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  • 2 Pulse massacre survivors in ex-LGBT Freedom March

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Two survivors of a 2016 gay nightclub massacre who say they are no longer gay will celebrate in an ex-LGBT event May 5 in Washington, event organizers said.

    Luis Javier Ruiz and Angel Colon will participate in Freedom March, a worship service and public march including men and women who claim Jesus as their deliverer from homosexual and transgendered lifestyles.

    Many ex-LGBT Christians plan to worship and testify from noon-3 p.m. at the Sylvan Theater, afterwards marching through the streets of D.C., according to the Freedom March Facebook page. Read More

  • Calif. bill threatens Bible-based therapy

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, March 19, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- A proposed law in California could outlaw helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender-identity confusion. If passed, the bill, introduced last month by Assemblyman Evan Low, would be the most expansive ban on therapy related to sexual orientation and gender in the country.

    Other bans across the country restrict the practice of licensed therapists, but this law would label as fraudulent any message that aligns with the Biblical view of sexuality and gender. Read More

  • BGAV to stop forwarding churches' gifts to CBF

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (4 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 (4 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 (5 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 (5 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

  • LGBT acceptance decreasing, GLAAD poll claims

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 26, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A survey claiming a decrease in Americans' comfort level with homosexual acts and individuals has met skepticism from two Christians who study sexuality and culture. But if the survey accurately reflects public sentiment, they say, it could indicate the Bible's lingering influence on society.

    The pro-homosexual advocacy group GLAAD released data Thursday (Jan. 25) indicating Americans' comfort level with a variety of situations involving lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals -- including learning a family member is homosexual and having a child placed in a class with an LGBT teacher. Read More

  • CBF committee to propose homosexuality policy in Feb.

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 02, 2017 (9 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

  • Eugene Peterson clarifies comments on homosexuality

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 14, 2017 (one year ago)

    Author Eugene Peterson, known for "The Message" paraphrase of Scripture, has clarified his beliefs about homosexuality, stating he affirms "a biblical view of marriage" and would not perform a same-sex wedding. Read More

  • Eugene Peterson's homosexuality views draw Baptists' focus

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Bestselling Christian author Eugene Peterson, known for "The Message" paraphrase of Scripture, reportedly said in an interview with Religion News Service he does not believe homosexuality is sinful and that he would perform a same-sex wedding if asked.

    LifeWay Christian Resources told Baptist Press it will stop selling all works by Peterson if he confirms he holds the views reported by RNS.

    "LifeWay only carries resources in our stores by authors who hold to the biblical ... Read More