A pastor hires an attorney in Jacksonville Florida to handle a personal injury case on his behalf. The attorney then reconsiders when he learns of the pastor’s strongly held religious beliefs do not affirm homosexuality. So, he sends the pastor a letter stating that he must sever his business relationship with the pastor because he believes in homosexuality and has a homosexual son.
Well, that is what happened to Bishop Kenneth Adkins, pastor of Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville, FL. Pastor Adkins has fought the radical LGBT community’s agenda to have their plight added to the Human Rights Ordinance Bill in Jacksonville. He hired the attorney to represent him in a personal injury case. According to Pastor Adkins, attorney Eric S. Block knew full well about his activism and assured the pastor it wouldn’t be a problem. But nonetheless on April 22nd, 2016 the attorney wrote a letter dropping the pastor as a client.
Here is a copy of the letter sent to Bishop Adkins by attorney Eric S. Block published in a local media outlet in Jacksonville that covered the story.
Pastor Adkins said he was surprised to get the letter and felt he was being discriminated against because of his Christian beliefs. When I asked Pastor Adkins why he felt that way, his response was, “If it had been a Christian attorney who was representing a client who was homosexual, and the attorney decided to drop the client because he did not agree with the client’s lifestyle, there would be mass protests in the streets in front of the attorney’s office, news crews and a big lawsuit against the attorney.” Pastor Adkins feels there is a double standard.
Adkins has been embroiled in a prolonged battle with the radical factions of the homosexual community in Jacksonville. In fact, the battle is so heated, according to Adkins they have “blacklisted” his business and threatened his clients not to use Adkin’s Public Relations and Advertising company he operates in Jacksonville. Adkins further states, his clients were even threatened they would be ostracized in the community businesswise if they used his company and its services. He says his business has dropped off significantly since he was made aware of the blacklisting and that may be the real reason attorney Block has dropped him as well.
Today, we live in a climate of political correctness so entrenched that if one differs with what is deemed appropriate (the false doctrine of tolerance and inclusion) by what experts say is no more than 2 to 3 percent of the general population, you are ostracized and deemed persona non grata simply because you disagree. Why is it when Christians stand up for both their God given inalienable and 1st Amendment rights they are deemed bigots, hate mongers or worse? And how is it okay or even legal for that matter to attack one’s business and livelihood, and threaten one’s clients simply because he has an independent thought and a biblical worldview?
Bishop Adkins has been a very vocal opponent of the LBGT expansion HRO Bill in Jacksonville, FL. He’s held press conferences, put heat on the City Council members, and served as a spokesman for the Christian community to protect its religious liberties. He created community awareness through meetings with pastors and helped with the signing of petitions at churches and businesses.
Because of this he is hated by the radical factions of the homosexual and transgender community, nor is he supported by the liberal church leadership in the region who have acquiesced to the pressure put on them to soften their views on homosexuality and the agenda behind it. According to Pastor Adkins, he suspects there is a profit motive behind their soft stance as well.
I am reminded of the attack on Chick-fil-A by the radical LGBT community in 2014. The CEO of Chick-fil-A merely stated his personal views concerning his support for traditional marriage based on his religious beliefs. Well, the “Gay Mafia” launched a boycott of all chick-fil-A restaurants and stated anyone supporting the restaurant chain was a hate monger and homophobic.
Well, former governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spoke up on the issue defending the CEO’s right to free speech and freedom of religion via the 1st Amendment. He suggested there be a Chick-fil-A Day and encouraged all Christians to support the chain. That day Chick-fil-A set records for restaurant attendance with lines around the block at all their locations across the nation. The Christian community flexed their collective muscle and in one weekend squashed the Gay Mafia’s attack on the restaurant chain.
Pastor Adkins says the attacks have crippled his business, and he will have to rebuild his client base. He says it has negatively impacted church attendance as some congregants are afraid of retaliation by the activist LGBT community. He says he will hire another attorney as well.
I say we need a “Chick-fil-A Day” type of day for Bishop Kenneth Adkins. If you are in the greater Jacksonville area and in need of his services, please reach out to him. He can be reached at IssacharMediaGroup@Gmail.com or give him a call at 404-227-0924. The website is: TheIssachar.com.
This is a stellar opportunity for the church to again flex its spiritual muscle. Just like with Chick-fil-A, and again today just like against Target. Church Stand Up!