Baptists expel another NC church for gay-welcoming position
These bible-beaters will continue to isolate themselves until there's no one left except superbigots in the pews — homos can't be in the pulpit, aren't welcome in the pews, and women have no authority. Nice.
The latest church booted is the progressive Myers Park Baptist church in Charlotte. Instead of leaving the Southern Baptist Convention, it took the defiant stance of declaring its inclusive views, and getting publicly booted. (Charlotte Observer):
Delegates to the annual meeting of the N.C. Baptist State Convention voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to expel Charlotte's Myers Park Baptist for welcoming gays and lesbians without trying to change them.
The liberal church of 1,970 members became the first to be kicked out under rules passed at last year's meeting that said any Baptist church that affirmed or endorsed homosexual behavior would be considered “not in friendly cooperation with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.”
…Six other churches out of more 4,000, including three in Charlotte, quit the Baptist State Convention to protest those rules. The six called them a violation of local autonomy.
But instead of voluntarily exiting the increasingly conservative state convention, Myers Park admitted — in two letters to convention leaders — that it was in violation of the rules and sought to make its case to the 2,300-plus delegates, or “messengers” meeting this week.
Of course the Southern Baptist leadership didn't like being called out for their bigotry. Waah.
But Allan Blume, head of the Baptist State Convention's board, told the meeting the Bible calls on believers to turn away from sin, including homosexual behavior, and find new life in Jesus.
“As Baptists … we are welcoming to everyone,” Blume said. “But our convictions on the authority of Scripture call us to obey God.”
Blume suggested that Myers Park Baptist was more interested in seeking publicity for its views than working with the convention.
What exactly is left to work out with LGBT worshippers? It can't be reconciled with that hardline view. The fact that a segment of its own faith community doesn't agree with the Southern Baptists views and chooses to publicly take a different, more inclusive view — and makes the SBC look bad — is tough cookies. Suck it up, fundies. You made your “Christian” bed, now lie in it, you have every right to dump churches that don't believe in religion-based bigotry — just don't expect everyone to love you when it's called out.
The SBC is feeling additional heat as five colleges affiliated with it are mulling severing ties to the organization. Sweet.