Broadway Baptist Church has debated whether the directory should include gay couples, or gay people individually but not as couples, or whether to omit all individual and family photos.
Members were to vote Sunday after morning worship. But in a clear indication that they are divided over how accepting to be of homosexuality, they met for an hour and then postponed any decision until deacons make a recommendation on Feb. 24.
It appears from the article that Broadway Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist Church, although they claim to be “moderate.” (Does anyone is the SBC know about this?) It also apprears that professing homosexuals (and by that I mean unrepentant) have been allowed to be members at the church. However, this is not the issue…the fuss revolves around the question of “whether photographs of gay couples should be in the directory being assembled for the church’s anniversary.”
Brett Younger, senior pastor, said during Sunday morning’s worship service that some Broadway members believe homosexuality is a sin, based on certain Bible verses. Others think differently and note that Bible verses have been used to justify polygamy, slavery and the oppression of women, he said.
So, the question is not: should openly homosexual people be allowed to be members of the church…the question is: should we print their picture in the directory.
There are so many things to say here: Who are we worried about offending? Are we concerned that people will think the church is narrow-minded? Perhaps we should be more concerned with upholding a regenerate church membership than facing bad press. Perhaps we should be more concerned about the One who will come to judge both the living and the dead, by the sword of his mouth (His word!).
Our response to people who struggle with homosexuality should be the same response that we give to people who struggle with alcoholism or pornography. They are not in their own seperate category. We should love them and seek to minister to them, mainly by presenting them with the glorious gospel of Christ Jesus. Christ came for the sick (sinners), which is not a reference to homosexuals per se, but to every single human being (Romans 3:23). However, we would not allow an unrepentant drunk or adult film star to become a member of the church, and thereby be included in the witness of the gospel to the nations…would we?
May we be those who seek God’s approval as we are rebuked, reproved and trained in righteousnes by all the Scriptures!
(HT: Jason Williams)