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Reader this is a doggone shame, a homeless woman says a shelter required her to attend Church of the Highlands, even though a church where she was a member was about a block away.
A women's shelter in Birmingham requires all residents to board a
van and attended worship services at the Woodlawn branch of the Church of the Highlands each Sunday. They're not given the option to attend any other church. They're also required to tithe every week, despite being homeless.

http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2017/10/does_shelter_require_homeless.html

Family Says Tampa Church Canceled Funeral Because Son Was Gay!


This is a doggone shame, a Tampa church canceled a man’s funeral one day beforehand when parishioners complained that the man was gay, according to his widower. Just last week, 42-year-old Julion Evans was given six months to live after battling a rare disease for four years. Two days later, he died.  This is so SAD!  I can't believe a church would do anything like this.The pastor in my opinion was wrong, wrong, wrong. 


 He ought to be ashamed and members of this church embarrassed at the action he has taken.  To not let the family know until the day before is unconscionable.  Members of the grieving family are often at their lowest point when they have to bury the loved one. They could have AT LEAST offered to arrange for the funeral to be held elsewhere. SAD!
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  1. WHAT WAS THE PASTOR TO DO? WHATS SAD IS THE BIBLE IS CLEAR ON THIS SUBJECT.AS BELIVERS IN CHRIST , WE ARE CALLED TO STAND FOR THE RIGHT. HOMOSEXULITY IS AGAINST GODS WORD PERIOD. IT IS NOT SAD. THESE GUYS WERE MARRIED. GOD IS THE SAME TODAY AS HE WAS YESTERDAY AND THE SAME FOREVER MORE.HIS WORD DOSES NOT CHANGE. I STAND WITH THIS PASTOR AND THIS CHURCH FOR HAVING THE COURAGE TO STAND ON GODS WORD.I ALSO PRAY FOR THIS BROTHER WHO CALLS HIMSELF HIS WIDOWER

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    1. Hmm, well using that logic, I wonder if they refuse to perform funerals for murderers, gang bangers, prostitutes, criminals and all other known sinners or is it just gays that they refuse to bury?

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    2. Come on Anonymous, what was the pastor to do? The pastor was wrong. You or I may not agree with the lifestyle, but that is between God and the person. God's instruction to us was to LOVE and and HE WILL DO THE JUDGING. We as Christians are supposed to love everyone. God didn't say you should love only a certain type of person, He said love ALL people. This man deserved to have a proper burial. At this point, the fact that the guy was gay is moot. This guy's family needed love and support during their bereavement.

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    3. It is very sad that Christians have these kind of arguments!

      The point we have to remember is that no one can easily judge others. For eg: if someone has committed murder, prostitution or any other crime we really don't know what was the condition of their heart before they died they may have repented before death. Because usually it is one of the critical point of time for repentance. If someone was a member of a Church the pastor cannot judge them by their behavior and decide on their salvation. But the pastor has been given certain responsibility!

      IN THE CASE OF HOMOSEXUALITY, they are making a covenant with each other and getting married. So the only indication that they are out of their sin is when they break their marriage. If the guy was seriously ill he could have indicated that he wanted to repent. If that was not there the Pastor can be right in denying the funeral. If we accuse this pastor of discrimination then we have to accuse Apostle Paul also. Look at his response when a Corinthian believer committed an adultery I Corinthians 5th chapter. But he is explaining the purpose of his doing also verse 5, 6.

      Many of the people who accuse pastors forget that they are accountable to God for the church they were entrusted with (James 3:1; Hebrews 13:17). On the judgement day they have to give account for all their actions. So they will be deciding on the best interest of the church as well tending the flock with love and care.

      WE HAVE TO SHOW COMPASSION WITHOUT COMPROMISE WHAT IF THE PASTOR ANGERED GOD BY SHOWING COMPASSION TO A BLASPHEMER! We all know Jesus did not hesitate to take a whip when his house was made into a den of robbers. I dont know what weapon he will take if his house is made into a den of gays and homosexuals.

