Skip to comments.Pro-Homosexual Reverend Loses Congregation
Posted on 06/01/2012 5:00:46 PM PDT by Morgana
There is a price to be paid by reverends who turn their backs on both scripture and their own congregations:
The reverend of a St. Paul church says he needs to raise $200,000 to pay off a church loan after most of his followers left because of his support for gay marriage.
The Rev. Oliver White runs Grace Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul. The 69-year-old said he needs to raise the money by June 30.
We lost our income when we lost a number of people from our congregation. White said.
White said two-thirds of his followers left after he said he supported same-sex marriage, and said he was against the marriage amendment that will be up for a vote in November.
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There are churches where you can openly come out against the Bible but evidently Grace Community isn’t one of them.
I think it would be all good if he makes it an Methodist church
So where is the gay population? Aren’t they going to support this preacher? Or is the true intention to simply destroy the church?
Sounds like religious liberty and free markets in action. This clergyman is free to preach what he wants. The congregants are free to go to another church that is actually faithful to God’s inerrant scripture.
Although he’ll probably play the victim, there is no “right” to have people show up and pay your bills.
If the Preacher thought more of his Church and less of his fag friends he would resign, invite the parisioners back and let them pay off the mortgage with an actual Christian preacher.
If the bank was smart they might suggest it , asn I don’t think a Foreclosed Church is a very good marketable object.
There are Biblical/scriptural references regard the topic of false religions and churches, but who cares about what the Bible says. lol
Ironically, it's those Bible thumping crazed wacky churches (according to the MSM out of touch with post modern enlightened society with it's pop-culture) that are doing well, i.e. The Southern Baptists, Mormons... etc that holding steady or even increasing in their numbers!
Okay, so the majority, vast majority, of his parishoners left. He didn't know how many disagreed with him? He never had the curiosity to talk to the people about how they felt? Dufus. He deserves to be in this situation, one of his own making.
But he’s a liberal. Therefore, in his mind, he knows “best.” So he can push whatever agenda he wants whether it’s against their will or not. Sounds kind of like the Democrats and Obamacare.
The Rev. Oliver White knew not everyone at his St. Paul church was going to agree with his support for gay marriage. But he never imagined that nearly two-thirds of his congregation would leave.
And now, Grace Community United Church of Christ, the only UCC church in Minnesota with a predominantly black congregation, is in desperate straits. The church has until June 30 to raise $200,000 to pay off a loan, otherwise it likely will be forced to close, White says.
Since the pastor began his campaign earlier this year to save the church, he has received support from dozens of churches, groups and individuals nationwide. As of this week, he's received more than $22,000.
The church began faltering in 2005, when White attended a national United Church of Christ assembly in Atlanta and voted with a majority of delegates in favor of a resolution supporting gay marriage. His vote didn't sit well with most of the 320 or so Grace Community Church members.
"I was really in shock," said White, who's been pastor at the church for 22 years. "I visited one member after another, who told me they weren't coming back because of it. The membership evaporated right before my eyes. Their fundamental belief was it's wrong for a man and a man to marry or a woman and a woman to marry. A lot of them said if I change, they'd come back. But I told them, it is what it is. I am who I am. And this is what I fight for."
Didn’t the NAALCP say that being a homo was OK? Didn’t they try to guilt the black community into supporting sodomy? Let’s hope that they end up like this guy.
Ummm, actually I'm scared of God.
Obama and the Democrats are going to be the laughing stock of the nation the day after the November Election.
Unrepentant or clueless?
Let’s see, two thirds against and one third for. Mmmmmmmm, maybe rethink his position .... no, but he’ll happily accept the consequences without any blaming or whining .... right, just like the Food Stamp President, always someone else’s fault.
Apparently two -thirds of the congregation follow the Bible and Christ,only one-third follow the preacher.
It is repugnant to speak of parishoners as followers of any preacher.
Probably so. My wife & I stopped going to our local United Methodist Church of many years a couple of years ago when the most recent woman pastor appointee rotated in and started preaching from Time magazine and throwing out the pro-gay comments (among other pro-lib stuff) during sermons. Seeya.
In a recent article I read, he said he had 320 congregants, and now has 110, but a NYT’s article from 2007 noted his congregants at 70.
He is apparently bad at math..Who would take out a 200,000 dollar loan with only 70 men, women, and children to pay it?
If you’ve looked at Pics of the Church, and the neighborhood it’s in, it’s far from affluent.
I think he screwed up, and has now inflated the number of congregants who left, or that he had originally to pony up sympathy from the gay community..
“Send me a check. I’m pro gay..” Seems like it has worked, just not to the tune of $200,000.
Did your church get the loan?
Didn't need it. Changed the format to feather boas and
showtunes and added a steamy sauna. Business is flaming.
I guess the good Reverend Oliver White should ask all the local homosexual community to donate to his church so he can retire the $200,000 debt. Yeah, right! Got to get right on that.
Romans 1:8 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world Gods invisible qualitieshis eternal power and divine naturehave been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
What a crazy world we live in when a holy man would condemn morality.
Normally, that quote would end: .....are “well grounded and smiled upon by the Lord.”
I would not be at all surprised of Obugger bails them out.
Pay off the loan BEFORE you spit in your congregations faces.
The "reverend" has control of the tax-free assets created and paid for by the congregation. He simply lost his previous tax-free cash flow.
Obviously, the people of congregations (like many before) learned nothing from the episode. Were they capable of learning anything, the people of congregations would long ago have seized control of THEIR OWN assets and cash flow to prevent precisely this sort of hostile takeover by leftists.
And the Gramscian marxists continue their "long march through the institutions".
Religions are man-made, and therefore are corrupted from their inception.
Gay Christian Movement Watch
I would have left when they started ordaining women.
Ordaining homosexuals is the usual next step.
mormonism is not Christianity.
lds do not beleive in the Christ of the Bible.
Gordon B. Hinckley: “The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I [LdS President and Living Prophet] speak.”
Waste of time-
Get nasty with Satan and get what he promises. If you had favor with 6OD and turned who have more trouble than you will ever know.
United Methodist came out formally against homosexual marriage recently
Amazing for a usually lib UCC outfit in MN...to reject it
“Get nasty with Satan “
I would have thought the Reverend would have known “the wages of sin is death” or “you will reap what you sow”, but I was proven wrong.