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Church Expels Democrats…..

Religion and Politics Clash

Religion and politics clash over a local church’s declaration that Democrats are not welcome.

East Waynesville Baptist asked nine members to leave. Now 40 more have left the church in protest. Former members say Pastor Chan Chandler gave them the ultimatum, saying if they didn’t support George Bush, they should resign or repent. The minister declined an interview with News 13. But he did say “the actions were not politically motivated.” There are questions about whether the bi-laws were followed when the members were thrown out.

(posted at 7:30am, 5/6/05)

There’s a link I found on this and a blog with 436 comments – and growing faster than I can refresh the page.

Mind you, I’m a republican…. but this is utter lunacy. There are plenty of brothers and sisters in Christ who vote democrat for whatever misguided reason :D (though, most probably voted republican this past election, based on moral stance alone, since these issues DO take precedence for the believer), but seriously. If I was a pastor, I wouldn’t excommunicate folks just for voting dumocrat. I’d seriously question how Biblically-oriented their worldview was – this past election had plenty of folks who claimed to be Christian busy fighting the wrong war with the wrong weapons – but I wouldn’t excommunicate them or recommend that they be excommunicated. Hell…. wouldn’t even be an issue for me. Bush won. The ‘Dubya’ stands for Winner. That ends that discussion.

But the discussion that does need to continue is one that continues to put folks face to face with the Word of God and His heart for marriage, abortion, etc…. when the Word comes to bear on a situation, many folks without a biblical mindset/worldview, will excommunicate themselves.

1 John 2:19 – They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. (ESV)

Oh well. More fodder for unbelievers to yak on about….

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  1. Ryan Setliff [Visitor]

    Well, I’m a conservative too… but does George Bush’s tacit unitarian affirmations in such statements as “good muslims goto heaven,” his bowing down to Shinto idols in Japan, or his tacit support for abortions through the Title X. provision of the Health and Human Services budget that funds abortions with tax dollars– doesn’t that bother them? They certainly haven’t done there homework obviously. Too many evangelicals act as though Bush sits on the left-hand of the throne of guide and dupe themselves into believing his stalwartness on religious and pro-life issues… The Bush Justice Dept. stood by the federal court order to toss out the Ten Commandments monument in Alabama. Bush plays a good game of doublespeak and knows what to say around evangelical Christian conservatives just like he knows what to say to so called Log Cabin Republicans. Bush compromises on a lot, which should sully his appeal as an evangelical or a conservative.