Baptist ‘Church’ in Nation’s Capital Hires ‘Married’ Lesbian Women to Lead Congregation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A historic Baptist “church” in the nation’s capital has hired two “married” lesbian women to lead their congregation, a move that has raised concerns among Baptists nationwide.

Calvary Baptist Church, which disassociated with the Southern Baptist Convention in 2012, presented Maria Swearingen and Sally Sarratt as “co-pastors” this past Sunday, according to a press release from the Ministerial Selection Committee.

The two hail from Greenville, South Carolina as Sarratt had been serving as associate chaplain in the Greenville Health System and Swearingen as associate chaplain at Furman University. Sarratt had also been working part time at Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

“As we met and talked with Sally and Maria about their vision for pastoral leadership at Calvary, we were struck by their deep faith and commitment to being part of a gospel community,” Committee Chair Carol Blythe said in a statement.

“We were impressed by how their gifts, talents, and experience matched our ministry priorities—and we are thrilled about their upcoming pastorate and the versatility the co-pastor model will provide our congregation,” she added.

The women are expected to assume their roles in February.

But some have expressed concern over the arrangement, including Albert Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

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“Here you have a church—Calvary Baptist Church, one of the most historic congregations in the nation’s capital—that has now called a legally married lesbian couple as co-pastors,” he said on Tuesday during his podcast “The Briefing.” “The overarching pattern [in this matter] is the trajectory of American Protestant liberalism. That liberalism began as an impulse to try to modify Christianity so that it would fit better into a modern age.”

Mohler opined that the problems, however, go deeper than lesbianism, as he noted that one of the women works as a minister for a universalist assembly.

The Unitarian Universalist Association website outlines, “Few of us believe in divine judgment after death. It’s in our religious DNA: the Universalist side of our tradition broke with mainstream Christianity by rejecting the idea of eternal damnation.”

“If the [District of Columbia Baptist Convention] does not expel Calvary Baptist Church from their membership, then they by very definition simply become a convention that will accept—that indeed does accept—a church that has legally married lesbian co-pastors in terms of their own membership,” Mohler stated.

But Convention director Robert Cochran told reporters that the organization has no intention of expelling Calvary Baptist.

“We have no plans to disassociate [with Calvary]. To the best of my knowledge, the D.C. Baptist Convention, due to its respect for local congregational autonomy, has never withdrawn fellowship from any congregation,” he told the Baptist Press.

As previously reported, in 2014, Calvary Baptist ordained Daniel Robinson, a “transgender” who goes by the name Allyson Robinson.

“Allyson Dylan Robinson is a minister of the gospel, trained for the task, and ordained to the gospel ministry by another community in which she has served as pastor,” former leader Amy Butler wrote at that time. “Over the course of her journey, God has invited her to step into the faithful witness of a new identity, a true identity, and a new name.”

Robinson now speaks as an itinerant preacher and appeared at Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner’s renaming ceremony in 2015.

“Frankly I consider Job, Gautama Buddha, Joan of Arc, Rumi and Johnny Cash to be my spiritual predecessors far more than Augustine, Aquinas or Barth,” he told the Alliance of Baptists in April. “My hymnal has a lot less Isaac Watts and Fanny Crosby, but it’s full of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tupac and Beyonce.”


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  • Amos Moses

    and the apostasy continues unabated ………….. /SMH ……….

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Something is deadly wrong with the white feminists…

  • Joshua 1:9

    As an Independent Baptist, I would like to say that that particular “church” is not run with God at its head. God was pushed out to allow for these two absolutely disgusting human beings, and for the members and attendees of the “church” and their lack of Biblical sense. As with the nation of Israel, God turns His back on that “church” until they turn their eyes back to Him. Just because Jesus had died for our sins does not mean that God has changed His mind on sin, especially ones He considers an abomination. Judgment Day is right around the corner. And God will be a very busy God on that day.

    • Trilemma

      What abomination? Where in the Bible does it say that two lesbian women married to each other is an abomination?

      • Joshua 1:9

        Just one of several places to find it is Leviticus 18:22. Study the Bible more, and you will find very important and valuable information. And none of it can be debated. God said it, and that settles it.

        • Trilemma

          Lev 18:22 does not mention lesbians or marriage. It addresses an act by two men and doesn’t mention marriage.

          • Amos Moses

            scripture does not mention lawnmowers either …… so what ……….

          • Trilemma

            True, scripture doesn’t mention lawnmowers so nobody can say a lawnmower is an abomination. Likewise, scripture doesn’t mention lesbian marriage so nobody can say a lesbian marriage is an abomination.

