North Carolina Baptist State Convention votes to reject "pro-gay" churches
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The convention said any church that allows homosexuals in their churches are not considered "friendly to the convention." Several ministers voiced an opinion on the issue. Some voted in favor of the policy, hoping it will side-step conflicts other denominations have faced in the last year. But others told WXII 12 News that it's not right to create a policy for one sin and not others. "If we single out one sin and write a policy which eventually may or will exclude not only people from membership in a Baptist Church but also exclude the church's membership in an association, then it only makes sense that we would have to do the same thing with every sin," said Rob Helton, pastor of Cherry Point Baptist Church in Havelock. The convention said no church will be forced out for supporting homosexuality, but the vote means churches that do are not in good standing with the convention's principles.====== I must say that as a native of Winston-Salem I am very embarassed that such an anti-gay move by the Convention had to be made in my hometown. Many people across the nation will now hear of the anti-gay vote of the Convention and come to associate the City of Winston-Salem with the homophobic, hypocritical and un-Christianlike rejection of other Christians by what used to be seen as one of North Carolina's greatest faith institutions. It is sad that the Baptist State Convention which held up such institutions as Wake Forest University and Baptist Hospital for generations has now become one of the most anti-gay religious institutions in North Carolina. Rejection? Jesus never rejected anyone... even if he did think they were living in sin. Whatever happened to Christian love and acceptance, even in the midst of what one may believe to be wrong or sinful?