July 30th, 2012
08:30 AM ET

Church refuses to marry black couple in Mississippi

(CNN) - Hurt. Devastated. Crushed.

Those are words an African-American couple used to describe how they felt when they were forced to change the venue of their wedding because of their race.

"Because of the fact that we were black, some of the members of the congregation had got upset and decided that no black couple would ever be married at that church," Charles Wilson told CNN on Sunday night.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!-

      August 3, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  2. Fiona

    What is this, the 15th Century? Why should such churches even exist? I wonder what doctrins they preach in that church, this means they can't even have black pastors. We campaign against Racism every time, it's a shame that even a church is still part of racism, they should not even be called christians. This is where the muslims are better than us, they love anyone as long as he is a muslim.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:40 am |
    • 007isalive

      Oh Fiona! oh fiona! i dont know whether you are a male or female ,a christian or others but i can say you are a real humanbeing.you proved the humanity. you are great,really greater than great..You spoke the truth. you are courageous.atleast i found someone so bold and different from others in this site.Thank you.

      July 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  3. danielwalldammit

    Can we say 'racist' now? Can we actually say it? Or do the conservative Christians have some other euphemism in mind?

    July 31, 2012 at 2:12 am |
  4. Charlie Oliphant

    In Mississippi? what a huge surprise. We need to kick Mississippi out of the United States, what a miserable place.Neil Young sure picked the wrong state to pick on. When we evacuated from Hurricane Gustav in 2008, the Police Officers in Poplarville, Miss intentionally gave us wrong directions!

    July 31, 2012 at 2:03 am |
  5. neil

    Help us save the jobs of 5 people
    Please help

    July 31, 2012 at 12:35 am |
  6. 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 7:00 pm |
  7. Long Time Baptist

    SHAME ON YOU. You let a few "unknowns" trash everything we believe in?????? I"m sorry at this moment to call myself Baptist.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  8. D. Aaron201

    Not sure what God these people / church have in their heart, but what is clear is there stupidity. I hope the couple consider the lawsuit money a wedding gift from this prejudice church.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  9. Rafael

    "God" has given his flock "free will"...
    & they choose to hate... and the herder/ pastor allowed it...

    As a church, you fail.
    As the KKK, you have a good start!

    July 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  10. What would Christ do?

    This is a sad group of people calling themselves Christians. Where is the love, and compassions? There are some of these people in all churches, but the pastor has the responsibility to follow the Word of God. Also, I know there were some members that knew this was wrong, but said nothing, just as they said nothing when the first slave ship arrived.

    i heard the pastor say that he disagreed with the minority, but he did not want to start a problem in the church, so he just went along with the racist members. Pastor, it is your job the lead the members in the Word despite the outcome. Christians must stand up for what is right, and not sit by silent.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
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