Bigoted or Biblical?: The Actions of Mobberly Baptist Church and Johnny Griffith

Recently a man was put on hold as a musician for the praise band of a large church in my area. You can read about it here. The reason: the man officiated a homosexual marriage. The outcry was enormous.

I am not here to talk about the legality of homosexual marriage. That has been decided and I can do nothing to change it, whether I want to or not. But I do have something to say about the church and its right to decide upon and uphold its standards. First of all, the church is not a government institution. It is a place where people come to worship and be taught about God. It does not hold the same standards as the government; it holds the standards it believes are right as laid out by the Bible and that church’s interpretation of it.

How is the church supposed to function according to its standards if it is not allowed to uphold them? Condoning actions within the leadership that are clearly against the standards of the church destroys its ministry. How can a church claim that it is following Christ if it is led by people who are clearly not complying with what the church believes are Biblical standards? If churches no longer have the right to act according to Biblical standards, then the right to freedom of religion has been compromised.

So for those of you who think Mobberly Baptist Church’s actions concerning Johnny Griffith are unjust, who think that any church’s refusal to exalt same-sex marriage is intolerant and bigoted, remember that the church has the right to follow God as it sees best whether you like it or not, whether the government approves of it or not, just as you have the right to enter into or participate in a same-sex marriage whether the church likes it or not.

The Word of God is clear: homosexuality, among many other things, is a sin. And just as the church expects all of its leaders not to participate in sins such as drunkenness, sexual immorality, and divorce, the church expects its leaders not to participate in same-sex marriage. The church is called to love, yes; the church is NOT called to tolerate blatant acts of rebellion against God in its leadership. This is not bigoted; it is Biblical.

The church should love homosexuals, but it should never exalt homosexuality. Griffith’s actions in a celebration of homosexuality were clearly not in line with the Bible, so he was removed from a position of leadership in the church.

No, the church does not hate him.

No, the church does not hate gay people.

No, the church does not hate anyone.

But no, the church cannot put someone in a position of worship leadership when that person is clearly not being obedient to God and is not repentant of their sin.

Same-sex marriage is officially legal, yes. But the church’s moral stance against it is not illegal. It is just as bigoted for someone to say that the church cannot function according to its statutes as it is for the church not to tolerate same-sex marriage. Don’t take away the church’s right to the freedom of religion in an attempt to impose your own moral standards (or lack thereof) on everyone else.

And for goodness’s sake, if you don’t like what the church is standing for or against, don’t attend it. No one is forcing anyone else to go to Mobberly or keeping anyone else out. Mobberly Baptist Church is just doing its best to uphold its Biblical standards. It may lose some members, but numbers and the approval of man have never been the mission of any truly Christian church.

“Now the overseer must be above reproach.” – 1 Timothy 3:2

EDIT: Mr. Griffith has posted a comment that I believe everyone who reads this article should read, as it answers some questions and adds his perspective.

Also, all future comments will have to be approved first, so they will not appear immediately. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t post.

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37 thoughts on “Bigoted or Biblical?: The Actions of Mobberly Baptist Church and Johnny Griffith

  1. So, has anyone ever been stripped of their position for officiating the marriage of one or more divorced persons? I’d be willing to bet good money they have not. Why not? Why the double standard when there is a much clearer biblical prohibition against divorce than those construed to be against homosexuality? Should there not be some consistency in the way the church deals with those who marry divorced couples, etc?

    Also, does playing the piano really constitute a leadership position? Do we have to agree on everything to participate fully in the church? Which issues must we concur on and which ones can we agree to disagree?

    Please note, I’m not arguing Mobberly’s right to do anything. Just questioning their ethical obligation to be consistent.

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    1. I have no knowledge of any church’s stance on the officiation of such a marriage nor do I know of any cases where anyone has been or has not been rebuked for such an act. Yes, I agree that churches should have consistency; however, I think that consistency should mean that they also do not condone officiating marriages of divorced people, given that the divorce conditions were unBiblical (because the Bible does give some instances in which divorce is allowable).

