I have been to Pentecostal churches and conventions where I have watched them practically break their arms trying to pat themselves on the back for being such wonderful (in their own minds) people. The pride behind polishing their "Pentecostal" or "Apostolic" images was nauseating. They sounded and appeared far more excited about their own organization than they were about things that mattered to the King they claimed to represent.
The same can be said of us when we are more concerned about our own sub-culture than the mission to which we have been commissioned by Christ. Some of our affirming gatherings are just as offensive when the emphasis is clearly on building someone's own ministry kingdom or on our identity as a gay sub-culture.
We are not called to confront people with polarizing political positions. Neither are we called to win our rights through offensive and militant means. We aren't commissioned to build a ministry kingdom that brings glory to us or to pridefully flaunt our sexual orientation so as to deepen our segregation from the broader society.
I know this may not be popular but I don't care. I know what the Word says and we are not allowed to endulge lesser priorities just because we think our ministry is special or we represent a disenfranchised community. Of course, there will be some who read this and will take what I'm saying to the ultimate extreme of what I'm trying to accomplish, which is Biblical centricity. We can fulfill our unique ministry to the gay community best by putting the emphasis where God says it should be...souls.
Nobody can "do church" like Apostolic Pentecostal people but are we soul winners? While we are running aisles, someone is running a needle into their veins because they don't know Christ. While we are building kingdoms, somone is building their life on the sands of false success because they haven't met the Carpenter from Nazereth.
If you have never someone to Christ, it's time you hit your prayer bones and ask God to help you recognize the next opportunity to be a witness. There is nothing like the joy of seeing a lost soul bow their knee in repentance and come up out of the waters of baptism speaking with other tongues as the Spirit fills them to overflowing. My friends Tom and Marriane Kane work with me and were New England Catholics their entire lives. I witnessed to them and watched God lead use their hunger to lead them to Himself. On Palm Sunday of 2011, they drove from Ft. Myers to Tampa so that they could get saved. They were baptized in Jesus' Name and came up speaking with other tongues! It made me want to personally witness to every soul on the planet.
True Apostolic Pentecostals aren't entangled in the affairs of this life. They are too busy reaching the lost person next to them lest they slip into eternity, forever lost without our Jesus. Are you a true Apostolic Pentecostal or a pretender?