Meeting in Greensboro, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina has voted overwhelmingly to oust Charlotte’s Myers Park Baptist Church over that church’s public stand for the dignity and respect of LGBT Baptists.
Myers Park is the first church to be booted under a policy attacking gay-friendly Baptists passed by the Convention in 2006.
Delegates to the annual meeting of the N.C. Baptist State Convention voted overwhelmingly this morning to expel Charlotte’s Myers Park Baptist for welcoming gays and lesbians without trying to change them.
The liberal church of 1,970 members became the first to be kicked out under rules passed at last year’s meeting that said any Baptist church that affirmed or endorsed homosexual behavior would be considered “not in friendly cooperation with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.”
The vote by the nearly 3,000 delegates, or “messengers,” came after two leaders of Myers Park Baptist called on them to open their hearts to homosexuals who want to worship with them and to respect local Baptist churches’ autonomy in interpreting the Bible.
“Jesus welcomed those considered outcasts and sinners by his culture and religion,” the Rev. Stephen Shoemaker, senior minister at Meyers Park Baptist, said from the podium at Greensboro Coliseum. “We hope we live in his spirit.”
Today is a day when all honest, truth-seeking Baptists should take a pause. Remember 40 years from now that this day is just one of many days when the Baptist faith was yet again destroyed just a tad bit more.