      As someone who does play piano for a church, I can tell you it is a leadership position. Anyone who gets up in front of people to help lead worship is placing their entire life as an example that will affect people’s view of Christ.

      No, we don’t have to agree on everything, but we must never exalt something the Bible says is sin. If there is a disagreement on what is or is not sin, then the dissenting party can move churches. We don’t have to agree on everything, but the leadership within a church needs to be unified behind the church’s policy and Biblical interpretation.

      I, too, believe that churches should be consistent, but that was not the issue I was addressing in the first place. I do thank you for reading and for your commentary!

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      1. Yes the bible does talk about divorce and when it is ok to get a divorce. When one of the ppl in the marriage has gone outside of the marriage….it’s called cheating. Even God gives His ok on that one.

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        1. Even though God permitted divorce, in the instance of adultery, is He accepting of it? Because, you see, we are constantly unfaithful to God. Even the best of us fail to be faithful at least once. But He still loves us. And if God can still love us, even though we have adulterated our relationship with Him, aren’t we commanded to love our wife as Christ loves the church? So, tell me, is divorce really acceptable in any case? When one chooses divorce, they are telling God that their own happiness is more important than His plan for them. I wonder of there is a reason why idolatry and adultery are such similar words.

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    2. Although I am not sure about the answer to your original question, I can tell you that as a divorced person, the pastor of the church I attended at the time I married did not perform the ceremony, as he had made a stand not to marry divorced people. While my situation was not one in which I had chosen divorce, and I believe (and so did he) that my divorce was acceptable under Biblical standards, he chose to stick with his convictions, and I supported him in that decision and love and respect him for his wisdom and for standing firm on his convictions. Yes, playing the piano is a leadership position, because the people on stage are the “face” of the church. I have also attended a church in which the pianist was asked to step down due to a relationship (not homosexual) which was not in line with the church’s teachings. And while there is a Biblical prohibition against divorce, there are clear Scriptures which allow for it. The Bible is also very clear about the prohibition against homosexuality, and does not have any Scripture which allows for it. Yes, the church needs to be consistent in its stand against sin – any sin, not just the ones that are in the news on a daily basis. While I do not attend Mobberly, I certainly support the stand that they have taken, as well as the right to make faith-based decisions, not “politically correct” ones. If the church doesn’t stand on its convictions, pretty soon, we won’t have a church, or any form of religious freedom. As far as having to agree on everything to attend a church, I’m pretty sure I don’t agree with everything in mine. But I do agree with the major doctrine of my church, and I do understand that we, as Christians, are not to be easily offended with the smaller things we do not agree with, and I would not consider attending a church that I didn’t agree with the majority of its teachings. That just doesn’t make good sense, does it?

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    3. I don’t know about all churches but I do know that I attended one where the pastor would not marry us because we lived together before marriage. Another one would not allow divorced men to have leadership positions. I don’t think we had anyone divorced remarry there so that particular issue didn’t come up but yes, a lot of churches will treat sins such as divorce the same as homosexuality.

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    4. God did not destroy Sodom because of it’s divorce rate. He destroyed it because of the practices of homosexuality. If people in leadership positions don’t act according to beliefs and practices of the church, they should not be in those positions. For the record, I know several couples who have been asked to leave their churches after getting divorced and then remarried.

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      1. Though Homosexuality is pointed toward the Angels and Jesus (assuming as most do that the Third person was Jesus) said Their Sins are Grievous. Meaning that more than just one sin and that there were a host of other sins. What I read is that the people of Sodom sought after to violate those that came into the town. They wanted to Hate and Abuse God’s Creation.

        Remember that God was willing to spare them for the sake of 10 righteous men. God is always looking to redeem his creation. He wants to spare all of us.

