I just posted about an hour ago about the passing of the second founder of the Moral Majority (which later evolved into the Evangelical Right).

Now i was catching up on feeds for the day and came across this.

Rebecca Hancock told FOXNews.com that Grace Community Church, a non-denominational church in Jacksonville, Fla., was against her relationship with boyfriend Frank Young because the two were sexually active but not married.

When she wasn’t willing to obey the church’s orders to leave him, she decided to leave the church instead, allowing her two children to remain active members.

Now, she says, church elders have given her the worst ultimatum yet: In a Dec. 8 letter, they told her she either has to meet with them and end her “immoral” relationship or she will face public humiliation.

FoxNews Article


That is actually a part of my favorite story about Christ. that one where he doesn’t love, but instead slanders those who are trying to love him. As opposed to how he treated the woman at the well, and the woman caught in the act of adultery. Well I can only hope/pray that someone can reach out to Rebecca and her boyfriend Frank in love and humility.

This is another example of the church thinking that they are the moral authority in our culture instead of the bringers of love and hope to those who fall short of the expectations God has set (moral and practical).

What is the most startling about htis is how easy it is for each one of us to repond as this church did and not how Christ did. Gives me a greater humility and understanding of the weight we carry as we minister on behalf of Christ.

One thought on “Church Exposing Members Sin Publicly… really?

  1. I guess the systematic set of rules is what happens when the church is lacking Gods Gift (Luke 11:13)
    It does kinda sound like they missed his heart with Rebecca.

    It appears that there was much miscommunication in this story. If this were a member/leader of a church, it is the church’s responsibility to deal with it, and both Jesus and Paul gave us some guidelines there. (Matthew 18, 1 Corinthians 5) I like what the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12-13 — “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. ‘Expel the wicked man from among you.'” That is a great principle to have for one’s self first.

    It is kinda sad that it seems like heart of the gospel was missed in this situation.

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