Yesterday, the The Miami NewTimes News reported that Dr. George Rekers returned from a "gospel crusade" in Europe with a Rentboy in tow. For the unitiated, a "Rentboy" is slang for a young, male prostitute. It seems that Southern Baptist Rekers took a ten day vacation with the boy. When caught and photographed at the airport, Dr. Rekers initially said that he had "hired" the Rentboy to carry his luggage because of a recent back surgery. Then, upon reflection, gave a lengthier explanation for hiring the young man to travel with him to Europe:
I have spent much time as a mental health professional and as a Christian minister helping and lovingly caring for people identifying themselves as "gay." My hero is Jesus Christ who loves even the culturally despised people, including sexual sinners and prostitutes. Like Jesus Christ, I deliberately spend time with sinners with the loving goal to try to help them ... I have a loving Christian ministry to homosexuals and prostitutes in which I share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them (see I Corinthians 6:8-11). Contrary to false gossip, inneuendo, and slander about me, I do not in any way "hate" homosexuals, but I seek to lovingly share the gospel with them ... If you talk with my travel assistant (the boy prostitute) ... you will find I spent a great deal of time sharing scientific information on the desirablity of abandoning homosexual intercourse, and I shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him in great detail.I would like to ask conservative, evangelicals leaders, particularly Dr. Elmer Towns of Liberty University, three questions in light of Dr. George Alan Rekers' embarrassing situation and his attempts at explaining himself:
(1). Are Dr. Rekers' words of explanation, considering that he is now caught with discrepancies in his own story, what you might call giving someone "a certain amount of theological leverage"?
(2). Does it concern you that when Dr. Rekers seems to be caught redhanded in lies about his own past, his own personal experiences with homosexuality, and his own "alleged" expert credentials on "curing homosexuals," that the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is actually being compromised?
(3). Will you allow Dr. Reekers to continue to speak at Liberty, be published in Liberty's Journal of Theology, and represent the "conservative, Christian values" of your school? If not, could you explain the difference between granting license to live a lie to some experts in certain fields and not others?
For the sake of fairness and for all those Southern Baptists who want to believe that every explanation given by their leaders is gospel truth, Dr. Rekers offers--again--his version of his trip with the boy overseas. Read it here. Obviously, Dr. Rekers wants everyone to believe that only radical homosexual activists, liberal leftists, and Christ-deniers would EVER think he is lying when he explains that the Rentboy was hired for ten days to carry his luggage. I know many people think Southern Baptists are idiots, and frankly, being a Southern Baptist pastor myself, I am beginning to think that our Convention is filled with ignoramuses and sychophants. Frankly, there are some things we Southern Baptists could actually learn from the Muslim and the homosexual activists right now--like how to tell the truth and not to act like we only want to cover and protect our own.
The homosexuals are having a FIELD DAY over Dr. Rekers' hypocrisy. And, well they should. The greatest problem is NOT that Dr. Rekers hired a boy prostitute. The worst problem is NOT that Dr. Rekers may be struggling with homosexuality. The real problem is that Dr. Rekers presents himself as somebody he is not. It's a credibility issue. He claims to be an expert on how parents ought to raise "Boys to Be Boys" and "Girls to Be Girls" and how "Men Should Love Women" and how Americans should respect "The Sanctity of Christian Marriage" and the "Nuclear Family." He has made thousands of dollars as "the expert." Ironically, I may agree with his message; but it is his hypocrisy and lack of integrity that cause his message to burst like a balloon poked with a hot pin to those unacquanted with the true gospel. When the icon of celebrity worship in the religious right is shattered, and when we begin to simply go about our business of loving people in need of a Savior, only then will the integrity of our lives match the incredibly powerful content of our message of grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ.
In His Grace,