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This Easter, God has a Grindrmessage for you

Aussie Grindr users are a little surprised to find Christian outreach messages beneath the various torsos on their favourite hook-up app this Easter.

While many people are laughing off the messages, concluding that godlife.com is targeting the wrong market with its ads, others are very annoyed and concerned.

Several Same Same readers have contacted us to point out the ads, saying they’re worried that Grindr users are being targeted by some kind of ‘pray the gay away’ organisation. Especially as the ad clicks through to this message about sin:

So we investigated, sending this message to godlife.com: “Godlife.com is being advertised on a gay mobile app in Sydney, Australia. I wondered if your ministry really accepts gay people, or if you encourage them to try to change their sexuality through prayer.”

A representative from the site was quick to reply with a reassuring message: “Wow, we really are all over the world. We do not judge anyone. We simply want you to know the love of God and what His son did to save you from your sin.

“I am not trying to change you from who you are at all. God made you just the way you are.”

“I am not trying to change you from who you are at all. God made you just the way you are. He loves you that way so who am I to go against God’s love. Happy Easter to you too. He has Risen! If you have any questions or need prayer about something in your life please let me know. God bless you and keep you safe from all harm.”

Concern about how ‘ex-gay’ therapy providers destroy lives has led the Living Waters organisation to cease operations both in the USA and here in Australia in recent weeks. But that doesn’t mean it’s all over – The Saturday Paper reports this weekend that pastors from Australia’s ex-gay ministries are now expanding their operations in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in countries where being gay is not widely accepted and even still illegal.

There are an increasing number of chutes around Australia who welcome LGBTI people in their congregations. In terms of your sexuality, your church should not attempt to change who you are. If you have concerns about a church near you offering so-called ‘ex-gay therapy’, please contact us via email: hello@staff.samesame.com.au.

We hope the team at Godlife.com are sincere in simply seeking to offer inclusive and supportive Christian outreach that welcomes gay people, and if they are, it’s not the first time this has happened using Grindr’s horny network.

A Methodist Church youth leader in Tennessee spoke last year about talking to young gay and bi men on Grindr about God.

Michael Szalapski says the reason he’s on the app is to let people know that “you can be gay and a Christian, and happy.”

“I’m quite clear on Grindr that I’m a Christian,” he added. “A lot of people think that God hates them, and He doesn’t. And any little way I can let people know that He loves them is a good one.”

You can see the interview below.

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Brad_Woodford

Brad_Woodford said on the 21st Apr, 2014

I sat down on Sunday morning and had a choice. I could either stay home and log into Grindr in an attempt to find me an Easter Sunday hookup, or I could go to church. I then asked myself which of these two is more morally fulfilling?

For the record, the guy I hooked up with was fantastic. :P

NATEE

NATEE said on the 21st Apr, 2014

Besides all that christian advertisment, Grindr is boring as. Same boring chatter, same group of people. I say Grindr has been overly used.

Virgindirk

Virgindirk said on the 21st Apr, 2014

If there was a ad for gay hook ups on a church website or app there would be a complete outrage from the Christian community.

wysi

wysi said on the 21st Apr, 2014



but may be secretly used by the clergy

Sydland75

Sydland75 said on the 23rd Apr, 2014

I sat down on Sunday morning and had a choice. I could either stay home and log into Grindr in an attempt to find me an Easter Sunday hookup, or I could go to church. I then asked myself which of these two is more morally fulfilling?

For the record, the guy I hooked up with was fantastic. :P

Grindr is truly awful..... I went on Scruff...... the guys are much friendlier. :)

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 23rd Apr, 2014



Are they? If you compare the two apps you'll find a lot of the guys on Scruff are also on Grindr (look carefully at the profiles and you'll see the same guys just with different photos and profile names) and there is little difference in attitude.

I suspect you're more successful cruising on Scruff and that's the reason you find it friendlier.