      God's instruction to us was to love. But a pastor leading a church not only has to love but admonish, discipline, chasten with the fear of GOD (II Timothy 4:1,2 ; I Corinthians 4:21). Read Peter's response when a sorcerer who became Christian wanted to buy spiritual gifts Acts 8:15 - 24.

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  2. Although I don't want to condone the homosexual life style, what this church did was wrong.

    If don't want to do the funeral, then state it from the very beginning.
    Don't have the family & friends scrambling at the last minute because you had a change of heart.
    ( Let your Yes be simply Yes, and your No be simply No; anything more than that comes from the evil one. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭37‬ AMP) )

    They missed a golden opportunity to preach to people who may have never heard the true word of God.

    Instead they showed how they treat people who are at there lowest point.

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    1. Cop I agree, they missed a golden opportunity to show love....Having a funeral for a gay person doesn't mean you approve of their 'sinful' life....It's a chance to show love to those grieving....Funerals are for the living, not the dead.

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  3. I agree a church has the right to allow or not allow whomever to have their service conducted there. Perhaps the information about this man's sexuality should have been disclosed earlier to the church? Such things are still a big deal in religious circles. I agree that the timing was bad, but that sort of information is pretty crucial when it comes to making these sorts of decisions. While it seems insensitive, I applaud the leadership of this church for standing firm on Scriptural grounds. All of us sin, yes - but not all of us make it a public deal, and decide to live it in publicly, like getting 'married' to someone of the same sex.

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  4. I wonder if this church doesn't do funerals for
    gang bangers,
    prostitutes,
    adulterers,
    Thief's
    Liars?


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  5. I bet they didn't mind taking his tithes weekly though. Also I hope people don't think mess like this happens in all churches. This is just some foolery! I would no longer be a member there.

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  6. They wrong for that! Please remember God don't like ugly... and that is hideous!

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    1. Candy Crush SagaSunday, 10 August, 2014

      Puts to bed the christian lie of love the sinner, hate the sin, doesn't it?

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  7. THIS SHOWS HOW THE MORAL FIBER OF THIS COUNTRY HAS DEGRADED TO THIS POINT.WE CANNOT AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST COMPROMISE GODS WORD.NO MATTER HOW UNPOPULAR IT MAY APPEAR.IF ONE IS A LIAR OR A GANG BANGER ETC.A TRUE TRANSFORMATION REQUIRES CHANGE YOU CANNOT BE A CHRISTIAN AND STILL LIE CHEAT ETC. THE BIBLE IS FULL OF EXAMPLES OF DIRT SINNERS ,WHO ONCE THEY FOUND CHRIST BECAME NEW CREATURES.YOU CANNOT CLAIM GOD AND BE A DEAD MANS WIDOWER HOW CRAZY IS THAT? READ YOUR BIBLES SAINTS. PRAY FOR UNDERSTANDING.PRAY FOR HIM THAT HE STOP THIS UNGODLY LIFESTYLE.GOD WIPED FROM THE EARTH TWO CITIES BECAUSE OF THIS SAME LIFESTYLE.

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    1. Having a funeral for a homosexual who is married (if you want to call it marriage) isn't compromising Gods word. They didn't ask to promote or approve of homosexual marriage, they didn't ask to change the churches views.
      They just asked to bury a man who's life as been judged my the ultimate judge.

      Praying for this mans ungodly lifestyle is great.

      HOWEVER

      This church as an evangelist (as all Christians are called to be) had a opportunity handed to them on a silver platter to share the gospel with perhaps a room full of people who already believes the church despises them.

      This church could have preached the word and planted a seed before, during & after the funeral.

      Even if they approved the funeral before knowing this mans lifestyle, canceling at the last minute with no help to even accommodate the people wanting to attend was just rude.

      I would ask the question.
      How would this church spread the gospel to homosexuals (or any other sinful behavior) if they're not interested in even being in the same room? As if having a funeral makes them gay affirming.

      They didn't ask to do a wedding, it's a FUNERAL.

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  8. PSA for those who go along with the 'passa' to get approval from the 'passa' ... One day this can be you or your loved one.

