Dedicated Church Member Kicked Out for Being Gay and is Asked to Repent
Kimberley Mills was once a dedicated member of Calvary Baptist Church in Oshawa, Ontario until she made the mistake of coming out as a lesbian to a few members of the church because she was tired of hiding her sexuality and her partner. The word got out to the higher-ups in the church and she was given a letter that dismissed her position in the church and said that she had to repent for her sins in order to regain her place in the clergy, according to Gay Star News.
Mills was involved in the church for about three years, acting as a youth pastor who frequently attended small fellowship groups within the church until she received the fateful letter telling her that she has been terminated from her position. In the letter, written by Deacon Chairman Dr. Tim Wagner, Kim was informed that because she lives in disobedience of the scriptures her membership with the church was removed. They mentioned specifically that she did not heed the warning in 1 Corinthians 6-9, which says
"Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality."
The letter also states that the church hopes that Mills will see the error of her ways and that her "heart will respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit that comes with our obedience to this Scripture and that" she "will repent and be restored to your church family who love you deeply." Ignoring the subject-verb disagreement at the end of that statement, what was written was basically telling Mills that the church sees her as damaged and only through denial of her true self can she be given her position back. Wagner also states that the church will continue to pray for Mills' "restoration," as in the members of the church hope she converts to heterosexuality.
Mills was always gay but the church did not know and they allowed her to work as a clergywoman, while also being a lesbian. So if she wanted to keep her position as a youth pastor, she should have stayed closeted. But is that really any way to live? There are more progressive churches that accept that some people can be gay and also Christian. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. However, they did say that Mills will still be able to attend church services, but she cannot work for the church for as long as she is a lesbian.
So I suggest she finds a new church.
h/t: Gay Star News