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Recently my church changed it’s bylaws. They received some poor advice from a local christian legal firm on how they should word their bylaws so as to be anti homosexual. This is the letter I’m going to give them hoping they revise the changes. Included at beginning is some of the articles as I did not quote them in entirety in letter:
XIII "Marriage has been ordained by God. This church defines "marriage" as the union of one man and one woman . A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of marriage found in this article
IX Sexual activities outside of marriage including but not limited to adultry, premarital sex, homosexuality, pornography, and pedophilia are inconsistant with the teachings of the Bible and the church
X All members shall afirm their agreement with the articles and every volunteer shall afirm and live consistantly therewith

Dear Pastor and Board,

I hope you take this letter in the spirit which it is intended, which is to make Crossroads a better church. Not as a personal criticism levied to attack and detract but instead as reasons why a different approach would edify our fellowship and make us stronger.

One of the greatest qualities of Crossroads to me was its’ inclusive nature, which allows people who were smoking the crack pipe that morning to come to church. People who got drunk the night before, who don’t have a place to live and steal their food, these people are welcomed to Crossroads with open arms. Likewise, your requisite doctrinal statement was relatively short and sweet. Thus people who disagree about pentecostal powers, premillennialism, polygamy, or pretrib rapture could come, disagree, and yet still be members. Which brings me to the new bylaws recently amended. I would like to go through each of the changes and explain my interpretation. Of course you may not agree with all of my proposed chang…

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