After Kentucky Church Banned Interracial Couple, National Association of Free Will Baptists Release Study Guide on Racism

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The National Association of Free Will Baptists has released a study guide titled “Racism, the Bible, and the Church: A Biblical Perspective,” after a Free Will congregation in Pike County, Ky., sparked national outcry over its independent decision to bar interracial couples from membership.

The study guide, which brands racism as a sin, was released by the NAFWB on Wednesday, Dec. 7, about two weeks after Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church passed the controversial proposal on Sunday, Nov. 27. 
The proposal read:
“…the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage. Parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they be used in worship services and other church functions, with the exception being funerals. All are welcome to our public worship services. This recommendation is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve.”
Gulnare’s decision, which was approved with a 9-6 vote, was reported by The Christian Post on Nov. 30. On Dec. 1, NAFWB, along with various congregations in the area, immediately sought to distance itself from the church.
“The Free Will Baptist Treatise neither condemns nor disallows marriage between a man and woman of different races,” the association said in a statement. “Free Will Baptists have historically championed the rights and dignity of all people, regardless of race.”
Source: Christian Post | Nicola Menzie