Last week we got an email from a reader who claimed to have seen ex-gay activist Matt Moore on Grindr, and attached a screencap of what appeared to be Moore’s profile. Knowing how easy it would be to steal someone’s photo, we emailed the source for more information.
We didn’t hear back but, this week, blogger Zinnia Jones reached out to Moore, who confirms the account is his.
He tells Jones:
The grindr profile was really mine. I’ve been on it on and off for the last couple of weeks.
Like I told the guy who sent you the picture, I am wrong in having been on grindr. I haven’t changed my views on homosexuality, the Bible, etc.
Creating a grindr profile and talking to guys on it was major disobedience on my part….disobedience to Christ. Disobedience to a loving and gracious God. Thankfully, I believe that He forgives me for this disobedience. I believe the blood of Christ covers this disobedience. And I won’t be on grindr again….ever.
The pastor of my church and the church body I am a part of were informed about me being on grindr (I told them) before all of this came out, publicly.
Look, Matt Moore isn’t some guy quietly dealing with his own personal struggle against what he thinks is sin. He’s a professional ex-gay: He blogs about his “coming out of the homosexual lifestyle,” gets interviewed by nutbag Christian websites and radio shows, and helps organize things like the Overcoming Same-Sex Attraction conference.
It doesn’t seem as if Moore is the victim of some repressive environment, either: On his blog, he reveals his family is confused by his ex-gay stance, and that some friends have stopped talking to him.
Moore’s most recent blogpost, dated January 29, doesn’t directly address the Grindr profile, but does hint at a possible slip:
Many, many days I have failed to fight perfectly. I have at many times in my walk stooped down and willingly spoon-fed myself the familiar, vile vomit that is sin. Yet, in each and every one of my failures— I was given grace; grace to repent and to keep following after Jesus. The Lord gives me grace each and every day, despite the failures or successes of the day, to believe the truth that Jesus Christ died for my sins and that despite my inability to offer God anything, He offers me everything—He offers me His Son. And in believing this truth, the truth above all truths— I am able to wage war against the hopelessness that fights to consume my heart and destroy my soul. The life-enabling grace given to me because of Jesus Christ, and only because of Jesus Christ, sustains me—to the surprise of many. And even often to the surprise of myself.
The power of my testimony is not limited to my road-to-Damascus-like conversion experience, but is really found in my grace-enabled perseverance that points right back to the power, love, patience, faithfulness and goodness of Jesus Christ.
In case you don’t speak horseshit, Moore is essentially giving himself a pass—the Guy Upstairs forgives him each and every time he logs on to Adam4Adam, so who are you to judge? So long as you feel bad about your sin—and continue to castigate others for the same sin—you don’t have to stop sinning.
Jones calls Moore’s particularly brand of fuckery “reality-denying foolishness” that’s “harmful, hateful, ignorant, irresponsible bullshit that puts shame on innocent people.”
Truer words were never spoken.