Amazing Raise Update: Richmond Triangle Players tops anti-gay church in total donations with 8 hours left
UPDATE 9:30 AM 9/16: With about 8 hours remaining in the annual Amazing Raise fundraiser, Richmond’s openly-LGBTQ theatre company is ahead of an anti-gay group in total donations.
The Richmond Triangle Players amassed about 245 additional donations last night, winning them the “Night Owl Prize” of $1,000, and putting them ahead of the anti-gay church group The Richmond Center for Christian Study (RCCS) in total donations.
However the larger prize of $15K will be awarded to the org who has the most individual unique donors who spent $50 or more. RCCS continues to lead in that category by a large margin with 431 unique donations, and the Southside SPCA in second with 227 unique donations.
As recently as November of 2014, RCCS held a lecture entitled “Homosexuality: An Ethical Test Case” which aimed to disprove people were born gay because “it is not true” and “it is dangerous.” (read more about RCCS in the original post below)
The Amazing Raise has raised a total of $1.1 million since it started yesterday, with over 14,000 individual donors so far.
Original post 5:25 PM 9/15: While the community rallies around many local causes today as part of the annual fundraiser the Amazing Raise, one leader of the pack is standing out for their fundraising numbers and their message.
While not located on UR, the group offers a free shuttle for UR students and claims “University of Richmond students and the Greater Richmond community” as who they serve with their mission ”to bring gospel transformation by fostering serious consideration and discussion of a biblical worldview and its bearing on all of life and culture.”
Included in that serious discussion is a study called “Homosexuality: An Ethical Test Case,” which was featured in a November 2014 lectured hosted by the RCCS.
“The penis and vagina, and the male and female reproductive systems as a whole, show clear signs of complementary design,” reads the study authored by RCCS Executive Director Chris Daniel, a member of the staff since 2006 after leaving VCU where he served as the campus minister for the Reformed University Fellowship.
“Not only do the penis and anus fail to show signs of complementary design,” the study reads. “But such sexual activity (much more common in homosexual encounters) actually does violence to the clear design and intention of the anus.”
The seven page document goes on to insist that people “aren’t born gay” for two reason:
1) It is not true
2) It is dangerous
More info from the study:
The notion that some people are “born gay” is simply not true. This notion implies that, if you have homosexual feelings, you should embrace those feelings since that’s how God made you. While it is true that we should embrace how God has made us, this notion assumes that homosexual feelings must be a result of how God made us and doesn’t even consider that they might be a result of how the fall has corrupted us.
The biblical view is that, due to the fall, we are all born sinful, and as a result have all sorts of corrupt inclinations to one degree or another.
The notion that some people are “born gay” is dangerous. This notion suggests that, if you have homosexual inclinations, you should be honest with who you are and embrace your inclinations. While we should certainly be honest with who we are, we should also be discerning, embracing those things about us that are a result of how God made us, and rejecting those things about us that are a result of how the fall has corrupted us.
Embracing our fallen tendencies reveals us as those who do not know God and bars us from inheriting the kingdom of God…
Over 20 local churches are listed on RCCS’s affiliation page, all of which “seek to be involved in its work and desire to support the Study Center financially.”
According to the Williams Institute, as much as 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT and nearly 7 in 10 told the national pollsters it was because of rejection from their families.
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