For whatever reason, I have noticed a massive influx of news on social media stating that the Southern Baptist Convention has capitulated to the culture in accepting homosexuality. I’ve seen an article stating that Southern Baptist Churches have started ordaining homosexuals, and another stating that Southern Baptists passed a Resolution in St. Louis to no longer denounce homosexuals. Since this has continued to get brought up over the past several weeks, I thought that this post would be helpful in shedding some light on Southern Baptists and their stances on homosexuality.
Let me say from the beginning that both of these stories are false.
The church that is mentioned in the first article is actually not a Southern Baptist Church. The church in question is actually a part of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), which is a moderate group of baptists that actually withdrew from the Southern Baptist Convention. According to First Baptist Church Greenville’s own website, they disassociated themselves from the SBC in 1999, because of they refused to budge on issues south as these.
Now, in regards to the second article being shared, which references the Resolution passed in St. Louis following the tragedy in Orlando. Let the record show that Southern Baptists have not decided to “no longer denounce homosexuals”. This is also a false report. The Resolution passed in St. Louis reads:
WHEREAS, Our entire nation is grieving as a result of the mass shooting of over one hundred people, resulting in the tragic deaths of at least fifty in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016; and
WHEREAS, The Bible teaches that God has created all men and women in His image (Genesis 1:26-27), and as the Author of life, regards acts of murder as evil (Matthew 16:18), and calls His people to love their neighbors as themselves (Matthew 22:39); now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, June 14-15, 2016, pray for the surviving victims, all affected families of those murdered, injured, and otherwise harmed, and first responders; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we extend our love and compassion to those devastated by this tragedy and pledge to come to their aid by donating blood and other supportive means; and be it finally
RESOLVED, That we regard those affected by this tragedy as fellow image-bearers of God and our neighbors, and therefore condemn this act of terrorism and others like it and pray for the day when these senseless acts of violence cease.
As can be seen, this Resolution speaks nothing about no longer denouncing homosexuality as a sin. It simply mentions extending our love and compassion to fellow image-bearers of God.
Rest assured, the Southern Baptist Convention has not capitulated on the issue of homosexuality. Indeed, our confession, The Baptist Faith & Message 2000 continues to strongly state in Article XV:
In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including aduiltery, homosexuality, and pornography.
Let it be noted that there has been no amendment made to this article. It remains unchanged. The BF&M continues to hold its strong stance that Christians should oppose homosexuality, and that it is a form of sexual immorality. If Southern Baptists were going to change their position on homosexuality, that would most certainly be reflected in our confession.
So, now that this is out of the way, let me say this.
Please, brothers and sisters, do everyone a favor and research information found in articles before you share them. Make sure that the information that you are sharing is accurate and truthful. When you don’t do this, you unknowingly take part in sowing discord and slandering faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. As Christians, we do not have the liberty of doing this, so please, watch what you share and make sure that it is accurate.