A Lutheran pastor in Michigan resigned recently after being caught sending messages on a mobile gay dating app, according to report on the local news site M Live. The pastor, Rev. Matthew Makela from Midland, is married with five children and has spoken of being gay as a "sinful temptation."
In posts on the dating and hookup app Grindr, Makela said he was looking to "mess around" with a guy and sent shirtless photos. Screenshots of the conversation with an unidentified user found their way to the gay news site Queerty.
A letter on the website of St. John's Lutheran Church, where Makela worked, acknowledged Makela's resignation and asked members of the congregation not to pay attention to discussions of Makela on social media or on the news.
"This changes nothing. Matt is still forgiven and he is still loved, and we will do what we can to stand by him and the family as they face this spiteful attack of shame," the letter said. "God is bigger than this and will see us through."