Southern Baptists sever relationship with church

Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 4:13pm
Staff reports

With no discussion, the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention approved a recommendation to end the denomination's relationship with Broadway Baptist Church, a Fort Worth, Texas, congregation that has been the source of controversy over its stance on homosexuality, according to Baptist Press.

The recommendation from the executive committee passed on the floor nearly unanimously Tuesday, capping a focus on the church that began last year when the church was trying to decide whether to include the same-sex couples in a church directory.

Broadway Baptist has approximately five open homosexual members, including two male couples, according to church members. Some of the homosexuals serve on church committees.

At issue was whether the church was in violation of a part of the SBC constitution, which bans churches "which act to affirm, approve, or endorse homosexual behavior."

Stephen Wilson, a member of the Executive Committee and vice president for academic affairs at Mid-Continent University, emphasized to Baptist Press that the denomination encourages churches to reach out to people struggling with homosexuality. The issue with Broadway Baptist, though, is over a church allowing members who are homosexual and unrepentant, he said.

"If churches are ministering to homosexuals, they are doing nothing more than what our own convention's task force has asked us to do," Wilson told Baptist Press. "But in Broadway's case ... the church was in effect saying that it was OK to have members who are open homosexuals."

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8 Comments on this post:

By: TNRRBEAR on 6/25/09 at 2:54

I congratulate Broadway Baptist Church for standing up to the ugly bigotry and close-mindedness that the Southern Baptist Convention has shown it has in spades. These antiquated and exclusive (They exclude everyone who doesn't agree with everything they say) churches constantly preach that the Bible (God's inspired, infallable word) says that it's a sin for a man to lie with a man. Well, that's true, but the Bible also says that a man or woman who get divorced and then marry someone else are living in adultery in God's eyes. The Bible's punishment for adultery is death (usually by stoning in the old testament). Remember, I'm not making this up, the Bible clearly states this.

So, if the Southern Baptist Conventions wants to "consistently" follow ALL of God's word, I'll be looking for that announcement about all the stonings that are to take place this coming Sunday in order for the churches to cleanse their congregrations of all the deacons and sunday school teachers who litter their church roles with their adulterous lifestyles. You know, Jesus talked about the sin of divorce over 40 times in the NEW Testament (YES, in the AGE OF GRACE, not the age of the law), but he never once mentioned anything about homosexuality. HMMMMM.

It's amazing to me how biased and hypocritical these religious groups can be. They pick the scriptures that they want to preach on and harp on, but nonchalantly brush aside the ones that they all don't follow or are in direct conflict with. It's time that educated people stopped supporting these houses of hypocrisy and self-righteousness, and please don't give these people your money!

TNRRBear
Donelson, TN

By: Pmd12931 on 6/26/09 at 6:15

I agree with TNRRBear that the infighting that has been taking place in the Southern Baptist Convention and their insistence on excluding certain people that God loves, just as much as he does adulterers, many even pastoring churches now, has caused the downfall in membership and giving in Southern Baptist churches. When does the messengers and executive committee become Lord of all and the Supreme Authority? Thanks Broadway Church for letting the world know that we have a God who loves everyone, not just Southern Baptists, many, as the old saying goes, "gag at a gnat, and swallow a camel."

By: global_citizen on 6/26/09 at 6:58

"It's amazing to me how biased and hypocritical these religious groups can be. They pick the scriptures that they want to preach on and harp on, but nonchalantly brush aside the ones that they all don't follow or are in direct conflict with. It's time that educated people stopped supporting these houses of hypocrisy and self-righteousness, and please don't give these people your money!"

I agree with everything you said. The holier-than-thou want to strictly enforce biblical passages that oppress a small minority, but ignore those passages that would affect them. This is nearly the definition of a tyrant. Rules are for thee, not for me.

I'm glad people are waking up to the sham that religion is. Now if people would just finally realize the Bible was not written by God, it was written by men, we'd all be much better off.

By: mauser on 6/26/09 at 7:09

Mauser,

Although I am not a member of a Baptist church, I fully support the Southern Baptist Convention's decision to withdraw fellowship from the Broadway Baptist Church (BBC), of Fort Worth, Texas. BBC chose to allow it membership to live in open rebellion of God's word leaving the SBC no choice. Let's remember BBC joined the SBC voluntarily. They chose to submit themselves to the constitution of the SBC. When they decided to ignore the rules they chose their own fate. My guess is that BBC doesn't really care about being removed from the SBC. If BBC is willing to ignore the laws of God and nature, what are a few rules written by man.

By: redneckbluegrassfan on 6/26/09 at 7:21

Perhaps Jesus did not feel it necessary to elaborate on His Father's position on homosexuality which was clearly stated in the Old Testament. Apparently, He felt several of the old laws needed clarification, but not the ones concerning homosexuality and beastiality.
So, if He didn't address it, the Law stands.

By: Kosh III on 6/26/09 at 10:11

So much for the alleged independence of the local congregation.

redneckbluegrassfan:
1) the Law does not condemn homosexual orientation. What Leviticus is addressing is disputed by numerous scholars including the leading Jewish authority on Leviticus: Jacob MIlgrom. Look him up.

2) The law has been "abolished" pace II Cor 3 and "abrogated" pace Heb. 7.
Christians are NOT under the Law, nor are Gentiles.

You may practice any lifestyle you wish but do not compel non-believers to conform to your religious opinion: it's unethical and un-American.

By: redneckbluegrassfan on 6/26/09 at 12:19

So even scholars dispute and disagree. What they have are opinions.

This subject is addressed in Old and New Testaments and condemned in both. It can be painted or interpreted however you want. Like numbers, you can twist the Bible any way you want to get the answer you want.

The issue is a church that chose to be a part of an organization. They have chosen to practice beliefs contrary to biblical doctrine, then expulsion is acceptable. The problem as I see it is that too many churches are practicing the "flavor of the month" when it comes to doctrine. They are willing to accept and condone sinful practices in order to fill the pews and offering plates.

If they want to build their churches back up they must return to the basics and teach the Bible as God's unerring truth and quit trying to put a spin on it.

Correct, you may choose any lifestyle you wish, even one that is an express route to eternal damnation. Homosexuality is a lifestyle choice and they use every method to recruit more. It starts in our grade schools by teaching kids it is an acceptable lifestyle.

THAT is what is unethical an un-American.

By: tinlbc on 7/8/09 at 2:28

redneckbluegrassfan

No one Chooses to be gay just as you don't choose to be straight. If it happens in nature it must be okay with and expected by a creator (God).

Homosexuality happens in the animal kingdom as well. Look it up. But I'm sure you won't, that would be considered "furthering education" which is unheard of in the red neck world. But then you think the world is only 4000 years old.

What's really frightening is that every denomination of religion thinks they are the saved ones and everyone else has got it wrong.

All I know is that every war, mass murder, ethnic cleansing has all been done in the name of God.

"God, protect me from your followers"