Greene Hollowell (The following article was first published on Dec 27th, 2015) Recently the Pastor of a Richmond Baptist Church, in a sermon, opened the door for the church to consider allowing homosexuals (assume active) into their membership. The Pastor stated marriage was changing from multiplying (having children) to being about love and commitment. He feels the need to open up membership with the decision of the Supreme Court legalizing homosexual marriages citing civil rights and his belief that homosexuals don’t choose their sexual orientation. In addition, he said Jesus never spoke about homosexuality. Needing help in his decision making he conferred with key people (including deacons) to get their opinions. He asked them to choose 1 from 4 positions that would most likely align with their thoughts.
- Condemnation of homosexuality and exclude from membership.
- Tolerate, “don’t ask, don’t tell”
- Welcome in membership, but do not ordain nor marry.
- Complete acceptance- same rights and privileges of others.