Southern Baptists, Openly ‘Gay Christians’ Break Bread at Conference
Wall Street Journal
Courtesy of Christian News Network
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A gathering of Southern Baptists here opened this week with Albert Mohler, stalwart head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, apologizing for “denying the reality of sexual orientation,” but saying orientation “can change.”
It closed with a pastor saying “no one goes to hell for being homosexual,” but he added Christians must remind homosexual friends and family members that “the day of judgment is coming.”
The statements from the largest and one of the most conservative Protestant denominations made waves in the religious and gay communities. Some praised the Southern Baptist Convention for softening its tone and message when discussing homosexuals. Critics complained that nothing really had changed.
But others who attended said a shift was taking place. In private meetings and one-on-one encounters during the week, Southern Baptists and gay-rights advocates said they established relationships they hope will carry both sides through a time of deep cultural change, particularly as the church navigates issues such as the increasing acceptance of same-sex ‘marriage’. Click here to continue reading.
Southern Baptists break bread with gay community.
Baptists strike new tone on homosexuality.
Some praised the Southern Baptist Convention for softening its tone and message when discussing homosexuals.
[The conference] made waves in the religious and gay communities.
A shift was taking place.
It feels like a new era.
These are all characterizations of a meeting held by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, led by Russell Moore, along with (a certain number of representatives at least) of the so-called “gay community” as written about in the Wall Street Journal. Most of those characterizations were made by gay activists, including Justin Lee and Matthew Vines.
Here’s a rundown of the highlights:
- Dr. Al Mohler apologized (presumptively, on behalf of Southern Baptists) for “denying the reality of sexual orientation.”
- The crowd was told that “no one goes to hell for being a homosexual.”
- The meetings…
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