Bel Air Presbyterian Church
16221 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Fax: (818) 788-2243
Price Range : Average
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I do not usually write reviews, but I have been so affected by this church that I simply must let people know my story.
I grew up going to this church (from 1998 to 2011), and my family still goes to this church. I remember as a young boy going to church every Sunday that there were a few sermons that stood out. In 2004 and 2005, there were a bunch of sermons that discussed homosexuality and how it is a "fallen" state of man. In fact, let me quote for you the exact words the preacher used (the transcripts are online).
"Homosexuality is a sign of those who have fallen away from the Lord."
"The homosexual will not inherit the Kingdom of God."
"Sex is between a man and a woman in a lifelong relationship called marriage."
"And if you struggle with homosexuality, I believe it's a call to celibacy."
Hearing these sermons as a young boy had a huge negative effect on me. It "branded" my mind like a hot-iron. I am not welcome. I am sinful and destined for hell.
If you think the church has changed due to Pastor Drew Sams joining the church as head pastor, think again. Recently, another worshiper wrote a Yelp review about this church, dated 6/24/2014. In it, the person talks about how, in last Sunday's sermon, Pastor Drew Sams has decided to reject welcoming same-sex couples from getting married in the church. He has decided that people in same-sex relationships are living in unholy, unbiblical relationships that are not welcome in Bel Air Presbyterian Church. Upon stating this, many people in the congregation even started to applaud.
I hope and pray for the young, struggling lesbian and gay children who are sitting in those pews and listening to Pastor Sams tell them that their future relationships will be unholy, unbiblical, and unwelcome. They will never be able to get married to the person they love in their own church. Most importantly, they might renounce Christianity as a direct result of Sams' unwelcome.
Thuis church felt like home the second I walked in. I WAS overwhelmed by the amount of members it has. It is huge. But joining small groups is easy and you become immediately welcomed in. No one is pushy. Most are very accepting of you, where ever you come from, whatever your beliefs are. It is more liberal, but I love that! They want to embrace all of humanity and share in the christian values. Their Choir will send chills up your spine! The speakers will capture your attention. The mission groups are diverse and has something really for anyone. And their kids program is simple, fun and educational. I searched for 2 years for a church, and avoid Bel Air due to its size. But now, I am very happy to say that I feel I have found my church home!
Bel Air Presbyterian Church Preschool at 16100 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles is operating on a property that does not have a valid conditional use permit to operate a preschool. The CUP for the property is for an athletic field (Case No.CPC
Please inform parents that the city has no comprehensive emergency evacuation plan for the area (which is zoned high fire) and the current policy is to cut off access. The children will be guided to the parking area and will have to wait till city officials formulate a plan to evacuate 4500 students. Keeping children outside may keep them from getting burned but will severely damage their lungs as they inhale the smoke and fumes from the nearby landfills.
Documents backing up this information is available at city hall.