August 5, 2012
A Statement of Restoration and Reconciliation
We the members of the body of Christ known as First Baptist Church Crystal Springs do this day affirm our unchanging belief that Jesus Christ is Lord of the church. Our church is indeed His church. We recognize that He, the Savior, died for all people. Our desire is that our church be open to all who desire to come and know Him, meet with Him, and grow with others who seek to follow Him. We also recognize that our church like any other church is made up of sinful, redeemed, but flawed saints who intentionally at times choose not to follow the Lord's will.
In recent days the focus of the world's attention has been on Crystal Springs and on First Baptist Church. We, the church, realize that the Hendersons and Wilsons should never have been asked to relocate their wedding. This wrong decision resulted in hurt and sadness for everyone. Both the pastor and those involved in the wedding location being changed have expressed their regrets and sorrow for their actions.
As a church, we express our apology to Te'Andrea and Charles Wilson for the hurt that was brought to them in the hours preceding their wedding and beyond. We are seeking forgiveness and reconciliation with our Lord Jesus Christ, Te'Andrea and Charles, family and friends of the Hendersons and Wilsons, our church family, and our community for the actions and attitudes that have recently occurred.
We the membership of First Baptist Church Crystal Springs, hold the position that we should be open to all people. Our desire is to restore the church to be a spiritual lighthouse in doing the Lord's will in Crystal Springs and in Mississippi.
In Galatians 6:1-2, Paul tells the people in the church, "Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ." In these verses we find the Spirit of God at work in us this day. We open our hearts to all people and reach out to a world in need of Christ and welcome them to our church and ministries.
We encourage our pastor and staff, leaders and members to help one another, to bear one another burdens, and forgive one another for our faults and failures. We are determined to lift one another up so that the hurts of yesterday will not prevent the blessing and victories of tomorrow. We commit to pray for one another, love one another, and work to enable our church to be everything Christ would have it to be and to reflect His love and grace in every way, in every service, and to everyone.