          • Amos Moses

            it mentions women with women as abomination ……… it does not mention lesbian marriage so it is not recognized it as a marriage ……

          • Trilemma

            Where does the Bible mention women with women is an abomination? The Bible doesn’t mention lesbian marriage, either for or against it.

          • michael louwe

            @ Trilemma ……. Like I said above, u r splitting hairs.
            .
            The Bible does not mention pedophilia, necrophilia, gang-rape of a non-virgin, wife-swapping, etc, so these evil-deeds are OK.?
            ……. The Bible does not mention torture or physical abuse or cyber-bullying, so they r OK.? The Bible does not mention Nigerian scams or Ponzi schemes or computer ransomware/malware/DDOS, so they r OK.?

          • Trilemma

            The Bible does mention fraud. If the Bible doesn’t mention something then the Bible can’t be used to condemn it. Amos Moses said of the Bible, “it mentions women with women as abomination.” So where does it?

          • michael louwe

            REV.22 = 14 Blessed are those who do His commandments,[g] that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But[h] outside are dogs and sorcerers and SEXUALLY IMMORAL and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

            16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the
            churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and
            Morning Star.”

          • Joshua 1:9

            The Bible is very clear that if any man lay with another man (and because you are an instigator, to “lay with” means to have some type of sexual actions with) or woman with another woman they are to be put to death because it is an abomination to God. Now, the death sentence part of it all has been put on hold because of the fact that Jesus had died, thus, becoming the ultimate sacrifice to forgive us of our sins, should we acknowledge that fact. However, God does still reserve the opportunity for judgement after the return of Jesus. If you were to earnestly study the Bible you would already know all of this to be true. Trilemma, I will not get into any form of dispute with you. I will certainly be happy to explain things, but if you continue to come at me with arguments, twisting the Scripture, then you will most definitely be shut down.

          • Trilemma

            I’m not twisting scripture. Lev 18:22 addresses an act by two men and doesn’t say anything about marriage. You twisted scripture to make Lev 18:22 say that two women who lay with each other must also be put to death. You’re adding to what God said.

          • Joshua 1:9

            First, Leviticus 18:22 does mention both men AND women. Second, that particular verse does not have to mention “marriage”. And third, the Bible does mention that marriage is ONLY to be between a MAN and a WOMAN. There is no other way. And anyone who even attempts to change that FACT will most certainly deal one on one with God. That would be you, these two lesbians in this article, all of the attendees at their so-called “church”, and all others who agree with their side of the issue.

          • Trilemma

            First, Lev 18:22 does not say that if a woman lay with another woman they are to be put to death as you falsely claim. It only says that if a man lay with another man like a woman that the two men are to be put to death. There’s nothing about women being put to death.

            Second, yes, this verse does have to mention marriage if you’re going to use it to condemn a marriage.

            Third, not only does the Bible say that marriage is one man with one woman it also says marriage is one man with multiple women along with some concubines. So there is more than one way.

          • Joshua 1:9

            The Bible also talks about how we are not to argue with those who might not know much about the Scriptures. Therefore, as I had mentioned earlier, I am shutting this conversation down because it has become crystal clear that you are only here to play the part of the instigator. It is also clear that you are not knowledgeable when it comes the word of God. And it is also clear that you are not showing the attributes of a true Christian (not that you claimed to be one). Regardless, your efforts to steer the conversation your way has been met with a solid brick wall. I pray that the Holy Spirit speaks to you, and that you will be open to learning Scripture in the context in which it had been written. Furthering your efforts to prolong this conversation will not be necessary. Thank you. Enjoy the rest of your day.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Really? It sounds like he knows the Bible better than you do. You can’t make your argument without adding to the Bible.

      • Roy Hobs

        Not to mention — COMMON SENSE.
        Common Sense — the New Endangered Species.

      • deb

        Romans 1:24-32 Leviticus 20:13 Its in the old and New Testament

        • Trilemma

          Neither of those verses mention lesbians or marriage.

          • Amos Moses

            it is not in the bible as any kind of recognized “marriage” …… scripture tells us what a marriage is …… nothing outside of that is a marriage ….. has not one thing to do with mans law …… has to do with scripture ………….

          • Trilemma

            Scripture does not limit marriage to one man with one woman.

          • Amos Moses

            scripture does not recognize any other configuration ………. and there are good examples and bad examples in scripture ….. and it takes DISCERNMENT to know the difference …… Christ clearly laid out what it was in Matthew 19 …..

          • Trilemma

            Scripture clearly recognizes one man and multiple wives. Jesus was not defining marriage in Matthew 19. He was answering a question about a man divorcing his wife.

