Southern Baptist Convention opposes BSA ‘homosexual resolution’
According to the Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) on Wednesday adopted a resolution expressing “opposition to and disappointment in the decision of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to change its membership policy” allowing homosexual scouts.
The vote took place on the second — and final — day of the SBC Annual Meeting in Houston. The BSA resolution at issue was adopted on May 23. The resolution states that individuals who are “avowed homosexuals” are still excluded from adult leadership positions, but that youth membership will be extended to all eligible applicants regardless of sexual orientation. The BSA resolution goes on to say that that any sexual conduct — whether heterosexual or homosexual — by youths of scouting age is contrary to BSA principals. The new policy is to go in place on Jan. 1.
The SBC resolution, however, states the Boy Scouts decision is viewed by many homosexual activists as the first step in a process that will fundamentally change the BSA and puts scouts at odds with a consistent biblical worldview on matters of human sexuality.
Furthermore, the SBC resolution touches on the group’s statement of faith. The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 states that Christians should oppose all forms of sexual immorality including adultery, homosexuality and pornography.
However, the SBC resolution does not take a position as to whether individual churches should disassociate with the scouts. The SBC does encourage churches that make the decision to sever ties with the Boy Scouts should not abandon their ministry to boys but should consider expanding their Royal Ambassadors ministry. The resolution describes the Royal Ambassadors as “a distinctively Southen Baptist missions organizations to develop godly young men.”
The Southern Baptist Convention, with close to 16 million members last year, is the largest Protestant body in the United States. The next annual meeting is scheduled for June 10-11 next year in Baltimore.
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