It’s all fine and dandy to call yourself a “Bible-believing/preaching church,” until rebellion against God hits close to home and makes you feel uncomfortable. Good news for wishy-washy pastors: Now there is a “Third Way,” in which you can “agree to disagree,” have your cake and eat it too. And best of all, you get to be liked!
Sadly, This is where we see more and more churches going:
A Baptist church in California has voted to welcome the gay community despite going against the Southern Baptist Convention’s views on homosexuality.
The New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, CA faced a difficult decision in early 2014 when lead pastor Danny Cortez told the congregation that his son, Drew, had come out — and that he himself no longer agreed with the church’s teachings on homosexuality.
A month later the church said in a statement that it would investigate the issues surrounding same-sex marriage and vote on May 18 whether to dismiss Cortez or not.
New Heart’s congregation elected to establish an in-depth theological study of same-sex marriage, so that congregants for themselves might more deeply discern both their own theological views concerning same-sex marriage and their willingness, whatever their views, to invite same-sex couples into fellowship, communion, and leadership in the church.
On the date scheduled, the congregation took a vote and elected to keep Cortez in his post and change its official stance on homosexuality.
In a letter to Patheos blogger and founder of Unfundamentalist Christians John Shore, Cortez said the church had voted not only to let him stay but to become a ‘Third Way’ church, which he said indicates agreeing to disagree and not casting judgement on others’ lifestyles.
“This is a huge step for a Southern Baptist Church!!” he added.
In his coming out video, posted to YouTube on February 7, 15-year-old Drew Cortez offered a message to other gay teens struggling with their identities. “I kind of wish I could just hug them and tell them, ‘You’re perfect the way you are. You don’t have to change because you are fearfully and wonderfully made’… God still loves them for who they are.”
Here is the pastor’s heartstring-pulling plea to his congregation:
- After Son Comes Out, Baptist Pastor Tells Church He’s No Longer Anti-Gay… and Gets a Surprising Vote of Confidence (patheos.com)
- Southern Baptist ‘Church’ Votes to Keep Pro-Homosexual Minister, Go ‘Third Way’ (christiannews.net)
- Baptist Church Goes Rogue By Changing Views On Homosexuality, Sky Remains Intact (queerty.com)