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LiberalArkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-13-07 06:36 PM
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Baptist Convention Expels North Carolina Church for Welcoming Gays
<http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,311505,00.html >

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Delegates to the Baptist State Convention have voted overwhelmingly to expel a Charlotte church for welcoming gays and lesbians without trying to change them.
Myers Park Baptist Church became the first to be kicked out under rules passed at last year's meeting. Those rules say any Baptist church that affirmed or endorsed homosexual behavior would be considered not to be cooperating with the convention.
The vote by the nearly 3,000 delegates came after two of the church's leaders called on them to open their hearts to homosexuals who want to worship with them and to respect local autonomy in interpreting the Bible.
But convention president Allan Blume told the meeting that the Bible calls on believers to turn away from sin. He also suggested that Myers Park Baptist was mostly interested in seeking publicity for its views, not in trying to work within the Baptist State Convention.

I welcome you to go to Myers Park Baptist Church <http://www.mpbconline.org/ >

The pastors remarks are at <http://www.mpbconline.org/ >

And some very heart warming comments from Southern Baptist members at <http://www.mpbconline.org/news_baptist_memletters_11-07... > These are very much worth reading.

Praise be God.
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rjones2818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-13-07 06:45 PM
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1. Go Myers Park Baptist Church!!!
:woohoo:

A church which is not welcoming should be fled from as quickly as possible. Period. Same with a convention.

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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-13-07 06:45 PM
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2. Lovely letters, thanks for sharing
Maybe this church can join the American Baptist convention at some point in the future.

The SBC is on it's way to whittling itself down to the size of the Phelps' church.
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-13-07 06:46 PM
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3. I don't believe, in fact, I go the other way, strongly
but reading those words of love, care, consideration, compassion, respect, and thoughtfulness was great.

Thanks for bringing this up. Reminds me AGAIN that not all believers are related to that hippo-critter.

Heart warming is the perfect description.
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rjones2818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-13-07 06:50 PM
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4. FSM would
allow his noodly appendage to bless Myers Park Baptist Church. Who knows? He might even get a hearty Yo-ho from the congretation!

Ra-men!
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Esse Quam Videri Donating Member (256 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-13-07 06:50 PM
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5. Myers Park Baptist Church
is in one of the most affluent parts of Charlotte. Very interesting as I'm quite sure the majority of its congregation would be Repugs.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-13-07 06:50 PM
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6. Whose face would Jesus slam the church door in?
What really worries the folks expelling welcoming congregations is that their majority is shrinking day by day. I have never heard of a congregation making the decision to welcome gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered and intersexed persons into full participation in the life of their community who went back to their old ways.

Every congregation that rejects the fear and prejudice of the past means one more chime in the death knell of this stupid, unbiblical and antichristian bigotry. Good for Myers Park, and here's praying the day soon comes when the North Carolina Baptist State Convention repents of its sin.
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Der Blaue Engel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-13-07 07:11 PM
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7. So let me see if I understand the Southern Baptist Convention
Homosexuality is a "sin."

The Bible calls on believers to turn away from sin.

Therefore homosexuals ("sinners") should be turned away. (Faulty logic, but whatever, let's go with it.)

So then I assume the following people will also be shown the door:

* coveters
* liars
* thieves
* cheaters
* adulterers
* those who bear false witness against their neighbors
* alcohol drinkers (we're talking the Baptist rules here)
* those who take the Lord's name in vain
* those who disrespect their elders
* people who eat lobster
* people who work on the sabbath
* anyone with sin in his heart
* and a whole bunch of other sins I don't have time to look up

The question, therefore, is: will the last person to leave please turn out the lights?
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-13-07 07:15 PM
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8. gay bashing brings in the cash, like donnie mcclurkin does for obama nt
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