Gay man says Dallas megachurch removed him as a member

A north Dallas church is sticking to its convictions after it revoked a gay man's membership, saying he no longer desired to resist sin.

In a candid post on Facebook last Sunday, Jason Thomas wrote about a painful anniversary one year ago about the day Watermark Community Church sent him a letter revoking his membership. Thomas said he spent years of his life in church programs that promised to help him overcome his attraction to men. Many of those years was at Watermark Community Church. One program he participated in is described as a "12-step discipleship through recovery", also aimed at helping people with eating disorders, drug abuse and pornography addiction.

"I was told, very convincingly, that I can change my attractions, and that's just not the case," Thomas said.

He said the church elders told him to break up with his boyfriend.

"I couldn't see in my heart that what I was doing by breaking up with him was right," he said.

Watermark sent him a letter that read," You are no longer a member of our body at Watermark. We are praying that repentance comes quickly and that you do not continue choosing a path of destruction."

Thomas said he was sadden by the church's decision.

"All that I'd been through with them, sharing my testimony on stage, going through all these programs, fighting hard."

Watermark has responded with a statement saying in part that membership to the church "is only changed when someone no longer desires to resist sin and/or refuses our help" but they are "always welcome to attend."

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