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  9. The family was disrespected by the pastor canceling the day before the funeral. Its a funeral, not a wedding. The bible doesn't say don't perform funerals for gays. He has the right to cancel, but at the same time, he should have never agreed to do it in the first place. He knew this man was gay long before he died. The man's mother is a member of the church. If he felt as if allowing the funeral to be held in his church was being disobedient to God, why judge him by his sin when the bible say judge not lest ye be judged?

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  10. PEOPLE OF GOD.DO WE EVEN READ THE BIBLE ANYMORE?. DO WE SIDE WITH THE WORLD OR GODS WORD. DID HE NOT CALL US TO BE A STRANGE AND PECULAIR PEOPLE? TWO OF THE SAME SEX CANNOT PRODUSE ANYTHING.TWOMALE DOGS CANNOT PROCREATE PUPS.HE TOLD ADAM AND EVE TO BE FRUITFUL AND PROCREATE CHILDREN OK? HE DOSES NOT HATE THE HOMOSEXUAL BUT THE SIN HE DOSES NOT HATE THE LIAR BUT THE LIES,OR A NUMBER OF OTHER SINS.THIS IS NOT BEING A JUDGE,NO A FRUIT INSPECTOR TO CORRECT EACH OTHER IN LOVE.THIS WAS NOT DONE RIGHT, HOWEVER YOU CANNOT YOURSELF JUDGE THIS CHURCH OR ITS PASTOR GOD WILL AND FROM MY READINGS OF THE BIBLE GOD WILL SAY WELL DONE NO MATTER HOW EMOTIONS SAY OTHER WISE.GOD DOSES NOT DEAL WITH THE EMOTIONS OF MAN IN SIN,RATHER THE TRUTH OF HIS WORLD.NO SHORT CUTS NO COMPROMISE.IT IS OR ITS NOT.HERE AGAIN DO WE REALLY FOLLOW GOD,OR THE WORLDS POINT OF VIEW OF HOW GODS PEOPLE SHOULD REACT?I AM AFRAID FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST WHEN I READ HOW SO MANY CHRISTIANS CONDONE THIS LIFESTYLE AND GO AGAINST GODS WORD,AND SAY SOME ONE IS A JUDGE OR JUDGING BECAUSE THEY DONT AGREE.GOD IS ALREADY DOING THAT LOOK AT THE WEATHER IN THIS COUNTRY.WAKE UP SAINTS, READ STUDY AND OBEY.WHO WILL BE ON THE LORDS SIDE?AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.NO MATTER HOW UN POPULAR THAT MIGHT BE. BE BLESSED.













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  11. TO SAY HAVING A FUNERAL FOR A HOMOSEXUAL COUPLE ,IS NOT COMPROMISING GODS WORD IS WRONG.WE ARE NOT TO LINK UP WITH THOSE WHO WILLFULLY DENY THE CONTENT GOD CREATED US IN.THE BIBLE SPEAKS ABOUT IN THE LAST DAYS THAT MEN WOULD LEAVE THE NATURAL AFFECTIONS OF THE WOMEN AS WELL AS THE WOMEN DOING THE SAME.IT IS NOT A MARRIAGE APPROVED BY GOD.NO MATTER HOW MAN SEEKS TO REDEFINE WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY APPROVED.WHICH IS A UNION BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMEN,WHICH PRODUCES LIFE.HOMOSEXUAL RELATIONSHIP PRODUCES NOTHING,IT CANNOT AND NEVER WILL,THEY HAVE TO ADOPT AND CONFUSE AND RUIN ANOTHER LIFE.THAT IS NOT OF GOD.I MUST ADMIRE THIS CHURCH AND PASTOR FOR HAVING THE WILL AND FORCE TO STAND FOR THE RIGHT,GOD IS PLEASED.THIS IS WHAT HE WANTED FROM THE JEWS OF OLD TO STAND IN ROME AND LIFT HIS NAME IN SPITE OF PUBLIC SCORN AND WORLD VIEWS.BUT LIKE MANY CHRISTIANS OF THIS DAY THEY INSTEAD CHOSE TO WHILE IN ROME DO AS THE ROMANS DO.EVER NATION IN HISTORY THAT HAS CONDONE THIS OPEN LIFESTYLE HAS FALLEN.GOOGLE IT YOU WILL SEE.JUDGEMENT HAS FALLEN ON AMERICA.YOU WILL SEE

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  12. I think you may mis-understand my comment.

    homosexuality is sinful and wrong in the eyes of God & according to the Bible.
    We agree on that issue.

