Gay Christian Matthew Fenner claims he was kidnapped and beaten by fellow Word of Faith Fellowship congregation members in North Carolina. According to Fenner, five fellow church members felt the attack would "rid him of homosexual demons."
Five Word of Faith Fellowship church congregation members were indicted on kidnapping and simple assault charges in the Matthew Fenner case. One of the North Carolina church members was also charged with assault by strangulation. The attorney for the Word of Faith Fellowship church maintains that members of the congregation do no "target members who are gay."
During the grand jury testimony in the gay Christian kidnapping and beating case, Michael Fenner's own mother and brother testified against him, according to the Sprindale, North Carolina gay man. The five Word of Faith Fellowship churchgoers indicted include, Sarah Covington Anderson, Louis Walker Jr., Adam Christopher Bartley, Brooke McFadden Covington, Justin Brock Covington, and Robert Louis.
"I honestly thought I was going to die. My head was like being flung back, my vision was gong brown and black," Matthew Fenner stated during an interview with local news outlet WSPA."I couldn't breathe and I'm sitting here thinking if I don't get out of this, I'm probably going to die."
Fenner also said that he feels the attack allegedly designed to exorcise his "homosexual demons" was not an isolated incident. The gay Christian hopes that by pushing forward with the kidnapping and assault charges, he will "shed light on the truth." In an affidavit filed by Matthew Fenner, he alleges that Sarah Covington Anderson said he was "disgusting" because he is gay.
"We are adamant that no one ever physically harmed Mr. Fenner. They are innocent of the charges leveled against them and we look forward to proving their innocence and to their complete vindication before a trial court. The church does not target members who are gay," Word of Faith Fellowship attorney Josh Farmer told reporters. The Spindale church "has been at the heart of the community" since 1979. Pastors Sam and Jane Whaley formed the North Carolina house of worship where Matthew Fenner's mother and brother still attend.
"This is the only way that I can get my voice out there to say look, this kind of stuff is happening. It happened to me and it just kind of sheds some light onto the things that are going on in there and that people do know, but can't really have the facts to go with it," Matthew Fenner added.What do you think about the allegations raised by gay Christian Matthew Fenner against the Word of Faith Fellowship church in North Carolina?
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