        We must always remember that God is the Judge of the World. We are here to love and bring God to the World. Once saved then we can start mentoring and holding Christians Accountable. In my view this is the greatest failing of the Modern church. They place great importance on salvation but not an equal importance on Accountability and Maturity After Salvation.

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  2. Why is THAT the sin that the church chooses to stand against. I agree that the Bible is clear that it is a sin. Even in the same verse though it condemns drunkenness, idolatry (which materialism is today), adultery and fornication. So rather than choosing that one sin to hold up, does the church also make sure they are not marrying those who are idolators, adulterers, fornicators, or drunkards. I know the answer to that because I have been to many weddings at mobberly of people that did not hide the fact from the public that they did such and yet they were still married in the church by church leaders. Since when do we get to choose which sin we reject and which ones we excuse? That is what seems hypocritical to me.

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    1. First of all, the church is not against marrying sinners; if it were, then no marriages would be allowed. The church is against encouraging and exalting sin. It is not a sin for two sinners to be married; it is a sin for two people of the same gender to be married. Therefore, your question “does the church also make sure they are not marrying those who are idolators, adulterers, fornicators, or drunkards?” doesn’t really apply, at least not for idolators or drunkards. Still, these are not sins that the church encourages or condones, especially in the leadership. The marriage of homosexuals in and of itself is a sin; the marriage of two imperfect people of opposite genders is not.

      The reason it is “THAT” sin as of late is that homosexuality has risen to such prominence, and with the recent rulings, the eye of the public has been very much on the issue. The church is always against all sin, but in light of recent events, much of the focus has been on homosexuality as many Christians are looking to the church to declare their Biblical interpretation and how that relates to daily living in a country in which same-sex marriage is now legal.

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    2. Shawn, THAT is the sin that our culture refuses to call a sin! That’s why the Church is prominently standing against it.

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      1. Ummm… No Fault Divorce is a Sin.. isn’t it? Society does not call it a sin right? Hate and Lust are sins that Jesus called Murder and Adultery but society does not call them sin. So Barb.. your point is that if the Culture does not call something a Sin we can Judge and Condemn them for that? Not according to my bible.. Paul specifically says to hold each other Accountable and let God judge the world. .

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    3. I think the issue is celebrating. Does the church celebrate idolaters, adulterers, fornicators, or drunkards. They are allowed in hope of change. The homosexual is now saying, I won’t change, I can’t change, now accept and celebrate with me.

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    1. I am sorry… What bible says that Divorce is not a Sin? Jesus was VERY clear about divorce and if you take an Oath to God, Marriage, and then break that Oath it is a Sin. Once you are divorced and you remarry then you are actively and publicly living in a Sinful Lifestyle. This is according to Jesus not my words.

      In addition If we want to get literal and hold to the LAW… Only Men have the right to Divorce. Women do not have the same right even under the condition Jesus pointed out. The one exception is in I Cor. but that only for those that were not Christians before marriage and one becomes a Christian and the situation becomes impossible and then they should not remarry.

      The Law is a Harsh and Unforgiving Master. That is why God sent his son Jesus Christ to redeem us… All of us… including Homosexuals, Transgenders, Murderers, Rapist, and the worst Christians that believe they can usurp God’s power of Judgment. Also called Blasphemy.

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      1. I do believe he came to redeem all people, no matter the nature of their sin. But often we forget what he redeemed us for: a restored relationship with God. This restoration is not so that we can live in justified, consequence-free sin; it is so He can fight our battle against sin for us through his sacrifice and the Holy Spirit. The celebration and intentional continuation of sin is not part of his plan for us, and definitely not why He sent his Son.

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        1. I totally agree with you Katy on not continuing in our sin but Paul wrote that he had to die to his flesh on a daily basis. We live in sinful bodies that sometimes our previous actions force us into the sin life. Taking Divorce for instance. I do not think Jesus or anyone would say that two people that divorced and then married other people and built families should split up the new families. Yet Jesus was clear that all of them are living in Adultery.

