First of all, it is not "open-mindedness" that invited Trey Pearson to the festival; it was empty-mindedness. Sad how the world associates closed, empty minds with "open-mindedness." Open acceptance and approval of anything and everything is not being "open-minded." As one of my favourite quotes goes, "Have an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out." This depicts many in this day and age. They think they have an open mind when in reality what they have is an empty mind because they left their brains at home.
Second of all, the "disgruntled" fan is correct. No other individual would tweet things like, "Yay! I'm an adulterer and I get to lead worship at a Christian music festival." Why is it that homosexuals are so proud of living in open, defiant, rebellious sin? This fan is further correct in acknowledging that by tweeting what he did, Trey's participation at the festival became about his sexual disorientation and not about Christ Jesus. When your identity is rooted in your sin or your sexual disorientation and not in Christ Jesus, you can be sure that you are not a Christian and do not belong to Christ. Bank on it!
Third of all, Aaron Deillo knows nothing of what Jesus meant when He talked about loving others. In Aaron's mind, "loving" Trey is supporting him in his wicked lifestyle of living in open, defiant, rebellious sin. Would Aaron feel the same "love" and support if his friend was openly cheating on his wife with multiple women? Of course not!!! Would he feel the same "love" and support if his friend was a known pedophile, rapist, or murderer? Of course not!!! Mr. Deillo is a hypocrite who knows nothing of Jesus' love or what Jesus was talking about when He talked about love. Sadly, he is not alone in his ignorance. Many people these days have no clue what "love" is or what it means to "love." They associate it with all sorts of wrong ideas and concepts. Many today think "loving" someone means supporting them in whatever wickedness they choose to engage in, accepting and approving of their practices thereof.
As Christians, we should come alongside Trey in true love, reminding him that he is naming the name of Christ, which means that if he is a genuine Christian, he needs to repent and depart from his sinful lifestyle. If he does, if he becomes part of the "such were some of you" (1 Cor. 6:11), then we can embrace him as a true brother in the faith. Otherwise, if he refuses to repent and continues living in open, defiant, rebellious sin, he reveals himself to be a false convert and a lost soul still dead in his trespasses and sins, destined for an eternity in hell. As Christians, while we can come alongside him in love, it does not mean we support him in his sinful lifestyle or in his open, defiant, rebellious sin. Church discipline is not merely for inside the church. Anywhere where Christ is named and something is being done in His name, church discipline needs to be applied. If a professing "Christian" artist was engaged in adultery with several women, would a "Christian" venue like Joshua Fest invite them to be part of the show? Of course not!!! Would they invite a professing "Christian" known to be an open peodophile, zoophiliac, rapist, murderer, etc.? Of course not!!! So why will they invite someone who is openly gay and living in deliberate, defiant sin? Because these people do not know God, do not trust in His Word let alone read it, nor do they belong to Christ Jesus. Real, genuine, born-again Christians do not support, approve of, condone, or make excuses for the open—or hidden—sin of others. Those who support and condone people like Trey Pearson, Ray Boltz, Jennifer Knapp, or Vicky Beeching are mentioned in Romans 1, too: "Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them" (Rom. 1:32).
Last of all, Five Iron Frenzy demonstrated their anti-Christ stance when they deliberately ignored the decision to remove Mr. Pearson from the festival (though sadly not through church discipline) and invite him to participate with them during their last song. Their doing so rejected church discipline, defied the Word of God, and spit directly in the face of Christ Jesus. What they did was not showing "love" or support for Mr. Pearson; it was showing utter disdain for the Word of God and hatred for Christ Jesus. If Jesus were to suddenly appear in front of the members of Five Iron Frenzy (and in fact in front of many professing "Christians" these days), and tell them matter-of-factly that homosexuality is a wicked sin (like all sins) and that it will not be tolerated or excused come Judgment Day, you can be sure the members of Five Iron Frenzy (and many professing "Christians" these days) would be calling Jesus a "homophobe" and picking up rocks to stone Him with. This is how you can identify genuine children of God from the children of the devil. It is sad how the world, including professing "Christians," suppresses the truth of common sense and simple biology in unrighteousness even as it informs them that homosexuality is unnatural and a perversion of both human and sexual natures.