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Southern Baptist concession: churches can also belong to groups which include gay-supportive churches

Timothy Kincaid

February 25th, 2011

We finally have an answer at to the extent to which Southern Baptists can coexist with gay folk. And yes, it does include several degrees of separation.

Southern Baptist Convention churches cannot “affirm, approve, endorse, promote, support or bless homosexual behavior”.

A Southern Baptist church cannot have a single gay member.

A Southern Baptist church cannot refuse to take a position on homosexuality. They must actively exclude gay people from the life of the church or they will be kicked out.

A Southern Baptist organization cannot include a single church that fails to actively oppose homosexuality and exclude gay-supportive members. Failure to expel that church will get them evicted from an SBC school campus even if every other member church is ragingly homophobic.

But there is finally, finally, a limit to their anti-gay positioning. You can be a Southern Baptist church that belongs to an organization that is not ragingly homophobic, provided that you are sufficiently anti-gay. (Christian Post)

The Alliance of Baptists affirms gay marriage and permits members of any sexuality.

But the Executive Committee members decided against banning all churches that are members of the Alliance from also being members of the SBC, according to the Associated Baptist Press. Instead, it decided that each church’s qualification should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Of course, that wildly liberal position might not make it past a vote of the convention. It sounds an awful lot like compromise with sin, you see.

There’s still no word as to whether Southern Baptists are allowed to speak to their gay postman, accept change back from their gay grocery clerk, or avoid kicking the dog of their gay neighbors. But I am pretty sure that their gay kids are not to be welcomed at Thanksgiving.

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cd
February 26th, 2011 | LINK

Well, you know: too much toleration of gay people might lead to dancing.

octobercountry
February 26th, 2011 | LINK

I can’t believe people take this church seriously, considering it was founded due to the fact that its members endorsed slavery.

Richard Rush
February 26th, 2011 | LINK

Other than homosexuality, has the SBC identified any other human characteristics that are so profoundly vile that member churches are required to abide by a purity-pledge to exclude/reject anyone displaying or tolerating such characteristics?

SBC = Sanctimonious Bigoted Convention

Jimmy Mac
February 27th, 2011 | LINK

Hot diggidy damn! That shore do make me feel reaaaaaaaaaaaaalll good – and Christ-like, too!

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