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Church Leaders Need To Step Into This Century.  
User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 285 times:

Howdy all,

My impression of my church elders and leders is deterorating exponetialy. I am trying to find a way of reconciling with my mom and sister so I decidid to speak to the preachers at our church that we hav been going to since I was little. The church and preacher shal remian nameles.

I had a private meeting with my preacher and tried to get some help from him. After explaining the situation he basicaly told me that I was a sexual deviant and god will punish me as such. He also said that I should seek help for this behavior and right my deviant ways. He then went on to say that my mother and sister wer not to blame for my deviance and had every right to react the way they did. He told me the life of a homosexual is holow, sick, perverted and very sad. Parting he asked that I not atend his church again until I sorted my problem out.

I was stunned. I always liked our preacher, he always apeared to be so kind and soulful. What I discovered after my disclosure was that he was no diferent than any small minded bigot. I was hurt too that he asked me to not come back to the church. Why, when in need am I turned on by some of the very people I trusted. I went to the preacher for help not an ear bashing or lecture. This is the 21st century and it maks me want to cry that people still have such outdated and ignorant views.

A very sad Adam

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User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 225 times:

... And a very disgusted Charles.

It never ceases to amaze me how people who claim to be of God can be so small minded when it comes to human beings. To kick you in the teeth like that when you need them most is not only insensitive and cruel, I believe it to be very un-Christian.

Adam, if I were you I'd find another church where you can be accepted for who you are.

Charles



The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy
User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 220 times:

Last year, some guy was saying that he didn't want to associate with some other person because they were gay. Our teacher heard this, and asked, "And so what if he's gay?" The guy then said, "Gay people are going to hell, and I don't want to be around anybody who's going to hell."

I attended a Catholic mass over the summer (I'm not catholic bashing, most of my family are catholics, this is just one specific preist). The priest spent most of the service condeming homosexuality. It was sick!


User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 219 times:

The above that I posted for Adam is very sad indeed. (His new PC's software is on the fritz and he can't post anything.) I have spoken with him at great length about the many issues that he is facing both via e-mail and phone. He is very confused and it was me who suggested to him to speak to his familys priest as I thought that he/she would be at least some comfort and be benign under the circumstances. How wrong was I?

Adam will be reading all your messages of support if you have any but won't be able to reply to them until his PC is fixed. In the meantime I will forward his comments as he sends them to me.

mb


User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 210 times:

MX5boy:

You had no way of knowing his pastor would behave like that. It isn't your fault. One ought to be able to turn to God in a time of crisis, and the cornerstone to pastoral counselling must be compassion, whatever the personal beliefs of the counsellor are.

Charles



The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy