Southern Baptists leave Alliance
The Southern Baptist Convention voted yesterday to sever its 99-year relationship with the Baptist World Alliance on the grounds that it includes a Baptist denomination with openly homosexual members.
At its annual meeting in Indianapolis, the Convention voted overwhelmingly to break away from BWA, because the worldwide umbrella group also includes American Baptist Churches USA, which has about 30 congregations that call themselves “welcoming and affirming” to homosexuals.
In a speech to the convention, the Rev. Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said the Falls Church-based BWA has churches “committed to being a gay-friendly place for churches and people of that disposition.”
Mr. Patterson singled out the Seattle-based Evergreen Baptist Association, among the most liberal of the American Baptist’s 35 regional associations, as being especially soft on homosexuality.
Interesting. I must admit, my mind boggles at the attempt to reconcile fundamental Baptist beliefs with being “a gay-friendly place,” especially if that means being friendly to homosexual practice rather than mere orientation. One might as well have a “sin-friendly place.”