NC Pastor Apologizes for "Only White People" Email

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An executive pastor angered her congregation this week by sending an email suggesting that "only white people" should work as greeters.

A North Carolina executive pastor angered her congregation this week by sending an email suggesting that “only white people” should work as greeters for their Sunday worship. As reported by The Christian Post, Makeda Pennycooke, the executive pastor of Freedom House Church in Charlotte that sent the offending email, wrote that because the church anticipated an increase in visitors over the next few weeks, the church leadership was “continuing to work to bring their racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line,” so the church was requesting only white people work as greeters. Pennycooke added that “first impressions matter” and they wanted “the best of the best” at the entry doors.

In a statement to CP last Tuesday, however, Freedom House noted of Pennycooke: “One of our longtime pastors, in keeping with our church’s desire to be inclusive and intentionally reach out to all races, noticed our front door greeting team was no longer reflecting the racial diversity of our entire congregation, and she wanted potential visitors to see people like themselves upon entering our church. However, she made an error in judgment in requesting all white greeters at the front door, going overboard in placing emphasis on any one race over another in trying to highlight diversity within the greeting team.”

The lead pastor, Troy Maxwell, took the podium with apologies this past Sunday, saying his leadership team was “taking full responsibility for this.” 

“Today, I just want to stand before you as your pastor as the father of this house and tell you that I’m sorry. I’m deeply sorry for what you had to go through,” Maxwell told the congregation. “I would never in a million years want you to ever have to go through something like that. … For the mistake we made, I’m asking you, I’m repenting to you today and asking for your forgiveness.”

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  • Acts 2:38

    They need the Holy Ghost! And they should allow themselves to be lead by the Spirit. This shows the messed up condition of that person’s heart. For her to even think then write such nonsense shows a different spirit at work in her.

  • http://brandonacox.com Brandon A. Cox

    I always feel so sorry for people who make honest mistakes with good intentions and then get pounced on by complete strangers. I’m praying for Pastor Pennycooke and her church to move past this quickly and receive grace from the church at large.

    • christ apostolic c

      Nothing like grace in that.
      All that left is waste of time and evil spirit

  • Joe

    What was left out of this article is that the executive pastor was black. This was not a racist thing it was actually a demographic thing. But the media will continue to stir the racial pot. Seems like this site will join them in stirring.

    • amos8

      NO! The media would not do this, just look at the George Zimmerman case, and the Duke Lacrosse team, and the ….

    • christ apostolic c

      How dare you pencokakola brother

  • Stephie59

    I feel for the lead pastor, Troy Maxwell. He seems truly repentant and truly humble. It’s sad when someone has to apologise for the mistakes of others, but it shows true leadership and genuineness on his part. I commend him.He apologised, but I saw no apology from Pennycooke, the person in question who did the offending thing. Such is life; often the innocent has to undo the bad of the wrongdoers.

    • alhatesreligion

      He had to be aware as the “Father” of the church. This sounds like an apology because the issue was brought out in the open-otherwise he would have been fine with the email. Not sure I would follow his leadership.

  • alhatesreligion

    No matter if Pastor Pennycooke is black-this type of behavior is just plain old fashion stupid. Pastor Maxwell should apologize and take responsibility more than likely he was aware of the email. Now how far should we take this-let the apologies fall where they may and let the congregants decide how they will react.

    • christ apostolic c

      No apology for delebrate attitude.
      He should be banned .
      Thats it

      • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

        I have seen your comments several times and can I just say that I am ETERNALLY grateful I do not serve the god you do. My GOD is a forgiving GOD and though we will each have our day in the judgement seat, I praise YHWH that it will be HIM judging according to our deeds and not those who are like you. I pray you have a personal encounter with our LORD and SAVIOR tonight and He drenches you with love so that it seeps into your soul.

    • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

      Perhaps another reading of the article in its entirety would help. The lead pastor DID apologize to the congregation and took responsibility for the email. Or did you miss that part?

  • Prayerful1

    There are some days I have a really difficult time reading posts on this site that is entitled, “Church Leaders” – and today is one of those times. The different posts below (a) call a pastor stupid and accuse her of having an evil spirit working within (b) cite the condition of her heart [like any one of us could possibly know what that is] (c) accuse the senior pastor of having known and being fine with it had it not been made public (d) blame the media. Really, Christians? Really, church leaders? They will know us by our love for each other….

