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The Aesthete
Sunday, December 4th, 2011, 12:37 PM
A small Kentucky church has chosen to ban marriages and even some worship services for interracial couples. The Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church, located in Pike County, made the vote in response to a longtime member who is engaged to a man whose birthplace is in Zimbabwe.
Other pastoral leaders in the area were quick to denounce the church's vote. "It's not the spirit of the community in any way, shape or form," Randy Johnson, president of the Pike County Ministerial Association, told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
The small congregation, which usually hosts about 40 members each Sunday, held the vote after longtime member Stella Harville, brought her fiancÚ Ticha Chikuni to church with her in June. The couple performed a song together at the church in which Chikuni sang "I Surrender All," while Harville played the piano.
Chikuni, 29, who works at Georgetown College, is black and Harville, who was baptised at the church but is not an active member, is white.
Dean Harville, Stella's father, said he was told by the church's former pastor Melvin Thompson that his daughter and her fiancÚ were not allowed to sing at the church again.
However, Thompson recently stepped down and the church's new pastor, Stacy Stepp, said the couple was once again welcome to sing.
Stepp's decision prompted Thompson to put forth a recommendation saying that while all members are welcome at the church, it does not "condone" interracial marriage, and that any interracial couples would not be received as members or allowed to participate in worship services. The only exception? Funerals.
The Harville family has formally requested the congregation to reconsider the interracial ban, and Thompson has also said he would like to resolve the issue, the area CBS affiliate WYMT has reported.
A copy of the recommendation, obtained by WYMT, reads in part:
That the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage. Parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they be used in worship services and other church functions, with the exception being funerals. All are welcome to our public worship services. This recommendation is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve.
Members of the church held a vote on Thompson's proposed language, with nine voting in favor and six voting against. The other members in attendance chose not to vote.
Gawker notes that Pike County is 98 percent white and home to the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud.
The Harville family doesn't see Gulnare's new policy promoting anything like unity or civil peace. "They're the people who are supposed to comfort me in times like these," Stella Harville said.
And Stella's father was much more forceful in his denunciation of the interracial ban. "It sure ain't Christian," Dean Harville said. "It ain't nothing but the old devil working."


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Rodskarl Dubhgall
Friday, June 29th, 2018, 02:52 AM
Funny how the hardcore Left Hand Path fools couldn't wrap their brains around this. Christianity is just for Zionist multicultural Gentiles? What kindred or troth has gotten this sort of exposure in the media? The Jew hates Christians, or else wouldn't try to ruin this congregation. Heathens always make public statements condemning this, so it's sad to see the Jew and the Gentile conspiring to make Christians out to be horrible.

I happen to drive through Pikeville and Pike County every day for work and it's a beautiful landscape! Great Christian folks!

Theunissen
Friday, June 29th, 2018, 11:10 AM
There was a time when virtually all Protestant churches in the US disapproved of interracial marriages. What spark of enlightenment changed their mind.

Rodskarl Dubhgall
Friday, June 29th, 2018, 01:28 PM
Paganism hadn't anything comparable since a thousand years ago. Christianity only recently failed. People have tunnel vision and can't see outside their bubble rhetoric.

GroeneWolf
Friday, June 29th, 2018, 01:29 PM
There was a time when virtually all Protestant churches in the US disapproved of interracial marriages. What spark of enlightenment changed their mind.

No idea, either post-WoII propaganda or they internalized Galatians 3:27-29 and applied it to interracial marriages.

Rodskarl Dubhgall
Saturday, June 30th, 2018, 03:26 AM
No idea, either post-WoII propaganda or they internalized Galatians 3:27-29 and applied it to interracial marriages.

Galatians is all about denying Jewry any Chosen status.

Theunissen
Sunday, July 1st, 2018, 03:05 AM
No idea, either post-WoII propaganda or they internalized Galatians 3:27-29 and applied it to interracial marriages.

Combination of both. Ironically those verses:

27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Were never understood to approve of interracial marriages nor social equality before , but as actually spiritually.
What's for the flesh (human existence in the world) is still for the flesh. That includes nationhood (ethnos), male authority within marriage, submission to ones natural authorities. If you take the liberal reading of it and apply it to the male of female, you'd also have to approve of 'homosexual marriage', given that there is no natural distinctions between males and females anymore.... Some churches accepting the 'non-racial' reading would (still) object to that, though.