          • Amos Moses

            “Scripture clearly recognizes one man and multiple wives”

            Nope …. as a bad example ….. sure ….. and its outcome is also clearly identified as wrong ….. in the best example …. it led to a murder ………..

            “He was answering a question about a man divorcing his wife.”

            and in doing so … He reinforced the IDEA, the ideal of marriage from Genesis 2 …. “Have You Not Read …..”

            19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
            19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
            19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

            APPARENTLY ….. You have not read ……….

          • Trilemma

            It doesn’t matter that King David was an ungodly man; God gave David a polygamous marriage. The best example of polygamy was King Solomon with 700 wives and 300 concubines. How did Solomon’s polygamy lead to murder? It was because of polygamy that Esther was able to be in a position to help the Jews. Where does the Bible assert that the marriage of Adam and Eve was the ideal marriage?

          • Amos Moses

            Nope ….. God gave David and Solomon a kingdom …. DAVID and Solomon did things against God ON THEIR OWN …… and David RECOGNIZED he had wronged God … and REPENTED ….. DAVIDS POLYGAMY led to murder …………… the death of Uriah ……..

          • Trilemma

            In In 2Samuel 12:8 God said He gave David multiple wives and would have given him even more if it would have kept him from committing adultery. Did David ever confess that he had wronged God by having many wives and repent of polygamy?

          • Amos Moses

            David confessed to many and numerous sins against God ………. and repented ….. including murder ……………. and you are misusing scripture to make another strawman point ………….. a WOMAN is NOT a HUSBAND …………

          • http://www.personaltouchmaids.org/ TammyHenson

            God didn’t GIVE David a polygamous marriage. David CHOSE this.

            Not everything recorded in the Bible is approved in the Bible. Polygamy originated—first in the line of the murderer Cain. The first recorded polygamist was the murderer Lamech (Genesis 4:23–24). Then Esau, who despised his birthright, also caused grief to his parents by marrying two pagan wives (Genesis 26:34). God forbade the kings of Israel to have “many wives” (Deuteronomy 17:17). Look at the trouble when Israel’s kings disobeyed, including deadly sibling rivalry between David’s sons from his different wives (2 Samuel 13, 1 Kings 2); and Solomon’s hundreds of wives helped lead Solomon to idolatry (1 Kings 11:1–3). Abraham and Sarah would have been monogamous apart from a low point in their faith when Hagar became a second wife—note how much strife this caused later with Ishmael and Isaac and their descendants to this day (Genesis 16, 21). Jacob wanted only Rachel, but was tricked into marrying her older sister Leah, and later he took their slave girls at the sisters’ urging, due to the rivalry between the sisters. Jacob was hardly at a spiritual high point at those times, and neither was David when he added Abigail and Ahinoam (1 Samuel 25:42–43). Also, Hannah, Samuel’s mother, was humiliated by her husband Elkanah’s other wife Peninnah because of Hannah’s previous barrenness (1 Samuel 1:1–7).

            There are many things in the Word that are allowed yet weren’t part of His perfect plan. We, as fallen creation, screwed that plan years ago. There are way too many failures that go along with polygamy & no good thing comes from it. He created One Adam & One Eve. Not multiple Eves. His own chosen patriarch, Abraham, made the same wrong choice & we suffer from the very choice of Abraham to this very day.

          • Trilemma

            In In 2Samuel 12:8 God said He gave David multiple wives and would have given him even more if it would have kept him from committing adultery.

            I agree that polygamy only creates problems so why does God condone it?

          • http://www.personaltouchmaids.org/ TammyHenson

            It doesn’t say I gave thy master’s wives to be thy wives, but I gave them into “thy bosom”. David was to take care of them and love them and provide for them. According to Eastern custom, the royal harem was a part of the royal inheritance.

            “Into thy bosom” does not mean he had a husband-wife relationship with them. King Saul being dead, David his successor had the moral responsibility to take care of the welfare of Saul’s wives. This was a God given responsibility.

            We know that David had many of his own wives already – Michal, Abigail, Ahinoam, Maacah, Haggith, Abital, Eglah, etc. (2 Samuel 3:1-6, 1 Samuel 18:27). So why should God talk only about Saul’s wives at this time? Why didn’t God remind him of his own wives that he had? One reason is because God didn’t give him all of these wives. Not once did God say I gave you many wives. David’s harem was passed on to his son & so forth.

