Texas church refuses to host memorial service that would have glorified homosexuality

From Allie Martin and One News Now.

“The pastor of a Texas church that refused to host a memorial service for a homosexual says the entire story has not been reported in the national media.

Gary Simons is pastor of High Point Church in Arlington. Last week, Lee Sinclair — an employee and also a member of the church — called a church staff member to let them know his brother, Cecil, was in critical condition and in the hospital. Cecil Sinclair, who was not a member, died a short time later.

The church offered to host Mr. Sinclair’s memorial service for free. However, when the family submitted photos for a memorial service video, Pastor Simons says church staff became concerned.

“One of the female staff personnel had called me — I was on a family vacation — and said, ‘We have some inappropriate photos here and we don’t know what to do.’ And I [asked], ‘Well, what do you mean inappropriate?’ [She responded] ‘Well, openly homosexual.'”

Also, friends and family wanted a local homosexual choir to sing at the service, as well as an open mike so anyone attending the memorial service could speak. In addition, ministers of the church would not be allowed to direct the service or to have control over what was said or emphasized. “Basically, they were asking us for our place of worship — but they were going to celebrate what they wanted to celebrate,” says Simons. “And of course homosexuality is not something — [according to] our principles, based in the Word of God — that we celebrate.”

Consequently, the pastor says, the decision was made to retract the offer to host the memorial service because the event would have been a celebration not of the Navy veteran’s life, but instead of the homosexual lifestyle.

“We had to live by our principles,” says Simons of that decision. “We would hypocritical if we didn’t stand by what we believed concerning homosexuality. We believe the Word of God does not condone homosexuality. But at the same time, we made a strong attempt to practice the love of Jesus.”

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2 Responses to Texas church refuses to host memorial service that would have glorified homosexuality

  1. Andrew says:

    The church’s actions are appalling.

    What would Jesus do?

    Certainly he wouldn’t break his word to the family and throw them out of the church in the midst of their grief.

    And what does this even mean: “The event would have been a celebration not of the Navy veteran’s life, but instead of the homosexual lifestyle.” What steaming nonsense from a bunch of puritanical Bible-beaters.

  2. Chris says:

    Andrew,

    Thank you for the comments.

    “What would Jesus do?”

    Since we know that Jesus was God incarnate and the Bible is God’s Word than lets take a look at what the Bible says about homosexuality.

    Quite simply, the Bible condemns homosexuality as a sin. Let’s look at what it says.

    Lev. 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”

    Lev. 20:13, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them.”

    1 Cor. 6:9-10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals1, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

    Rom. 1:26-28, “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”

    And if homosexuals refuse to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, repent and turn from their sinful acts than why should a church be forced to celebrate their sinful behavior.

    It appears that you are very hostile towards Christians as evidenced by calling us names. I pray you will turn away from your anger. I think a good article that deals with Christianity and homosexuality is the one below. Perhaps it can help you deal with this issue.

    http://www.battlefortruth.org/ArticlesDetail.asp?id=178

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