Krystal Cox

At the Hair Bar Salon in Woodstock, there is plenty of love to go around. Owner Krystal Cox has been a stylist for nearly two decades, and while coworkers and clients love her, she hasn’t received the same treatment lately from her church family.

The Woodstock Church of Christ recently sent her a letter when they learned she had divorced her husband and began dating another woman. 

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“It feels terrible that they won’t let anyone come and worship,” Cox said.

Church elders informed her in writing of their opposition to her homosexual relationship. They told her to repent by April 30th or they would remove her as a member and inform the congregation they would no longer treat her as a sister in Christ.

“Well when I opened it, I was kind of enraged. Like, why am I getting picked on and getting called out when everyone has sin?” Cox asked. 

“The fact that they’re going to point it out and release my personal business to the entire congregation of the church and tell them that I can no longer come there I just don’t feel like that’s right,” Cox said.

Cox has decided not to return to the church. So, CBS46 dropped by but no one was there; and the elders did not respond to our requests for an interview.

“I feel like it’s not wrong. I look at my relationship and how much love I have with her and think, how can people think this is so wrong?” Cox asked.

“I just really don’t want anything bad to come out of this. Like I want it to be good. I don’t want people to be saying ugly things to them and sending them ugly stuff. I just don’t want that, that was not my intent,” Cox said.

It's important to point out that CBS46 contacted four elders of the church named in the letter sent to Cox and none of them have responded.

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jasonfm

Notice:

“Well when I opened it, I was kind of enraged. Like, why am I getting picked on and getting called out when everyone has sin?” Cox asked."

For the record, she admits what she is doing is sin. Read her statement again if you need to. She just feels that her sin is being treated as "worse" than others' sin.

She has a point, IF this church has not been consistent in their discipline. However, I have been in a few congregations that have dealty with several situationms, and EVERY time, without fail, the person being told to repent for adultery is treated the SAME, whether they left their spouse for someone of the same sex or the opposite sex. Never have I witnessed a homosexual adulterer treated worse than a heterosexual adulterer. Maybe she has evidence of that particular church that supports her comment. ??

Glenn Ruga

To the first commenter. I beg to differ as the letter explicitly says "If we fail to hear from you by April 30, 2021, we would understand that you are not repentant..." That sounds like "repent" to me. This letter is outrageous, the elders are outrageous, and there is no place for this kind of treatment in a pluralistic society. If you don't believe that the US is, or should be, a pluralistic society, then that is also a problem.

Patricia Ann

To clarify, the letter said for her to respond, not "repent" by April 30th. The letter is basically the church acknowledging (for the sake of formality) that she chose to leave and pursue a lifestyle that contradicts their beliefs. It should not have been received as a shock to her. The elders reiterated that they love her and pray for her. Also, it seems contradictory that she does not want bad things said to them or emailed to them, but she shared their phone numbers, email address, and location of the church. That information should have been redacted if she was truly concerned about that. It was a deeply personal letter and actually could have remained that way.

MackThomas

I was in a similar situation with my church three years ago. This practice of active hatred is traumatic, and the opposite of what the bible preaches about God's love.

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