HYPOCRISY NOW

EXCLUSIVE: Grindr Screenshots Reveal Antigay Pastor Is A Top Who Likes To Cuddle

Until 2 p.m. on Monday, the ‘Our Church Staff’ section of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School’s website described Reverend Matthew Makela as an associate pastor who enjoys, “family, music, home improvement, gardening and landscaping, and sports.”

Screenshots obtained by Queerty from a source who asked that his name be withheld shed light on some of the Reverend’s other favorite past times — namely nude make out sessions and sex with other men.

Related: Grindr User Rev. Matthew Makela Once Drove This Gay Teen To Near Suicide

Here’s how the freshly deleted bio looked:

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Of course, how someone behaves between the sheets is really nobody’s business but his own, except when he’s actively doing damage to others. We’ve seen it time and time again. The lawmaker who spends his days fighting against gay rights and his nights cruising for bottoms, or the ex-gay activist who isn’t quite as ex-gay as he’d like everyone to believe.

Which brings us back to Makela. The married father of five from Midland, Michigan doesn’t just preach Jesus’ love and help with bake sales. He also uses his position of authority and respect in his community to broadcast his self-loathing view on same-sex attraction.

A simple Google search reveals his sentiment.

In November 2014, a fellow Midland man of God, Pastor Dan Dickerson, wrote an op-ed titled A Stand For The Truth which reads in part:

“A sexual attraction to the same sex is a sinful temptation to be resisted and overcome by God’s grace and power, just as a temptation to steal or lie or overeat must be resisted and overcome by replacement with working hard, telling the truth and moderation in appetite.”

Makala can be found in the comments section (UPDATE: his comments were deleted after this story was published) thanking Dickerson and echoing his view:

“Thank you, Pastor Dickerson, for believing the Word of God and loving people enough to reveal God’s will for their lives and also His plan of salvation for all believe in Jesus…I love people who have same sex attraction, and so does God. The proof is in the sacrifice He made for all of us who sin…We don’t tell a person born with tendencies to abuse alcohol to keep on giving in to his innate desires because he can’t help it. We try to help him in his struggle.”

Two months before promulgating the ridiculous (not to mention dangerous) notion that homosexuality is akin to alcoholism, Makela offered this cultural prescription via Facebook:

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Yet while Makela urged his community to seek deeper meaning in their marriage commitments, here’s a taste of what was going on behind the locked screen of his smart phone:

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In an email exchange with Queerty, Makela confirmed the authenticity of the screen captures but declined to comment.

He also told Queerty that he had “resigned” from his position at the church after the story surfaced, and that his wife and senior pastor had been made aware of his extracurricular activities.

But his community also deserves to know. If Makela made even one LGBT kid at St. John’s “Christ-based” elementary school, their parents, friends, family or anyone who ever stepped foot in the church feel like being true to yourself is shameful (and it seems all too likely that he did), then we’re glad to share his hypocrisy with the world.

Midland, Michigan made headlines in March when a local Planet Fitness came to the defense of a transgender woman utilizing the gym’s female facilities. Here’s how Makela framed the conversation to his followers:

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How’s that for Christlike?

UPDATE: Church Warns Congregants Not To Read Rev. Makela Grindr Story, Deactivates FB Page

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216 Comments

  • Kenneth Gavey

    so he is the only one who should be having sex with guys…nobody else.

  • Sam Oropeza

    In the name of the Lord

  • Mike Jasinski

    I see Karma as a Grindr account. <3

  • Lyon Donnie

    Those who point fingers and judge others are usually the ones doing wrong themselves.

  • NoCagada

    SCUMBAG

  • Bauhaus

    Schadenfreude overdrive.

  • Charles Knight

    Gonna fill ya with the love of Jesus??

  • Kevin Cato

    So, he’s bisexual. Both gay and anti-gay.

  • Jonty Coppersmith

    I’m glad he got caught. I wonder if he will now live his life honestly.

  • Nico Vasquez

    of course….of course….

  • David Bolton

    Sinfully delicious.

  • Thomas Cameron

    Is it safe to assume yet that anti gay actually means gay as fuq? Or to soon???

  • seaguy

    I am sure he is praying this all goes away.

  • Jim Polcyn

    So tired of these idiots

  • Atrius

    How dare this S.O.B….

  • Clark35

    Who?

  • Xzamilio

    Sorry, but when it’s outing someone to expose harmful hypocrisy, I’ll never not be for it. But, wow… he’s a top. Usually these self-loathing scuzbags are dreaming of reverse-cowgirling some veiny mushroom tip, not topping.

