A surprising letter?
The letter of which you can see the picture screenshot is related to Woods Chapel General Baptist Church in Brookland, Arkansas, the United States.
Since the screenshot got a shadow here’s what the text in the letter addressed to a practicing homosexual reads as:
“It has come to the attention of the Church body, that you have made it known publicly, of your choice to embrace the homosexual lifestyle. While we understand the struggles we all face with sin in our lives, we must be aware of the consequences of our choices. As a Christian we must choose to serve and obey, in accordance with God’s holy word, in order to remain a member in good standing of the Church body. We as the church board here at Woods Chapel General Baptist Church, have with great sorrow, voted to remove your name immediately from the church membership role. It is the desire of your church family, you would turn from the sinful lifestyle you have chosen, repent of the sins you have committed, and return to full fellowship with God and the church body.”
And here’s what the expelled person’s response was his own words:
“I’m a little hurt by it, but I know how they feel…What I thought was probably a letter probably a trying to invite me to come. And they probably sent me a letter saying hey we missed you or we want to come to this fall festival that we’re having…I was like in awe. I was in so much shock, I couldn’t read the rest of it.”
It’s understandable that he was in shock about his forced exit. But will all due respect here’s what’s the surprising part, that guy could later post this letter addressed to him all across the internet but can’t read it fully himself about the part where he’s told to repent. He didn’t even address the key issue of the preacher’s letters which talks about leaving the homosexual behavior and getting back to God. Maybe the guy in question has a which Bible lacks the below verse:
1 Corinthians 6:9 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor
Through this verse we are not to condone such acts. By the way its not just homosexuality that’s outlawed. Any person who is openly in gross sin must be clearly told to repent. It’s not for the sake of drama but rather for the sake the person himself or herself so that they are not out of heaven in the afterlife that they must be warned. Doesn’t make sense to deliberately ignore such sinful lifestyles just so the sinful person is at low guard about what’s going to happen to him at judgement day.
There’s no need to panic about people coming out of their ‘closet’ about their homosexuality. Rather its an opportunity for us to offer them chances to repent. At the same time an unbalanced attitude of tolerance of that sin among the church goer will not help the person in the after life. What’s the point of letting the person come up to church and receive his donation’s but let him lose his soul? The preacher of the Baptist church knew that the soul is much important and so had to take such a tough decision especially due to announcement by the person in question who didn’t seem to have checked in at his local church about the ramifications about his lifestyle choice.