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the war. Pastor Fired For Integration Plea Baptist Church Refuses African Student; Assistants Also Ousted Macon, Ga. (UPI)--A Baptist congregation fired its pastor and two of his assistants Sunday for advocating open- church services to Negroes. At the same time, the I ident refused admittance to an African student who had converted to Christianity by Southern Baptist mjs- German "I have committed tfie un-r Pen the the sin of a southern minister preaching integration in a southern town," the Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Holmes said of his dismissal by vote of the congregation. While the vote was being taken, deacons of the Tatnall Square Church turned away Sam Jerry Oni, a Nigerian who came to Baptist-oriented Mercer University here in 1963 despite "the situation" in the South. Oni, was d e t a i n e d in a police car for about an hour. Fired from t h e c h u r c h staff were Dr. Holmes, t h e Rev. Douglas Johnson, t h e assistant pastor, and Jack W. Jones, minister of music. All three have advocated an "open door" policy in the church. The general membership voted 259 to 189 Sunday to dismiss the three, according to Jerry E. Rodgers, chairman of the deacons. "It has been a test of my faith in a sense, but it has also been a strengthening of my faith," the Rev. Dr. Holmes said. "This h a s shown me the importance of Oni. who Jived many years in Ghana, came fo Mercer on recommendation of a missionary alumnus, Harris Mobley. "He told me about the situation,'' Oni said. "But there is a lot of difference between expectation and experience. preaching the truth. Churches Fail In Racial Task Dallas (UPI) -- The Rev. Martin Luther King told fellow ministers Sunday that churches in the United States House failed in their mission j promote racial justice. ''Honesty impels us to admit that religious bodies in America have not been faithful to their prophetic mission on the question of racial justice," he said. They have "often been an active participant "in shaping and crystalizing the patterns of the race-caste system," he said. | 1 King spoke to the Interna-j Convention of Christian j (Disciple of Christ), j

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  1. Lincoln Journal Star,
  2. 26 Sep 1966, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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