  • Barry Shatswell

    Nothing worse than an egg-sucking’ dog.

  • Clark35

    I wonder if he has sex with she-males?

  • Clark35

    @Xzamilio: I’ve heard most men in general are bottoms, is there any truth to this? I get told this as a top, who isn’t vers or a bottom.

  • Clark35

    @Xzamilio: I’ve heard most men in general are bottoms, is there any truth to this? I get told this as a top, who isn’t vers or a bottom. But when I was on dating/sex sites I would have guys who claimed to be “tops” approach me and tell me how they wanted me to fuck them.

  • Danny Ray

    Well, well, well? What do we have here? lol.

  • Captain Obvious

    Ahahahaha, I can’t. Why don’t these anti-gay self-haters have enough self control not to have sex while preaching about how terrible we supposedly are?

  • Dan Nelson

    When Jesus comes again, i wonder if he’ll spit or swallow.

  • blackberry finn

    .”Oh what a tangled web we weave….”

  • Will Glitzern

    This guy is as bad as Eddie Long…smh

  • Xzamilio

    @Clark35: Eh, I’m talking out of my ass lol… no pun intended. I actually started out as a bottom and ended up topping a guy that wanted to bottom for once… didn’t care to think too deeply into it, but I liked topping, and it’s actually fun flip-flopping. But, I do hear a lot about these tough ass rough dudes that act all hard in public but as soon as it’s just the two of you, their legs are up in the air and they are begging for the prostate pen pal.

  • mizanthropos

    Such a shame. He’s a cutie :(

  • Mark Lee

    Absolutely FUCKING love it! Big prick has it coming to him!

  • Steven Paul Germane

    What’s done in the dark comes to the light but with a price. In this case, head and ass. Just think, when Lucifer fell he came with others in sheep clothing.

  • Garold Bulmerr

    hot juicy cute men like him gets 3 to 8 a day rew with honeu

  • Ken Mensack

    Boom, boom, boom
    another one bites the dust!

  • Giancarlo85

    @Jacob23: Queerty has posted articles like this about other “ex-gay” and anti-gay politicians before. It isn’t anything new. Where have you been?

    This article doesn’t surprise me. At all. And that guy is fugly… and a top lol? Yeah I doubt that.

  • Rocky Gonzalez

    I just can’t get enough of these stories!

  • Sebastian R-m

    Let’s out this hypocritical scum…

  • obiwanknobe

    Many people were hurt by this pastors dishonesty and hypocrisy and I don’t see this ending well for the pastor nor his family. This is not very surprising.

  • Robert Walsh

    I feel for the wife and kids. They must be young. Hope wife didn’t find out from the public outing. He must have wanted to be found out or was just totally reckless in posting stuff. Do much turmoil and hardship is caused for so many decent people because religion teaches them that their natural, God given attractions are immoral and that they are to fight with every fibre in their being to become someone or something other than how God created them or risk eternal damnation. So much suffering is caused by this religious persecution.

  • Sweetie Pie

    Holy crap !!!

    He looks like a bottom, though

  • JORIAL

    Taking dick in both ends at once does not mean you’re “Bi”.

  • enlightenone

    @Lyon Donnie: “Those who point fingers and judge others are usually the ones doing wrong themselves.”

    And sticking fingers and fisting. You know those “aggressive” tops!

  • Martyn Valenzuela

    “Top who likes to cuddle” is Christian dl code for insatiable, bossy, power bottom…

  • Kevin Buck

    Yeah right he’s a “top”

  • tsginamarieva

    @Captain Obvious: I have an even better idea. Why don’t they simply stop preaching anti-gay venom? Wouldn’t that be easier?

  • Dylan J. Tate

    How does this make us, as a community, better than him, who happens to be a dick?

  • coffeeaugur

    LOL … classic

  • Niko Graff

    He’s no top

  • Dakotahgeo

    christian bastard wolf in sheep’s clothing! Thank God not all ministers are like that!

  • obiwanknobe

    @Wayne Dvorak: He is a married , probably soon to be divorced and defrocked , Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor.

