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On Sunday, the Perfecting Church, which is ran by Pastor Marvin Winans, will hold a special blessing of its congregation’s children.  Unfortunately one child will not be allowed to participate.

Charity Grace’s son, 2-year-old Joshua, is not allowed to participate in the church’s dedication ceremony.

“I want to instill values and morals in my son based upon the word of God,” said Grace.

According to My Fox Detroit, Grace called the church  on Tuesday to make arrangements. “I told them I was not married and that’s where everything just broke loose.” Grace said  a church official told her Pastor Winans’ policy is that he doesn’t bless children of unwed mothers in front of his congregation. 

“I’ve never felt so degraded and disrespected in my life,” said Grace.

“What they could do for me is let my son get dedicated, during a week day with one of the elders of my choice,” said Grace.

“I absolutely would not set foot back in the church right now because I feel like they look down upon me and my kind, meaning single moms and unwed mothers. The church should be the last place you should go to be judged and denied,” said Grace.

Unfortunately My Fox Detroit was unable to reach Pastor Winans for a comment on his “policy”. Way to go with shunning a child, Pastor Winans.

Clutchettes, what do you think about Pastor Winans’ policy?

 

Fox 2 News Headlines

  • Rodney Hudson

    This instruction forbade an illegitimate child or, as some Bible scholars believe, a racially mixed Israelite from holding a public office in the nation of Israel. We should remember that Old Testament Israel was an unconverted, carnal people whose interests were primarily material and secular. God gave this statute to keep the physical nation pure and strong.

    Today, however, God is building a spiritual house rather than a physical nation. Each individual may or may not become a part of this spiritual building depending on how he conducts his life. A child is not prevented from receiving eternal life because of his parents’ sins, nor are the parents to be cut off from God as a result of their children’s sins (Ezekiel 18). Our relationship with God depends wholly upon our own actions (see also Jeremiah 31:29-30). Bible writers frequently mention that each person will be judged according to his own deeds (Job 34:11; Psalm 62:12; Proverbs 24:12; Romans 2:6; I Peter 1:17; Revelation 20:13; etc.).

    Jesus Christ said that true Christians are to worship God in spirit (John 4:23-24). Therefore, one’s physical ancestry will not prevent one from becoming a child of God today. The descendants of certain nations and peoples were never to enter the congregation of ancient Israel, but today we are told that all men of all nations may enter God’s Family upon real repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Acts 10:34-35). Please also read Acts 17:30, Galatians 3:28-29, and II Peter 3:9.

  • MARIE

    what gets me is when people want to do what they want and how they want, the first thing they holler is, God is love, God is forgiving, we all fall short of the glory of God, nobody is perfect, or who are you to judge. .While all of this might be true, doesn’t mean we are suppose to let people do anything they want to. Church is where sinners go at to become saints. If they ,are not going to do things God’s way, then they might as well stay in their sin. You say we all sin and come short of the glory of God, yes we have, but the thing about it we still have to make it right with God, at the end of the day.God loves us all, he loves us the way we are, but he also love us too much to let us stay that way. No one is judging the young lady. There are other young ladies in the congregation see that she is not being chastise about having a baby out of wedlock, than that give them the incentive to do the same. We have to own up to our wrong, and whatever it takes to get it right, then this is what we have to do. A saved life is a controlled life, you just can’t expect God to accept anything. What the young lady should have done, seeing that she has already made an unwise choice, she should of come as humbly as she know how and did things the way she was instructed to do, and all of this would all be over. It’s just crazy, it’s just another way the devil has of attacking God’s church. Young lady go get your child blessed, get someone who can help you to turn your life around, and live for the Lord, that’s all. It don’t call for all the fuss. There is no time for it anyway. Time is winding up. Don’t let the enemy fool you any longer trying to keep a hold on you. you have to go and claim victory over that old mean devil, that’s trying to completely destroy you.

  • Minister E. Jones

    When I became a Christian, I attended a church that had a Pastor with the same policy. The church was located in an inner-city community with a high 60% African-American teen-age pregnancy rate. Some of the youth that attended our church from that community came from families where, their mother had never been married, their father had never been married, their grandmother had never been married, their grandfather had never been married, their aunts had never been married, their uncles had never been married, bothers, sisters, cousins, etc., etc., Most of their neighbors were single mother households, as was the rest of their community.

    The Pastor decided that the only way that these young people were ever going to see marriage and family was if it was modeled at church. Not only did he teach marrige and family, he used every opportunity available to reinforce that teaching to the youth. On baby dedication day, one srvice was held before the entire congregation, including the youth, for married couples, and another service for anyone that wanted a dedication, not including the youth. This ensured that all children were dedicated, while still setting the right example for the youth.

    By the time this Pastor retired, his church was well known for rarely having any teen-age pregnancy, or high school dropouts, compared to other churches in the area. It took time, but he changed the behaviour of an entire community, by giving the youth an example that was missing in their lives, which they so desperately needed. Instead of generational, out of wedlock birth, poverty, and welfare.

    The young people grew up in his church looking forward to graduating, getting married and having a family, not because of their homes, not because of their communities, but because their church instilled it in them. Many of these young people are now grown and married with families, still living living godly lives and teaching their children the same, but it would have never happened without a church and a pastor setting the example.

    The latest US statistics reveal that African-Americans are suffering from an epidemic of out of wedlock births.

    The statistics show the African-American out of wedlock birth rate at 72.2%
    White-Americans at 29.4%
    Asian-Americans at 17.1%

    We need parents, leaders, pastors, and educators, to address the systemic causes for this problem, and change it for the future of our youth.

  • http://falseprophets Jeffrey

    This is the ignorance of most so called dissolutional pastors of Christinanty. People have misconstrued the message of love from God but only to judge.

  • http://falseprophets Jeffrey

    Also to get that collection plate filled up also.