Danny Cortez is pastor of a small Southern Baptist church in the Los Angeles area, not far from the conservative Christian Biola University. Like the rest of the Southern Baptist Convention, he was assured from Scripture that God-ordained sexuality was reserved for the husband-wife relationship.
But when his son came out as gay, he spent a full hour explaining to his church why his position had now changed after a long season of reconsideration.
According to Cortez, it was on a sunny day at the beach that he parted with his prior stance: “I realized I no longer believed in the traditional teachings regarding homosexuality.”
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler, in a rebuttal on his blog, notes that now the denomination has a crucial decision to make at its upcoming Baltimore conference.
“I am confident that the Southern Baptist Convention will act in accordance with its own convictions, confession of faith and constitution when messengers to the Convention gather next week in Baltimore,” writes Mohler.
According to Mohler, the decision isn’t just going to be made at the top, but at every level of the church— including the individual level.
“But every single evangelical congregation, denomination, mission agency, school and institution had better be ready to face the same challenge, for it will come quickly, and often from an unexpected source. Once it comes, there is no middle ground, and no ‘third way.’ Sooner or later—and probably sooner—the answer of every church and Christian will be either yes or no,” Mohler concludes.
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SOURCE: Charisma News