Acting as if they have no idea what Christians believe and have practiced for thousands of years, the story of a Georgia hairdresser who received an excommunication letter from her elders after divorcing her husband and starting to date a woman has gone viral and has made international news after she posted it to social media.
Congregant Krystal Cox had been attending the Woodstock Church of Christ for 5 years when she made a series of life choices, ending her marriage to her husband and starting to publicly date another woman. Upon hearing the news, the elders of the church sent her a letter requesting to meet with her, to which she never responded.
In light of your apparent lack of desire to hear our concerns, apparent lack of willingness to repent, and the public display of your homosexual lifestyle, we have no alternative but to withdraw our fellowship with you and must no longer treat you as a sister in Christ.
Cox was told that if they don’t hear from her by April 30, they will publicly announce her excommunication to the church and instruct fellow congregants to have nothing to do with her or interact with her except to encourage her to repentant and seek forgiveness.
In response to the letter, which she posted publicly on Instagram, she told CBS local news that she was surprised and upset by the letter.
Well when I opened it, I was kind of enraged. Like, why am I getting picked on and getting called out when everyone has sin? The fact that they’re going to point it out and release my personal business to the entire congregation of the church and tell them that I can no longer come there – I just don’t feel like that’s right.
I look at my relationship and how much love I have with her and think, how can people think this is so wrong?”
I just really don’t want anything bad to come out of this. Like I want it to be good. I don’t want people to be saying ugly things to them and sending them ugly stuff. I just don’t want that, that was not my intent,
In light of the story being picked up across the world and the barrage of negative feedback sent their way, the church has shuttered its Facebook page and closed down its website, refusing to give any comments to the media.
Cox states that she has no intention of responding to the letter or heading back to church, saying she loves her lesbian partner and wrote on social media, “I can’t wait for my denouncement ceremony.”
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