Christian HGTV Stars’ Pastor Speaks out on LGBT ‘Witch Hunt
December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper reality show, are coming under fire after Buzzfeed ran an article questioning their views on same-sex "marriage."
The consequent barrage of criticism has been labeled a "witch hunt" by Jason and David Benham, whose own planned HGTV reality show was cancelled after a similar onslaught two years ago.
The Buzzfeed article focused in on the views of the Gaines' pastor at Antioch Community Church, Jimmy Seibert, who has opposed same-sex "marriage" and homosexuality.
Now Pastor Seibert has spoken out, in an interview with Fox's Todd Starnes.
On marriage, he says, "Our definition is not the definition we made up. It's straight from the Scripture. One man, one woman for life. That's how God created us. That's what he has for us."
And he insists his church is "absolutely not" anti-gay. "We are pro-helping people in their journey to find out who God is and who He has made them to be."
The pastor says he has exchanged texts with the Gaines following the uproar, but wouldn't reveal their contents.
"People don't know what the Bible says anymore on issues of sexuality," says Seibert. "People don't know what God says on homosexuality or any other issue. I felt the need to say we are all a mess - but the fixed points were set by God - not us."
He urges Christians to stay strong amid attacks.
"Do we believe that God and his word is right and enough? As a believer, I need to do what's right and trust God with what's wrong," he told Starnes. "So when I have a biblical conviction about my lifestyle choices or how I should run my business or how I should run my home, we should be free to do that - to lovingly express our views to the world around us."