OutedNovember 13, 2007
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina ejected a church for accepting homosexuals into the church. Last year, the Convention changed its rules to kick out churches that accept homosexuals (see previous post here). During this year's debate, one messenger argued about the use of that new rule:
We have the opportunity to use a bylaw -- ill-timed and ill-passed -- to club a church or to extend to them the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and say, 'As you claim Christ as Savior and we claim Christ as Savior, then we are brothers and sisters in Christ.'The appeals were unsuccessful as messengers overwhelmingly voted to exclude the church. No word yet on if they also kicked out all the churches that accept members who have committed heterosexual sins or are guilty of pride, greed, or hypocrisy (you know, the issues Jesus focused on).