  • David Wayne Neal

    The problem with comparing homosexuality to alcoholism or just like any other “sin” is that unlike any other sin or “falling off the wagon”,the emotional abuse perpetrated unto others for your own selfishness and denial,or you know being a cheating closetcase,is that other people are more than just disappointed and let down by you,they are betrayed and stabbed in the heart.Don’t believe me,ask this mans wife and children if they feel his actions are worse than any other “sin”!I’m sure they would rather him be a lying drunk because at the end of the day the only one he would be really hurting would be himself,but this is devastating for his family on so many more emotional and cognitive levels!

  • Nick Cutrone

    Carter McCallister Damn Grindr lol

  • Transiteer

    Religion is as fake as a $3 bill, and those that stand in assumption of their superiority over others, and stand in condemnation of others wrapped in the sanctity of their fake religion are amongst the worst people. There is no god, there was no jesus (both an invention of the Roman Public Works dept to quell those pesky jews), and anyone who stand with that as their defense in judgement of others is even more fake than the $3 bill. Fake, phoney, perhaps conflicted but always vengeful shallow people. There is no god to forgive this guy, and I doubt his wife or his flock will either. Live by the sword . . . . .

  • Gabe Givens

    I have no words…other than…yeah, hypocrite.

  • martinbakman

    @David Wayne Neal: Sadly it’s what a lot X-tians do, gathering together in support groups that treat homosexuality the same as their “drinking problem.” A cross to bear.

  • Revecca Armenta

    Some of the most vocal “antigay” ppl just need to keep it real….

  • Revecca Armenta

    And not just when the get found out! Live and let live…im just sayin???

  • AJ Victoria

    I say call out each and every one of these sons of bitches!!! Until they’re all out! The article is right: it’s one thing to have a priv sex life, it’s another entirely when you actively try and destroy others’

  • Clark35

    @Xzamilio: A friend of mine dated a man like that, he was all tough acting in public but then once they were alone and having sex he got very femmey and was a total bottom.

  • Sheldon Siegel

    Another Jesus emulator looking for wood to nail. Lol

  • TK

    “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 Even a person of faith, understands those words. Obviously, the pastor, who created all this mess, forgot about “his” word? This pastor is going to have a heap of steaming cattle manure, to deal with now. His family. His congregation. His neighbor’s. And we must not forget, GOD. How many years, has this man of the cloth, been doing this? How many same sex partners, has he had? Was he doing this, even after getting married and his wife gave him children? I’m sure there’s going to be scads of questions, that will most definitely, screw (no pun) with his own morals. I don’t think this man, ever embraced his homosexuality and found it to be more comforting with the slamming of LGBT culture. Call it a front. How to stay in the good graces of those who also slam and oppose LGBT rights and community. Then came the sonic and deafening boom. Someone got smart. Some one got fed up with the hypocrisy and decided that enough was enough. It was high time to expose this man and to make an example of him and to prove a point, GOD works in mysterious ways. Do I feel sorry for the pastor? Oh hell no. I do pity him tho. He just opened a massive can of worms and one big ass can of whop-ass! IF he’s lucky, GOD may take pity on his soul and forgive him of his sins towards the LGBT community. However, his followers may not be so forgiving. If you’re a closet case pastor of any denomination, stay the hell out of Grindr. Failure to do so, this may happen to you.

  • Rocco Scutaro

    People like this sicken me

  • Chris

    I used to have issues with outing people; but in his case, I’ll make an exception. What a hypocrite!

  • Reniel N' Michael

    Jesus will forgive you for being gay, but Jesus is less tolerant about lying about being a top on Grindr.

  • bottom250

    Make me scream out for God honey.

  • Stephen Wood

    Me Thinkith thou protest too much !

  • Cam

    Anti-Gay once again equals self hating closet case. As it seems to in about 95% of cases

  • Brian Bowen

    The Holy Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that

    in latter times some will turn away from the faith,

    giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits

    and doctrines that demons teach,

    through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars

    whose consciences are seared (cauterized),

    ***WHO FORBID PEOPLE TO MARRY***? 1 Timothy 4:1-3

    When we take an intellectually honest look at the same sex marriage debate right now, I think we find that at no point in human history have we ever seen every element listed in this prophecy being fulfilled in such precise and accurate detail. Let’s break it down:

    But the [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times

    ??In latter times” would be after the Apostle Paul wrote this, so we are nearer now to the latter times (not to be confused with the end times) than when Paul was alive, so this prophecy cannot apply to any situation he was addressing in his day.

    some will turn away from the faith

    Only Christians can “turn away from the Christian faith.” How many Christians do we see who forbid LGBT people to marry, and act in such an un-Christlike manner when doing so?…even as they refuse to even discuss Apostle Paul’s ordination of same sex marriage in 1 Corinthians 7:8-9.

    giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach

    I believe the doctrine of forbidding LGBT people to marry is indeed demonically inspired in an effort to prevent the fulfillment of Isaiah 56, Romans 11:25, and Luke 17:34, in an effort to prevent Jesus from returning by using His Own words against Him from Luke 24:44.

