Interracial Marriage Ban Dropped

According to CNN, two weeks ago, Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County, Kentucky, voted 9-6 to ban couples in interracial marriages from attending or participating in the church.

But on Sunday, the small church reversed its course.

Pastor Stacy Stepp told CNN affiliate WLEX on Sunday that the church voted unanimously to “accept all people regardless of race, creed, or color and to accept everyone into the fellowship of Christ.”

“I tried everything in my power to try to resolve the matter before it got to where it did,” Stepp told WLEX.

The problem began in June when Stella Harville, who grew up going to the church, brought her fiance, Ticha Chikuni, who is black, to the small church, where on average about 40 people meet for Sunday worship.

Harville, who goes by the nickname Susie, played the piano, and Chikuni sang a song during the service.

Her father, Dean Harville, a decades-long member of the church, told CNN affiliate WSAZ he was counting the offering when the pastor at the time, Melvin Thompson, came up to him and said, “Susie and her boyfriend are not allowed to sing in this church anymore.”

“He said, ‘Furthermore, Susie can take her fella back where she found him from,'” Harville said.

via Church reverses ban on interracial marriages – CNN Belief Blog – Blogs.

Hmmm… thoughts?


  • Matt December 7, 2011 Reply

    That makes me sad and angry all at once.

  • Peter December 7, 2011 Reply

    Some churches that are on the decline should probably hurry up and decline faster…

  • Mike Trimble December 8, 2011 Reply

    Very embarrassing situation. Not at all representative of Free Will Baptist Churches in general. Here’s a great link from one of the denomination’s leading theologians…

  • Naomi Whitaker January 29, 2012 Reply

    I’m very glad the decision was reversed. It really does make us think twice about prejudice in the body of Christ and how terribly ugly and revolting it is. What are prejudiced “Christians” going to do in heaven when they realize people of all races are there? Have another vote?. Coming from an interracial marriage myself, I’m really grateful to God that He brought us together. I’ve known my husband since we were 5 and 3 yrs old. God told me I was going to marry him when I was 8 yrs old. I wonder what prejudice “Christians” think about that? Honestly, there are too many lost and dying souls out there to worry about this subject. There is salcation and strength in God, not the color of skin.

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