Q7 sees the need in the world to caring for and support the LGBT community. We help through a welcoming atmosphere, bible studies, and rescues. We strive to bring the gospel to the world and heal the broken-hearted.
Q7 recognizes that throughout the Christian LGBT community there are many advocacy groups, support groups, and fellowship groups, many of which are very effective in their work. However, Q7 also recognizes there is a generalized lack of direct aid and support to those LGBT Christians who are financially insecure, housing insecure, psychologically insecure, or are just in very unsafe situations because of the intersection of their faith and their sexual orientation. The mission of Q7 is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ generally and to provide all means, support, and assistance for the maintaining of faith and sustenance of life for all Christians, but more specifically for LGBT Christians, all those LGBT persons seeking to learn about Christianity, thinking about returning to Christianity, and when Providence connects us, to all LGBT persons generally in need. As the Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5:1: “We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”
Q7 is an event in the life journey that began for Q7 founder Leon King by being born into, growing up in, and being baptized in Seventh Day Adventist Church. Like many others in the same position, he then began having to question his worth as a Christian because of his sexuality. He experienced what at the time he thought were useless prayers, became convinced God was unfair and mean, when this combined with the hypocrisy of the church (much like all churches), his faith ceased. He left.
Mr. King spent the next 32 years very angry with God and living life as an agnostic, a deist, a philosopher, and a humanist. He explored at some level, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Scientology, atheism, and perhaps few other theories of life. Then in a very interesting set of events, including the re-reading of a book called The Great Controversy, Mr. King was called back to Jesus and his original Christian faith. He had a very emotional epiphany with God in which he was assured that being gay and a child of God was what God wanted of him.
Like many LGBT persons, he was drawn back to the denomination of his youth, the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The fantasy was that the SDA church would hear his testimony and the testimony of other LGBT followers of Jesus and welcome everyone with open arms. Then they would all march off and spread the Gospel together. During his time back in the church he did meet other LGBT church members and started a Scripture study and fellowship, F.U.E.L. After 5 years, it became apparent while many in his new church had good intentions, he was actually attending services in a den of homophobia, deceit, and hypocrisy. After confronting a new pastor in the middle of a homophobic rant during sermon time, Mr. King left the church, never to return for another service.
Mr. King then decided to retain what he considered the essential SDA beliefs and create his own spaces for worship and Scripture study open to all varieties of Christians. Why, he wondered, do we LGBT people have to rely on permission from others to enter a building to worship? The Q7 groups of First Friday and AGMV were then born. Over the years Mr. King also met many LGBT folks struggling with their sexuality, their faith, and just life’s circumstances. Instead of paying his tithe money to the Church he rendered assistance to the people he met.
Q7 was created to formalize these faith groups, to, in a more strategic way, provide resources to LGBT Christians, and to help empower LGBT Christians to create their own faith spaces. Let’s spend more time winning souls, than begging for acceptance. Jesus accepts us and that is all we need.
As Scripture reminds us LGBT Christians, along with everyone else: “we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:14-16)