It’s cliché. Someone calls himself an ‘artist’ because he uses widely offensive material to falsely generate ill-gotten buzz – this time by scribbling a sacrilegious cartoon lithograph that clearly depicts Jesus Christ in a gay sex act.

Not until the so-called artwork was destroyed by a crowbar-wielding visitor at taxpayer-funded Loveland Museum Gallery (CO) did self-proclaimed artist and Stanford professor, Enrique Chagoya, acquire the controversial attention artists crave.

Enter the Resurrection Fellowship Church of Loveland, Colorado.

Jonathan Wiggins, Head Pastor of the 2,000-member congregation (Denver Post reports 1,400-member) contacted Chagoya at the height of the national controversy to commission a ‘loving, peaceful portrait of Jesus’ for his church.

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Screen capture of ‘harmless’ Jonathan and Amy Wiggins.
‘Christian’ leaders of Resurrection Fellowship Church pulling in folks from
all over Northern Colorado to teach the importance of supporting
those who peddle the highest forms of blasphemy.

Chagoya said, “People who know me and are familiar with my work, and many practicing Catholics among them, have been very supportive.” He added, “I really appreciate the generous openness of Pastor Wiggins, since it made me feel there is hope in the world. We were touched by our mutual respect, and he invited me to do the portrait.”

How diabolical was Chagoya’s pièce de résistance? Let’s play fair and hear from someone outside of Resurrection Fellowship Church who also ‘respects’ Chagoya and tolerates provocative, irreligious expression.

NewsReal reports, “Susan Ison, Loveland’s director of cultural services, said that she and the city’s cultural board [had] no problem with the portrayal of oral sex on the Christian deity.”

Despicable. And to parrot Mark Levin, “There, I said it!”

Of course, had Chagoya sketched Mohammad in place of Jesus, arguably he would have captured Obama’s full attention and received a warm-fuzzy visit from FBI agents begging him to halt print production. Associated Press would have killed the story altogether, then issued a directive to mainstream media banning any further detailed coverage. The cartoonish lithography would have never entered a taxpayer-funded institution and if it had, Kathleen Folden, the lady from Montana who destroyed Chagoya’s, ‘The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals’ would be a hero.

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UPDATE 10.20.2010: Video posted of Jonathan Wiggins defending Chagoya, his decision, and explaining why gay Jesus cartoons ‘motivate’ him. Upon viewing the impious homosexual/transvestite Jesus drawing online, Pastor Jonathan ‘wanted to show [his church] love through partying instead of protesting [against the museum].’ He ‘respects people who have the courage of their convictions [like Chagoya?] and take action.’ Jonathan states his ‘first dialog with a Stanford professor’ made him feel like ‘I [Jonathan] was somebody.’ Then told Chagoya ‘if you ever visit Northern Colorado, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d [Jonathan] be honored to meet you.’

Jesus – Tougher Than Nails from Resurrection Fellowship on Vimeo.

UPDATE 10.23.2010: Yesterday, Enrique Chagoya started working on the new painting that will depict the face of Christ. Pastor Wiggins wrote in an email to Chagoya, “Would you offer your artistic ability and compose an image of Christ representing love and understanding, something precious? I think the contrast of this with your previous work might give clearer context to many in the Christian community.”

Here’s your chance to show the Loveland church, museum and cultural services how much you ‘appreciate’ them:

Resurrection Fellowship Church of Loveland
Head Pastor, Jonathan Wiggins
6502 East Crossroads Blvd.
Loveland, CO 80538

Loveland Museum Gallery and Loveland Cultural Services
Director of Cultural Services, Susan Ison
503 North Lincoln Ave.
Loveland, CO 80537

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21 Responses to Resurrection Fellowship Loveland Colorado Church Commissions Blasphemous Artist

  1. Joy says:

    This is a complete distortion of what Pastor Jonathan Wiggins said.
    For example when he said he “respects people who have the courage of their convictions and take action” he was referring to the church member who called him demanding a statement about the Museum controversy, NOT Chagoya. Neither did he say having a dialogue with a Stanford professor made him “feel like he was somebody”.
    Please get your facts straight -- TELL THE TRUTH. Watch and listen to the video clip -- it is right here but someone obviously made up lies around it.

    • Sad Hill says:


      We appreciate your comments and concern.

