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MICHIGAN — A Lutheran pastor in Michigan resigned after allegedly sharing photos on the mobile gay dating app, Grindr.
Rev. Matthew Makela is married with children, and the former pastor has referred to homosexuality as a “sinful temptation,” according to Time.
But when screenshots of the messages and shirtless photos on Grindr were sent to a gay website called Queerty, Makela resigned from the church.
Reports say Makela confirmed the authenticity of the photos, but declined to comment further.
A letter from his former church was sent to ease the congregation.
“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.”