"We believe that God's word speaks clearly about boundaries, and that lifestyle is outside of those boundaries," the Rev. Ben Kingston, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We call ourselves a Christian softball league, and if we call ourselves that, we want to be that."Rev. Darnell has reached out to other UCC churches and at least eight of them have agreed to either form their own softball league or to host some kind of tournament.
Darnell, who completed his seminary training in Washington, D.C., thought that his open sexual orientation might cause "some difficulty," but did not think it would prompt a boycott.
"It's very different than the nation's capital, but I certainly didn't expect this," he said. "I don't feel that anyone's sexual orientation has anything to do with how they play softball or [how they] enjoy each other's company during a game."
This is one of those events that tells the LGBT communities that we have no place in the Church. I mean, if they won't even play softball with us, what is the likelihood that they will allow us to join them for worship and fellowship on Sunday morning?