- December 14, 2016
Where were they then?
Why weren't these persons who are now complaining about the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ long-held stance on same-sex marriage and excluding Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas and First Baptist Church of Austin, which affirm practicing LGBTQ persons, crying "foul" when the BGCT ended its relationships with University Baptist Church in Austin in 1995 and with Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas in 2007?
Grounds for discipline
Regarding Lake Shore Baptist Church and LGBT membership, I read my Greek New Testament and about 20 translations. I think the Phillips translation gets at 2 Timothy 4:3-5 pretty well:
For the time is coming when men will not tolerate wholesome teaching. They will want something to tickle their own fancies, and they will collect teachers who will pander to their own desires. They will no longer listen to the truth, but will wander off after man-made fictions. For yourself, stand fast in all that you are doing, meeting whatever suffering this may involve. Go on steadily preaching the gospel and carry out to the full the commission that God gave you.
I shudder to think what they think are grounds for church discipline. Perhaps actually believing the Bible will get one in trouble there?
And I also recall John 11:35: Jesus wept.
Earl D. Powell