    My questions:

    Where in the Bible is it wrong to hold a funeral of a person who was living a sinful life?

    Are you of the belief that churches should only hold funerals for saved sanctified saints of God and all others
    Dammed?

    Is it ok for churches to be rude and disrespectful to people who don't share their beliefs?

    May be the Mother wanted the funeral in the church to preach to this mans friends who would attend.

    Again, this was a blown opportunity for this church to led people to Christ and FROM THE LIFE OF HOMOSEXUALITY in there own house.

    This makes the church seem more afraid of the appearance of condoning homosexuality
    Than truly standing up for truth and preaching the gospel to the lost.









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    1. HERE AGAIN. BROTHER,YOU SORT OF TRYING TO HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.AND I AM NOT BEING SMART OR MEANING TO OFFEND YOU.THAT BEING SAID AN ORDAINED MINISTER IS CHARGED BY GOD AND THE CHURCH.TO NEVER EVER GO AGAINST THE BIBLE AND ITS TRUTHS. I AM ONE MY SELF.I WILL NOT PERFORM SAME SEX UNIONS.HOW EVER I WILL PREACH A FUNERAL FOR A HOMOSEXUAL PERSON.IN A FUNERAL HOME OR GRAVE SIDE.NOT THE CHURCH.BECAUSE THIS ISSUE COULD BE A STUMBLING BLOCK FOR YOUNG AND THE OLD CHRISTIANS.HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH EMOTIONS.THE PASTOR IS CHARGED WITH GODS FLOCK UNTIL HE RETURNS.I DO AGREE THAT THE PASTOR SHOULD BE BEEN UPFRONT FROM THE START ON THIS ISSUE.MY FLOCK KNOWS UP FRONT WERE PASTOR STANDS ON THIS ISSUE.A PERSON WHO IS HOMOSEXUAL OPENLY SENDS A BAD MESSAGE.AS WELL AS ALL OPEN SINS . NOT JUST A HOMOSEXUAL A LIAR . A PERSON IN OPEN ADULTERY .FORNICATIONERS ETC. WITHOUT A TRUE CHANGE.IT IS STILL SIN.IF A PERSON DIES IN THAT STATE THEY WILL BE JUDGED AND HELL WILL BE THEIR HOME.READ YOUR BIBLE 1 COR 6:9 CLEARLY STATES GODS VIEW ON THIS SUBJECT.THE PASTOR MUST UPHOLD GODS TRUTH.NOT BUILD BIG FAT CHURCHES AND HAVE FANCY CARS AND JET PLANES BIG HOUSES ,BUT TO FEED THE FLOCK THE MEAT OF THE GOSPEL .WHICH HEALS AND SETS FREE THOSE WHO ARE CAUGHT UP IN SIN.YOU CANNOT GO TO THE FOOT OF THE CROSS AND REMAIN THE SAME.YOU CANNOT BE A OPEN SINNER AND STILL CLAIM GOD.HE HATES ALL FORMS OF SIN.CAN THE HOMOSEXUAL BE SAVED? OF COURSE BUT HE OR SHE CANNOT CONTINUE IN SIN THEY MUST GIVE UP THAT LIFESTYLE.YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY BECOME NEW IN CHRIST.NO MORE HOMOSEXUAL.BUT SET FREE.YOU SAY THIS PASTOR MISSED A CHANCE ? HE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE PREACHED TO THE LIVING THE TRUTH AND THEY WOULD NOT HAVE LIKED IT.HE COULD NOT CONDONE THIS LIFESTYLE I WOULD DONE A GRAVE SIDE OR CHAPEL SERVICE HERE AGAIN AS PASTORS YOUR PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW UP FRONT HOW YOU STAND.SO THERE CAN BE ANY HURT FEELINGS LATER ON. BE BLESSED

