Homosexuality and Baptist churches

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Describing the Baptist view on homosexuality is difficult due to the multitude of Baptist organizations, each with a slightly different doctrinal statement. The issue is further compounded by the large number of autonomous Independent Baptist churches which are not part of an organization and have their own doctrinal statements and beliefs.

This article will attempt to cover basic beliefs on both sides of the issue.

Basic beliefs[edit]

As with most issues, there is a diversity of views of members of Baptist churches on homosexuality. However, the majority of established Baptist churches condemn homosexual behavior. Those Baptists who hold that homosexuality is sinful also teach that homosexual sin can be forgiven through Christ if repentance is shown.

Nevertheless, Baptists generally believe that homosexuality must be an issue that is approached with compassion and love. Dr. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, emphasizes that: "Our response to persons involved in homosexuality must be marked by genuine compassion. But a central task of genuine compassion is telling the truth, and the Bible reveals a true message we must convey. Those seeking to contort and subvert the Bible’s message are not responding to homosexuals with compassion. To lie is never compassionate — and their lie leads unto death." [1]

A relatively small, albeit growing, number of Baptists and congregations are open to the acceptance of homosexual relationships.[2][3]

Al Sharpton, a Baptist minister and Civil rights leader, during his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 said that asking whether gays or lesbians should be able to get married was insulting: "That's like saying you give blacks, or whites, or Latinos the right to shack up – but not get married [...] It's like asking 'do I support black marriage or white marriage'. . . . The inference of the question is that gays are not like other human beings".[4]

Positions of churches[edit]

Several organizations and denominations of Baptist churches have issued statements and resolutions about homosexuality.

Conservative position[edit]

Neutral position[edit]

Liberal position[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.albertmohler.com/documents/HomosexualityBible.pdf
  2. ^ a b The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
  3. ^ Network of Baptists affirming Lesbian & Gay Christians
  4. ^ Sharpton Chides Black Churches Over Homophobia, Gay Marriage, Dyana Bagby, Houston Voice, January 24, 2006
  5. ^ Resolution On Homosexuality June 1988 on sbc.net
  6. ^ On Same-Sex Marriage June 2003 on sbc.net
  7. ^ Resolution On Homosexuality June 1976 on sbc.net
  8. ^ Resolution On Homosexuality June 1985 on sbc.net]
  9. ^ "American Baptist Churches USA: Responses/Actions pertaining homosexuality" on abc-usa.org.
  10. ^ FAQ on nationalbaptist.com
  11. ^ Issues raised by the Equality Act (sexual orientation on baptist.org.uk
  12. ^ "CBF organizational policy on homosexuality" on thefellowship.info
  13. ^ Statement on Same Sex Marriage April 17, 2004 on allianceofbaptists.org