Oct 29, 2014

(In 2014) Church Summons Gay Man for Membership Hearing Regarding his "Homosexual Lifestyle"


Not all Christians are haters of the LGBTQ+ community. As a matter of fact, if some denominations of various protestant Christianity have come to embrace the LGBTQ+ community through outreach, church liturgy, proclamations, and amendments in church policies. And I'm talking about entire denominations, not just individual church congregations in larger urban areas. For instance, the Lutheran and the Episcopalian churches as a whole accept members and allows them to be ordained in the ministry. Other denominations such as the United Methodists and Presbyterian Church are divided on issues surrounding homosexuals.

Some denominations are so divided on various matters, that they require another level of denomination. Enter the Presbyterian Church United States of America (PCUSA) vs. the Presbyterian Churches of America (PCA). One of these denominations has recently changed its stance on the opposition of same sex marriage. On June 19, 2014, the PCUSA, the largest U.S. Presbyterian body, voted to change its definition of marriage and allow its pastors to officiate same-sex ceremonies in states where gay marriage is legal.

However, on October 24, 2014, a PCA church based in the Seattle area sent one of its, now, former members a summons to church court for openly proclaiming his homosexuality on social media (Facebook) and not denying the charges when confronted in person. It sounds unbelievable, but Reddit user /Byeuji posted a letter that his friend "Justin" received last week:

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There really are no more words...
Justin wrote his own response, which you can see by clicking here.
You can read more about the discussion surrounding Justin and what he did by clicking here.
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