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Christians, Queers,

and Capernaum

By the Rev. Christian McShaffrey

Pastor of Five Solas Church

Reedsburg, Wisconsin

Capernaum was an ancient city located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus lived there for a time, called some of its citizens as apostles, preached the gospel, healed the sick, and cast out demons. Sadly, the city as whole, rejected him.

One of the things that blinded Capernaum to the Light of the World was pride. This is a very dangerous sin and Jesus rebuked it with these words, “Thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell” (Matthew 11:23).

Another problem with Capernaum was that it had forgotten history, namely that God wiped another city off the map about two thousand years prior due to sexual perversion. Jesus reminded them, “for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day” (vs. 23).

The greatest error at Capernaum, however, was choosing darkness after it had seen so much light. Many communities continue to do the same, but Jesus warned of the consequences, saying, “That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee” (Matthew 11:24).

There are dozens of churches in Sauk County because it started as a New England settlement, populated by the descendants of English Puritans. Besides building churches, these Christians cultivated the land, constructed roads, built schools, and advanced social causes like abolitionism. This is our history and heritage.

Today, Sauk County is preparing to celebrate its first “Pride Festival” at the fairgrounds, complete with transvestite entertainment and the grooming of children through a “Family Sing-a-Long” and a “Queen Story Time” session. Not even Capernaum went this far and still it will be worse off than Sodom on the last day.

What should the concerned Christians of Sauk County do? Exactly what Jesus did in Capernaum: Preach the truth, rebuke pride, remind people of history, and warn of wrath to come. Perhaps the Lord will show mercy and spare our community.


Christian McShaffrey is the Pastor of Five Solas Church (Reedsburg, WI) and also serves as the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of the Midwest (Orthodox Presbyterian Church). He would be more than happy to correspond with you. Please use the form below to contact him.

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