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Saturday, August 11, 2007

I Think I'm Missing Something... Exactly How Is This Christ Like?

Texas Megachurch Cancels Memorial for Gay Navy Vet
ARLINGTON, Texas — A megachurch canceled a memorial service for a Navy veteran 24 hours before it was to start because the deceased was gay.

The church's pastor, the Rev. Gary Simons, said no one knew Sinclair, who was not a church member, was gay until the day before the Thursday service, when staff members putting together his video tribute saw pictures of men "engaging in clear affection, kissing and embracing."

The 5,000-member High Point Church was founded in 2000 by Simons and his wife, April, whose brother is Joel Osteen, well-known pastor of the 38,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston. Now High Point meets in a 432,000-square-foot facility in Arlington, near Dallas.

Wright said relatives declined the church's offer to hold the service at a community center because they felt it was an inappropriate venue. It ultimately was held at a funeral home, but the cancellation still lingered in some minds, she said.
Hey, it's their church and they can be idiots if they want. Although I think they may have missed the parts of the New Testament where Christ cavorted with those the religious establishment looked down upon. Not that I don't think Jesus wouldn't share a meal with the Osteens, Falwells, and Robertsons Pharisees of the world if the opportunity arose. After all it's the sick who need the doctor, right?

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