Pastor Faces Church Trial for Performing Gay Son’s Wedding

Three of his four kids are gay

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A Methodist pastor in southeastern Pennsylvania will face a church trial on Nov. 18 for breaking church law by officiating his son’s 2007 wedding to another man.

The United Methodist church accepts gay congregants but rejects same-sex marriage, and church literature calls homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching,” the Associated Press reports. But Rev. Frank Schaefer officiated his son’s wedding anyway, “because I love him so much and didn’t want to deny him that joy.”

Schaefer faces anything from a reprimand to defrocking at his Monday trial. He could have avoided trial by promising not to perform any more same-sex weddings, but he declined because three of his four kids are gay.

[Associated Press]

7 comments
RayFelix
RayFelix

Don't go to trial, that's admitting you did anything wrong! 

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

"Many shall say to me on Judgment Day, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name and cast out demons in your name and perform many great works (such as "homosexual marriage") in your name?' and Jesus will reply, 'Depart from me you workers of INIQUITY; I never knew you." (Matt 7:22-23)

AllisonGrey
AllisonGrey

The pastor sounds like a terrific father whose love of his family and all of his children, gay and straight, overshadows the bias of his own church.

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

"...but he declined because three of his four kids are gay"

that's either a huge anomaly or some dark stuff was going on in that house while those kids were growing up


RayFelix
RayFelix

@mary.waterton This shows you will never be able to "please" the "Lord" foolish.

crookedwookie
crookedwookie

@mary.waterton

I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. (1 Timothy 2:12)

crookedwookie
crookedwookie

@#libtardedamerica  So in your understanding of this situation, you took two key facts from this story.
1.  That a pastor who was willing to be excommunicated from the church to which he had dedicated his life, because he loved his children so much he believed in their right to love and marry whomever they wished, must in fact have been molesting them growing up.  And, thus,

2.  That this hypothetical sexual abuse in fact 'turned them gay' in essence?  That's the crux of your argument?


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