Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Southern Baptist Convention Kicks Out Another Congregation For Following The Bible

Pastor Dan at Street Prophets has a story on Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC being booted from the Convention for becoming an inclusive church. By welcoming gays and lesbians without qualification, they are, apparently, violating some rule or other that SBC has about not loving others as we love ourselves.

The church's pastor wrote a letter, which reads in part:
[W]e, like Peter in the Book of Acts, have overcome our original resistance to the inclusion of gay and lesbian persons as Peter overcame his resistance to accepting Gentiles into the people of God. He saw the Holy Spirit fall upon the Gentiles, he saw God working in their lives and said:

“If then God gave them the same gift that He gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?”

We could base the unity of our fellowship on any number of issues of Biblical interpretation: speaking in tongues, war, abortion, death penalty, divorce, homosexuality, and on and on. Let us base our unity on Jesus Christ as Lord and his call to discipleship and on the competence and freedom of the individual to open scripture and interpret it for his or her life guided by the Spirit of God.

"Let us base our unity on Jesus Christ as Lord". What a horrid, un-Biblical thing to even think, when we all know Jesus calls us to hate gays and lesbians, call them sinners for being who God made them, compare their sexual activity to bestiality (God knows why this always comes up, but it does), and even refuse to consider the possibility that same-sex attraction is an emotional, not sexual, thing.

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