          Sin has consequences and sometimes those are life changing to the point that you must seek grace and mercy from God on a daily basis.

          Now, on another point. The fact that someone is not addressing the sin that you or I see as the pressing issue in their life is not something we have the right to Judge. We can hold them accountable and that requires time on our part to enter into their life and seek knowledge as to why it is happening. If the Holy Spirit is at work the person may have other Sin issues that are being worked on first. Possibly to get them to the point of laying down the Big Sin that we see.

          I look to this verse as my favorite.

          2 Peter 2:5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

          10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

          Notice that we are to do Good first thing and that all of the first 4 things require Action and Active participation from the Christian. All of that before we get to Godliness means that we must interact with His Creation before we can understand his Love for it.

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  3. As a member of Mobberly I know for a fact that Mobberly takes the mandates in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 as well as the mandates in 1 Timothy 3:8-13, Exodus 20, Acts 20:28, Mathew 18,and John 13:34-35. The afore menstioned verses are what the Bible’s says about homosexuality, sin, leadership in the church, church disipline, and love. Mobberly is consistant in the way they handle biblical mandates. Its real simple, we even teach it to our children “The Bible is true, absolutly true, everything the Bible says is absolutly true!”

    As for Mr. Griffith, I do not know if as a friend, I have been in the Crossing Servise when he has played, prayed, and I have served him “The Lords Supper” so I consider him a worship leader, Because of his worship leadership God “YHWH” holds him to a higher standard. To put it in biblical terms “…to be above reproach…” 1 Timothy 3:2. Mr. Griffith was a contracted employee, Mobberly choose not to seek his services any more because of his choices.

    As for consistancy, Mobberly does a good job of it. I know of a few cases, two chior members where on the verge of an affair. The Worship Minister called them in and asked them to leave the chior until they got there family affairs in order. I know about a child care worker thas was let go due to an affair. My wife and I where asked to use silver mugs instead of champaine flutes at our wedding if we wanted to have the reception at church.

    As for preforming a marriage, the happy couple must ask the minister to preform the ceramony. That means the minister has the privlage to accept or decline the request. Mobberly has guidelines for marriages preformed at our church, and for the leaders of our church. Those guidelines are based on the bible.

    The Mission of Mobberly Baptist Church is “Leading pep[le into a life-changing ever growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” I would love for y’all to come worship with us on Sunday morning at 8:15, 9:45, or 11:00 am.

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  4. Great work, Katy! As a Pastor, I would say that anyone who has a position in the church where they are influential over people – whether that be as a preacher, teacher, musician, committee member, usher, whatever – they are leaders. Basically, anyone who is in an elected or paid ministry position is a leader. This gentleman, whether he is a member of the church or not, is paid by the church to help lead in worship. With that position comes a higher level of accountability. The church took the correct position according to the Biblical standard and, in my view, had no choice but to put a pause on his leadership. It sounds like they handled it as delicately as they could. I would have done the exact same thing. It also sounds like they are hoping for discipleship and reconciliation, which is also the proper biblical position. Trust me, it’s no fun for the leaders to have to do such a thing – not at ALL. Not all churches, unfortunately, adhere to the biblical position on this issue.

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  5. Mr. Griffith knew where Mobberly stood on same sex marriage. He chose to marry these folks . Did he go to the newspaper with his story? And if so why?

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    1. I would assume (I do not know for sure) that he went to the paper, as he was quoted. I don’t think Mobberly would have publicized such a thing. I have no knowledge of his personal reasons, nor do I even know if he personally disagrees with the ethics of Mobberly’s decision.

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      1. I am deeply saddened that you would say such things without research. No, he did not go to the news. You disagree with his convictions and that is fine…we all have that right. It’s completely acceptable. However, it is not in either persons’ best interests to state something without doing the appropriate due diligence.

