A national pro-homosexual group has targeted six megachurches for protest and demonstration. But what they'll find at one of the targeted churches this weekend is a dinner and a discussion about Christian views on homosexuality.
Bishop Harry Jackson, pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., invited the group "Soulforce" to debate homosexual rights and gay marriage with church elders this Saturday, prior to their Sunday demonstration.
He also agreed to host a dinner for the group at his church this weekend.
"In light of the recent California Supreme Court decision, we welcome the discussion with the members of Soulforce and are confident in our positions on traditional marriage based on biblical morality," said Bishop Jackson.
"We have invited the members of Soulforce who plan to protest this Sunday's service to come inside the church, worship, and hear the truth of the Gospel," he said.
Members of Soulforce claim their demonstrations are designed to elevate the conversation about faith, family, and homosexuality to a national level -- and also bring a new tenor of respect to the issue.
Other targeted megachurches include Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church and T.D. Jake's The Potter's House.
Tune in to Newswatch next week when Bishop Jackson joins the broadcast for more on the story.