          • Trilemma

            I’ve heard this argument before and at one time agreed with it. But why would God mention giving these women to David if David wasn’t free to have sex with them? David was being confronted about having sex with another man’s woman. What I see is God saying to David that He had already given David additional women that he could have sex with so why would he need to have sex with another man’s woman. If the number of women that God had given David wasn’t enough to keep him from committing adultery, then God said that He would have given David even more women to have sex with. Whether these women were given as wives or concubines, it’s clear that God approved of and added to this polygamist arrangement.

          • http://www.personaltouchmaids.org/ TammyHenson

            We’ll just have to agree to disagree & walk away.

          • michael louwe

            ROMANS.1 = 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.

          • Trilemma

            This verse starts out with, “For this reason.” The reason given in verse 25 is they worshiped and served created things. So whatever these vile passions were that were against nature, they had to do with worshiping and serving these created things. It cannot be taken to mean the women were getting married to each other or even having sex with each other. They could have been engaging in temple prostitution or bestiality.

          • michael louwe

            U r misinterpreting the Holy Scripture.
            .
            ROMANS.1 = 6 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 LIKEWISE
            also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their
            lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and
            receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
            (emphasis mine – LIKEWISE)
            .
            .
            1COR.2 =13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy[d] Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”[e] But we have the mind of Christ.
            .
            2COR.3 = 14 But
            their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains
            unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But
            we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the
            Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory,
            just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

        • Tony

          WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE!!!! LGBTQAI can be Christians WE all SIN. No Sin is
          greater than another except for Denouncing The lord as God. Does,’t you
          judging a person make you less than a Christian?? That is a Sin as
          well. Ask yourselves are you a real Christian or not. Now are you a Christians?? Your sins their sin do not matter If yo0u are a Christian You are Saved and SO ARE THEY ( gay men and Lesbians or Bisexuals, All Of LGBTQAI can be Christians. So let’s talk about All your sins against God. What sins have you done by what the Bible says is a “SIN”?

      • Emmanuel

        the Bible only teaches one type of marriage. Any other type of marriage is not blessed by God and is outside of his plan. So, that is the abomination.
        now, in America, all marriages of any type are legal and appropriate. That is fine. Don’t apply the America marriage definition to the church or bible. That is the biggest problem and the church needs to stand and fight for that separation.

        • Trilemma

          What is this one type of marriage that the Bible teaches?

          Where does it say that any other type is an abomination?

          • Emmanuel

            Genesis 2:24
            Anything outside of this is not allowed in the body of Christ/church.

          • Trilemma

            So a man with multiple wives and a couple of concubines would be okay with God? Also, Genesis 2:24 doesn’t mention anything being an abomination.

          • Emmanuel

            I see where you are going and you will bring in David and Solomon and other people in the bible that had multiple wives. Which is a good point but you missed one part, they were wrong. They were used by God but they had their moments of sin. They were not living right.
            You are looking for a specific verse that states the abomination and I get that. But, you also have to see the meaning of the verse with the other verses around it. Genesis 2 is a good example of this. The chapter talks about the formation of the couple and there is nothing else added or taken from it. God created man and woman only.
            Just to go off your thought process, give the actual verse that states; you can not or can have sex with a child. please provide me that verse. If it’s not in the bible then it’s right or correct? It’s a law in our country that this is illegal and you will be punished and I agree. but is it right, morally, if it’s not in the bible. I hope you get where I am going with this. I know it’s silly but there is a point to this.
            By the way, I like having these types of conversations where we don’t insult and offend but just talk and debate.

          • Trilemma

            In 2Samuel 12:8(ESV), God says to King David through Nathan, “And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more.” So here we see God establishing a marriage of one man with multiple wives.

            I don’t know of a verse that says I can’t have sex with a child that is not a relative. I have read an article that asserted that Rebekah was 3 when she married Isaac. There is also no verse that says a man can’t have sex with his own daughter. Neither of these is morally right and both should remain illegal. Just because something is not condemned in the Bible doesn’t make it okay or moral, it just means the Bible can’t be used to condemn it.

          • cadcoke5

            Note that in the same phrase, God gave Kind David Solomon’s house, yet it doesn’t necessarily condone that he had sexual relations with the rest of the household. It may simply be a way to list both blood relatives and non-blood relatives.

            Note that polygamy is not listed as a good thing in scripture, and there is plenty of condemnation for having many wives, even if it is not expressly illegal in the law He gave to Moses. It may be that God did’n’t see it as much as harmful of a problem as homosexuality. So, it may be a measured response.

            But, any time we try to guess God’s motivation for something we are speculating, unless he spells out his motivation in his Word.

          • Emmanuel

            Again, in the church or outside of the church like in a court house? The bible can be used in the church to set the standard like marriage. But, not in the court room, ie the new marriage law.
            The state will not allow the Bible to be used to make laws and the church should not allow the state to dictate theology.

