Six months after resigning as pastor of a small church in downtown Detroit over her announcement that she had married a woman in Iowa, Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams has opened a new church in Silver Spring, Md., with the goal of pastoring the kind of ministry she feels God has called on
her to lead.

In October, Abrams said that although no one pressured her into leaving her post at Zion Progress Baptist Church, she felt it was in the best interested of the congregation to move on.

”I could have been like so many people and lied and said it’s not true,” Abrams, 43, told NewsOne in October. “But that’s not how I was raised, and as a Christian, I was always taught to be a truthful individual. So when it came up I said, ‘OK. I need to be honest with my congregation and
tell them the truth about what was a great event for me.”’

Reactions to her marriage announcement were mixed, with many supporting Abrams and just as many denouncing her ideology that people who are homosexual have a place in the church, let alone as leader of a pulpit. She was disappointed to leave a congregation she had led for five years, but
Abrams realized that it would have been problematic for her to be openly gay and lead a ministry in a city where conservative theology reigns supreme. So after entertaining a few opportunities around the country, she settled on Maryland, where same-sex marriage is legal and is in close
proximity to Washington, D.C., where same-sex unions are also protected under the law.

Her ministry, Empowerment Liberation Cathedral, is set to begin in May and will welcome people from all walks of life — regardless of their sexual orientation. In fact, Abrams doesn’t want to be defined by her sexuality, but she appreciates how powerful her presence can be in a region where she says many in the LGBT community have been shamed out of the church.

“You can’t be ashamed of who you are,” Abrams told NewsOne recently. “It’s time out for shaming people and making people feel like they are not loved and that God is not pleased with them.”

You tell us, should Abrams have stayed at her old church? Can you really lead a church and live a same-sex lifestyle?

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9 thoughts on “Detroit Bishop Who Resigned Over Same-Sex Marriage Announcement Starts New Church In Maryland

  1. D.S.B. on said:

    What you believe about The Bible will determine how you feel about the above article. I believe The Bible is truly God’s Word and that though men wrote It, they wrote under the direction of God; (2 Timothy 3 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work). I believe all of The Bible is true, including the teaching that marriage is to be between a man and woman. I believe the Word of God doesn’t change as God never changes and It’s not antiquated. The Bible does not use the words gay or homosexual but It does speak against same sex relationships and counts it as sin (and it doesn’t matter that The Bible isn’t full of Scripture against this lifestyle, the fact that it’s in there several times period should be enough). To teach that this lifestyle is ok, is going against what God’s Word, The Bible says. We have to be careful of what we are allowing our ears to hear. Revelation 22:18, 19 says 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

    Some might try to justify loving whom they choose because God is a God of love and because The Bible says we are to love one another. Well God is love and if we love Him then we love everyone no matter who they are and what they believe but we don’t condone their sin. The love The Bible speaks of is Agape, that unconditional love that is not self-seeking but has the others best interest at hand; It’s not speaking of the eros (romantic) love most speak of when they say they can’t help whom they love. People being gay is not who they are, it is what they chose. I know some will say they were born that way….well The Bible counts same sex relations as sin and we were all born into sin; with a sin nature. Once you come to faith in Christ and study His Word, it is your responsibility to make sure you are following God and His Word and not twisting It to line up w/your choices or omitting what you don’t agree with. Will we be perfect? Not at all, but we are accountable to God for what we refuse to become.

    We are living in the last days. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 says But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people and 2 Peter 2:1-3 says But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

    Saints pray, fight for the faith and don’t give in to what others who believe differently may say or think. STAND!

    I won’t be responding to comments! If you disagree that’s fine because ultimately you are disagreeing with what God says and not me; I’m choosing to agree with Him.

    • VirilisAfricanum on said:

      D.S.B., I don’t know that I have ever read a more eloquently stated, succinct statement concerning this topic. Keep the faith my friend.

  2. Mac Ben on said:

    Moot point. The Bible says that women should be silent in the church…. so she should not even be preaching. Therefore, her dike-ness does not matter… she was already in violation.

    • RENO2AC on said:

      You obviously no nothing about the Bible. Please go study the “backstory” of “women being quite” in the church.

      • Mac Ben on said:

        1 Corinthians 14:33b-35.
        The command is crystal clear. This one paragraph states four different ways that women are not to address the church:
        A. “women should remain silent in the churches”
        B. “they are not allowed to speak”
        C. “they should ask their husbands at home”
        D. “it is a disgrace for a woman to speak in the church”

        Please quote your reference.

  3. She accepted all the scripture she knows except the one about sexual sin…We need to be careful not to reject the word of God. People leave for kinds of reasons..Jesus said people will fall away in the last days…because of those seducing spirits..so true. What do we love more than Jesus..we aught to examine ourselves..& stop pointing the finger. You might not gay..Satan will temp us all about something else. Don’t let man take your crown.

    • VirilisAfricanum on said:

      Alberta, you are indeed a Bible Scholar. Your knowledge of the word clearly comes through in your writing. It is so refreshing to hear this from a woman (I’m assuming by your screen name), because in today’s politically correct society, if a man says anything that even sounds like a rebuke of a Sister, it’s quickly flipped to make a man, no matter whether it’s said with the love of Christ in his heart, to sound as if he’s bashing women – the War on Women card is played.
      Nevertheless, your observation on the times we are now living in are right on point. It makes me feel so good in my spirit to know that there are “faithful Christian women” like you, because with all the nonsense going on with our Sisters, I was beginning to wonder. Stay strong My Sister, and remain true to your faith, especially in these times.

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