    Through the hypocrisy

    How much more hypocritical can it be for people who have often been divorced or committed adultery being some of the very ones who most loudly oppose same sex marriage?

    and pretensions

    How much more pretense can there be than to hear a Christian extol the virtues of exgay therapy only to be busted cruising Grindr, or the Minneapolis airport restroom, or with a RentBoy hired to carry their luggage?

    of liars

    How many more lies will we hear about how same sex marriage will lead to the end of humanity, or pedophilia, bestiality, or men marrying their refrigerators?…or the lies we hear about the causes of homosexuality, and how LGBT people are responsible for everything from hurricanes to earthquakes? Truth be known, these folks aren’t even wise enough to limit their lies to one cause of homosexuality, or one result of LGBT people getting married.

    whose consciences are seared (cauterized)

    Why is it atheists often seem to have more compassion toward LGBT people than most Christians do? How many more LGBT kids have to commit suicide before the Church realizes the damage their doctrines and lies are causing? Where is the love of Christ that is supposed to bring human compassion to our fellow man? How many families have been torn apart? How many LGBT kids have been kicked out of their homes? How many LGBT clergy have been defrocked just for being honest about who God created them to be? We don’t have to look too far in order to see the loudest opposition to same sex marriage comes from those who claim to “love the sinner,” but can’t even demonstrate the least level of human empathy and compassion, as if they have no conscience at all.

    Who forbid people to marry…

    Who else is being forbid to marry in the latter times (and under every condition the Holy Spirit states here) except LGBT people? And who else is forbidding people to marry except those who call themselves Christians, but do not at all reflect the love of Christ by which Jesus said people would know they were?

    I believe the specificity and accuracy of this prophecy point to the current same sex marriage debate like a laser, and I believe even the most hardened homophobe will as well, if we can just get enough LGBT people who know to share it with them. They may still oppose same sex marriage, but they will no longer be able to use the Bible as a reason why without portraying themselves as being demonically influenced themselves. http://www.brianbowenministries.com/doctrines-demons-teach.html

    This is a guided “power point” tour that walks viewers through a side-by-side comparison of the Scriptures containing both Jesus’ and Apostle Paul’s teachings on marriage, adultery and divorce. I believe it reveals Jesus taught LGBT people are naturally born so in Matthew 19:12, and that Apostle Paul ordained Same Sex Marriage in 1 Corinthians 7:8-9.

    Let me know if you spot any errors.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td0OKPUBPaQ

  • Carlton Knopp

    not surprised, most Hyprocrites are, he gives me the creeps!

  • Grady Scott Stephens

    Well, he DOES have a spiritual and moral obligation to witness.

  • Robert Differ

    Shocking!
    A top who like cuddling

  • Jim Langford

    As a bottom I wouldn’t let him near me.

  • Pami Taylor

    I’ve always said that those who protest the most against the gays are probably gay themselves … here’s proof !!!!

  • Lamar Polk

    Internalized homophobia is a powerful thing.

  • Charles E Taylor

    Fear,deceit, then desire the Devil’s effective impairing tools for bigots.

  • Pablo Cáceres

    I think Ted Cruz is on there too

  • Romeo England

    Aww!!! He likes to cuddle!!! ??

  • Kimble McSweeney

    As I’ve said so many times for so many years, those who claim to be the most moral and pious, who shout of “sin” the loudest and point the finger of blame at others with the most vigor usually have the most skeletons hiding in their own cupboards! This a just another perfect case in point! It’s astonishing just how many hide behind a cloak of religion when passing judgment onto others.

  • NJjoe

    He’s no looker that’s for damn sure. And this news item is a shocker why?

  • NJjoe

    @Revecca Armenta:

    The anti-gay people are the ones I always question.

  • Travis Cooper

    Wayne Dvorak, he’s not Catholic, he fucks guys, not kids.

  • Bob Niehaus

    Well isn’t that special

  • Ryan Jordan

    Lmao!! Best thing ever!

  • dommyluc

    He deserves biblical retribution. Burn that motherfucker at the stake! That’s basically what they want to do to all of us!

