A Georgia hairdresser who divorced her husband and is now in a relationship with another woman has been told by her church that she must repent for her ‘sinful behavior’ or else be publicly denounced and excommunicated.
Krystal Cox was informed in writing by the elders of Woodstock Church of Christ that they were concerned about ‘the condition of your soul’.
Cox, who has been attending the church in Woodstock, 30 miles north of downtown Atlanta, for around five years, told her local news channel she was deeply hurt by the letter.
‘When I opened it, I was kind of enraged,’ she told CBS 46.
‘Like, why am I getting picked on and getting called out when everyone has sin?
‘The fact that they’re going to point it out and release my personal business to the entire congregation of the church and tell them that I can no longer come there – I just don’t feel like that’s right,’ Cox said.
Four elders first wrote to Cox, who has ran a hair salon in the town for 20 years, before Christmas asking for a meeting.
They said that they wanted ‘to discuss with you this situation and the condition of your soul.’
When the mother-of-two did not respond, they wrote again with an ultimatum.
‘As elders of the Woodstock congregation, we have the responsibility to watch out for the souls of each member of this congregation.
‘As we have previously stated, we feel it is crucial to remind you that our Lord considered it vital that no one can be involved in homosexuality and be in a pleasing relationship with God.’
The four men – Eric Dotson, Gary Kyle, Rick Reynolds and Don Williams – condemned in their April 1 letter her ‘lack of desire to hear our concerns, apparent lack of willingness to repent, and the public display of your homosexual relationship’.
They said they had ‘no alternative but to withdraw our fellowship with you’.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Harriet Alexander