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No change on marriage stance, Southern Baptist leader says

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 11, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.

The new president of the Southern Baptist Convention said Wednesday that the denomination won't relax its position on same-sex marriage and transgender identity, even as courts across the country strike down gay marriage bans and the group tries to bolster membership.

Southern Baptist Convention President-elect Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas, told The Associated Press that although America's attitude toward gay and transgendered individuals is rapidly changing, the convention does not intend to alter its position that gender identity cannot be different from biological sex and that homosexuality is immoral.

"We stand strong on what the Scripture says about marriage between a man and a woman. At the same time we do know that we have this issue facing our culture," Floyd said. "But due to the situation today, we must hold the word of God in one hand and the love of God in the other, and have compassion and love to bring people into the fellowship."

On Tuesday, the convention approved a resolution opposing efforts by governments to "validate transgender identity as morally praiseworthy" at its annual convention. The resolution and meeting come as the group attempts reverse declining membership and baptisms.

Floyd said the SBC's stance reflects the denomination's adherence to the Bible and will not be compromised. Earlier this month, a Southern California SBC church decided to stop condemning homosexuality as sinful and instead embraced a "third way." Floyd said Wednesday that in relaxing its views on gay members, the church and its pastor had "chosen to disassociate itself with the Southern Baptist Convention" and that the denomination "does not support or condone" such action.

The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the nation, with 15.7 million members, according to a recent report by the denomination's publishing arm, Lifeway Christian Resources.

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djigoo says... June 11, 2014 at 4:10 p.m.

Enjoy your rightful place on the wrong side of history, SBC.

You people aren't Christians. Not even close.

Hypocrites with high hairdos.

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Dontcallmenames says... June 11, 2014 at 4:31 p.m.

NIce to see a large group standing up against unnatural behavior and an immoral choice, neither of which are civil rights.

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TomN says... June 11, 2014 at 4:35 p.m.

The Southern Baptist denomination has been in long decline ever since a haughty fundamentalist contingent stood up in the 1979 Southern Baptist Convention and declared they were taking over the convention in 10 years (about as militant as a group can get without actually coming to physical blows), arrogating unto themselves the "true" and "pure" interpretation of Scripture and therefore Christian doctrine. How is that for attitude and action that engenders warmth, fellowship and love? Kind of gives ya the "warm and fuzzies," doesn't it? Sadly, through mere myopic provincial rhetoric, ego trips (popularity contests, the kind of thing that appeals to not a few "preachers" who hope to make the "big time," get the "big church," be the next "Stanley," the next "Adrian," the next "Somebody," etc.), and systematic manipulation, this militant group succeeded. It all boils down to just plain old human pride... Shhh... No different than the world in the end... Illusive purity... You know... The mythology of "champions," "dragon slayers," etc. The kind of foundation upon which one wants to build a denomination, right? This hubris only sows the seeds of decline. Not destruction, though. The arrogant will always be among us, in various manifestations. Many have left the denomination because of the "in your face" arrogance (and shear ignorance to be honest), narrowness, and repeated "loving" condemnation of others different from themselves. The resolutions just keep coming... And the denomination just keeps making itself irrelevant... The onerous obsessive pursuit of purity and pretense of humility continue... A reasonable person would not even trust "the record book" for the various numbers leaders claim for the denomination... Gotta keep the machinery going.. So "cook" the books... Gotta make the numbers look as good as possible...

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TomN says... June 11, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.

Myopic Provincial Rhetoric? = Bubba Theology and Bibliolatry

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Pobucker says... June 11, 2014 at 4:58 p.m.

High hair is the domain of the Pentecostals, Catholic goo. LOL
It is the sour puss of the teetotaler you seek as a sign of Baptist holiness!
All these fundamentalist pastors love to flock their herds of sheeple.
Kings and Priests have been flocking the folks ever since they got together to figure out how to control the wild pobucker. Like a hundred thousand years of good flocking. LOL.

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djigoo says... June 11, 2014 at 5:20 p.m.

They ARE a large group, DCMN! The typical Babdizt holy roller weighs 362 pounds.

Luby's + Hypocrisy = Fat.

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Nodmcm says... June 11, 2014 at 9:32 p.m.

The Southern Baptists once pointed to some Scripture which they argued supported their view that African-Americans should not worship alongside white people. Somehow, that Scripture seems to be gone now, or not mentioned, or it has lost its previous meaning. God, or at least the god of Southern Baptists, has made peace with the African-American human beings, but not for a long while, and not without significant contretemps along the way. Now, Praise the Lord, African-Americans are welcome in virtually every Southern Baptist church, or at least the national convention takes that position. Will the same thing happen to the gays and lesbians that happened to the African-Americans, that is, will they someday be wholly welcome without complaint or chastisement at Southern Baptist churches? Those white Southern Baptists held out long and hard against the African-Americans, but in the end, they "threw in" with the liberals and, to my mind, with Jesus, to welcome the fellow humans with different skin color. Just how long can the Baptists hold out against the gays and lesbians? We'll see.

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djigoo says... June 11, 2014 at 10:32 p.m.

SBC = dinosaurs.

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