N.C. Baptists against Amendment One gather in Charlotte on Saturday

The N.C. Baptist State Convention has made their position on discrimination and bigotry quite clear, and despite their pressure to either ignore completely or twist the Gospel to fit their own needs, there are plenty of Baptists across North Carolina who are willing and ready to step up and speak out against hate and, especially, hate in God’s name.

Above all others, Baptists have a history that enables them to stand up for the true Gospel. The misdeeds of our forbears should be lesson enough to prove that the Gospel cannot be a message of hate, exclusion, division and bigotry. To the contrary, Jesus’ ultimate message of radical love and inclusion is “good news” to the masses. Our God is the Lord of salvation, mercy, freedom, justice and love.

To that end, national Baptist organizations, local churches and local Baptist leaders and congregants will gather in Charlotte this weekend for the first in a series of events in the “Many Voices, One Love,” campaign sponsored by the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB), the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA), and the Alliance of Baptists.

The event,  “NC Baptists Against Amendment One: Justice, Equality and Personal Freedom,” will be held at Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd., Charlotte, N.C., Feb. 25, 2012, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

A featured panel discussion will be held 9:45-10:45 a.m., moderated by Dan Murrey and featuring Myers Park Pastor Stephen Shoemaker, as well as Ken Godwin, Chaz Seale and Ricky Woods. Angela Yarber, pastor of my hometown Wake Forest Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., will also be a panelist.

Representatives from The Human Rights Campaign, the Faith and Justice Servant Leadership Group of Myers Park Baptist Church and The Coalition to Protect NC Families will also be present at the event.

Get more information about the event at Protect NC Families…


4 Responses to “N.C. Baptists against Amendment One gather in Charlotte on Saturday”
  1. Ken Hill says:

    “either ignore completely or twist the Gospel to fit their own needs,”
    Interesting comment. How have they distorted I Cor. 6:9 or Rev. 21:8? I cannot find that they have done so.

  2. Ken Hill says:

    Moving forward from your response, those verses must apply to something/ someone or to nothing at all. As you view them, do they apply to anything/anyone and if so, to what or whom?

    • Matt Comer says:

      Ken, you said: “those verses must apply to something/someone or to nothing at all.” I agree. The verses apply to all of us equally. But, what you’re really debating and why you’ve really come here is to challenge my belief that scripture, and I Corinthians 6:9 in particular, doesn’t condemn LGBT people. Why else mention I Corinthians (your passage from Revelation has nothing to do with this debate; see below) on a post about LGBT equality if not for the sheer purpose of using scripture to condemn LGBT people?

      Your cited passage in I Corinthians doesn’t speak of homosexuality. The words used are “pornoi” (“male prostitute”) and “malakoi” (“effeminate” or “weak”). Even if we are to presume that either of the words speak of some sort of homosexual relation then we must apply it within the context of its time and culture, as well as the people to whom Paul was writing.

      From Grace To You Ministries Executive Director Phil Johnson (src): “At the heart of all the problems in the church at Corinth… a city filled with both temples and brothels—where fornication was literally deemed a religious rite… The vast majority of the Jewish community in Corinth had rejected the gospel (Acts 18:6). So the church was made up of mostly Gentiles who, of course, came from a culture that was not inclined to see sexual sin as unspiritual. Just the opposite. Most of the ‘religion’ in Corinth involved temple prostitution and debauched sexual behavior.”

      I Corinthians 6:9 and its use of “pornoi” and “malakoi” have not an ounce of relation with free, consensual, committed or romantic adult homosexual relationships.

      But, no need for me to write an essay here. Please see (from which the wonderful excerpt from Johnson came): http://www.gaychristian101.com/Malakoi.html.

      Your passage from Revelation applies to homosexuality only if one presupposes — and thereby actively reads into scripture what is not there — that homosexuality is sexual immorality or fornication.

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