High Point Church of Arlington found itself in the center of a “gay funeral” controversy when it reversed a decision to host the funeral of homosexual man.
In case you have been vacationing in sunny Iraq and hadn’t heard:
High Point Church in metropolitan Dallas became embroiled in a controversy of mega proportions fed by its last minute refusal to host the funeral of a openly homosexual man. Although the High Point Church initially volunteered to host the funeral because the dead man’s brother was an employee of the church, it later changed its mind. The church reached its conclusion after the family of the man requested that a choir of homosexual men (Turtle Creek Chorale) sing and a homosexual minister officiate the service. Additionally, the family wanted the church to produce a video of the man’s life which included some questionable images of male sexuality.
The church, pastored by the brother in law of Joel Osteen, is now dealing with a negative public perception fueled by a homosexual-friendly media and a religious culture which has failed to adequately address homosexuality in its public policy and church procedures. The church released a statement explaining its decision.
Read the Dallas Morning News story and note how the media spins it into a negative portrayal of the church, implying the church does not love people like Christ commanded and is unethical. As more and more churches come into conflict with the homosexual movement and its desire for supremacy in the socio-political and now religious arenas, the need for churches to prepare, plan and protect has never been more evident.
In response, Witness Ministries, an Atlanta based outreach to persons affected by homosexuality, established the Healthy Church, Strong Church Initiative (HCSCI).
HCSCI’s main goal is to assist Pastors and churches in amend their bylaws to specifically address potentially litigious situations as well as adopt and put in writing specific procedures which will ensure any requests made to the church will processed in accordance with acceptable biblical witness. Additionally, HCSCI will help churches to write clear policy and procedures addressing situations like the one faced by High Point Church.