Excerpts from “TX church’s principled stance brings surge of support”
By Allie Martin, OneNewsNow.com – August 17, 2007
The pastor of a Texas church that refused to hold a memorial service that would have glorified the homosexual lifestyle of the deceased says the incident has caused many to search God’s Word.
[During the week of August 5th], Gary Simons, pastor of Arlington’s High Point Church, was contacted while on vacation by church staff about a planned memorial service for the brother of a church employee who is also a member. Church staff realized the memorial service for 46-year-old Cecil Sinclair, who was not a church member, was going to be a celebration of Cecil’s homosexual lifestyle.
Pastor Simons decided High Point Church could not host the service. (See related story)
Simons says initially, he feared an extended public backlash. “It seemed to me that was all that we were getting,” he shares. “And then a day or two later, the Christian community started kicking in and now we’re being blessed and inundated, really, with positive e-mails of support.”
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TX Church Holds Firm to Biblical Principle, Cancels Funeral Celebrating Homosexual Lifestyle