Preacher Ousts Members for Voting Democrat
A Baptist preacher has ex-communicated several members because they didn’t vote for President Bush.
Minister ex-communicates members for not backing Bush (AP – Charlotte News & Observer)
The minister of a Haywood County [North Carolina] Baptist church is telling members of his congregation that if they’re Democrats, they either need to find another place of worship or support President Bush. Already, the Reverend Chan Chandler has ex-communicated nine members of East Waynesville Baptist Church. Another 40 members have left in protest.
One former church member says Chandler told some of the members that if they didn’t support George Bush, they needed to resign their positions and get out of the church, or go to the altar, repent and agree to vote for Bush.
Little Baptist churches in the South have been known to split over disagreements on the color of the choir robes, so this is small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. The Baptists are congregational, not episcopal, so I’m not sure what it is Chandler would be “ex-communicating” people from. If Haywood County is like any other county in the South, there’s another Baptist church within spitting distance.
Still, I can’t help but think Chandler’s understanding of Scripture needs some fine tuning. . . .
Update (0805): Joe Gandleman is a little more animated.