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        1. I then made a false assumption, but I clearly stated that it was an assumption and not based on fact at all. I’m sorry if that has upset or offended you or anyone else.

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  6. My problem is the Hypocrisy that is within the Ministry Staff.

    “Any person who is in a leadership or prominent position at Mobberly is expected to uphold the core values of the church,” he said. “That is a longstanding policy of Mobberly Baptist Church, 7/7/2015

    As a Leader/Teacher of the Flying Solo Singles Group at Mobberly Baptist Church in 2012 A small group (with two of the class leaders) formed independently of the larger group and decided they could Judge, Condemn and Exclude those they deemed Unworthy, Immoral or Unimportant.

    When I brought this up to the ministers at Mobberly (Eric Perkins, Scott Schulik, Gregg Zachary and even Glenn Stone) they Honored the Sin by keeping those people in their positions of leadership, Demoting Me and eventually, after 4 months of trying to address the issues, forcing me to resign my teaching position and membership within the group when they refused to hold those Leaders accountable or restore any of those excluded.

    3 years later has anything changed? Last I checked the central person involved is still in a leadership position, Face Book Stalking, Gossiping and Judging. I left because the sin was not dealt with and still is not dealt with. Unfortunately I remain without any Christian Singles Fellowship due to the stumbling block they have placed at their doors for me.

    What a shame that Glenn Stone’s Bible apparently left out several key verses about Judgment, Condemnation and what Jesus considered the worst sin a follower can commit.. Exclusion as Mobberly’s CORE BELIEFS..

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    1. I do not know any details of the situation that you have described. I sense a great bitterness in you toward the church, and I am sorry that it has cost you fellowship with other believers, but I hope you will seek fellowship elsewhere within the body of Christ rather than continually dwelling on what you have perceived as wrongdoing.

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      1. I stumbled upon your blog because it was linked by a friend. Let me be up front and say that I come from a position of supporting gay marriage prior to the SCOTUS ruling. I wanted to say that I am not easily impressed, but your ability to write on this issue articulately with empathy and a bit of nuance impressed me.

        It is clear you are very intelligent. I want to throw something at you, not intending to persuade you, but merely to wonder out loud if you have taken a more expansive view of this issue and how you reconciled it.

        You have certainly read of slavery, segregation, oppression of women, subjugation of entire continents and their corresponding Biblical justifications that enabled them. These issues kind of get white-washed in modern evangelical circles, but not among historians.

        What you write is absolutely true. Mobberly has every right to take the action it has, and one can find ample legal and Biblical basis for that. (Note: One can find Biblical basis for many things if one so desires). The question really is “Do you really want to do that?”

        As stated earlier, you are bright enough that I am sure you can orate well into the night on the differences, in say miscegenation for example, and gay marriage. But if you took out the word “homosexual” and replaced it with “interracial,” the above would have been widely supported within the pages of the Longview News-Journal in 1950. Now such views on interracial marriage are not only loathsome, they are immoral. I wonder if in 50 years it will be considered immoral to shun and shame those who helped two people of the same sex to enter into long term monogamous relationships,

        Maybe not. I have certainly considered the consequences (in this world and the next) if I am wrong on this issue, and think we could all stand to do the same.

        But just some thoughts. Good luck in your future endeavors and be true to yourself wherever that leads you.

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        1. Thank you for your extremely thoughtful comment. I have considered the race issue, and I believe that interracial marriage has no Biblical background as a sin, whereas homosexuality does. I’m not writing off your argument because I have not thought it over; I just think that same-sex marriage has Biblical basis as a sin while interracial marriage clearly does not.

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      2. Interesting that it is my perception of wrong yet the Pastor and Ministers get a free pass on their Perceptions of wrong.

        The fact that Glenn Stone and Mobberly published a letter in the Longview News Journal attacking the Unity and Diversity Committee even though Glenn never spoke to or tried to speak to the committee or the chairman. In that same letter Glenn states that only Christians have the right to Public Prayer and Worship.