    • Teretha Thornton

      What was stated in the memo was not love. I am not sure why it was stated but it needs to be confronted and dealt with.

      • Prayerful1

        I agree with you. But we can confront in LOVE, following the Master’s example – not by casting stones. God bless you.

        • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

          AMEN and AMEN again!! I too am starting to grow weary of some of the “articles” and pray for those who feel the need to make this into another crucifixion led by Pharisees….

  • Mark Ivey

    This has been blown way out of proportion. All multicultural churches seek to use diversity in their ministries. To suggest a black person is racist because she wants to accurately represent diversity at the door is ridiculous. And for a church member to go on local news and deride a church elder just shows some people can go to church and have a questionable relationship with God.

    • Jeremy Montel Williams

      I agree I would have handled it internally, but if the goal is diversity why not have a multi ethnic greeting team. I’m not buying that excuse.

    • Teretha Thornton

      God is shaking the church and this is one example of it. Watch for more to follow.

    • Dr. Joe

      Do you really believe what you are saying? This is totally inexcusable and YES it is racist!

      • Mark Ivey

        I guess any excuse for race baiting will do…

  • christ apostolic c

    There is no spirit of god or lord jesus christ in that church .

    • toby

      Wow, condemning an entire church building full of people because one person made a mistake in judgment. Even if there was more behind it, that’s quite the condemnation. I assume no one in your church has ever made a mistake?
      Quite the decision you just made.

    • Mark Ivey

      We assume you have attended this church enough to accurately make this evaluation? And then we also are going to assume that every church that has a challenge does not have the Spirit of God? Really?

    • amos8

      Would you be willing to judge my church? Or how about the one next to it? Or what about the one down the road? What is it, exactly, that you use to judge these people you do not know?

  • Rod

    No communication should ever post unless the staff has reviewed the content to ensure that it properly represents the true intentions and communicates clear, concise thoughts. It could have been a lapse in judgment but that’s a hard pill to swallow.

  • Rev. John W. Miller

    What saddens me is that this
    could have been a great teaching moment for the congregation and it’s
    leadership. I am a pastor and I remember attending a congregation in NC.
    As I approached the front door I was asked was I sure that I was at the
    right church. I was was in shock and rather offended. I ask the person
    who greeted me was this God’s house if so I am in the right place. If
    not I’ll shake off the dust and seek a place where God is truly
    present. This behavior of that pastor was not christian at all and she
    should have known better. by the way I am African American and have
    served a white congregation in my ministry. Yes we still have a long way
    to go. Please stop making excuses and own up to your actions and
    behavior.

    • Dr. Joe

      Amen, and yes Sir!

    • archie pennington

      That would have been offensive to any follower of Christ. And yes we should forgive them, but it would not have been a church I would want to put God’s valuable time in. That is the problem with the American church we do “demographic studies” to find the best area to move the church, instead of asking God to show us the place where the most people could be led to Christ or grown in the Word. Why was the race of a person even mentioned? For diversity? that is a man made philosophical idea, not God’s. Thank you for your reply, sound like a good follower of Christ to me. In heaven there will be but one race, the human race.

  • Nichols

    1 Corinthians 14:34,35 and 1 Timothy 2:11,12

  • andy silva

    With the decline in church attendance, pastors are making deals with the king of lies.

  • Terry Brown

    The black pastor may or may not have been racist against her own kind. I hope you know that it is possible to have a black person with that kind of pathology. It happens all the time. She was however, extremely ignorant or uncaring or both. She certainly did not exemplify what I have read about the Jesus of the Bible. I read that He is full of love and compassion.

    • Brian

      Perhaps she felt that having a more ethnically balanced church that reflected the local demographic would better enable them as a church to effectively reach their community with Jesus’ love and compassion.
      In other words, she made a mistake, but that doesn’t mean it was with ill-intent. Nor is it the “unpardonable sin”. And Christians, should we should love and compassion back TOWARD her? Otherwise, we would be guity of the same things we accuse her of….

  • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

    What’s the big deal?! Black pastors do it all the time in churches that are predominantly black. We as a people do it when we lower a church description to a “black or white church”. Was it much worse because she was asking only whites to greet and who was complaining? Get over it! She made a mistake, perhaps one she was instructed by leadership to give and she just allowed offense to take over. Who knows but who cares! We should be praying about the lost and Syria and hunger/ poverty as we are fussing over a pastors (human) slip up?! Is that what Christ would be focused on?! Sheesh!

