BROOKLAND, Ark. – A young man says he was kicked out of his church for being homosexual.
“I’m a little hurt by it but I know how they feel,” Dylan Settles told KARK.
Settles has been a member of Woods Chapel General Baptist Church for the last six years, but says his attendance has been on and off for the past five months.
Recently, he received a letter in the mail from the church.
“And they probably sent me a letter saying, ‘Hey, we missed you or we want you to come to this fall festival that we’re having,” he said.
After taking a closer look at the letter, he realized it was just the opposite.
The letter informed him that the church board had revoked his membership because he is gay.
Three months ago, Settles revealed his sexuality to his parents after years of struggling with it.
“I asked for God to kind of just take it out of my life and give me some hope and faith that I could find a wife or a girlfriend or something like that,” Settles said.
After trying, he says he realized he wasn’t being true to himself.
“I was tired of living for somebody else, living for my parents or my friends or whoever, and I kind of just chose to live for what I wanted and be happy,” he said.
He put the letter on his Facebook page, where it has been shared more than 1,700 times.
He says that some of his friends have been kind and invited him to attend other churches in the area.
However, he has also received some backlash.
“They’ve been throwing Bible verses at me,” he said.
The letter told Settles that he would be welcomed back to the church if he repented for his lifestyle.