The Kentucky Baptist Convention will cut ties with a small group of churches that remain dually aligned with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a missions network that took steps earlier this year to allow the hiring of LGBT individuals for some staff positions.
Messengers to the Kentucky convention’s annual meeting voted Nov. 13 to accept a recommendation from its Credentials Committee, Administrative Committee and Mission Board to terminate affiliation with congregations that choose to remain a part of CBF.
Dually aligned churches will be given up to one year to comply before they are removed from the state convention’s list of affiliated congregations.
Messengers to the annual meeting debated the matter about 20 minutes before the motion passed overwhelmingly.
Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said the move by messengers should be seen as “a call to those congregations to safeguard biblical teaching and maintain their historic relationships, understanding that the Bible speaks clearly on the issue of homosexuality and that they would not want to support groups that embrace unscriptural lifestyles.”
CBF leaders respond
Bob Fox, CBF Kentucky executive coordinator, issued a statement in response to the state convention’s decision to end its relationship with dually aligned churches.
“The Baptist witness in our state and in the world is weaker because of this decision by the KBC today related to our collaboration for the sake of Christ,” Fox said. “Whenever the relationship between parts of the body of Christ are broken, it is a tragedy.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Standard; Kentucky Today, Baptist Press