A Texas-based organization that helps homosexuals change through Christ is facing what it considers to be religious persecution.
Living Hope Ministries, headquartered in Arlington, Texas, recently discovered their app had been dropped by Apple and then by Microsoft and Amazon. Ricky Chelette, who heads the ministry, suspected a homosexual activist group was responsible, so the investigation began.
"We later learned that it was removed at the request of Truth Wins Out," he reports. "They had formed a petition of 356 people that decided that they didn't want our app because we were supposedly some sort of organization that did not like gay people."
Chelette says that is nonsense, as the opposite is actually true.
"Everyone has a right to make choices about how they live their lives, but we also believe that those who would like to live their life in accordance with God's Word should have the opportunity to discover ways in which they can do that," he says. "And that's what our ministry does. It disciples individuals and helps them walk in obedience with the Christian biblical ethic that we see displayed in Scripture."
So the three corporations either have a problem with helping homosexuals live according to Scripture, or they are discriminating on the basis of the Living Hope’s religious message. Meanwhile, Chelette's organization is pursuing other methods to make its apps available, including a request that Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon reconsider.