In what seems to be an all too frequent occurrence in Black churches, Union Grove Baptist Church in Elberton, Georgia revoked the membership of Genora Hamm Biggs, a 103-year-old woman who has been a member of the church since she was 11 years old. Biggs received a letter on Aug. 2, 2015, which was signed by Pastor Tim Mattox, Deacon Glen Jackson and nine other church officials. It stated that she could not attend the church and “any membership or associations that you have had with this church are now officially revoked.” Further, she may not attend the church “for any reason what so ever.”
Despite this un-Christian statement, Biggs did return to the church the next Sunday and someone called the police on her. However, the responding officer did not arrest Biggs or take any other action, deeming the issue a civil matter. When the police refused to remove Biggs, Mattox decided to take matters in his own hands. This so called man of God stopped church service, dismissed the congregation and turned off the lights in the sanctuary, leaving the elderly woman sitting alone in the dark sanctuary.
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