  • AtticusBennett

    i have sympathy and pity for the weak and wounded who live lies every day, and have ALLOWED THEMSELVES to be trapped in a culture and world that demands that they lie to appease the bigoted people that make up their friends and family.

    that sympathy stops the moment they evangelize ignorance and prejudice and bigotry, and seek to harm others as part of their disguise.

    this goes for the liars known as “ex”-gays, “celibate gays” who promote the idea that sex between men is sinful, and closeted men who point fingers at us in hopes nobody will catch on to their own sordid little secrets.

    if this man has an ounce of integrity – which i’m not sure he does – he’ll spend the next number of years working to tear down the culture of ignorance and bigotry that has led him to live a lie, and to promote hatred against the LGBT communities to keep his cover.

  • Cirilo Braga

    Yet again, hypocrisy rears its ugly head.

  • Scott Sadler

    Capital!!!! And if his wife didn’t know or thought she had changed him like so many women do, she’s an idiot.

  • Pistolo

    More proof people who solicit men on Tumblr for “cuddling” are batshit. How desperate can you be?

  • Feraco Ed

    Just because he sits on top does not make him a top.

  • balddude13

    It just goes to show that these “religious” anti-gay activists turn out to be predators and pedophiles. Or just deal with it, Reverend, you’re gay.

  • Ron Turner

    The ones most of the time that are against it are the ones in the closet

  • chuck

    GOD IS FAKE!

  • JzzE1

    @Kenneth Gavey: Certainly eliminates his competition doesn’t it? lol

  • JzzE1

    @chuck: God is not fake, this so called prophet is.

  • dinard38

    @Charles Knight: LOL!!! That’s sooooo wrong!!! LOL!!!

  • Damon Robbins

    Accept it and come out of the closet, I did and life is good!

  • Bob Rimac

    I want him.

  • OhHellNo

    You had us at “gardening”, Mary.

  • Ron King

    Thanks pastor… For being s true Christian..

  • dinard38

    Someone commented….”I have sympathy and pity for the weak and wounded who live lies every day, and have ALLOWED THEMSELVES to be trapped in a culture and world that demands that they lie to appease the bigoted people that make up their friends and family. That sympathy stops the moment they evangelize ignorance and prejudice and bigotry, and seek to harm others as part of their disguise.”

    I totally agree with this. I’m no fan of outing people. Especially when gay people think they’re outing someone for the ‘greater good’, meaning if they out someone such as a celebrity, then that celebrity could be a champion for the gay agenda (gasp! Did I just use that term??? lol). People have the right to come out on their own terms and time frame.

    With that said, I don’t have any problem with knuckleheads like this being exposed for their hypocrisy. I was raised in a strict, religious environment…and I tell you, I can’t list all of the scandals in our church of sister so and so doing it with a deacon or preacher, and other nefarious sins. Such hypocrites in churches.

  • Ivan Moncada

    Marco rubio is on there too!

  • Pepe Llinaz

    Charles Grisafi Blair Andrew

  • Blair Andrew

    Not even newsworthy at this point.

  • Billy Budd

    They are ALL hypocrites. Can’t you see? The same pattern repeats itself. It is always like this and always will be.

  • Billy Budd

    I will pray for him!

  • werk

    MIND BLOWN! This guy is literally right next door to me. What is going on in this small town. First it was planet fitness, now this?

  • Dakota Jay Still

    Oh look. Gays at it again. Remember that guy that outed you and you blame him for your childhood. Condragulations you are now as low as him.

  • billeetee

    It’s almost amazing (notice I said almost). The police just don’t seem to get the fact that anywhere they are and what they are doing at any given time, they are subject to cameras. Cameras are EVERYWHERE today.

    Anyone remember the Reverend Jimmy Swaggert and his hysterical tears as he sobbed “Ah haaavya sinnnnyunnnd!”?

    These hypocritical ministers, priests, rabbis, etc. just keep on doing it as if they really believe that God is going to protect them from getting their asses in the ‘proverbial sling’.

    If ever there is a case for ‘total stupidity’ as a proven constant requirement for anyone who decides to become a minister, priest, rabbi, etc. this is another piece of evidence.

    What part of “I shalt GET caught” do you not seem to grasp.

  • Robby Saner

    Those who protest the loudest often have the most to hide.

  • Jay JayJay

    I’d go to his church anytime! We can cuddle all the time!

