Though Planned Parenthood supporters slammed controversial Mt. Juliet pastor Greg Locke after his pro-life Facebook live streamed "rant" two months ago, he said he's not fazed a bit, and will reinforce his message with an upcoming fundraiser to garner money for four pregnancy crisis centers.
Locke is the outspoken pastor at Global Vision Bible Church. The "slam" from Planned Parenthood came after Locke's live Facebook message where he talked about his objection over abortion and his support of pro-life views. It quickly went viral. Locke said his name was put on Planned Parenthood's mailing list. Since that time he said over 3,500 pieces of "sarcastic Thank you" letters were mailed to him by Planned Parenthood supporters, and, donations he believes added up to more than $30,000 have been donated to Planned Parenthood in his name.
In his own show of protest against these actions, Locke last Thursday flew to Planned Parenthood's Washington, D.C. office with thousands of those letters in a suitcase and ceremoniously tried to return them. He posted live outside that office.
"So, why are we here today? It's really the question a lot of people are asking. 'Why spend the money? Why fly to Washington? Why not just take the mail, burn it, throw it away?' Well, they made their point with us, now we spiritually make our punch back point with them," he said in a live broadcast last Thursday holding a big suitcase full of the "Thank you" protest letters he said had the Planned Parenthood logo.
He went on to say there has to be people who stand up and say what they believe.
"I'm not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ," Locke quoted from the Bible as he stood in front of the Planned Parenthood office.
The pastor said he was stopped by security in the breezeway and was told he could not enter the building.
"Obviously, they heard of me and knew I was coming," Locke said.
Locke was given two recycling bins to dump the letters.
Locke told The Wilson Post, along with the "Thank you" letters from Planned Parenthood supporters, he also directly received postcards "filled with hate, threats and just plain nonsense." Additionally, Locke said he's received condoms, sex toys, birth control pills and tampons.
Locke asked his followers to, "Fight the culture like Daniel and the three Hebrew boys Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego."
Locke said he does not regret his original message that "called out Parenthood." He said he knew he would receive a backlash and added now it's his turn to encourage people to "give to life." He said his effort with the first "rant" was somewhat calculated.
"Now we can rally the pro-life troops," he added. "I hope to help raise about $60,000 for the pregnancy crisis centers."
This fundraiser will take place May 10-17 at his church located at 2060 Old Lebanon Dirt Road in Mt. Juliet and on his Pastor Greg Locke Facebook page.
According to a report in a Christian magazine, some of the protest "Thank you" letters indicated Locke inspired people who believe in a woman's right to choose, and thus donate to Planned Parenthood.
Locke is known for his outside-the-box sermons, social media posts and actions. He road his bike across America for seven days in a fundraising effort for the church's building program. He and his parishioners have taken part in a "Homeless Experience" where they lived in downtown Nashville for a couple days with the homeless. He's also voiced his objections about Caitlyn Jenner's transgender experience.
Locke's video from Washington D.C. can be found on his Facebook page, along with dozens of others.