Skip to comments.Minister ex-communicates members for not backing Bush
Posted on 05/06/2005 1:36:32 PM PDT by kingattax
The minister of a Haywood County Baptist church is telling members of his congregation that if they're Democrats, they either need to find another place of worship or support President Bush.
Already, the Reverend Chan Chandler has ex-communicated nine members of East Waynesville Baptist Church. Another 40 members have left in protest.
During last Sunday's sermon, he acknowledged that church members were upset because he named people, and he says he'll do it again because he has to according to the word of God.
Chandler could not be reached for comment today, but says his actions weren't politically motivated.
One former church member says Chandler told some of the members that if they didn't support George Bush, they needed to resign their positions and get out of the church, or go to the altar, repent and agree to vote for Bush.
A former church treasurer says she's at church to worship God and not the preacher.
Baptist congreations generally elect their pastors, BTW, through member votes. Maybe there's a different kind of politicking going on in this story.
i'm sure it's safe to say the democRATS didn't have the "homosexuality and abortion are sins" sermons on their 'favorites' list.
This is the fourth thread on this subject.
>Amen. Christ hung out with a tax collector and prostitute. Those who most have need of him and his message are liberals.<
He did not say make them Church members and leaders in the church.There is a difference between associating with sinners and ministering to them verses offering them fellowship in the congregation of believers.
There is something wrong with this story. Bush was elected back in November, now it's may. He can't run again. But the story says the preacher is (present tense) telling his congregation they have to repent and agree to vote for Bush.
More likely (if there is any truth to this story) he preached about some moral issue for which the democrat party seems to have a firm platform plank against, and when challenged spoke out about it.
The pastor said it wasn't political, and that people were upset because he named names. Sounds like a moral disagreement, not a political one.
14Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[a]? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
maybe the pastor was following this....we don't have all the facts here i'm sure
Agreed - Separation of church and politics.
I was checking out the local Episcopal church until successive sermons had political barbs in them, I'm sure the liberals there appreciated them. No more for me.
Been going the the Roman Catholic church recently and have found other REAL believers. I'm of the opinion that our society could use a very large dose moral instruction, and I think these are the guys to do it!
You make a very good point. If the story is accurate, the preacher is wrong and needs to be relieved.
Whether he is right or wrong is not for the govt. to decide. You and I could think or know that he is wrong, but we have no authority over what he does in his church in respect to this. If he is under the authority of a denomination they can make that judgement, or the congregation of that church can vote with their feet.
I wonder how accurately Joseph Stalin reported his victims' crimes.
What a fruitcake.
see # 18
I'm in 100% agreement with you.
more information about the specifics of this situation would be nice. There's a big difference between saying that one cannot support a particular candidate or party to be a member of a church and saying that one has to support a specific candidate. The former is fine and may even be necessary for a pastor to do. The latter is crossing the line IMO.
>More likely (if there is any truth to this story) he preached about some moral issue for which the democrat party seems to have a firm platform plank against, and when challenged spoke out about it. <
If you watch the video that is what they start out saying then throw in the part about Bush.Unfortunately many SBC churches are still have a membership dominated by the "greatest Generation".They are the people that strayed from teaching "Lordship" and were more concerned with the "Priesthood of the Believer" than taking strong Biblical stands against anything other than alcohol.This resulted in the 60"s children of the SBC being the most fertile hunting ground for Mormans and new age beliefs.
I suspect a strong Bible preaching pastor is butting heads with 60 year old Deacons that think it is their church and the Preacher works for them.
And besides, from some of the posts on this site, its obvious many conservatives don't have a clue who Jesus is either.
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
2 Peter 3
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
That's like excluding unsaved people from church.
My thoughts, too. The Press is exceedingly lazy in fact-checking in these kinds of stories. The organization Americans United for Separation of Church and State just issued a report saying that the Air Force Academy is heavily biased against non-evangelicals. When you get to the details of the report, they include as "evidence" things like the fact that the Academy plays its football games on Saturday, which is the Jewish Sabbath, so of course, that's showing bias against Jews.
Not without true repentance there isn't....for 'Dems' or anyone else who hasn't.
Good discernment. The Purpose Driven Life is as substantial and nourishing as cotton candy.