Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Southern Baptist Group reaffirms marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman for life: but there's trouble in paradise

Here is the subtitle of the article by Bob Allen at Baptist News Global:
Southern Baptists have been vocal in defending marriage as the union of a man and woman for life but haven’t always been faithful to their own standard [emphasis added], a Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma resolution admits.
Here are some excerpts from the article in the Baptist Global News article:
     We have not always lived up to our own standards, sadly,” Dilbeck, senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, told the newspaper. “Even as our commitment to the biblical definition is unchanging, we recognized in this resolution that we need to do better in living up to our beliefs, which stem from the Scriptures.”
[And. . .]
     The resolution doesn’t specify which “recent public scandals” it references, but it comes on the heels of a couple of high-profile media scandals involving evangelicals this year.
     Billy Graham’s grandson Tullian Tchividjian resigned in June as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after admitting an “inappropriate relationship” with a friend while he and his wife were separated. After losing his ministerial credentials, he filed for divorce in August.
And so it goes. Interestingly, this Commentary by Joseph R. Murray II appeared in the Post today (11/18); here is an excerpt:
     [T]oo many hard-core Christians have decided to model their evangelism after Sherman’s treatment of Atlanta. It is either black or white, with anyone sporting gray damned to hell.
     This view of Christianity is conducive to political movements that must continually secure fundraising to survive, but it hardens the very thing Christianity is about — the heart. It is how one social media guy can attract international media attention over a red coffee cup while those working the mission go unnoticed.
     Starbucks isn’t battling Christmas or Christianity; it is a company trying to make a buck. It is the self-proclaimed defenders of the faith who are terrorizing the faith from within.
Stay tuned as they say.

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