    • PJohn

      It is a big deal and if you don’t understand it you are part of the problem!

      • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

        Lol!! And your the precise reason why there are so many who DONT come to Christ! This is between her, her leaders over her and GOD! NONE of us are her judge, thank GOD by the reading of most of the responses, and she is ALREADY forgiven!! If the problem is to forgive as Christ has forgiven me then YES!! I MOST DEFINITELY am the problem and will continue to be to bring people who mess up, and are hurt by judgemental hypocrites who suddenly forget their faults when someone else’s are in the light! YEP!! For CHRIST I will gladly be just that!! That’s radical and against the grain and that’s what He calls! What are you doing besides pointing fingers and passing judgement and blame? GOD bless you for that complement! May GOD bless you in your walk!!

    • alhatesreligion

      We do pray for those other things-we can multi pray. Christ might have said something-he did make it a point to reach out to those other folks (Samarians, Greeks and others who the Jews refused to associate with.) You took time to get into this conversation-was it right after you prayed for Syria, hunger, and poverty. This is a forum for discussion. Oh, and no need for me to re-read the article-I know he apologized I was simply speaking in the affirmative about his apology. This is not a slip up-this was deliberate, so yes they are liable for their actions but we don’t have to crucify them.

      • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

        Okay I apologize now because I cant make this sound any better but the first 3/4 of your message made no sense. I do agree with the not crucifying them and that was the point of my discussion comment. I must say I was really puzzled about the Syria, poverty and hunger comment. Not sure if that was sarcasm or not but it was poorly played if so. My point is leave this in te offices of the leaders. How do you know if it was a slip up or not? Because YOU say?

        • alhatesreligion

          Not sure how to make it any clearer. According to the article it was intentional “Makeda Pennycooke, the executive pastor of Freedom House Church in Charlotte that sent the offending email, wrote that because the church anticipated an increase in visitors over the next few weeks, the church leadership was “continuing to work to bring their racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line,” so the church was requesting only white people work as greeters. Pennycooke added that “first impressions matter” and they wanted “the best of the best” at the entry doors.” Yeah I agree the first part of my comment is hmmm a bit confusing. I was trying to convey that we need to do as Jesus did and that was to reach out all people and never allow the stupidity of segregation to be part of the “BODY”, yes, I was being sarcastic and I apologize if I offended you, I was merely reacting to your comment of people on this forum not being concerned about those other matters. This forum is great and I like the fact we can discuss things as adults and that it’s okay to disagree.

          • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

            Okay now I feel it is my turn to apologize. Never did I state anyone here was not concerned about the other things. I was merely stating that we should be focused more in those than this incident. The sad part is that too often wolves in sheeps clothing appear and make trouble by arguing but I agree when the topic is worth it, Iove a great discussion. I think I was just fed up with some of the “Church Leaders” topics here lately. But as anyone else here, that’s my personal opinion.

    • Greg Frazier

      Obviously you are ignorant to black pastors. We do not racially segregate any ministry. So, it is a big deal… And shame on you for making light of what Christ was all about: “Redemption for All Mankind”. I pray and see that the young minister has reproved of the most valuable lesson of evangelism… If we sheesh it and pray for the Syrian conflict… What good is the pray if we do not remove the LOG out of the eyes of Christedom first.. With love always

      • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

        Alhatesreligion, this is one of those I spoke of.

        Christ would never shame me and so why are you? I am BLACK and know a great deal of black pastors and what they do as I have been under several in leadership as asst. how dare YOU take the place of Christ and condemn (shame) someone else with a comment when if you had scrolled down and read te commentary between myself and another person you would see we are in the same page. Or maybe you are just a religious wolf trying to get in??? Never question or try to condemn someone unless you know them. I did not and neither should you. You be blessed.

      • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

        And by the way, may I just say sealing a condemning comment in “love” does not make it sound any less clanging just so you know. Focus on your LOG and come help with my splinter. Now THAT offended me. And now I digress to go vent to my FATHER who, thankfully, is not as condemning as some on here.

