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Choice News SATURDAY, AUG 11, 2007  |  11 comments
Church won't hold funeral for 'gay' man
An Arlington church volunteered to host a funeral Thursday, then reneged on the invitation when it became clear the dead man's homosexuality would be identified in the service.

The event placed High Point Church in the cross hairs of an issue many conservative Christian organizations are discussing: how to take a hard-line theological position on homosexuality while showing compassion toward gay people and their families.

But the photos that the family selected alerted church officials that there might be a problem with the service, Mr. Simons said.

"Some of those photos had very strong homosexual images of kissing and hugging," he said. "My ministry associates were taken aback." ...


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News Item9/18/07 1:21 AM
Billy | Wilson, NC  Contact via emailFind all comments by Billy
kenny wrote:
"The solution is to offer funerals, baptism, and marriage only to the church members. That way, the sodomites can't say they are being singled out for discrimination."
Who cares if the sodomites feel that they are being 'singled out for discrimiantion'? Discrimination is not a sin. Some people and some things clearly need to be discriminated against-especially reprobates who wallow in their filth and then expect everyone to approve and accept it.
People who engage in the activities these people choose to engage in (and then actually flaunt!) OUGHT to be discriminated against.
thank you Kenny. Well spoken comment. I've enjoyed and agreed with all of your comments, especially this one. Sodomites should be labeled as just that, not some other term. I also believe that discrimination should also be encouraged in this case. Their sinful and repulsive lifestyle should never be tolerated.
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News Item9/12/07 1:00 PM
RD | Tulsa, OK  Find all comments by RD
I understand. Thanks for the clear objective/motive. I guess I missed it.
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News Item9/12/07 12:23 PM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Find all comments by Michael Hranek
RD wrote:
Have the funeral for the man, just the the truth about it. It's YOUR church - YOU (as pastor) follow your church disciplines and do not deviate or compromise in any way. Tell what the bible says (that's what pastors do) about it...God loves the sinner - but he despises his sin!!! If he did not renounce his homosexuality before his death...heaven is not his home..AND the other sodomites in attendance will find themselves in the same place if they continue to sin and die in it. Show compassion for the family by telling them the truth of the gospel..that in itself is compassion, because you are showing them concern for their souls.
RD
This story is a bit old but if I am remembering correctly it was not so much a funeral for an unrepentant homosexual that this church objected to but that those in the homosexual community were going to make the funeral into a celebration of his homosexual lifestyle and that would make giving into their celebration and then thinking you were going to preach the gospel to them like casing your pearls before swine to think you would tell them they are in sin against God and on their way to eternal punishment and that they need to repent and receive Jesus Christ to save them while they celebrate homosexuality
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News Item9/12/07 10:38 AM
RD | Tulsa, OK  Find all comments by RD
Have the funeral for the man, just the the truth about it. It's YOUR church - YOU (as pastor) follow your church disciplines and do not deviate or compromise in any way. Tell what the bible says (that's what pastors do) about it...God loves the sinner - but he despises his sin!!! If he did not renounce his homosexuality before his death...heaven is not his home..AND the other sodomites in attendance will find themselves in the same place if they continue to sin and die in it. Show compassion for the family by telling them the truth of the gospel..that in itself is compassion, because you are showing them concern for their souls.
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News Item8/20/07 5:30 AM
Ronny | Alabama  Find all comments by Ronny
They should have done the funeral and in no uncertain terms said that the man was in hell and so would all the other homos if they stayed in there rebellion against God. Then preach the salvation message. Of course they should have a lot of security because that bunch would lose its mind if confronted with truth.
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News Item8/12/07 6:12 PM
steve johnson | england  Find all comments by steve johnson
A man in a muslim community comes to Christ. He lives as a practicing christian and his family are quite accepting of this. At some point he dies and the local Mosque as an act of compassion offers to hold the funeral.

The family want the christians life to be accurately remembered and this includesa video presentation of the man's life which is overty christian.

Those who run the Mosque find themselves in an impossible position. According to their conciences and their beliefs they cannot let their mosque be used in this way to effectively endorse something they consider idolatry. On the other hand they do not want to cause offence to the family.

Now leaving aside whether we think Muslims or a Mosque would struggle with such an issue there are a few things to note. In the news story the perosn was homosexual, an offence to the church. In my illustration the person is a christian, an offence to the mosque. At the end of the day we don't have to agree with other peoples religions but I would not want to force my beliefs on Muslims. I may think their beliefs are wrong but they have to sincerely choose for themselves. In the other case people should respect the churches wishes even if they don't agree with the beleifs of that group.

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News Item8/12/07 5:34 PM
Dessie | WV  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dessie
If this is the truth regarding this
man, his funeral has already been
preached.

When are we ever going to learn??
If we are not redeemed by the Lord
Jesus Christ, what can ever be said
about us? It is all about HIM, not
us!! The Lord must always be
magnified even in His saints' deaths.

Thank God for Sovereign Grace that makes all the difference.

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News Item8/12/07 2:43 PM
kenny  Find all comments by kenny
"The solution is to offer funerals, baptism, and marriage only to the church members. That way, the sodomites can't say they are being singled out for discrimination."

Who cares if the sodomites feel that they are being 'singled out for discrimiantion'? Discrimination is not a sin. Some people and some things clearly need to be discriminated against-especially reprobates who wallow in their filth and then expect everyone to approve and accept it.

People who engage in the activities these people choose to engage in (and then actually flaunt!) OUGHT to be discriminated against.

4

News Item8/12/07 8:18 AM
Bible Thumper | Phoenix Az  Find all comments by Bible Thumper
NOTE: "an issue many conservative Christian organizations are discussing: how to take a hard-line theological position on homosexuality while showing compassion toward gay people and their families."

I wonder if we might not avoid any needless 'discussion' by taking a 'Bible' stance on both, homosexuality and speaking truth in love??? Any takers???

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News Item8/11/07 9:17 PM
Eutychus  Find all comments by Eutychus
The solution is to offer funerals, baptism, and marriage only to the church members. That way, the sodomites can't say they are being singled out for discrimination.
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News Item8/11/07 6:14 PM
Terry Evans | miramar beach fl  Contact via emailFind all comments by Terry Evans
Amen, only a place calling themselves christian would please the world. Jesus said the world will hate you. Ask yourself, do you offend the world. Are you offended now? I know love the person, hate the sin. Thats in 1st wishes chapter, sorry wrong book. I only hope anyone who knew this man told him what the Bible says about his lifestyle, thats the time to be christian like.
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