YORK, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man says he’s been kick out of the church he has attended for years, and where he was baptized, because he is gay.
Bobbie Pierce, 20, of Mount Wolf, Pa., said he is being denied membership and communion at Ambassador’s Bible Chapel in Newberry Township because of his sexual orientation, reports the York Daily Record.
Pastor David Slautterback said that he and other church elders removed Pierce from the church’s membership — and announced that fact to the congregation during the church service on Sunday — because Pierce has failed to have a change of mind concerning his sexuality.
Pierce said he hasn’t chosen to be gay, but Slautterback disagrees and said he thinks that Pierce can and should change.
“I do not believe that a homosexual person has to be homosexual any more than I believe that a person who is inclined to steal steals,” Slautterback said.
Slautterback said last week that he and the other elders want Pierce to repent for his sin of homosexuality and return to fellowship at the church.