        Hypocrisy is holding your nose at your own sin and pointing out others sins. The only people Jesus did that too were the Religious Leaders. Strange how that seems to keep coming up.

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  7. I think the idea of comparing interracial issues with gay issues is a ridiculous one that does not hold up for various reasons.

    Race is not behavior. A person performs no behavior that makes one black. It just is.

    While there is certainly debate as to whether homosexuality is born or chosen…there is no doubt that what Christians refer to being against is homosexual behavior. That is the issue.

    The two things are not the same. They never will be. If the hope of the gay rights movement is that the course of history will work that way, then they will be disappointed.

    This issue is an interesting one for certain. I believe what we are seeing toward the Christian community is very much the reaping of the lack of love and caring that we have sewn in the gay community for years. We bear the guilt of not being loving. We have not given them dignity. We have not been caring. All of these things are things that Jesus most definitely would have done. I think the bible makes that clear.

    HOWEVER…that bible also makes clear that Jesus would never call sin “not sin” for the sake of comfort or making others happy and comfortable. Our response to the current debate should be to reach out and be loving. We should be doing everything we can to apologize for our treatment of this community in the past. We should be falling over ourselves to show the gay community that we value them. We love them. To do this while also not condoning what we see is sin will be very tough. It will be fraught with failure and difficult times. It will have victories and it will have cost. It’s still worth the struggle though because Jesus did not call me to be happy and comfortable all the time either. He called me to take up my cross and follow him.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I agree entirely that we should reach out to the LGBT community with love, just as Jesus reached out to all sinners with love. We need to love the people, but not condone their sin.

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  8. Katy, I am so blessed and encouraged by your thoughtful words in this blog post and replies to comments. You blend correct views of secular and scriptural issues related to this event. As a Christian and a minister, I will say “No, and I beg you not to do this” if invited to officiate, or even attend a same-gender wedding. To participate would be to condone, if not celebrate, the commitment of two persons to a lifetime of sinful sexual behavior. Same-sex “marriage” involves the committing of sin and committing to sin. Sad indeed.

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  9. Hi Katy,

    First of all I’d like to commend you on your thoughtful, yet true to your convictions approach that you’ve taken in this blog post. It’s easy to be passionate and idealistic at your age, it’s not nearly as easy to articulate those thoughts in a coherent, mature manner. For that I applaud you. I also applaud your interest in classical piano and theoretical physics. I trained as a classical pianist for 15 years and absolutely loved physics in high school and while I appreciate Hans Zimmer, I do prefer John Williams for movie scores…but that’s probably a generational thing.

    I’d like to answer a question that was posed earlier by Helen, and sort of answered by Brian: No, I didn’t approach the News-Journal about the fact that I was asked to not participate in Sunday’s worship service at Mobberly after I performed the ceremony on Saturday. Quite frankly, I’m not sure who clued them in on the situation and the author didn’t share that information with me when he contacted me, nor did I ask him. I gave them a statement because the story was going to go forward with or without my input and I wanted my words to describe my actions, no one else’s.

    I’ve refrained from getting drawn into the raging forest fires of debates going on at the Longview News Journal site and on Facebook, simply because this is obviously a topic that has stirred passions on both sides of the debate for various reasons and I’m not interested in debating it with people whose opinions will not be changed by my words or my actions. Due to the nature of your post and the thoughtfulness with which you’ve conducted your responses, I felt like I might give a few of my thoughts since there has been some speculation as to my motivation.

    I did not agree to officiate Tonya and Jessica’s wedding because I was looking for “15 minutes”, nor was I a LBGT “infiltrator” to the church attempting to drag it down from the inside. Really, someone actually said that in a comment…I cackled with laughter on that one.
    I didn’t officiate this wedding to draw attention to myself at all, I’m not that guy and never have been.