      I encourage you to watch the video again. Jonathan clearly states he ‘RESPECTS people who have the courage of their convictions and take action’ – the premise of his oratory. And in Chagoya’s interview regarding Jonathan, ‘we were touched by our mutual RESPECT.’

      Also, Jonathan clearly states (14:35) ‘my first dialog with a Sanford professor, I mean, I felt like I was somebody, ya know.’

      Thank you.

  2. Sethry says:

    While you continue to criticize the actions of what Pastor Wiggins the fruit of your article is anger and judgement. Meanwhile, the actions of Pastor Wiggins have displayed love and brought peace and restitution. I prefer the latter (the characteristics of Jesus’ ministry) and therefore side with him.

    He was clear that he was sensitive to the images, but the point of this story is not that he condones blasphemy, it’s that love is more powerful than judgement. A few kind emails from one person brought more change than dozens of angry protesters were able to.

    • Sad Hill says:


      Will Wiggins and Chagoya be using your observed ‘love, peace and restitution’ to mend each of the thousands of children that were exposed to the blasphemous cartoon depicting a transvestite ‘Christian deity’ receiving oral sex -- on display at the Loveland Museum Gallery AND the Denver Museum for over 5 months?

      Since Wiggins (as documented) ‘judged’ that partying was more important than protesting smut, or protecting children from exposure to blatant gay pornography, let’s hope this spiritual-trumping ‘love’ you and Wiggins ‘understand’ changes soon, for the sake of all God’s children.

      “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” — Ephesians 5:11

      ‘He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.’ — Martin Luther King, Jr.

      • Lisa says:

        Dear Sad Hill,

        I am praying that you find the Truth of Jesus Christ and the love he has for ALL not just the righteous. With the please remember what Jesus said “with the measure you judge others it will be measured against you.” Next time you pick up a rock please think of all the sins you have committed before you hurl it at Stephan. Saul was a righteous man who was standing up to and protesting the “smut” of his day, and as a result many Christians were killed. Jesus also said that hating someone is the same as murdering them.
        So please before you stone my pastor and convince more people not to come to Christ. Consider the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for YOUR sin as well as Professor Chagoya’s. All sin is equal in the eyes of God. Before you reach to remove the speck from your brother’s eye, remove the plank from your own first.

        “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” — Ephesians 5:11

        This verse was written to the church. NOT to unbelievers!! Only 9 verses before that Paul (The same man that murdered Christian for the “smut” they were spreading) says “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

        Though I am doubting this note will change your opinion of the matter I am praying that God will do a miracle work in your heart and soften for people. Yes we live in an evil world. yes there are terrible things that I do not want my children to see. But I would rather them see a thousand pictures like the one Professor Chagoya made than hear one word of a person hating another.

        May God Bless you and keep you my brother


        • Kathleen Folden says:

          Lisa said, “But I would rather them see a thousand pictures like the one Professor Chagoya made than hear one word of a person hating another.”

          Then, Lisa, you had better stay away from your awful Bible:

          Psalm 4:5-6 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong. You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the Lord Abhors.

          Psalm 5:5 You hate all who do wrong.

          Psalm 11:5 The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates.

          Proverbs 6:17-19 Things the Lord hates: Haughty eyes, lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

          Isaiah 1:13,14 Your incense is detestable to me. Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates.

          Isaiah 61:8 For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity.

          Jeremiah 44:4 They provoked me to anger by burning incense and by worshiping other gods that neither they nor their fathers ever knew. Again and again I sent my servants the prophets, who said, “Do not do this detestable thing I hate.”

          Zechariah 8:16-17 These are the things you are to do: speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this, declares the Lord.

          Malachi 1:2 Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I hated.

          Malachi 2:16 The Lord is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth; because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are His. And why one? In flesh and spirit they are His. And why one? Because He was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. “I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment.”

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  10. Eric says:

    I was repulsed by Chagoya’s original depiction of Christ and do not condone such a representation nor the impact that it had on others who were exposed to it. However, as a result of Pastor Jonathan’s actions, the artist now has a more favorable view of Christ and Christians that, at the least, may impact how he chooses to depict issues in the future through his art. At the best, it may actually lead to a significant, positive change in his personal life … let alone the numerous people whose faith has been strengthened as a result of watching the entire process unfold as it did.

    You certainly have the right to express your opinion, but I’d like to ask you a question. Once the original artwork was already displayed and had its impact, what would you have done? You have my personal email address as a result of me posting this comment. I truly would like to hear your thoughts.

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