Reverend Matthew Makela, an associate pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church and School in Michigan, railed against LGBTQ lifestyle while secretly living the LGBTQ lifestyle.
Until Monday, Makela was described as a pastor who loves, "family, music, home improvement, gardening and landscaping and sports." The now-deleted bio from the church's website left out likes to "make out naked" with other men.
The married father of five may not have been able to come to terms with who he is, but since his Grindr conversations became public and he was outed, the pastor resigned from his position at the church, according to the Midland Daily News.
Grindr calls itself the "most popular all-male location-based social network out there," and is known as a male-to-male hook-up app.
A fellow Midland man-of-the-cloth had written an article in November 2014 for the Midland Daily News which read, 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."
Queerty was able to get a copy of Makela's comments on that article before they were deleted: "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."
The pastor also took to his own Facebook page to speak out against homosexuality:
Queerty obtained screenshots of the Grindr chat Makela had with an unnamed source. Makela did confirm the screen captures are authentic, but did not make any further comments about his "struggle," according to Queerty.
Senior Pastor Rev. Daniel Kempin would not comment on the circumstances of Makela's resignation, but an announcement was posted on St. John's website, according to Midland Daily News: "Pastor has acknowledged that there was sin and repentance, and I have testified that there is indeed forgiveness through the same Lord who forgives all our sins. Nevertheless, it is an end of our time together in ministry, and we ask for your continued prayers and support for the Makela family."