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Friday, February 7, 2014
Was This Gay-Confronting Pastor Purely Hateful or Lovingly Biblical?
man reading bible It's one thing to take a stand for righteousness. It's another thing to publicly shame a homosexual who is seeking God in church.

David Slautterback, pastor of Ambassador's Bible Chapel in Pennsylvania, reportedly did the latter when he told the congregation he revoked a young man's membership-because he's gay.

Bobbie Pierce, a 20-year-old gay man who says he attended the church for years and was even baptized there, claims the church condemned him and denied him Communion. He posted a copy of a disciplinary letter on the York Daily Record's Facebook page to prove his point.

Of course, there are always two sides to the story. The key is to be on God's side.

According to the paper, Slautterback says he and the other church elders want Pierce to repent for practicing the sin of homosexuality and to return to fellowship at the church. The pastor says Pierce is still welcome to attend as long as he does not cause division or speak contrary to Scripture but that he cannot be a member while living in unrepentant sin.

"We're accused of hate, Bobbie has accused us of hate," Slautterback told the paper. "I think Bobbie's action [of talking to the York Daily Record] is an action of hate. ... We placed Bobbie under church discipline out of love for Bobbie and regard for his soul."

Slautterback and Pierce are wielding a two-edged sword against one another-with different interpretations of Scripture. Pierce insists he did not choose to be gay and that the Bible does not condemn his lifestyle. "Homosexuality isn't a sin," he says. "It isn't a choice."

Slautterback fired back with the typical Scriptures condemning homosexuality and argued, "I do not believe that a homosexual person has to be homosexual any more than I believe that a person who is inclined to steal steals." read more
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