Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, a mega-church that allows LGBT people to attend services but not become members, has just moved to a new downtown location in the “gayborhood.” According to a press release obtained by KOMO news, lead pastor Tim Gaydos believes the move will help the Church better reach those “infected with AIDS”:
GAYDOS: This is an incredible opportunity to be a ministry hub for downtown Seattle as it will allow us to better serve the business men and women in our city, as well as the homeless and marginalized, as we’re closer to one of our ministry partner, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. Also, being closer to Capitol Hill is a blessing as we are serving and ministering to those who are infected with AIDS on the hill.
Apparently, the church believes that “people who are gay” is synonymous with “people with HIV.” Church leaders have admitted they believe homosexuality is a sin, but claim they can “save sinners” with Jesus’s love. Despite these claims, it turns out Mars Hill hasn’t taken any steps to affiliate with Lifelong AIDS Alliance, the Seattle-based advocacy group serving individuals with HIV/AIDS. This raises the question of whether the group has any real intentions to provide support to people who are HIV-positive or if it just intends to evangelize against the gay community it now calls its neighbors.