The Kentucky Free Will Baptist church that banned interracial marriage as well as the public use of the gifts of said persons has reversed its decision:
An eastern Kentucky church under a firestorm of criticism since members voted to bar mixed-race couples from joining the congregation overturned that decision Sunday, saying it welcomes all believers.
Stacy Stepp, pastor of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County, told The Associated Press that the vote by nine people last week was declared null and void after it was determined that new bylaws can’t run contrary to local, state or national laws. He said the proposal was discriminatory, therefore it couldn’t be adopted.Stepp said about 30 people who attended church services voted on a new resolution that welcomes “believers into our fellowship regardless of race, creed or color.”
Now two more suggestions for the church: (1) Nulling that decision because it’s against the laws is a tepid reason, friends. You should reverse the decision because it’s contrary to gospel inclusion (thus, Galatians 3:28, to name but one text). (2) I would also encourage them to re-think not discriminating on the basis of “creed.”