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  • Ky. board seeks break from CBF donor churches

    by Todd Deaton/Western Recorder, posted Tuesday, May 08, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board took a step May 8 toward distancing KBC churches from congregations that contribute to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a missions network they say has given an appearance of approving homosexual behavior.

    Acting on a recommendation by their Committee on Credentials, Mission Board members endorsed a recommendation that churches making financial contributions to the CBF are "no longer considered to be in cooperation" with the convention. Read More

  • BGAV to stop forwarding churches' gifts to CBF

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    HENRICO, Va. (BP) -- The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) has become the second Baptist state convention in the past week to announce it will stop channeling churches' contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

    The BGAV's Executive Board approved a statement today (Feb. 26) noting the board "regrets it has had to address the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's (CBF) approval" earlier this month of a policy "permitting the hiring of LGBT personnel for certain staff positions in the organization." Read More

  • BGCT: Decision on CBF driven by 'biblical truth'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- The Baptist General Convention of Texas' decision to stop forwarding churches' contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship reflects a commitment to the biblical view of marriage, say the convention's president and executive director.

    "I am very grateful for the consistent, steady way in which the BGCT has held to God's Word," BGCT President Danny Reeves said according to a news release from the convention. "We lovingly say to all people the truth that marriage is to be between one man and one woman." Read More

  • LGBT hiring policy highlights CBF factions

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's decision to lift its absolute ban of hiring homosexual and transgender individuals has drawn diverse reactions from within the Fellowship -- and predictions that churches on both sides of the ideological spectrum could break ties with the CBF.

    "The reality is that we're liable to lose some churches -- on the left and on the right," Steve Wells, a Houston pastor who served on the CBF committee that recommended revising the Fellowship's hiring policy, told Texas' Baptist Standard newsjournal. "I really don't believe it will be that many." Read More

  • CBF nixes 'absolute' LGBT hiring ban, maintains it for leaders

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's Governing Board has voted to lift the Fellowship's "absolute prohibition" of hiring homosexual and transgender employees.

    But CBF "leadership positions in ministry" and missionary roles still will be limited to individuals "who practice a traditional Christian sexual ethic of celibacy in singleness or faithfulness in marriage between a woman and man," according to a hiring "implementation procedure" also adopted by the Governing Board. Other positions will be open to "Christians who identify as LGBT." Read More

  • CBF committee to propose homosexuality policy in Feb.

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 02, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    DECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- A committee charged with recommending how the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship can remain united despite diverse opinions on homosexuality within the Fellowship has said it will make specific policy proposals in February, according to a Sept. 29 CBF news release.

    Meanwhile, nearly 600 people, including former CBF moderators, have signed an online petition calling the Fellowship to "remove its discriminatory hiring policy," which, according to CBF governing documents, forbids "the purposeful hiring of a staff person or the sending of a missionary who is a practicing homosexual." Read More

  • CBF seeks direction amid diverse views on LGBT issues

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 07, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- A committee charged with recommending how the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship can "strengthen [its] unity" despite "differing beliefs and practices in matters of human sexuality" has said it hopes to propose in the next six months "a more faithful path forward" in the CBF's discussion of homosexuality.

    The six-member Illumination Project Committee was appointed in June 2016 by then-CBF moderator Doug Dortch to, among other tasks, recommend whether the CBF Governing Board should amend the Fellowship's hiring policy. The policy currently "does not allow ... for the purposeful hiring of a staff person or the sending of a missionary who is a practicing homosexual." Read More

  • S.C. church's stance on homosexuality challenged

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 20, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    GREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- The South Carolina Baptist Convention has asked a Greenville church to either reverse its decision to open marriage ceremonies, church membership and ordination to homosexuals or withdraw from the state convention. Read More