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Church kicks out woman for being gay, tells her to repent for ‘disobedience’

Church kicks out woman for being gay, tells her to repent for ‘disobedience’

An Ontario Christian church sent a letter to a woman informing her she’s no longer welcome because she’s gay.

Kimberley Mills has been an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Oshawa, Ontario for three years.

She’s actually a youth leader and also regularly attended small fellowship groups within the church.

One day, she decided to come out as gay because she was tired of living in secret with her partner. She first came out privately to friends in the church.

Gay priest with rainbow collar
Gay priest. | Photo: Royal Olive / Flickr

But when the church leaders found out, they were not happy.

They sent her a letter at the end of last month, telling her she’s not welcome back, effective 25 October.

Kimberley’s partner Meghan Fowler posted a photo of the letter to Facebook on Tuesday (6 October).

Church leader: ‘We will pray for your full restoration’

‘Dear Kim,’ the letter started. ‘I regret to inform you that the Leadership of Calvary Baptist Church removed you from membership of Calvary Baptist Church.

‘It was brought to our attention that you have chosen to live in disobedience to the Scriptures, specifically disregarding the warning of 1 Corinthians 6–9.

‘In spite of repeated efforts by other believers in your life, including other Calvary leadership and finally our pastoral staff, and as such, we advised the membership of your removal.

‘Kim, we are exercising out responsibilities to follow the biblical instructions toward the goal of repentance and full restoration to your walk with Christ and his church fellowship.

‘It is a very serious matter to remove a member for discipline as you will not in the 1 Corinthians 5:5 text, and our hearts are broken over it.

‘We pray that your heart will respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit that comes with our disobedience to this Scripture and that you will repent and be restored to your church family who love you deeply.

‘Kim, please know that this was not entered into lightly and we will pray for your full restoration. Should you wish to talk, we encourage you to contact Pastor Rick Baker at the church.

‘Yours in Christ, Dr Tim Wagner – Deacon Chairman,’ the letter read.

Read the full letter:

‘We have gotten so much love and support’

Kimberley’s initial reaction to the letter was one of disbelief.

She told ctvnews: ‘My first reaction was kind of shock, then it went into hurt and then it went into needing to say something about this.’

When they posted the photo to Facebook, people began reaching out to the same-sex couple with messages of support.

Meghan said: ‘We have gotten so much love and support, more than anyone could ever ask for.

‘It was wonderful to see,’ she added.

The couple said they’ve already found a new church that’s more welcoming to same-sex couples.

UPDATE: Calvary Baptist Church responds

Gay Star News reached out to the Calvary Baptist Church in Oshawa for comment.

A spokesperson said in a statement: ‘Calvary Baptist Church ministers to everybody and anybody.

‘We love and care for everyone since we are all made in the Image of God. Our membership however, is a voluntary association of like-minded individuals who share a commitment to the teachings of the Bible.

‘There have been recent media reports suggesting that Calvary Baptist Church has banned a former
member from attending our services because of their choices and conduct.

‘That is incorrect.

‘Calvary Baptist Church ministers to everybody and anybody and all people are invited to attend services on
Sunday, regardless of whether or not they are members.

‘Our membership is a voluntary association of like-minded individuals who share a commitment to the
teachings of the Bible. Those who choose to become members of Calvary Baptist Church share our
theological and doctrinal beliefs and agree to live in accordance with those beliefs.

‘When an individual ceases to hold those beliefs or live in accordance with them, as has recently happened, that individual may be removed from membership but always remains welcome to attend our services and other
programs.

‘Matters relating to Calvary Baptist Church’s members and membership are private and personal and so we will not engage in any public discourse related to any member (past or present).’

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