An american Pastor, Rev. Randy G. Vaughn has vowed to protest a Lesbian ‘Bishop Yvette Flunder‘ speaking at American Baptist Christian College in Nashville, Tennessee, after the institution invited a married lesbian bishop to speak at her 58th Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series this month. The pastor’s concern is based on his belief that the acceptance of homosexuality within the church will “damage the family unit.” Also, traditional Christian belief taught in his own congregation is that the institution of marriage should only be between one man and one woman.
Rev. Vaughn along with some other Baptist pastors from across the country plan to be in Nashville tomorrow, March 18 to protest the school’s decision, according to Christian Post.
“We Do Not Wear Our Sin as a Badge and Parade It……When will the downward spiral end?” says Rev. Vaughn.
“We don’t feel you have the right to live any way and be respected in the congregation of our faith,” he said. “There is nothing holy about lesbianism as there is nothing holy about heterosexual adultery.”
Bishop Yvette Flunder of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ, is married to her same-sex partner Shirley Miller, and she is currently planned to be one of the main speakers to address the congregation as the lecture series kicks off tomorrow on March 18.
Flunder was said to have explained on the Church’s website that the acceptance of homosexuals by the Church was an effort to helping people to be free.
“Trying to establish a relationship with a God that barely tolerates you but cannot truly accept and certainly will never celebrate you can do incredible damage to ones self-esteem. The tortured historical and theological view that suggests that some people are just flawed or born to be the underclass and should never expect to be on God’s ‘A’ list, has been the convenient method used to hold women, immigrants, the poor and LGBT people in chains of self-depreciation,” Flunder wrote on the website.
“We all need community. When access to existing communities is not available, marginalized people must seek to develop community for and among themselves. We at City of Refuge UCC are giving birth to a fresh, emerging Christian community. We believe that now, as in the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, seemingly marginalized people respond to a community of openness and inclusivity, where other people from the edge gather. City of Refuge UCC welcomes people to be who they are by embracing a theology of acceptance — a radical inclusivity that leaves no one behind,” it ends.