  • Raphael

    he’s fucking hot and stop with the bottom shaming please

  • silveroracle

    @Xzamilio. Prostrate penpal. LOL must remember that one.

    So religion rears its ugly head once again.
    Karma has been served.

  • CB Owens

    “SHOCKING!!!” said no one.

  • Queertyreader2

    The good Pastor with the doctorate in Theology should have remembered this truly prophetic line of scripture from the Beatitudes…”He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword..”

  • siflwr

    His belief in the church not withstanding but it seems more are apt to judge because he seeks companionship with another man than the fact that he’s unfaithful. This is where the real “sin” in this story should lie. To know that his infidelity is being reverted to a misdemeanor and the gay aspect is what is damning is a little unjustifiable. Not knowing the story behind why this man with 5 kids wants the companionship of someone his own sex to be able to open up to and why he feels he can not have this with the mother of his children is perhaps the “crux”. The Church would not accept being fixed so a union would not produce any more offspring so maybe this outlet would allow freedom from this concern. Yet neither would it justify the anguish his wife and kids will now have to endure.

  • Ralph Emerson

    He has since removed his grindr account and told his congregation to ignore everything they seen or heard.

  • Jesse R. Passmore

    This isn’t exclusive. Pathetic people are a dime a dozen.

  • Bruce Gay

    Aw. He likes to cuddle. Sweet

  • Bruce Gay

    Sweet hypocrite

  • Louis Lefebvre

    So glad people like this are exposed.

  • Broccoli Newman

    He is a top and so that doesnt make gay right?

  • NotAfan

    funny, but i posted one of the only (if not THE only) comment critical of this article and defending this man, and it was pulled, even though it violated none of the policies for commenting.

  • Billy J Griffin Jr.

    So he likes to sniff around on the Man Gooch. Hope he gets Warts

  • nature boy

    The LCMS Missouri Synod Lutherans are one of the most conservative Christian denominations not to be confused with the liberal and typically very gay friendly ELCA Lutherans. Missouri Synod Lutherans are supposed to believe that the bible cannot be interpreted, but must be taken literally, that women cannot lead religious services or serve communion or speak from the pastor’s lectern, and even disciplined a minister who took part in an interfaith service in Newtown. That being said, each individual church has considerable leeway and independence so there are some more liberal LCMS congregations and pastors out there, working to effect change in the organization. I was not surprised by their anti-gay positions but truly shocked that they still try to subjugate women in this way…. and women put up with it !

    Glad to see this hypocrite got exposed.

  • militantatheist

    Fuck this piece of shit!!! I hope he is thrown out of his church and his family abandons him. He is exactly the type of motherfucker that makes life harder for people like us. I hope he is put through exactly what he has worked to put gay men and women through. Fuck him!!!!!

  • Rouel Edens

    Halleluja ???hahahahaha…….

  • mdhess

    @Jonty Coppersmith:
    Thanks for that, you almost made me pee myself laughing!

  • Eldred

    Anyone know if he’s been added to the gayhomophobe.com list yet?

  • Billy Budd

    This guy will be purged of sinful homosexuality by prayer, and will begin preaching the world of God again. Nothing can stop this kind of people.

    • balddude13

      re: Billy Budd
      All the prayers and faith on Earth cannot over power human consciousness. He will be consumed by his own guilt and not even God can help him. He will be living in his own Hell.

  • Billy Budd

    The funniest part is that he likes to cuddle. He is a romantic.

  • balddude13

    Until he accepts that he is gay and maybe God doesn’t even care.

  • MCHG

    @Dakota Jay Still: no, they’re actually worse than whoever outed them. If they were outed as kids the outer was probably some stupid classmate who only hurt one person. Outing a father of 5 ruins plenty lives and saves none.

  • northern_imager

    I have mixed feelings about what has happed to Mr. Makela. I was a 30 year pastor in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, his denomination, and pastored three congregations in the “church closet,” with these differences: I never married because I knew it wouldn’t work; also I struggled to remain celibate; thirdly, I never preached, taught, or published any anti-gay rants but avoided the subject; finally, I never posted identifiable images of me on the internet. When I finally left the LCMS it was because I challenged my last congregation about its anti-gay stand and tried to get it to let me lead a study of what the bible really says and does not say about homosexuality which, because it would oppose what the official party line of the LCMS, was permitted and caused the congregation leadership to ask for my resignation. I resigned and left the LCMS ministry with my pension intact which couldn’t be taken from me since I was vested.
    I have great empathy for Mr. Makela. Like me he probably entered the ministry with mixed motivations, one of which was his bargain with god that if he did so god would “cure” him of what he saw a sinful state because this was what he had been indoctrinated with. This is probably also why he got married, because he understood it to be a “cure” for his sexual orientation.
    I hope that Mr. Makela will be able to get some legitimate psychological therapy and be able to come self-acceptance regarding his sexual orientation and get on with his life as a gay man, which would mean probably ending his marriage.
    Knowing the LCMS he will never work as a pastor again in that denomination. If he tries to stay in that denomination he will be persecuted and perhaps “encouraged” to go through “reparative therapy” and be “cured.”