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  13. THANK YOU BROTHER PASTOR FOR YOU COMMENTS.I DO AGREE WITH SOME OF THESE COMMENTS.MANY OF THE CHRISTIANS WHO COMMENT ARE STILL CARNAL MINDED.GOVERNED BY PUBLIC VIEWS.HOWEVER I JUST CAME OUT OF A CIVIL LAW SUIT BOUGHT UP AGAINST ME AND GODS CHURCH THAT HE HAS ENTRUSTED TO MY,BY A SAME SEX COUPLE I REFUSED TO MARRY.THEY CAME A FEW SUNDAYS JOINED US,AND WANTED TO GET MARRIED TWO WEEKS LATER.PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THE PRESSURE PASTORS PUT UP WITH IN REGUARDS TO THIS ISSUE.WE PRAISE HIM THE SUIT WAS DROPPED.BUT WHAT WE WENT THROUGH WAS TERRIBLE,THE NEWS MEDIA ETC.THEY HAVE MOVED ON BUT THE PAIN LINGERS ON.WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW.IS WE HAVE A MANDATE FROM GOD TO BE INSTANT IN SEASON AND OUT TO REPROVE AND REBUKE.NOT BE SWAYED BY THE WORLD.I PRAY FOR THIS PASTOR . STAND ON THE WALL MY BROTHERS,WARN THEM SO THAT THEIR BLOOD WILL NOT BE ON OUR HANDS.CONTINUE TO PREACH AND TEACH

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  14. That man's soul was no longer present in that body. Sometimes people can get so caught up in being right that they fail to see opportunity right in front of their face. There was a old saying ,that its possible that" you cant be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good". Its amazing to me that some people feel that they are now the authority and have a heaven or hell to put others in. We don't know that man's last conversation with Jesus was before he took his last breath, sad, sad, sad. We don't always have to go along to get along.

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    1. I don't understand what was the opportunity there?

      What was the pastor supposed to say

      1) This man was a homosexual so he would have gone to hell according to I Corinthians 6:9,10 So don't follow his example
      or
      2) because his soul was not there the pastor had to act as though the body was not there and had to preach the gospel
      or
      3) what was he to say about the glorious hope of resurrection for this man. Should the pastor lie to this man's family saying that they will meet their loved one on the day Jesus comes back? "

      Wont it cause more heart break than the pastor actually refusing the funeral?
      If non one can take anything that defiles and lies inside the new Jerusalem Rev 21:27 can we take him inside a Church which is symbolic of New Jerusalem?

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    2. I didn't say it would be easy or simple to host this funeral.

      I am saying it would be worth it if they could plant a seed in a few people to read and study the word for themselves. And perhaps change a life.

      As it stands now. Many who planned to attend this funeral will not hear the word of God, and they may alway hold a resentment towards ALL CHRISTIANS because
      They canceled the funeral at the last minute with not so much as an "I am sorry for this inconvenience" or "let's make other arrangements"

      It makes me question how would this church or pastor minister to a homosexual?

      And if no one can take anything that defiles inside the church, then church would be extremely empty every Sunday, and we would never invite a non-Christian to church.

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    3. Cop, I see that noone has addressed your question concerning funeralizing other people who are guilty of other open sins- liars, fornicators, thieves, gossipers, covetors,etc. If we refuse to hold the funeral of the homosexual, we must refuse to hold the funeral of the others. Or do we use this as an opportunity to preach the gospel, repentance and belief/obedience to Christ?

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    4. Anonymous,

      Good Morning,

      I was trying to convey that, while the pastor may not agree with the lifestyle that the man lived in life, in comforting those who were in attendance could have opened up opportunity to minister to those who were not yet saved.
      That young man could have had a conversation with God in his last days and repented, we don't know.
      The pastor could have spoke to the family and explained to them that because of what bible says about homosexuality, he could not go with the program as it was written, because it would contradict what the church teaches. The family then could have decided if they wanted to change the program or make different arrangements.

      I don't disagree with what the Word says about homosexuality, I guess in this in this article I respectfully disagree with how the situation was handled.

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