        • Greg Frazier

          Our Father requires leaders that tell the truth. Proverbs 25:11 says,” A word fitly spoken are as apples of gold in PICTURES of silver”. I tell you this as a leader and bible bearer… It requires that at sometimes you offend people… you reprove people who say they love Jesus and down play the absolute and direct offences JESUS made to the pharisees and Sadducee s. They felt salvation was a racial and chosen issue, (but the yoke of racial barriers has been broken).. for… “when the fullness of the time was come God sent forth His son… made of a woman made under the law.” And God is not mocked… scripture says, the lady shouldn’t have been in the pulpit in the first place… This situation is a built in consequence to the pastor allowing that in the first place. 1 Corinthians 11:3
          “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God”…. A Priestley does not rule his God given home and run to the next level of worship only to be told by a woman what to do…. Let’s keep the scripture in context so we do not take the text out of context… A Priestley man rules his God given home respecting his God given wife as a true woman of virtue… The wifes opinion is ALWAYS to be respected, because a Priestly man is a better listener than a talker… BUT when He speaks it is seasoned with salt and scripturally SOLID as a final disposition for all thoughts have been included for the welfare of the family core…. The husband and wife.. co-labor to assist their children in the proper preaching of the precepts and principles of the “Prince of Peace”… JESUS! He alone is the “Head of the Corner” (Acts 4:12) and there is none other name given among men were we must be saved’….. I cherish the “Soul Winning” evangelistic attitude that the Bible.. Our “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth” gives to us as His children… My soul rejoices for being allowed this forum to minister to you about the POWER of the LORD GOD…. I am praying for you and ['Al'.. 'Hates'... 'Religion']… your seem to be (by this post) NEW acquaintance… For according to James 1:27…
          27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world”… So, according to the context of the scripture… Al-hates-religion is the exact OPPOSITE of the context of scripture God told me to minister to you as a small leader in His kingdom… Therefore, when you read the context of that scripture… hopefully, it will paint a perfect picture of the text…. And know this, “ANYTIME YOU TAKE THE TEXT OUT OF ITS CONTEXT… ALL YOU HAVE LEFT IS THE “CON”!! Glory to God… He hates the works of God and for this I’ve learned to very sure of which side of the fence any Angel I am speaking to is on… You are either for Christ (The Gospel Message) or Against GOD’s message to humankind… And if Al..HATES.. visiting widows and fatherless Children that is a major portion of the ‘Great Co-mission’ and the Gospel message..
          So if I am one of those you spoke of… WE ARE A PECULIAR PEOPLE… Set aside to rebuke the devourer.. IN THE NAME OF JESUS! And if the Word of God offends you… Let me give you the 411… 1 Thess. 4:11 says, “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you”

          • Brian

            “A word FITLY spoken” doesn’t nesessarily mean to speak the word no matter how it is said, or how it affects the other person. If you are speaking to a brother or sister in Christ, is the goal to “tell them the truth”, or to help them to understand the truth? I would say it is the latter…

          • Greg Frazier

            And if the Word of God offends you… Let me give you the 411… 1 Thess. 4:11 says, “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you”

      • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

        1. Whatever Al HATES is between him and his GOD because only HE knows and will lead him to the ones to explain it.

        2. I say this to YOU as a leader, you undoubtedly were not sent to minister to ME because your message was not ministering or rebuking. I have had rebuke and excepted it with open arms. Even the words that were more harsh because I knew they were true. Rebuking is a must, I agree but “SHAME” on me??? I have NEVER seen that in the Word of GOD! And because you are more versed and spent time looking for Scripture or possibly knowing what to write? It’s still clanging because EVERYTHING we say…. including rebuking is to be done in LOVE. Period. Now you be blessed. And that is WITH LOVE because I have gone to MY ABBA and asked if I said anything that was out of order. I am clear not because of me because I Christ Jesus who cleared me! You wanna teach people? Learn how to drench your words in love as the Word commands.

        • Greg Frazier

          With me in humble submission and humility, If you take the scriptures given and pull me out of it, would you still be offended?

    • Rev John Jackson

      Felicia, I would surmise that it is thinking like this which is a part of the problem. ” What’s the big deal?” Has been echoed as a sentiment by everyone from Pontius Pilate over Christ to the world ignoring what was going on in Rwanda and Srebrenica. I could go on but without wishing to repeat myself read my comment to Narco above.

      Praying for Syria is great because while focussing abroad it absolves you of any responsibility at home. Get real! When you have sectarian/ racial division at home it becomes difficult to lecture or rebuke anybody abroad. “But I give to charity so I’m alright, I spent a couple of hours at the homeless shelter, I did the soup kitchen and I regularly give to those poor little starving children in Africa. But I don’t want them actually worshipping at my church -they would be better off with their own.” That is the sentiment that seems to be coming out of what you are saying when you say ” Get over it!”