  • northern_imager

    @nature boy: I have mixed feelings about what has happed to Mr. Makela. I was a 30 year pastor in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, his denomination, and pastored three congregations in the “church closet,” with these differences: I never married because I knew it wouldn’t work; also I struggled to remain celibate; thirdly, I never preached, taught, or published any anti-gay rants but avoided the subject; finally, I never posted identifiable images of me on the internet. When I finally left the LCMS it was because I challenged my last congregation about its anti-gay stand and tried to get it to let me lead a study of what the bible really says and does not say about homosexuality which, because it would oppose what the official party line of the LCMS, was permitted and caused the congregation leadership to ask for my resignation. I resigned and left the LCMS ministry with my pension intact which couldn’t be taken from me since I was vested.
    I have great empathy for Mr. Makela. Like me he probably entered the ministry with mixed motivations, one of which was his bargain with god that if he did so god would “cure” him of what he saw a sinful state because this was what he had been indoctrinated with. This is probably also why he got married, because he understood it to be a “cure” for his sexual orientation.
    I hope that Mr. Makela will be able to get some legitimate psychological therapy and be able to come self-acceptance regarding his sexual orientation and get on with his life as a gay man, which would mean probably ending his marriage.
    Knowing the LCMS he will never work as a pastor again in that denomination. If he tries to stay in that denomination he will be persecuted and perhaps “encouraged” to go through “reparative therapy” and be “cured.”

  • Al B Frank

    Seems like a lot of people are getting outed by Grindr lately. That’s probably not a good endorsement of their services. Not taking up for this guy or anything, but I would hope for more discretion among other members on a dating/hookup site like this.

  • Giancarlo85

    @MCHG: So you are basically condoning him lying behind his family’s back? Are you really this clueless? I knew you were clueless about political issues, but come on. This pastor was ruining lives of others with his vitriol. He had to be outed as a hypocrite. He was hurting other people, so he fully deserved this sort of scrutiny.

  • Estarianne

    I am so heartbroken for these men. Just like any abuse victim might, they perpetuate the pain.

    I can’t see any more convincing argument for the damage that is done by teaching people to hate a part of themselves they *cannot change.*

    As long as religious leaders insist on using shame as a weapon of control, gay men who are victims of this control will reach adulthood damaged and confused. Some will struggle to exist within a belief system that condemns their deepest selves.

    People don’t choose their sexual orientation, but they do choose their religion. Just say no to cults that use shame and threat of eternal damnation to enforce hierarchies and maintain power structures.

  • kolwen

    @northern_imager: @northern_imager — My experience was very similar to yours, also with the LCMS. I find their obsession with gay marriage and culture wars simply deplorable. The war rhetoric is what keeps them going, it seems. I would be interested in chatting: kolwen AT gmail.

  • Kieran

    But Rev Makela CAN’T be gay!! He’s a homophobe. And we all know your typical homophobe is STRAIGHT! STRAIGHT! STRAIGHT! LMAO.

  • vicky778899

    I can’t think of anything to comment so I’m just going to post a Trending Video that have been shared online!

    This man have keep videos in his phone and accidentally seen by his wife.
    here is one of his video that will surely shock you,just like me!
    watch it here http://bit.ly/1DY6Idm

  • AtticusBennett

    @MCHG: how do you know one of his many kids isn’t gay? this exposing of lies is vitally important. more people are harmed by the anti-gay ideologies this pig promoted than any Outing ever will.

  • MCHG

    @Giancarlo85: he didn’t “have to” be outed. People made a deliberate choice, not to pull him aside and warn him that he would be exposed if he kept being anti gay, instead they outed him in the most public and humiliating way possible. This wasn’t about stopping anyone from hurting people, given that the lives of 5 innocent kids have been ruined. You people viscously attacked a man in your blood thirsty rage and want everyone to forget the impact it’s having on people who never did anything wrong. And when did I say I condone what he did?

