The state’s largest Baptist group officially broke ties today with Royal Lane Baptist Church in North Dallas, citing the church’s acceptance of openly gay deacons.
By a 63-4 vote, the executive board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas voted not to accept funds from Royal Lane. The same resolution asked the church to stop indicating in publications that it is a BGCT affiliate.Randel Everett (left), executive director of the BGCT, called the decision “painful” but not difficult. Though BGCT churches should welcome homosexuals, he said, the group’s long-held view is that the Bible teaches homosexual behavior is sinful.Royal Lane’s acknowledgement that it has ordained openly gay deacons meant that it was “clearly outside” BGCT beliefs, Everett added.Doug Washington, a Royal Lane deacon and BGCT executive board member, spoke against the resolution. He said the church has two gay deacons, and he praised them as outstanding leaders.
Doug Washington, a Royal Lane deacon and BGCT executive board member, spoke against the resolution at the meeting in Northwest Dallas. He said the church has two gay deacons, and he praised them as outstanding leaders.
“To say something is wrong with them is to say God made a mistake,” Washington said. “I can’t buy into that.”
Compare that to the response of certain members of the church in 1 Corinthians 5 when a sexually immoral member was reported to the Apostle Paul.
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? (vss 1-3) NIV
Instead of being grieved and saddened that one of their own was engaging in sexual immorality, certain members and leaders of the church were angry, arrogant and proud of the man. They actually defended him and railed against the ones who reported the situation to Paul. Since the man and his supporters were unrepentant, Paul instructed them to do exactly what the BGCT did. Put them out of the fellowship.