Pastor Marvin Winans Ostracizes Children of Unwed Mothers

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Jesus Loves the ChildrenPastor Marvin Winans, of The Perfecting Church, has a policy that ostracizes children conceived out-of-wedlock to be christened.

The Perfecting Church had scheduled a special dedication ceremony for his younger members on Sunday. As opposed to baptizing newborns, this type of ceremony is a tradition of non-denominational churches where children are consecrated to God.

A recent member of his Detroit church on East Nevada Street, Charity Grace, wanted her only son Joshua to share in the ceremony and be dedicated to God.

Grace said she wanted to instill morals and values in her 2-year-old son that were based on the word of God.

On Tuesday, she made the call to the church in hopes of signing Joshua up to participate in the ceremony only to be told her son would not be allowed to participate because of her marital status.

Grace said an elected official at the church told her that Pastor Marvin Winans has a very strict policy and under no circumstances would he bless babies conceived outside of wedlock in front of his congregation.

As a member of his church family, Grace was appalled. She said when she told them she was not married the conversation took an immediate wrong turn. They told her that what they would do was dedicate her son on a weekday, alone, with one of the elders of her choosing. Grace said she’s never felt so disrespected and degraded.

Grace said she felt humiliated by her pastor’s decision to ostracize her son. She said she hopes he reconsiders but she will not return if he does not. Grace said under no circumstance would she go back to Perfecting Church right now. She feels that they look down and frown upon women like her. She then clarified “like her” by saying single and unwed mothers to be exact.

Since this unfortunate experience she has in fact left the church because the social climate of that ministry is not conducive to unwed or single mothers. Grace said the church is last place you expect to be judged and denied.

Pope Francis feels differently when it comes to children born out-of-wedlock. He recently said that the Catholic Church should bless those children born out-of-wedlock because their mothers chose to let them live rather than abort them.

Francis said a girl who had the courage to endure her pregnancy should not come to church to find a closed door. He said that is not good pastoral enthusiasm because it pushes people away from the Lord.

Senior minister of Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan’s East Village, Dr. Jacqui Lewis, said that she was shocked that any child would be denied a blessing from any church.

She failed to understand the harm of blessing those babies. She feels it would be a win all around. The children would be blessed and accepted into the community; and the mother of the babies would have a whole community of people to help her raise her child. Lewis said that represents the tradition of a strong black church because it really does take an entire village to raise these kids.

Many have sided with Grace. Yes, the Bible has established guidelines for Christians to follow in order to live their best life and achieve the promises and purpose of God; but not for the use of shaming members.

The church has to stop deciding which sin should carry more weight than another sin and just be a source of tools that show their members how to better their lives. Furthermore, wouldn’t the child who was born out-of-wedlock be innocent and completely deserving of a blessing from God?

Marvin Winans, pastor of The Perfecting Church in Detroit, has declared that no child may be blessed in front of the congregation if they have been conceived outside of wedlock. Christy Grace has declared that until he revisits this policy she won’t step foot back in his church.

Any policy that ostracizes children conceived out-of-wedlock and refuses their participation in a dedication ceremony is more focused on legalism than love.

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

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13 Responses to "Pastor Marvin Winans Ostracizes Children of Unwed Mothers"

  1. Pastor ElTYna McCree   December 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I hate to hear this, because I was born out of wedlock, and had this been the issue 67 years ago I just wonder. I was bullied by so many kids, teachers, and adults in my hometown and especially the adults in the church (COGIC) to me this another form of bullying..this needs to be revisited by the pastor, and all pastors that feel this way, not at ALL Godly! Prophet/Pastor ElTyna McCree, Oakland, Ca.

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  2. Dee Jones   November 5, 2013 at 9:16 am

    This news story is HER version of what transpired!! Of course all the comments are based on HER version!! There are always two sides to every story. I knew a member of that church who got pregnant and was NEVER ostracized by Bishop Winans nor any members. She was embraced with so much love and kindness by her church family!!

    So when I saw the news story, I knew that there is so much more to this story!!!

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  3. Cook   October 30, 2013 at 6:37 am

    The story didn’t say he wouldn’t bless the child. It said it wouldn’t be done on Sunday. This is sad but you have to consider the message he doesn’t want to send. The church doesn’t condone sex outside of marriage. It’s tight but right. It could have been handled better so that the parent was not offended by the policy. Jesus said offenses would come but He told us not to succumb to them. It doesn’t matter if the baby goes through the ceremony anyway. My granny always says every baby comes with a blessing from God and that’s all that matters. Be blessed.

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  4. Deloris   October 28, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Not knowing all the facts if this is true it is shameful. If I’m not mistaken the late Pop Winans pastor Winans’ father was the result of an unwed mother. And my God there was not too many people who was as upright as David POP Winans.

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  5. delores   October 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Those are HIS personal views not Jesus views or Bible…sinners loved Jesus and Jesus loved them…ie He died for them.., it was the religious teachers of the day that He had a problem with..THE BIBLE SAYS “WHO SO EVER”, LET HIM COME..

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  6. james   October 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Im very dissapointed in the pastor. He songs over the years is about love and sinners coming to christ as you are. Since he doesnt believe it he should stop singing it.

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  7. Najah Hines   October 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I believe so many of us have gotten away frm why Jesus came..He didn’t codme to judge but to save..He died for past present and future sins. The baby did not ask to be born out of wed lock…sin is sin….if it weren’t for sinners there wud be no need for the church!!

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  8. lisa   October 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I agree with not condoning fornication.he said the child can be blessed at anotherceremony. Nobody wants to follow the of God any more it’s whatever is popular at the moment.

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  9. Keren   October 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    This has nothing to do with ostracizing a child; it has only to do with not upholding evidence of fornication (of which he preaches against). I am a single mom and I approve this message. He did agree to bless the child. We all should study the Word a little more, to understand why he had to come to this conclusion.

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  10. Ed Would   October 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    If he treats perfectly innocent children this way, I wonder how he treats sinners.

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  11. Ed Would   October 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Given that it’s the pastor’s policy to deprive a perfectly innocent child of God’s blessing, it makes one wonder what his attitude might be towards anyone not perfect. Just because someone is a pastor doesn’t mean they’re Godly.

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  12. Rashonda woods   October 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    He’s a fraudulent pastor filled with ignorance

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  13. Emmie Colson   October 18, 2013 at 10:06 am

    The next is his fall I pray about his ignorant: Jesus himself was not concieved by a earthly man he was concieved by the Holly Ghost: That is the stupidest thing I ever heard of: The Pastor that step down that was from Atlanta: Just keep on with your foolisness >

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