Another Baptist church not anti-gay enough for Texas

Timothy Kincaid

March 18th, 2010

The Royal Lane Baptist Church, has served congregants in North Dallas for the past five decades. Although gay member have long been a part of the church family, the board finally decided last month to go public with their welcome. They changed their website to say:

Royal Lane Baptist Church is an inclusive, multi-generational congregation joined in Christian community. We are a vibrant mosaic of varied racial identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and denominational backgrounds.

We affirm the sacredness, dignity, and equality of every man, woman, and child and honor each individual’s freedom to worship God and to respond to his or her unique call to ministry and service.

We celebrate worship that challenges the mind, stirs the heart, and lifts the spirit within the context of music, art, and liturgy to express what we can never fully say.

We covenant with one another to love authentically as Christ loved. We put this love into action by ministering in the world, ever alert to the voice of human need wherever it may be heard.

Royal Lane is an ecumenical Baptist congregation affiliated with The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and The Baptist General Convention of Texas.

But not for long. Either the first paragraph or the last will have to be changed.

You see, the Baptist General Convention of Texas takes objection to vibrant mosaics and most certainly does NOT affirm the sacredness, dignity, and equality of every man, woman and child. The gay folks’ freedom to worship God is not honored by them at all. (Dallas News)

The BGCT’s long-held position is that homosexuality is a sin.

The Dallas-based BGCT has decided to place in escrow any funds sent from Royal Lane. It also has asked Royal Lane to remove from church publications any reference to BGCT affiliation.

Randel Everett, executive director of the BGCT, said those conditions will remain until the church says it agrees with the stance on homosexuality.

“It is my prayer that Royal Lane Baptist Church will take the appropriate action to return to these Texas Baptist values and restore its fellowship with the BGCT,” Everett said in a prepared statement.

If Royal Lane and its members choose to continue to define itself as a vibrant mosaic, it may come with some sacrifice.

The stakes are raised in Royal Lane’s case because its membership includes BGCT employees and a BGCT executive board member. BGCT employees must belong to an affiliated church, so a split with Royal Lane could force some to choose between workplace and worship place.

Because that’s what Jesus would want, right?

Soren456

March 18th, 2010

I just don’t know.

I want to laugh, as usual. Christianity is the great he-said/she-said religion. Members point fingers at members, back and forth, claiming truth here. . . there . . . everywhere.

What a f***ing joke. I just want to sneer at it, make fun of it, ignore it.

Yet I have to admit that these fool quarrels, too, because they do matter to so many, have a role in cementing our ultimate freedom to be left alone.

So, more power to you, Royal Lane. Boo-yah!

Richard W. Fitch

March 18th, 2010

I’m sure there are other large, national Baptist denominations that will joyfully accept Royal Lane into their fellowship. For those that must choose between work place and worship place, I pray they will deeply search their souls and consciences. Perhaps “Texas Baptist values” need some rethinking.

DaveM

March 18th, 2010

Richard’s point is important to remember. Not all Baptists are part of the Southern Baptist Convention – and although the GBCT does still consider homosexual acts sin, they specifically rejected the SBC’s rewriting (in 2000) of its fundamental codes.
The CBF’ll still keep Royal Lane, and they probably can find a reaffiliation with the American Baptists (stronger in the northeast) or a similar denomination.

Gunnertec

March 19th, 2010

As a member, I can tell you two things:

a) It will likely be the last paragraph that changes.

b) I don’t think many people care about affiliations any longer. We’ve always had a “come and see” attitude towards potential guests and visitors who ask a lot of probing questions about what we believe. I think it’s important to simply be apart of the community before judging it.

Matt

March 19th, 2010

Heck, if homophobic Episcopalians can affiliate with AFRICAN Anglican organizations, surely this church can affiliate with an American Baptist organization that is more liberal.

customartist

March 19th, 2010

2 Issues:

1.) Hopefully the Royal Lane Baptist Church will stand firm on their beliefs of equality, although they are surely under heavy pressure, setting a *New Standard* in a *New Age* of inclusiveness, under God, for all. Godspeed!

2.) A charge of “Religious Discrimination” would be the Correct Legal Course of Action for any Paid Employee who should find themselves being suddenly discharged, pressured, or harrassed in any way by The Baptist General Convention of Texas.

ironflange

March 19th, 2010

Judge not, lest you yourself be judged.

ebohlman

March 20th, 2010

customartist: The civil rights laws involving religious discrimination have exemptions for employees of religious organizations whose positions are religious in nature (i.e. don’t have secular counterparts in private industry or government). So the BGCT is probably free to put church-affiliation requirements on employees who are involved in, say, running mission-related work, whereas they wouldn’t be allowed to impose such requirements on, say, a pension-fund manager.

MS

March 21st, 2010

There are certain things I just don’t get. Why, why, why would a gay person ever even WANT to be belong to a Baptist church? Along the same lines, why would a woman want to be Catholic priest, given the RCC’s appalling misogyny for 2 millennia? It’s almost as puzzling to me as, say, a black person wanting to join a white supremacist group. I could go on, but I’m sure you get the point…

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required)
(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

 

Latest Posts

Today's Agenda Is Brought To You By...

Today In History, 2006: NARTH Official Recommends Peer Shaming for Gender-Variant Elementary School Children

Today In History, 2007: Sen. Larry Craig's Airport Mens Room Bust Revealed

Born On This Day, 1961: Tom Ford

Today's Agenda Is Brought To You By...

Emphasis Mine

Today In History, 1954: Miami Mayor Calls for Anti-Gay Crackdown

Today In History, 1995: GOP Presidential Candidate Sen. Bob Dole Returns Donation from Log Cabin Republicans

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.