      I could have judged you wrongly but “what’s the big deal – get over it!”

      • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

        As a “pastor” I would tell you the same thing. Everything you just said is correct, I do not disagree. EXCEPT for unless you are a pastor of THAT church which is being written about, then I accept your clanging graciously.

        On the other hand, you could be the very stereotypical pastor I speak of, but then that would be judging and disrespecting someone hiding behind the calling I PRAY he was called to. Nevertheless I stand by what I have said which merely was let HER leaders and HER GOD deal with her while you deal with your own log. I stick to that. Bringing it to the public should have been in better taste, calling all believers to pray for her as her LEADERS who know the WHOLE story, which I’m sure privacy and discretion did not allow to be told, to deal with the matter. NEVER did I lean towards racism not being an issue in the Church. I have seen it, been attacked by it and watched it hurt my child who contemplated suicide because of it! And this was all by a church building which was predominantly BLACK. So again, the Scriptures ANYONE is tossing at me is still clanging. And if I am wrong or out of line for wanting us as believers to conduct ourselves as the Bible says “in LOVE” then GOD forgive me! I’m not concerned with the pharasaic teachings of people who sound as clanging cymbals and hide behind the cloth, title and pulpit. Blessings.

        • Rev John Jackson

          I don’t understand what you mean when you constantly use the term “Hide behind your calling” ? Living in the real world I have never hidden behind the pulpit or a title or the cloth. Your terms while you keep talking about dressing it in love, as well as being offensive ,actually lack grace and love. You appear to have an issue with a particular group or maybe individual which you have extended to reflect the behaviour of all. I don’t see any of the churches I know reflected in your statements. Trying to dismiss people as legalists and Pharisees generally mean that you have become uncertain of the argument you are trying to make and are trying to shut it down. I have never done “black church” or “white church” I have always strived to do “Church” and resent those who try and pigeon-hole me as being one or the other. I have been privileged to serve under and with some great men of God who can tell you about what it means to be rejected by church on the basis of colour but survived to establish National and international movements and still managed to forgive. I am sorry that your experience of a church hurt your family so much, but you sound like you have not yet reached the point where you are able or willing to forgive and that is something that you need to do. I’m not arguing with you just sharing what I think I maybe wrong.

          • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

            The only thing that I will address is that I have completely forgiven and even now work for the greater good with these leaders. Please don’t presum to know me. You do not sit. My statement again stands. I only wish for her leaders to address as they are led by Holy Spirit. Not by a discussion condemning her. Period. And to that I digress.

          • http://napadofoundation.com/ Donald G.

            I do not wish to offend, but as I read Scripture, you are out of line in presuming to teach or usurp any authority othover any man, so your chastising is moot from a Biblical standpoint. The Bible makes it very clear that women do have a role in the Church, but not of pastoring or in authority over men.

          • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

            I have no idea what you are addressing. I even said in another comment that women are not to teach OVER a man. I agree with you so what exactly am I out of line for? I say nothing about that in my post. Please explain, and I was not offended but I appreciate the gesture.

  • Sunil Thomas

    I strongly agree with the scripture. A women should not be a pastor in
    the church.Every church should adhere with the law of Bible.Don’t let
    the satan to beguiled the churches as like on Eve.

    • texrollie

      People are offended over the strangest issues. My advice is, get a life and go win the lost at any cost

    • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

      She is not lead pastor so throwing that Scripture here is using it loosely. That Scripture is based on a woman being the senior pastor with no one over her. Not as leaders at all.

  • Narco

    If you are truly engaged in soul winning, you wouldn’t have the time and energy to debate about this issue. The church and the pastors are doing their best to reach out to lost souls. This is their mandate and commission and they are doing their best. Period. What about you.? Just work out your own salvation with fear and trembling!

    • Rev John Jackson

      This has to be one of the most ignorant and crass statements I have read on here. It’s okay to insult a whole group of people because they don’t fit the “demographic” of the group you feel need saving? But if they are insulted “Just work out your own salvation with fear and trembling!”. You obviously have never been on the receiving end of being told nicely it ” would be preferable for you to worship elsewhere.” When a church becomes divided over the issue of race it blunts the witness not just of that fellowship but of the whole of Christendom. “Just get over it!” is easy to say when the issue has no personal bearing on you.