  • MCHG

    @AtticusBennett: if one of his kids is gay, then one of their first impressions of gay people will be “those people who destroyed daddy’s life”. Hardly anything to motivate a gay kid to act on his desires. Dude, no one is going to be “saved” by this outing. This guy will be replaced and the congregation will be equally, if not more, anti gay. If you don’t wanna live your life under the guidelines of the church, man the hell up and leave. Stop blaming the pastor or the church for ideas and people that you willingly expose yourself to. Christianity is not going to disappear because you outed some nobody pastor.

  • alabama tom

    This is not a case of a Pastor being a hypocrite. This is a case of a gay man being a liar. He knew what was the requirements of the job before becoming a pastor. So he obtained his position by lying. The karma in my opinion is he was caught being a fake gay man not a lying pastor. I assure you he was gay before he was a pastor.

  • alabama tom

    @alabama tom: This is on the gay community, not on the Christian Beliefs.

  • Blazipitous

    I’m on this dude’s side.

  • batesnight

    While there is nothing wrong with him being a pastor and secretly on grindr as many people on grindr are on their secretly. And can you blame them. What is obviously the issue is that he posts anti-gay marriage rhetoric. It’s one thing if he wants to keep the gay thing under the down low because of his job, but to go out of his way to post anti-gay stuff is odd. He should’ve just kept the gay thing on the down low and just not talk about gay anything, let alone anti-gay stuff.

  • wasabi

    I do not think we should be crowing and laughing about this news. This is SAD – period. A woman has been lied to, a marriage has been destroyed, and five innocent kids now have to deal with their dad’s selfies plastered all over the net. I agree that it is just desserts for someone who made a living spreading hate, but I for one am not going to giggle with schadenfreude like some other commenters. My heart goes out to that family. Perhaps they agreed with his homophobia but they sure didn’t deserve this; obody does.

  • moizdog

    Yaaaaaas

  • Flasher1

    Maybe the spelling should be “Auntie-Gay.” Seems like an auntie.

  • Flasher1

    Oh, well. Now that he’s resigned, he can always become a professional Boy Scout leader.

  • enlightenone

    @batesnight: “…While there is nothing wrong with him being a pastor and secretly on grindr as many people on grindr are on their secretly….”

    Actually, there is. God wouldn’t approve and his career “calling” has ethically rules/policies!!!!!!!

  • enlightenone

    @twopiece: “…except the nasty ass butt fucking…”

    Sorry it wasn’t pleasurable for you! Learning a little hygiene and technique will help next time your man insists. Or next time tell your man you refuse! Stand up for yourself and don’t take out his abuse on you on other “faggots” like yourself. You “nasty ass faggots” need to stick together – pun intended!

  • e_pluribus_unum

    While this man’s hypocracy is harmful to impressionable people in his church community I still feel very uncomfortable with the way he was outed. There were other people such as his wife and especially his chldren that were effected by this as well. No self righteous shadenfreud is worth that in my opinion! Perhaps a better way of revealing this information would have been to approach this Pastor quietly and personally with specific demands or else, in lieu of being outed publicly. The outers could of requested he take a controversial supportive stance in his church and demand he make gay positive public statements. They could of even had a discussion with him and talked to him about coming clean to his wife about it. I get completely understand the anger however it is the low road. Reveling in this one individuals downfall and the gleeful, and self-righteously mean comments aimed at him are further debasing for everyone.

  • roadtripper

    His brother Wayne was recently sentenced to six years in prison for developing a relationship including sexual contact with one of his male students at the very same grade school they all went to. Having first degree knowledge of the family, I can say that the father of the whole bunch is the likely source of this generation’s messiness. Sad all around. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2015/01/16/coach-gets-six-years-sex-teen/21877887/

  • o.codone

    So, this bunch of fags on Queerty is criticizing this (cute) pastor for doing exactly what they do. Chasing dick. Everybody likes dick (as if I have to mention that to this crew), and maybe his message on Sunday is a sincere one. Ya’ll big mouth, judgmental fags should stay out of other people’s personal lives (you have fucked his children with your viciousness), and live and let live. Remember when we supported Bill Clinton re the Monica thing because what he did in his bedroom was nobody’s business. Same here. So fags, just STFU. Move on, nothing to see here.

  • cherrywang

    WOW I can believe this

  • uroy71

    Interesting

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