Southern Baptists expel churches for ‘affirming homosexual behavior’
The Southern Baptist Convention has expelled two church for “affirming homosexual behavior.”
The Tennesseean reported that the denomination’s Executive Committee voted to removed a total of four churches. The other two chruches were expelled over sexual abuse allegations.
St. Matthews Baptist Church in Louisville was determined to be no longer in friendly cooperation with the conservative denomination over LGBTQ-inclusive policies, according to the newspaper.
“The Convention’s decision was apparently based on our congregation’s November 2019 reaffirmation of SMBC’s long-standing policy that a belief in Jesus as personal Savior is the sole criterion for membership in our Church,” Michael Payne, chair of the St. Matthews Baptist Church Administrative Council, said in a statement. “… Nothing in the Southern Baptist Convention’s decision changes St. Matthews Baptist Church’s deep commitment to carrying out what God calls us to do in our worship and spiritual growth, as well as in ministries to those in need and fellowship within our Church family.”
Towne View Baptist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia, was the other church removed for being inclusive.
The Tennessean reported that St. Matthews was expelled from the Kentucky Baptist Convention in 2018 for the same reason.