    I officiated this wedding for the same reason I’ve officiated dozens of other weddings in the past 23 years…because I felt the couple loved each other and it was the right thing to do. I knew in my heart that I would be the best representation of the unconditional love of Christ to this couple that they had probably experienced in a long time, if ever.

    Yes, I knew going into this that it would put me at odds with Mobberly’s stated philosophy on marriage.

    No, I wasn’t surprised by their reaction (although I will have to say I was impressed by how fast they reacted).

    Yes, I believe they acted fully within their rights. The same rights that guarantee that Tonya and Jessica can legally be married. I’m very grateful that these rights exist on both sides.

    No, I’ve never considered suing MBC, and even if I had considered it, there is no legal reason for me to. My rights were never infringed upon and I wasn’t discriminated against based upon gender, race, or sexual orientation. Oh, and for the record, I never signed any sort of contract or statement of faith with Mobberly…I only mention that because some people kept bringing it up.

    No, I do not think, nor did I ever state that MBC took money from my family by asking me to step down. I stated that it’s unfortunate that trying to do the right thing affected my family budget. My actions, my choice, my consequences.

    I played keyboards for Mobberly for almost 5 years, 4 of which were in a paid position, and I enjoyed the ministers and musicians that I’ve had a chance to work with. There are some very good people there, and some very good things being done there. I did not agree with everything from a philosophical or theological standpoint, but I wasn’t at Mobberly as a member, I was there as a musician. No senior staff member, or junior staff member for that matter, ever asked me what my personal beliefs were on any hotbed issues, and I never discussed any differences I had with anyone in an attempt to create confusion or sway them to my personal beliefs.

    Let me make it clear, I am saddened that we are on different sides on this issue because I do read the same bible (a lot actually, I was a theology student at one point in my life) and come to a different place, and I am saddened that I don’t get to play with outstanding musicians and just good people in general on Sunday mornings, but I do not regret the decision, and as I stated in the article, I would make the same decision again if asked under the same circumstances.

    I will not debate theology with anyone on this, I’m unwavering on this issue. Yes I still have questions, things I’m unsure of, and things I seek answers to daily. Those questions are my own and that relationship is personal. I’m not trying to convince anyone they are wrong, that’s not my job. My job is to take care of my own relationships.

    Thanks for your perspective Katy, I appreciate the venue and hope I haven’t caused too much inconvenience with my long post. I encourage you to keep seeking the truth and don’t ever stop dancing.

    Sincerely,

    Johnny Griffith

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    1. Thank you Mr. Griffith for standing up for what you believe is right and Loving. It was with great admiration for you that I read your statement. May you be blessed and continue serving our Lord.

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    2. Mr. Griffith,

      I really do thank you for taking the time to share with me, and all the readers, your thoughts and perspectives on the whole situation, as well as some facts that were unclear before and had caused some false assumptions (including on my part, for which I am sorry and I deeply apologize).

      While I do disagree with your stance, I appreciate the fact that you haven’t taken any of this as a personal attack on you or your theological positions because it was not meant as such. I respect that anyone can have different interpretations and convictions than my own, and I do applaud you for standing up for yours with actions that are much bolder than my words. This post was never meant to antagonize you but was rather written as a response to the many accusatory comments toward MBC.

      As for the Hans Zimmer/John Williams difference, I will say that I love them both greatly, but yes, generationally I’ve seen a lot more films that are scored by Zimmer. ET almost sways me though.

      I hope I have not caused you any inconvenience by this article (because it has received a lot of publicity, which I honestly never intended or expected) and I hope that no one looks down on you personally because of it. I pray that you continue to walk in your own convictions and interpretations of the Word of God and that you find a wonderful new niche to continue leading people in worship should you not return to MBC. I would thoroughly enjoy meeting and talking to you if you so desire and time permits.

      Sincerely,

      Katy O’Quinn

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