      Why would people want to be a part of a fellowship that would rather they remain hidden as they are off putting to the people they would rather be a part of that fellowship? When people feel marginalised it doesn’t just stay with an individual or family but it impacts the wider community far beyond the reaches of the churches doors. ( How many of us reading this are from North Carolina?)

      I pastor a church that is trying to expand its “demographic”and we have had some success by being truly inclusive both in our mission statement and more importantly in the actions that back up the statement. We had a “festival of nations” celebration in August and we were genuinely shocked when we realised that we had nearly 20 different nationalities represented in our fellowship. If we place an emphasis on a particular group or groups we marginalise so much more than we reach.

      Never forget that whatever our racial heritage the Blood of Jesus which washes us all is red!

      • Brian

        The whole demographic wasn’t offended….just one person who decided to leave the church, and then apparently try to slander it.

      • http://napadofoundation.com/ Donald G.

        I appreciated your comment. It is important to note that God does not see the color of our skin but the content of our heart. I have recently been attending a church with Caucasian, Asian and Hispanic congregations which all meet separately on Sunday mornings. I have mixed feelings about this concept, and have experienced some of the bigotry of the Senior Pastor who exhibited rude behavior toward my Hispanic friend whom I was with. He is rather arrogant anyway but his rudeness was offensive to both her and myself. There should be no bigotry of discrimination of any kind anywhere in the body of Christ. And especially when it offends…. the Bible says it would be better to have a millstone tied around the neck and be tossed into the sea than to offend… so apparently God sees it as a serious matter.

      • Jina Appa

        Rev. Jackson, I applaud you for your awesome post. You are dead-on correct in my opinion. Thank you! You speak truth to power.

  • Prayerful1

    If you were an unbeliever, reading the posts on this site from our “Church Leaders,” is Christianity something you would want to know about? Would you want to learn about Jesus? Follow a God who has followers who act like this toward each other? Those of you condemning these pastors for their actions can justify it however you see fit – but you are still condemning. You can choose passages from the Bible about confrontation, offending with the gospel, women not being pastors, God not being mocked – but you are still condemning! Jesus taught love, not condemnation. You all know this, and the Bible is FULL of those verses. And you can click on any one of the articles on Church Leaders to find these same types of condemning comments from believer to believer. How will they know us?

    • Felicia AppleofHiseye Hepburn

      BY THE WAY WE LOVE!! Thank you!!

  • D

    I don’t really understand why all the hate here? Was she really being hateful towards minorities with her statement? It was definitely a huge mistake that shouldn’t have happened, but are you all so sure that the pastors are racists? I really doubt that, especially since the pastor who said it was black, and the congregation is blended. There seems to be so much hate in the comments here, and if we are all truly Christians, then she should be forgiven.

  • MS. LIN

    NUMBER ONE RATHER A BLACK PASTOR OR WHITE PASTOR OR MEXICAN PASTOR OR PASTOR OF COLOR HAD KNOW BUSINESS AT ALL, PERIOD MAKING THAT KIND OF STATMENT…….THIS IS WHATS WRONG WITH THE CHURCH TODAY EVERY TIME A LEADER OF GOD DOES SOMETHING WRONG PEOPLE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST WANTS TO SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG…………..THEY ARE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE…………YES IT IS ALSO TRUE WE ARE TO FORGIVE AND I DO MY SELF FORGIVE HIM OR HER…………..BUT THEY KNOW BETTER……….AND THEY KNEW BEFORE THE SENT THE E-MAIL………GOD HAVE MERCY ON US……..AND WE WONDER WHY THE BODY OF CHRIST JESUS IS FALLING APART………OR WHY PEOPLE ARE LEAVING THE CHURCH……….

    • Jina Appa

      I agree with what you said but I think it would be better if you didn’t shout.

  • Truth Hurts

    Most of these comments are why this past Sunday (9/15/13) was set aside as “Back to Church Sunday.” We’ve run off too many folks!
    All this bickering over one regrettable incident, then getting down into the weeds with “religious one-upmanship” simply reinforces the mindset that most people who don’t attend church have which is this; “If that’s how church people treat each other, how much worse will they treat me since I don’t meet their expectations to begin with?” People from church keep people from church. :-(