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Re: “The Vintage church in Raleigh attracts young college students, but does its anti-women stance collide with its public image?

From five year of volunteering and being fully involved with the V21 community this article is sadly accurate. There are some really wonderful, solid people who go hear. But this place encourages silence- among who? People who aren't male, people who aren't heterosexual, and people who aren't white. What happens when people are encouraged to be silent by a trusted religious authority figure? Are people selectively silent when they're told not to speak? Rarely. The silence permeates to issues of abuse. Witnessing hurt individuals reach out to this "church" after being slandered (or worse) for their sexual orientation, gender, or race and watching the church dishonor and placate them in favor of preserving the machismo false Jesus was enough to get me to leave. There was hardly one blatant 'ism' or act that outed this church. Perhaps this explains the veiled theology. If you stay on the fringes you can enjoy the music and messages, the Sunday performance where God isn't always invited to attend the services. But stay away from the belly of this beast if you don't want to get burned. Tyler, the fact that it's getting worse isn't a reflection of a worldly attack against your ministry. People are speaking up because they're hurt.

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Posted by sazar on 02/19/2014 at 2:25 AM

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