That’s Not a Church- And It Needs to Close its Doors: The Case of the Racists of An Alabama Baptist Church

This morning, I was alerted to a story that seemed to belong to another era – but sadly it happened yesterday. A young pastor in a small Southern Baptist church in small town Alabama tries to lead his church to do outreach and invite children from the community to their upcoming VBS. The church is all white and the surrounding community is mostly black. Opposition arises from church members and they tell him that they do not want to reach out to black people and invite them to church. He persists and says the gospel of Jesus Christ demands it. They tell him that if he keeps going with this, then he will be removed. He says that he will take his appeal to the church and on the next Sunday, he preaches boldly against racism and calls the church to repentance. A vote is scheduled on the future of the pastor and he is voted to be removed immediately by a unanimous vote last night. As of today, he has no job.

I spoke with this pastor, Jonathan Greer, today for about a half hour. I asked him if there was anything else that happened. Did they give another reason? Even a public reason? He said no. They told him nothing. He said that they didn’t want black people to come to their church. A variety of reasons were listed, but they were all related to negative things happening if black people started coming. The church is in Alabama. It is a small church numbers-wise – around 30 people or so.

Best thing they can do is affiliate themselves with the Westboro NOT Baptist NOT Church.  They’re just the sort of hatemongers Westboro loves.  Or better yet, close the doors.  There’s nothing of Christ in that Church.

3 thoughts on “That’s Not a Church- And It Needs to Close its Doors: The Case of the Racists of An Alabama Baptist Church

  1. Wally Fry 02/08/2016 at 8:07 am

    That’s an awful story. Here is something positive for you. You may or may not know I also attend a smallish, less than 100, Baptist church. I am in Arkansas. We just had our VBS and two African American sisters attended. Understand that even our our church, things change slowly, and many probably would have rather not had that.

    Anyway, one of the sisters was saved during the week, and is in the foster care of one of our members. At any rate, we brought that child into full fellowship of the church by unanimous agreement. Some may have balked, but they remained silent

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    • Jim 02/08/2016 at 8:15 am

      we also have a very lovely young lady in our church, adopted by one of our families, who happens to be black. she has never been treated unkindly or even differently. things in the south can change if people are willing to act like christians.

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      • Wally Fry 02/08/2016 at 8:23 am

        That is exactly right! The honest truth is, this probably bothered some people. Nonetheless, they put that aside to do the right thing. It was very encouraging to see. It also answers a concern I have had. My own grand daughter is a mixed child, and every one loves her. I have always wondered what the reaction would be if she ever wanted to join with us some day. Now, I know

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