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So the Southern Baptist Convention has appointed a retiring pastor, Rev. Bob Stith, to be a "gender-issues specialist." His job will be to show "churches compassionate and redemptive ways to deal with gay people despite many Christians' belief that homosexuality is a sin."

According to the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Stith will (also?) be the director of the SBC's Ministry to Homosexuals Task Force. This article outlines some of his goals for this ministry.

What saddens me is knowing that "compassionate and redemptive" will not mean accepting people for who they are as God created them, but rather insisting that they need to change in order to be serious Christians. Insisting that there aren't biological bases for homosexuality, or that it might be possible to change people's sexual preferences isn't going to win the SBC any friends, especially as the body of scientific evidence for biological causes grows. Even Al Mohler recognizes that.

If nothing else, this should bring in some publicity for the convention. Anyone want to venture a guess on whether it will be more or less controversial than the efforts to convert Jews of several years back?



Blogger Big Daddy Weave said...

So, Bob's qualifications are?

Well, he was a triple-major at Samford in history, poli sci, and religion. He's got a MDiv from Southwestern and apparently nobody in his church or family has ever "struggled with homosexuality."

Not even a gay cousin???

And he's now a specialist on gender-issues? Wonder if he has even known a gay man or lesbian?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 6:12:00 PM


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