My church is outside of the government control (and so should every church be).

We separated in the 1970s. Yes, we lost about half of the congregation because they couldn’t claim their tithes on their taxes anymore and receive “charity” from the government. (The big fear set in). Nowhere in the Bible does God advise us to give Him 10 percent and then take back some of it from Him.

Well, our church can never be forced to marry gay or lesbian couples.

Virpi Takala

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