Pastor Chuck O’Neal, Manhood, Street Evangelism, Abortion, Bully, Spiritual Abuse, Beaverton Grace Bible Church
Someone alerted me to the following video just yesterday. Last month, Pastor Chuck O’Neal of Beaverton Grace Bible Church went to the Lovejoy Surgicenter in Portland, Oregon. O’Neal and members from his church are frequent visitors outside the clinic “evangelizing.” On this video, we can hear Chuck O’Neal’s voice as he talks to the escort who works for the clinic.
Women who receive any kind of medical services at the clinic have to walk by Chuck O’Neal and his entourage when they are there, so it makes sense that the clinic would hire escorts. O’Neal is intimidating, loud, and obnoxious. Can you imagine a mom with a couple of young children wanting to pick up birth control at the clinic and having to walk by that commotion?
This seems to be a new tactic my ex-pastor is using as he is “evangelizing” at the abortion clinic. In this video, there is 9+ minutes of a recorded “one-sided conversation,” whereby O’Neal attempts to lecture the escort on how to be a man, yes, a man.
Now, when we were at Beaverton Grace Bible Church, we did hear some preaching about men and manhood. There was even preaching about what men could and couldn’t wear, which I detailed in this article: Some Pastors Think They Get to Control the Details of Your Lives, Even the Colors of Clothes You Wear Hint: he doesn’t like the color pink on guys.
Back to the topic at hand, I do not believe that the escort asked for advice on how to be a man. I have a hunch that it probably never occurred to him that he wasn’t a man.
Amazingly, the calm and patient escort stood expressionless the entire time he was berated. The video begins while O’Neal is already talking, so who knows how long O’Neal had already been talking to this guy (notice I said talking to and not talking with) beyond the 9+ minutes.
When watching this video and observing positive character traits (or lack thereof), the escort showed far more character by not lashing out at the constant badgering and belittling of his personhood by Chuck O’Neal. Here are just a few things that were said by Chuck O’Neal:
“Why don’t you be a man and sign up for the Marine Corps?”
“Put on some real boots, combat boots, and go fight for real causes.”
“Everyone thinks you’re a man because of your beard and boots.”
“You don’t have to continue to be a non-man.”
At the end of the video, the very last sentence, he says, “Turn to Christ, my friend.” Did the escort feel that Pastor O’Neal was his friend? Was there any indication whatsoever that these two men were friends? I didn’t see any. What odd language to use.
Somehow, I do not believe Jesus would have evangelized like this. In fact, I would label this as anti-evangelism. Who would want to come to Christ if this is how Christ’s people behave?
Here is the video summary provided on YouTube:
“A strong, but essential message on manhood for cowardly men that help murder babies. This one sided conversation took place on Mother’s Day Eve at the front doors of the Lovejoy Surgicenter baby murdering abortuary.”
I’m concerned about the progression I am seeing in O’Neal. I don’t remember him singling out someone’s manhood before. It seems to me that if he said these words to the wrong person, he could find himself in harm’s way. I hope it never escalates to that level, but there are many men who wouldn’t put up with this kind of talk. Frankly, it showed much more manhood to have such strength and resolve as this escort in remaining unmoved rather than the loose lips and flapping tongue of a spiritual tyrant.
Disclaimer: I consider myself to be pro-life. I value all life. I believe that this kind of “evangelism” does far more harm than good. We should follow Christ’s example. Did He berate unbelievers? Does this method truly help a woman in a crisis? How would Christ deal with abortion? I’m not sure he would be at a clinic. I have a hunch he would be meeting with those in a crisis far before they ever got to a clinic, and would be helping them emotionally, spiritually, and practically. In fact, in scripture, many times we saw Christ meet people’s physical needs before anything spiritual.