A gay man said that he and his boyfriend were attacked by a congregation at his Mother’s church in an attempt to convert them to heterosexuality.
Sean Cormie, 23, recently came out to his family in Blackwell Oklahoma who have been trying to get him to go to church with them and to bring along his boyfriend.
Cormie and his boyfriend, Gary Gardener, decided to take them up on the offer on September 8 and went to The First Assembly of God Church with Cormie’s family.
Cormie told Oklahoma News 4 that he had already gone to the church several times.
“I wanted to go to church to make my mom proud and make her happy,”
They soon realised that the invitation was a trap. As the service went on, the pastor asked them to come up to the altar.
“A lot of Sean’s family came over and started praying on us, and church members started praying on us and started getting louder and louder and louder,” said Gardner.
“It’s a sin, it’s an abomination, you need to realise, wake up, and see it for a sin,” the pastor said, according to Cormie.
Cormie added that they attempted to leave the church, and Gardner was pushed away by other church members.
On the other hand, Cormie was forced to stay with his stepfather slamming him to the ground.
A group of approximately 15 church members held him on the ground and prayed over him.
“Sort of picked him up and body-slammed him over and started praying on him, and when they were doing that, Sean ended up with marks on his arms a black eye and sort of blacked out,” Gardner told News 9.
“They started holding me down praying in tongues, which I just started crying,” Cormie said. “I was just crying ‘mercy, mercy.’”
“My sister convinced them to let me go,” Cormie said. “She held my face and said, ‘God is in you. Speak, speak, speak, Sean. This is not their judgment; this is God’s judgment. They don’t have the power of God in their minds.’”
The couple is now speaking out against the church as they want to shut it down.
“If they’re going to treat people like that, they don’t need to be open.”
Cormie said that he believes being gay is a sin, seemed to be more forgiving, but he wants “consequences” for the church.
“I love the pastors with all my heart, but what they did was wrong, and I want some kind of consequences out of it,” he said. “I want it to be heard and known because it really saddens my heart.”
He added that family members and other church goes are telling him to forget about it.
The church commented, saying that it was a “family matter that escalated.”
“Our church would never condone restraint of any person unless they were engaged in violent activity,” the statement said. “There is much more to this incident, and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement to hopefully bring all of the facts to light as a rush to judgment is not in anyone’s best interest.”
Police have been contacted, but they have yet to make a comment regarding the investigation.
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