Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Broadway Baptist-An Important Crossroads

Bart Barber, pastor of FBC Farmersville, has written a blog post over at SBC Today titled The Most Important Thing Happening Right Now in the Southern Baptist Convention discussing the SBC Executive Committee's consideration of whether Broadway Baptist Church is considered to be in "friendly cooperation" with the SBC. Very clearly since they have unrepentant homosexual members and the church has obviously not done anything in the way of church discipline related to these individuals there really should be no question. In my opinion, they should be removed, like, yesterday from the SBC.

I would recommend the entire article to you. One quote in particular sums up the situation more clearly than anything I've read on the subject:

I believe that this action, if taken, will be an important milestone in our needed strengthening of biblical ecclesiology within our convention. It will be a clarion call to our churches to remember that membership does matter and that we are indeed responsible for the spiritual health of all of those who are members in our congregation. Particularly this is true for those of us in church leadership “who will give an account” (Hebrews 13:17) for these folks. At least with regard to homosexuality, the message from our convention will be clear: Loving and redemptive discipline toward known practicing homosexuals in the church is the only biblical option for our churches. (Emphasis mine)

Great point, Pastor Barber.


chaplainandrews said...

Thank you pointing this story out. I find it that we must maintain some degree of theological limits within our membership--otherwise, the SBC will simply become an financial organization of religious people and not Baptists at all.

Joe Blackmon said...

Thanks for the comment. It is sad that there are more than a few SBC'ers that seem to think this is really a non issue. There are some things that we can and should agree to disagree on. Homosexuality should not be one of those.