Saying it would be unconstitutional for judges to interfere in a church’s internal affairs, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a woman who was furious that her pastor told church elders and the congregation about her extramarital relationship.
Category: Watermark Community Church
Two North Texas churches – Crossland Community Bible Church in Fort Worth and Watermark Community Church in Dallas – are at the center of a controversy. It involves the right to expose alleged extra-marital affairs. One of the cases heads to the Texas Supreme Court next week and the battle could have national impact.
For the leaders of Watermark Community Church, church discipline is simply loving like Jesus. But for many people, the notion of churchgoers publicly denouncing one another’s sins raises fearful images of The Scarlet Letter and Pilgrims in stocks. An appeals court in Dallas is now being asked to decide where the right of Watermark – or any church – to confront sin ends and an individual’s right to privacy begins. Can a church pursue someone who isn’t even a member? Watermark, a fast-growing nondenominational church in northeast Dallas, says the case involves accusations of adultery, a wife who wanted to
Exclusive: Watermark says telling others of sins is in bylaws Does a church have the right to publicly reveal a person’s private sins? A Dallas court is being asked to decide whether Watermark Community Church can do exactly that to a man and a woman identified in court records as “John Doe” and “Jane Roe.” Their attorney says that the pair thought they had revealed their sins to Watermark’s pastor confidentially and that their behavior should not be made public. Church officials say they are only following a process of church discipline outlined in the Gospel of Matthew and written