American Baptist Association Votes to Split From the ABC Over Homosexuality
This blog has never specifically dealt with the issue of homosexuality, but in the coming days I hope to post a response to a recent controversy here in Kentucky over the dismissal of a student at a Baptist college because he was open about his sexuality on his MySpace homepage. The actions of the ABCPSW once again highlight the growing rift between Evangelical Christians and mainstream America over this issue. More and more we are seeing religious leaders, politicians, celebrities, newspaper columnists, and even common Americans throw around words like "bigots," "extremists," and "homophobes" to describe those who are trying hard to hold on to the essence of the Biblical message regarding sin and at the same time minister to those caught in a web of immorality. I applaud those, who like these Baptist churches, take a stand for truth in an age of accommodation. J. Greshem Machen wrote in his famous work, Christianity and Liberalism, "In the sphere of religion, as in other spheres, the things about which men are agreed are apt to be the things that are least worth holding; the really important things are the things about which men will fight."
But let us remember that breaking ties with those we love and cherish is never easy and never done without great grief and prayerful yearning for reconciliation. Jesus, after describing in Matthew 18 how to discipline a brother in sin, gives his followers this exhortation to comfort them in the midst of grieving over their experience: "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst" (NASB) What comforting words from our Savior when we find ourselves standing for Truth and opposing sin!
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