Lets see....reasons for missing church on Sunday, besides, of course, the fact that you already have a social circle and do not need a one-size-fits-most fantasy in your life......If you are in Florida, and are underage, you may have missed church because a registered sex offender is the pastor, and as a result, children are banned from Sunday services! That's right, an adults only church!
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Apparently, this is for real. Reverend Darrell Gilyard has a criminal record and a permanent listing in the sex offender registry for making the wrong moves with teenage girls, and rather than simply finding another pastor, one who does not commit sex crimes, his congregation opted to retain his "services"! As if that wasn't outrageous enough, in a faithful and deluded sort of way, the congregation of his church now wants the restrictions that apply to sex offenders concerning contact with children lifted, as a special favor, in Gilyard's "special" case! Geesh! If such a thing is granted to Gilyard, the door and pearly gates will be open for every sex offender to lobby for the right to access children again. But the good people of the baptist church all know Gilyard has changed. Medical science makes no difference to them; they want their children exposed to this man. So; Jesus grants a special favor to Christians in the form erasing any requirement that Christians obey the laws, and the church, once again, favors sex offenders.
Children really do not belong in church.