Church bans interracial dating
Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries.We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market.It’s a way of marginalizing people,” says Walker, who adds that he’s spoken with U. pastors in Branham’s camp who don’t appear to be racist.It’s hard to know exactly how many Branham-allied U. churches there are, since there is no central denomination — Branham preached against it — or uniting authority.If you do your mixing, you can’t bring yourself back again,” he warns.Black women don’t want their children to be of mixed racial background, he insists.It’s a loose confederation, says Walker, with churches geographically scattered in places including Louisiana, Indiana and Arizona.Branham is extolled as an apostle himself, practically a god, in these churches.
Harville said he was approached in August by Melvin Thompson, the church member who crafted the resolution to bar mixed-race couples, and was told that his daughter and her boyfriend were no longer allowed to sing at the church.The resolution says anyone is welcome to attend services, but interracial couples could not become members or be "used in worship services or other church functions." Stella Harville, a 24-year-old graduate student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, called the vote "hurtful." "I think part of me is still in shock and trying to process what's been going on the past few days," she said."I really hope they overturn this." The church's pastor, Stacy Stepp, said Wednesday that he was against the resolution.Stepp said the denomination's regional conference will begin working on resolving the issue this weekend.The National Association of Free Will Baptists in Tennessee has no official position on interracial marriage for its 2,400 churches worldwide, executive secretary Keith Burden said.