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Civil Religion Becomes Heresy Fast

Amazingly bad. I really hope this is an odd averation among the Church, but I fear we may hear more stories like this bubble up. The jump from vaguely civil religion to heresy may be instantaneous. From AP News:

"The minister of a Haywood County Baptist church is telling members of his congregation that if they're Democrats, they either need to find another place of worship or support President Bush.Already, the Reverend Chan Chandler has ex-communicated nine members of East Waynesville Baptist Church. Another 40 members have left in protest. During last Sunday's sermon, he acknowledged that church members were upset because he named people, and he says he'll do it again because he has to according to the word of God.

One former church member says Chandler told some of the members that if they didn't support George Bush, they needed to resign their positions and get out of the church, or go to the altar, repent and agree to vote for Bush."
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5/06/2005 06:34:00 PM

I wonder if liberal Preachers do the same thing, but in either case at the end of the day it's people who are supposed to be "Shepperds" turning away folks who are looking for Jesus... Just crazy.    



5/06/2005 08:46:00 PM

How the heck are these people supposed to "vote for Bush" when he is prohibited by the constution from running again?! Sounds to me like a fairly unbalanced pastor needs help, and soon. I wish some of those people who have left had arranged to have this guy evaluated - that might be a more loving response to his behavior. I can't blame them for being upset, though.    



5/07/2005 12:51:00 AM

I think the "vote for Bush" languge was recounted from the Pastor's language prior to last Nov....

More details here:
http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050507/NEWS01/50506036/1001    



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