Friday, July 27, 2012

Black Couple Denied Marriage By A Southern Baptist Church!

Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson's wedding banned because they are black
Denied a marriage, Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson are expressing outrage over their church's ultra-conservative members rejecting Black couples from getting married.
The first ever Black leader of the Southern Baptist Church Fred Luter has a lot of baggage on his hands. The most conservative Christian domination in the United States is still a little uneasy about the addition of Black people into their folds. We here at Journal de la Reyna will talk about in the ongoing struggle for social justice. A Black couple in Mississippi regularly attends at a local church and had plans on getting married. It's marred with controversy.

They were turned away after the pastor raised concerns about his congregation and their feelings towards Blacks. According to the WLBT, a NBC affiliate television station out of Jackson, Mississippi, Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson were planning their big day, but the couple says the church where they were planning to wed turned them away because of their race.

Now, the couple wants answers, and the church's pastor is questioning the mindset of some of members of his congregation who caused the problem in the first place.

They had set the date and printed and mailed out all the invitations, but the day before wedding bells were to ring for Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson, they say they got some bad news from the pastor.

"The church congregation had decided no black could be married at that church, and that if he went on to marry her, then they would vote him out the church," said Charles Wilson.

The Wilsons were trying to get married at the predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs -- a church they attend regularly, but are not members of.

"He had people in the sanctuary that were pitching a fit about us being a black couple," said Te'Andrea Wilson. "I didn't like it at all, because I wasn't brought up to be racist. I was brought up to love and care for everybody."

The church's pastor, Dr. Stan Weatherford, says he was taken by surprise by what he calls a small minority against the black marriage at the church.

"This had never been done before here, so it was setting a new precedent, and there are those who reacted to that because of that," said Weatherford.

Weatherford went on and performed the wedding at a nearby church.

"I didn't want to have a controversy within the church, and I didn't want a controversy to affect the wedding of Charles and Te' Andrea. I wanted to make sure their wedding day was a special day," said Weatherford.

After months of planning, the newlyweds say they had no choice but to go through with the wedding at the new location, but they still can't understand why a church would ban their wedding because of race.

"I blame the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, I blame those members who knew and call themselves Christians and didn't stand up," said Charles Wilson.

Church officials say they welcome any race into their congregation. They now plan to hold internal meetings on how to move forward, should this situation occur again.

"I was prepared to go ahead and do the wedding here just like it was planned, and just like we agreed to," said Weatherford. "I was just looking for an opportunity to be able to address a need within our congregation and at the same time minister to them."

WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Matthew 5:23 So if when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has any [grievance] against you,

24 Leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift.

I would warn this church that "OUR" Lord and Savior is loving, patient and waiting for his church. He is also a righteous judge. Do not allow this god of pride and bigotry to rule over the GOD they are suppose to represent. YOU WILL BE JUDGED.

Anonymous said...

I blame the Uncle Tom Pastor! He feels it's more important for HIM to save his position as pastor of a racist church, rather than stand up in the face of blatant racism to do what's right! If they vote you out for doing what's right, then so be it! Do what's right in the sight of God. The Lord has the power to elevate you from that hell pit, to holy ground. But the pastor is more worried about being a good "BOY" for master. Pastor Weatherford, YOU are an Uncle Tom! Shame on YOU!

Anonymous said...

I blame the Uncle Tom Pastor! He feels it's more important for HIM to save his position as pastor of a racist church, rather than stand up in the face of blatant racism to do what's right! If they vote you out for doing what's right, then so be it! Do what's right in the sight of God. The Lord has the power to elevate you from that hell pit, to holy ground. But the pastor is more worried about being a good "BOY" for master. Pastor Weatherford, YOU are an Uncle Tom! Shame on YOU!

Anonymous said...

I blame the Uncle Tom Pastor! He feels it's more important for HIM to save his position as pastor of a racist church, rather than stand up in the face of blatant racism to do what's right! If they vote you out for doing what's right, then so be it! Do what's right in the sight of God. The Lord has the power to elevate you from that hell pit, to holy ground. But the pastor is more worried about being a good "BOY" for master. Pastor Weatherford, YOU are an Uncle Tom! Shame on YOU!

Anonymous said...

I blame the Uncle Tom Pastor! He feels it's more important for HIM to save his position as pastor of a racist church, rather than stand up in the face of blatant racism to do what's right! If they vote you out for doing what's right, then so be it! Do what's right in the sight of God. The Lord has the power to elevate you from that hell pit, to holy ground. But the pastor is more worried about being a good "BOY" for master. Pastor Weatherford, YOU are an Uncle Tom! Shame on YOU!

Anonymous said...

I blame the Uncle Tom Pastor! He feels it's more important for HIM to save his position as pastor of a racist church, rather than stand up in the face of blatant racism to do what's right! If they vote you out for doing what's right, then so be it! Do what's right in the sight of God. The Lord has the power to elevate you from that hell pit, to holy ground. But the pastor is more worried about being a good "BOY" for master. Pastor Weatherford, YOU are an Uncle Tom! Shame on YOU!

Anonymous said...

Ok....so it's clear now that the pastor is white! Pastor Weatherford is just as much to blame as those who blocked the marriage. If you allowed that to happen, you are just as guilty. You should have performed the marriage anyway! Jesus would have!...in spite of what those so-called religious members thought. If they voted you out, God would have taken care of your direction. Besides, the congregation may have respected you even more for being a man of faith and righteousness. But now the world sees you for what you are - a coward! You would have been better off at another church. Again....SHAME ON YOU PASTOR WEATHERFORD!

Aldo Galeana said...

The devil resides in this church.

SamySam said...

Just because THEY wrote that they're the house of God on their building doesn't mean God resides there. There are too many "Christians" using Gods name to do more harm than good. This was the perfect opportunity for the pastor to show he was a true man of god and not a puppet for man, but he failed. God will judge those accordingly, and someone's earthly title won't prevent them from being equally judged, nor will their worldly troubles or aspirations.

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