ash Wednesday’
https://conservativefiringline.com/gay-hijacking-christianity-glitter-ash-wednesday/

Corduroygurl
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Corduroygurl

Hey doc, why did you delete my post? That was a valid and Biblical question I asked. Jesus really did tell us to pray to our Father in secret and we will be rewarded. It’s between us and Him in private. Jesus said if you let everyone know you are praying and fasting you are doing it to be seen by men and you will have your reward in full. We are supposed to be trying to store up treasure in heaven. An ash cross on the forehead lets everyone know you’re fasting and praying and repenting.

Vicki White
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Vicki White

Our minister proffered the same sentiment as you just this evening, but answered by saying that we should use this opportunity to explain why we have ashes on our forehead and share the gospel of Christ.

Dr. Eowyn
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@Corduroygurl: “Jesus said if you let everyone know you are praying and fasting you are doing it to be seen by men” Your interpretation would mean that no one, including you, should EVER EVER pray in the view of another person. Not only would that mean Jesus and the apostles were guilty of “showing off” for they certainly prayed and fasted together, including Jesus teaching the apostles The Lord’s Prayer to the Father, your interpretation also means an end to all churches and congregations. Jesus’ rebuke to the Pharisees was not that they prayed in the presence of others, but… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

I am not personally familiar with the ritual of using ashes, be that as it may . . . the addition of “glitter” to the ashes, would seem to be mocking the solemnity of the Atonement, wherein Christ sacrificed his life to pay the price for our sins, if we will repent and sin no more. I associate “glitter” with more festive occasions. The remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice for us does not, in my mind qualify as being a festive occasion, although, we should all be Eternally grateful and feel joy and thanksgiving in the thought that He alone did… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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Well said, Auntie LL. Thank you for your outstanding explanation of why adding glitter to ashes is a travesty of what Jesus Christ had endured for us.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this post. Left and came back. Now I wish I could un-read it. De-scust-ting. These folks are so insane it’s pathetic. I don’t really worry too much about myself being hijacked by their deviance. But I feel for the poor liberally indoctrinated youngsters of this world.

stlonginus
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Someone needs to take these people to the wood shed.

chemtrailssuck
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Are one of the ‘churches’ the one that Obama ‘belonged’ to when he used them to search for butt buddies?