Question Of The Day: Is Conducting The Funeral Of A Homosexual Person An Endorsement Of Homosexuality?
I would think not, but of course everyone doesn't agree. According to the Rev. T.W. Jenkins of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida, it is an endorsement in his eyes. And because of that kind of thinking is why, Faithful America is once again taking action and speaking out against prominent figures who manipulate Christianity, 'in the name of God,' to advance political and personal agendas of hate.
Faithful America, is a very large and fast-growing online community of Christians. Faith America is petitioning Rev. T.W. Jenkins for canceling a funeral after learning the deceased man, Julion Evans, was gay. Well, that's the preacher's story, and he's sticking to it. The unthinkable part of Jenkins's decision was that he called off the funeral the night before, and notified the family - at the wake. Faithful America jumped in to demand an apology from Jenkins, as well as state that Jenkins's actions do not reflect the beliefs of all Christians, nor the message of Jesus. Here is a message Faithful America sent out this week:
"Julie Atwood was at her son's wake, standing next to his casket, when she got the news: The church was canceling the funeral because her son was gay. Rev. T.W. Jenkins of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida, told Julie that he'd read in the newspaper obituary that her son was married to another man and decided that holding the funeral would be "blsphemous." This story is generating national headlines, but so far Jenkins is only doubling down, saying his church plans to 'continue to stand on the word of God.' We need to show Pastor Jenkins -- and the media who are covering the story -- how many Christians are appalled by how he's misrepresenting our faith and hurting Julion Evans's grieving family." Petition: Tell Florida pastor: Apologize for canceling gay man's funeral.Petition Here!
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