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July 27th, 2012
10:10 PM ET

Black wedding rejected at white church

(CNN)–A day before their wedding a black couple is told they can't get married at a predominantly white church. WLBT reports.

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  1. Dee

    I don't feel sorry for them because they just as easily could have found a black churh. If they want to "cross over" then they get what comes with the territory. They thought they had found better. Get and perfect your own.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • marco

      Wow...really? good luck on your little island in the middle of nowhere. We actually have to live together and work TOGETHER in this land.

      July 31, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  2. Mr.B

    Im not here to criticize but... Lets be diplomatic and hear what others have to say about the true message of Jesus(Peace and blessings be upon him). Here is a video link worth watching for a while:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4odo6P91vcA

    July 31, 2012 at 7:59 am |
  3. neil

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    Please help

    July 31, 2012 at 12:37 am |
  4. Doug

    doublellnfl – you must be a member...

    I put this all on the pastor and the deacons. Of course every church has some messed up people, but it's up to the pastor to lead not follow! If he doesn't it's probably because he's scared the deacons are going to take his job away.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  5. Kwahm meredith

    THE REST OF THE COUNTRY DONT MEAN JACK S*** YOU IN MISSISSIPPI NOW!!

    July 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  6. Eddie

    I WILL MAKE IT PLAIN AND SIMPLE. CHRISTIAN MEANS CHRIST-LIKE. FROM THE DAYS OF SLAVERY TILL THE PRESENT DAY EVIL HAS CONTINUED TO DISGUISE ITSELF IN THE NAME OF CHRISTIANITY AND UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE CHURCH. I WENT TO A SLAVE CASTLE IN GHANA WHERE HEARTLESS CHRISTIANS WORSHIPED WHILE SLAVES SCREAMED FOR MERCY FROM THE DUNGEONS BENEATH. THE PERSECUTION AND KILLING OF POPULATIONS TO CONVERT THEM FROM THEIR PAGAN WAYS IN THE NAME OF CHRIST. NOW, WE HAVE A WAR GOING ON TO LOOK FOR TERRORISTS WHILE KILLING INNOCENT BYSTANDERS AND FAMILIES IN THE PROCESS. NONE OF THESE HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH JESUS CHRIST. THESE ARE HELLISH DELIVISH WAYS. WOLVES IN SHEEP CLOTHING. THESE CHURCHES ARE NOT CHRIST LIKE AND AS JESUS SAID..."NOT ALL WHO CALL TO HIM LORD LORD WILL ENTER HEAVEN...ONLY THOSE WHO DO THE WILL OF GOD...MAY WILL COME TO JESUS AND STATE ALL THE DEEDS THEY DID IN HIS NAME BUT HE WILL SEND THEM AWAY.....THE EARLY CHRISTIANS WERE PERSECUTED AND EVEN KILLED AND IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL THE GOSPEL CONTINUED TO SPREAD.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  7. kindness

    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    I Accepted Jesus christ as my lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners. Even once we are saved by christs merciful grace we will still experience adversity to mold us to adhering to the truth.
    We will slip... But not fall of the ship ...carrying us onward to perfection in christs grace.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from some other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith ....above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read romans or corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are by faith above reason in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    July 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  8. Abrooks

    If the other members didn't have knowledge of the issue...so be it. If they did shame on them for not be the voice of reason and standing behind these members. The people who were opposed to it probably were large financial contributors.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  9. just sayin

    Are we really surprised at how White Christians act in the South?????????? They are unchrist like at best.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  10. doublellnfl

    After reading this article, shouldn't the Wilson's as good Christians forgive and turn the other cheek, let bygones be bygones, as he states why didn't the congregation speak up the day before, my question to him would be how many actually knew there was a problem, did you invite the entire congregation so they all knew, or did only a select few find out and complain if so how did they find out, might check with the church employee's on that one, its his lack of forgiveness makes me wonder who is the true racist..

    July 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Abrooks

      Are you serious???? Forgiveness does not mean we walk away from injustice. As a Christian it is our responsibility to stand up and say "This is not acceptable." God doesn't call us to be passive door mats.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Debra

      I think forgiveness is something that is deserved and right now I am not seeing anyone deserving in this church to forgive. This act of ignorance needed to come out and I applaud this couple for speaking up and going to the media. This is totally unacceptable behavior of a Church and questionable so called Christians. None I like to know that is for sure.

      July 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
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