Banned..

Hello all.
I am writing this and sitting here totally confused by what i have heard.
A very close friend of the family has been banned from the church she has attended for ever. She is almost 80 years old and a real firecracker.plenty of energy and such a lovely person. She has been going to this church her whole life,supported it financially,given her time and so much of her life and they have repayed her in this way.I am confused and also enraged that they could treat her this way..not just her but her daughter and grand daughter too.
Why has she been banned you ask?
Her daughter went to the Choir practice and had a book with her that had a Pagan symbol on it,someone saw it and reported her to the elders..they had a meeting and they were banned. Accused her of Paganism and witchcraft..WTF..sorry..for that.
If they had taken the time to ask then they would have found out the symbol means" To love all of creation" or something like that but no..some bloody busy body reported them and now the place they go to worship is shunning them.
I really thought all Christian places of worship welcomed all faiths and beliefs no matter what.
Am in total shock..my heart goes out to this lovely lady.
I don't expect comments on this..just venting it.
I won't name the Church either as i don't think they would take to kindly to it.
ftm👱

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  1. Amazing! What "type" of church is it Sara.

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    1. Hi Beverley..i don't want to say as i don't want to embarrass my lovely friend any more than she already is..needless to say they were there with their ands out when she got some inheritance..
      ftm

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  2. Maybe you should name the church, so that others are aware of how crazy this is. The emotional damage they have done to this dear lady is beyond words, not to mention her daughter. Shame on the busybody. Always someone who thinks they know best. I can't believe this! Ranee (MN) USA

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    1. I don't fancy having fire and brimstone brought down upon my family by this "church"..it is beyond printable what i would like to do to the busy body..probably some shrivelled old prune..
      My friend is ok and justifiably outraged..she will do her own kind of worship at home..you don't need a church to be a good person bless her..
      ftm

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  3. This is why my otherwise very tolerant husband will not set foot in a church. It's beyond shocking and totally contrary to the teachings of the Bible. Catriona

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    1. Catriona..nope we haven't either..and very contrary ..it seems they make the bible suit themselves..hypocrites is what they are.
      ftm

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  4. The only thing I can say and it's not very polite is WTH? I guess they haven't heard the maxim, just not, lest you be judged!

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    1. No that was my respnse as well..its not printable..bunch of bloody hypocrites and if there is a god well i hope he sorts them out.
      ftm

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  5. Sara That is horrible . She's better off out of there but at her age and years of feeling she belonged it must be devastating for her and the family.
    Give her a hug for all .
    Take care
    polly

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    1. She is very devastated but seriously angry as well..no chance to try and defend herslf at all..she has all of us on her side and her family are amazingly supportive.
      ftm

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  6. Much the same sort of church in North Lincolnshire that my family belong to. I have been "shunned" for over 15 years because im immoral, i left my abusive husband and was spat upon in the street.

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    1. Hi KATE..O they would need some serious divine intervention if they dared do that to her..o does that mean you should have stayed and be a punch bag for eternity just because they say your immoral..makes my blood boil for you babe..
      ftm

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    2. my brother who was a church elder actually told me that it was my fault and i should look to the bible for answers

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    3. O kate my heart goes out to you..i am pretty sure the bible doesn't say anything about hitting women..you are a strong woman and i admire you ..hugs just for you.
      ftm

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    1. Not very nice are they..wish i could bump into one..
      ftm

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    1. I know its beyong wow isn't it..
      ftm

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  9. Just about says it all...surely not what Jesus gave his life for. Perhaps they should turn to paganism...they wouldn't be ousted for wearing a Christian symbol. x

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  10. Perhaps you should name and shame this church...it's never less than they deserve. x

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    1. Exactly..i really thought christians were very tolerant..obvioulsy not..not gong to name them as i don't want any of them suing me..
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  11. I am gobsmacked at people sometimes ,why do they not take the time to ask.not just presume,
    Lisa xx

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    1. Exactly..they just assumed..if they had taken the time to ask they would have found out..but no the busybody must be right up the elders ass to go squealing..
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  12. That is so shocking. I'm so sorry for your poor friend, she must be so upset. You would like to think some other members of the church would speak up against this. X

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    1. They tried but their opinions were swept aside and ignored and the meeting was held behind closed doors..i think the busybody is a jealous,spiteful person who disliked my friend and saw this as her opportunity to get rid of her..
      ftm

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  13. This is why I have no religious affiliations. My past experience is that many people who attend church can be extremely unchristian and intolerant. Name and shame I say!

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    1. No we don't either..i don't mind if people want to worship the dust bunny in the corner..just accept that othera worship different things..but this just shows how intolerant and ignorant they are..
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  14. How narrow minded and definitely un Christian!! Even if she is Pagan, so what??!! Love everybody <3

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    1. Exactly as long as no one is hurt..just ridiculous in myopinion.
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  15. What a travesty of Christian values and beliefs. I am a pagan, but we embrace and include all other religions. We only have one 'rule'. 'Do as you will, but hurt no=one' Peace and Blessings

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    1. I thought all christians were supposed to be tolerant and welcoming..obviously not..just ignorant and narrow minded.
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  16. How terrible. Christ asks us to treat each other as we wish to be treated.

    So very sorry for your friend.

    God bless.

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    1. I hope they get treated that way as well..see what it feels like to be shunned..just awful people.
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  17. All I can add is: please don't judge churches generally by this appalling example. There are many that are welcoming and inclusive.

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  18. Please do not judge all Christians by this appalling situation, the little village church I attend welcomes all, and I mean all, and supports everyone, church goers or not. Your friend should really report this to the relevant Bishop, I'm sure they would not condone this sort of treatment. Sarah.

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