A Southeast Texas church is embroiled in a very emotional issue right now. A 20-year-old man who has been heavily involved in the church in the past now identifies as gay. And the church deacons/leadership have decided to have a lengthy discussion on the issue.

A meeting is called for Wednesday to discuss the issue. A source tells us the young man is not even active with the church right now, but his official membership is in question.

Information has been posted in the church bulletin and on Wednesday leaders will gather to determine if the young man has decided to terminate his membership in the church. If not, members say he will be removed by leadership.

It brings into sharp focus what would actually constitute cause for removal as a member. And in this particular congregations policies, it would entail the use of a passage from Matthew 18.

The passage reads, “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”

Now, members are asking themselves what actions should be taken to properly discipline the young man. And whether that can help him.