Baptist Church’s Acceptance Of LGBTQ Members Met With Disapproval


COMPANIES LIKE GRUBER AND LIFT — HUBER AND LEFT. A LOCAL BAPTIST CHURCH HAS VOTED TO ACCEPT THE LGBT COMMUNITY PUTTING THEM AT ODDS WITH MANY IN THEIR DENOMINATION. JEFF PAPAS LIKE TONIGHT TO EXPLAIN. Reporter: MEMBERS HERE 61% OF THEM AT WILSHIRE BAPTIST CHURCH OF VOTING TO ALLOW THOSE LGBT MEMBERS TO DO THINGS I GET MARRIED, BAPTIZED AND BECOME CHURCH LEADERS. THAT DECISION COMPLETE TO THE EXPULSION OF THIS CHURCH FROM THE GUIDING BODY THAT IT RECEIVES TEXAS BAPTIST CHURCHES. SHOULD WE CHOOSE TO PUBLICLY AFFIRM SAME-SEX SEXUAL BEHAVIOR — ONE VOTE AND A TWO-PAGE WARNING LETTER THAT COULD SEVER A LONG-STANDING AND HISTORICAL RELIGIOUS RELATIONSHIP. THIS IS THE MOST DIFFICULT CONVERSATION I’VE EVER EXPERIENCE. Reporter: THE PASTOR SAYS HE RECOGNIZES NEARLY 40% OF HIS CONGREGATION IS NOT HAPPY ABOUT ALLOWING LGBT MEMBERS TO FULLY PARTICIPATE. IT WAS A ONE MEMBER OR INCIDENT THAT STARTED THE RESEARCH OF VOTE, IT WAS THE CHANGING TIMES . CONGREGATIONS THAT THINK THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LIVE WITH IT ARE LIVING IN A BUBBLE THAT WILL BURST. THEY ARE TRYING TO PUT AN INTO A LAST WEEK BY TELLING WILSHIRE IT WAS ON NOTICE. TONIGHT THE GUIDING BODY ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING TEXAS BAPTIST HAS A LONG-STANDING AND OFTEN WE AFFIRM BIBLICAL POSITION ON HUMAN SEXUALITY AND MARRIAGE. WE ARE SADDENED BY THE OUTCOME OF WILSHIRE’S BOAT AND THE WITHDRAWAL FROM THE HARMONIOUS COOPERATION OF THE CHURCHES OF THE CONVENTION. HE SAYS HE WANTS THE DECISION NOT TO BE ABOUT WHO IS EXCLUDED BUT WHO IS INCLUDED. WE WANT TO OPEN OUR ARMS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE AND SAY YOU ARE WELCOME HERE. Reporter: TEXAS BAPTIST

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