Megachurch letter disfellowshipping gay member, creates controversy

Mega church caught in social media firestorm

At his job in Frisco, Jason Thomas is a Technician Specialist.

And in an open floor plan office, he is open about who and what he is.

"Being gay and Christian seems to be not a thing to a lot of people but I disagree with that, you can be gay and Christian at the same time," Thomas says.

But he was raised to believe that's not possible.

"I was raised with an attachment to the church and being gay is one of the unforgivable sins," he says.

When he finally decided being gay wasn't a sin, he came out to his friends at Watermark Community Church.

"I shared my testimony on stage in front of 3,000 people. I believed with all my heart that God would change me. I went to the programs they offered and recommended," he said.

These programs were to change his "perceived" sexual orientation. But he saw the damage those programs, across the country, can do.

"It's just very sad to hear stories of people almost committing suicide. It's sad," he said.

Then, when he said he wanted to continue being a Watermark member as a gay man, the church sent him a letter.

It called his same sex relationship a "destructive pattern," cited his "unwillingness to heed biblical counsel" and said that he was "No longer a member of our body at Watermark." while saying that they "lovingly, but firmly, call you back to repentance."

That was a year ago.

Thomas posted the letter on Facebook now, because he says the pain is still there.


"I just don't think that they are aware of the impact this is having on people's lives," he said. "I don't want to go to war with the church, I don't want to go to battle with them. I don't want to say negative things about them. I just want them to recognize that they can do a better job at loving people."

The church responded in a written statement to WFAA today.

In part it says:

"Like any member whose beliefs move away from the core commitments, biblical convictions, and values of Watermark, it became appropriate to formally change his membership status. However, we continue to express to him that he is loved and is always welcome to attend Watermark."

Thomas has chosen instead to attend church elsewhere.

"If even at the end of the day I'm wrong, what's the best way to help me? And that is not kicking me to the curb. When I put in all my blood, sweat, tears, effort, kicking me to the curb is not the best way you can love me," he says.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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