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Woman Says Church Threatening To Make Sins Public

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A divorced Jacksonville woman said her former church has threatened to "go public with her sins" and tell the congregation about her sexual relationship with her new boyfriend.

Rebecca Hancock said harassment from Grace Community Church in Mandarin over her sex life caused her to leave, but she said that didn't put an end to the problem. She said she received a letter from the church's elders telling her the church plans to make her personal life very public.

"I'm basically run out. I'm the church harlot," Hancock said.

The 49-year-old said she has been dating a man for a while and she said members of the congregation at Grace Community Church haven't been happy about the relationship.

"Because I have a boyfriend that I'm involved with … to not be married to that person is a sin," Hancock said.

She said the issue caused her to leave the church. However, she said the church has not let go of her.

The letter Hancock received from the church states that because she has refused to end her sexual relationship with her boyfriend, "you leave us with no other choice but to carry out the commands of the Lord Jesus Christ" … "In accordance with Matthew 18:17 we intend to 'tell it to the church.'"

"On January 4, my sins will be told to the church, publicly, with my children sitting in the church and my friends," Hancock said.

The pastor of Grace Community Church, Dr. T. Scott Christmas, told Channel 4 he had no comment.

Pastors with whom Channel 4 spoke on Monday said announcing a sin to a congregation is not abnormal. They said it's written in the Bible to punish sinners who continue to sin.

The difference in Hancock's case is that she has left the church, and the pastors said that's is usually where punishment ends.

Despite the church's letter stating its biblical backing, Hancock said she has backed out of the church and they should leave her alone because she is no longer a member.

"I am a Christian, and that will never change. My relationship with Jesus has to do with me and Jesus, and he knows my heart," Hancock said.

The book of Matthew does have three steps that the church talked about in taking action against a member who is in sin.

Hancock said she is now attending a different church, and said she is planning to send a letter to Grace Community Church to make sure it's understood that she no longer a member.

Woman Says Church Threatening To Make Sins Public - Jacksonville News Story - WJXT Jacksonville
 

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LOL, reminds me of some of the churches I attended in GA. Always pointing fingers at other folks....I bet that flock has a whole bunch of sinners in their midst. I wonder if they are going to say how she sinned...you know what it doggy style, missionary. I bet if they have pics.....there will record attendance.

Wait a minute....how the hell did the church, elders...know she was having sex? Weird.
 

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Woman Says Church Threatening To Make Sins Public

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A divorced Jacksonville woman said her former church has threatened to "go public with her sins" and tell the congregation about her sexual relationship with her new boyfriend.

Rebecca Hancock said harassment from Grace Community Church in Mandarin over her sex life caused her to leave, but she said that didn't put an end to the problem. She said she received a letter from the church's elders telling her the church plans to make her personal life very public.

"I'm basically run out. I'm the church harlot," Hancock said.

The 49-year-old said she has been dating a man for a while and she said members of the congregation at Grace Community Church haven't been happy about the relationship.

"Because I have a boyfriend that I'm involved with … to not be married to that person is a sin," Hancock said.

She said the issue caused her to leave the church. However, she said the church has not let go of her.

The letter Hancock received from the church states that because she has refused to end her sexual relationship with her boyfriend, "you leave us with no other choice but to carry out the commands of the Lord Jesus Christ" … "In accordance with Matthew 18:17 we intend to 'tell it to the church.'"

"On January 4, my sins will be told to the church, publicly, with my children sitting in the church and my friends," Hancock said.

The pastor of Grace Community Church, Dr. T. Scott Christmas, told Channel 4 he had no comment.

Pastors with whom Channel 4 spoke on Monday said announcing a sin to a congregation is not abnormal. They said it's written in the Bible to punish sinners who continue to sin.

The difference in Hancock's case is that she has left the church, and the pastors said that's is usually where punishment ends.

Despite the church's letter stating its biblical backing, Hancock said she has backed out of the church and they should leave her alone because she is no longer a member.

"I am a Christian, and that will never change. My relationship with Jesus has to do with me and Jesus, and he knows my heart," Hancock said.

The book of Matthew does have three steps that the church talked about in taking action against a member who is in sin.

Hancock said she is now attending a different church, and said she is planning to send a letter to Grace Community Church to make sure it's understood that she no longer a member.

Woman Says Church Threatening To Make Sins Public - Jacksonville News Story - WJXT Jacksonville
I use to live in Jacksonville, Fla. and I know of the Church. And the Pastor and the Congregation should also remember this Verse from the Bible.

"let he who is without sin, cast the first stone"
 

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Gotta love Christians.

Somewhere along the way too many ministers came to the belief that they were more important than the message they were suppose to teach.

I would guess this little church is going to find it's separation of church and state to get infringed within the next week or so. Hope they have liability insurance.
 

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She should wait until the church "tells all" and then sue that pants of the church for slandering. Let her children record it. I say she should bankrupt the church.
 

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I wonder if she gave them the juicy stuff, like whether she swallows or takes it up the ass? I want to be there for that.
 

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Please don’t take this the wrong way, but your pathetic cowardice is possibly matched only by your chronic erectile dysfunction and inability to use a modern toilet, you fucking pile of steaming dog shit.
 

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Good thing she went to the media, they will keep her secret quiet. IDIOT!
Her "secret" was coming out, whether she liked it or not. She's hoping to humiliate that church the same way they planned to humiliate her. I'm sure that on a local level she has achieved that goal.
 

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Jesus will forgive them all.
 

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So did I...

I use to live in Jacksonville, Fla. and I know of the Church. And the Pastor and the Congregation should also remember this Verse from the Bible.

"let he who is without sin, cast the first stone"
Lived in Mandarin, right down the road from these folks and it's typical Bible Thumpin' hypocracy in a town where for 25 years the Sheriff ran the Drug scene and the Mayor had several illegitimate children.

That part of Duval county used to be nice but all the good folks have moved to St. John's...

I just remember what I was taught at Church of Our Savior (Episcopal) on Mandarin Road.

"Do unto others as ye would have thm do unto ye"
 
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