Oh my goodness! Where do I start? Someone sent a letter allegedly outing tons of gay church members at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church here in DC. Tons of Gay Bloggers have been writing about it since the email were posted by the Washington Blade.
I used to attend Mt. Calvary as a student at Howard in the late 90’s (I feel old tying that) and I have a good friend who still attends. I’m sorry, but there were tons of “known homosexuals” there when I was there. I don’t know why anyone is surprised. The Black Church is many times labeled as homophobic, and there is reason for that. There should be no surprise here…homosexuality is thought of as an abomination by many Christians. But, so are a lot of things people do..out in the open…and everybody in the church knows. There are plenty of known adulterers and lairs in churches…pulpits…all over BlackChurch-dom. I haven’t heard of anyone listing those ranks.
Church is for “sinners”…that’s where church folks should want them to go, because saints are just sinners who’ve accepted Christ. No one is without sin. Now, do I think, for example, that deacons should be sleeping with deacons and having lover’s spats in the church…no. However, that wouldn’t be the most scandalous thing I’ve heard of in a congregation…straight, gay, try-sexual. Dayum…a black women will raise some hell when they can’t find a good black Christian man in the church, huh (see the email, below)???
“The e-mail, sent in December, identifies about 45 fellow church members as gay. She sent a second e-mail to Owens on Jan. 2 identifying another 62 church members as gay.
“The following people I am asking you to monitor very closely and my prayer is that you will sit them down from their ministries,” she told Owens in the December e-mail. “Because they are ushering in the presence of sin, lies, a spirit of homosexuality and sexual spirits.”
She sent a copy of her e-mails to a Yahoo list group that goes to more than 300 church members, the gay former church member said. The gay former church member redacted all of the names from the copies of the e-mails he sent to the Blade, including the name of the choir member who orchestrated the outings.
He said Owens responded to the first e-mail by calling a meeting of all members of the church’s numerous singing groups. The groups include the Alfred Owens Chorale, the Sanctuary Choir, the Celebration Choir, Voices of Calvary and the Male Chorus, among other groups.
“He said he only wanted to help people who wanted help to not be gay and that he was willing to help anybody change from being gay,” the former church member said.
The former member quoted Owens as telling people attending the meeting, “The Bible says that wheat and tares grow together but there are too many tares. When the tares outnumber the wheat I got to do something.”
According to the former church member, Owens said, “I’m going to meet with all the people mentioned in the e-mail and use my discernment to figure out who needs to be monitored or sat down from what they do …”
“My name was not on the list in any of these e-mails, but I think it is horrible,” the former church member said. “We give, pay tithes, dues and whatever, and this is how we are treated,” he said. “This is discrimination, humiliation and just mean.” – Washington Blade