A Christian man has been kicked out of his Arkansas church after he came out as gay. Dylan Settles had been a member of the Woods Chapel General Baptist Church in Brookland for six years before he received a letter telling him he was no longer welcome due to his ‘choice to embrace the homosexual lifestyle.’ The 20-year-old only came out as gay three months ago after struggling to come to terms with sexuality privately for years. ‘I was tired of living for somebody else … living for my parents or my friends or whoever,’ Settles told Arkansas Matters of his brave decision. ‘I kind of just chose to live for what I wanted and be happy.’

But after finally building up the courage to come out about his sexuality, he said he was ‘shocked’ and ‘hurt’ by his church’s response.  ‘I was like in awe. I was in so much shock, I couldn’t read like the rest of it,’ he told the local news. The letter stated: ‘We as the church board at Wood’s Chapel General Baptist Church have, with great sorrow, voted to remove your name immediately from the church membership role. ‘While we understand the struggles we all face with sin in our lives, we must also be aware of the consequences of our choices.’ CONTINUE