          • Trilemma

            I agree with you. The Bible should only be used to define the church’s views on marriage. However, there are many people who want to use the Bible for the state definition of marriage too.

            My arguments are only concerned with what the Bible actually says about marriage and homosexuality. If someone claims the Bible explicitly condemns same sex marriage then they need to be able to quote a verse where the Bible explicitly condemns same sex marriage.

          • Emmanuel

            True but a person who is a christian is a christian in all the areas of their life. We can not separate church and state, personally. That is why we question why a christian politician goes against what is biblical in their voting for views.
            The bible does give us those verses but you/they are looking for a specific verse, which is not there or you/they don’t want to hear it. We get into a pickle when we ask for a specific verses or specific details. But why?
            I think they ask, and they know it’s not there, to justify their sin. If it’s not there, then I can.

          • Amos Moses

            Citing the bad examples does not prove your case ………..

          • Cecilia

            Leviticus 18:22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.
            Please look it up for yourself in fact read the whole book or better yet, read the entire bible. You will get every answer to every question answered – guaranteed!

          • Trilemma

            My question was about marriage. What does Leviticus 18:22 have to do with marriage?

          • cadcoke5

            Since sexual relations is understood to be part of marriage, the bible’s condemnation of homosexual acts, makes any homosexual marriage immoral. If the union were simply two people living in the same house, Scripture does not, in any way, condemn or even speak against having a housemate of the same sex.

            In other scriptural reference to the word married, wife, or husband, it is understood to only be heterosexual union. The reason marriage or spouse is often seen in quotes, when Christians refer to a homosexual union, is because those terms simply cannot properly be used for that. The concept is a modern attempt to redefine those terms.

          • Trilemma

            The specific act described in Lev 18:22 is not performed in all gay marriages and not performed at all in lesbian marriages. So this verse cannot be used to condemn same sex marriage.

          • Cecilia

            I was responding to your commental about same sex being an abomination and the bible does say that it is. I’m a bit confused about your inquiry on marriage though since married couples usually have sex and same sex marriage is an abomination. I would say that scripture is an accurate respond to both marriage and sex . The only marriage that acceptable is between a man and a woman, the only sex acceptable to God is between a man and a woman.

          • Trilemma

            You said, “and same sex marriage is an abomination.” Where does the Bible say that? Where does the Bible specify what types of sexual activity is an abomination inside a marriage?

        • Tony

          WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE!!!! LGBTQAI can be Christians WE all SIN. No Sin is greater than another except for Denouncing The lord as God. Does,’t you judging a person make you less than a Christian?? That is a Sin as
          well. Ask yourselves are you a real Christian or not. Your sin , their sin , Sin is sin your Judgement on another person is a SIN !!!. Your Judgement and YOU will pay the price for ALL of YOUR SINs on Judgement day.

          • Emmanuel

            Let’s break this down. I can judge if I am addressing a christian. Read the bible, it’s in there.
            Yes, we all sin. But, a gay person, after asking for forgiveness, returns to the sin. If a gay person is not practicing the sin, then you are right, forgiven and saved. The same for a lying person, a person practicing infidelity. The key is to repent and not return to the sin.
            I don’t have to worry about my judgment day, I will be judged on my good and sinners for their they sin. Read the bible.

        • Patrick Trotter

          Any marriage outside of man and woman I’d an abomination

      • Amos Moses

        1Cor 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

        2Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

        and much more ….. as in Titus and Timothy …………

        • Trilemma

          Neither of these verses mention lesbians or marriage so they don’t automatically apply unless you can provide a verse that actually condemns lesbian marriage.

          • Amos Moses

            they apply to women as leaders of a church and they are disqualified on that basis ……. and scripture does not recognize the union of two women as a marriage …………..

          • Trilemma

            Neither of those verses say a woman cannot be a leader of a church.

            True, scripture does not recognize the union of two women as a marriage. But neither does scripture condemn the marriage two women. The Bible is silent on this.

          • Amos Moses

            it says the HUSBAND of one wife …… a woman ….. IS NOT a husband …. and so is DISQUALIFIED ….

          • Trilemma

            There was no need for Paul to say, “The wife of one husband,” because women didn’t have more than one husband in Paul’s world. If this verse were taken as literally as you seem to want, then Paul and all other single men would be disqualified from leadership in the church. Paul also taught that all Christians should be single which would mean the church should have no leadership at all.

          • Amos Moses

            Paul chose to be celibate …. and as a man chosen by Christ ….. he was not disqualified ….. there is a difference between the two ….. and Paul was on a path to be part of the Sanhedrin …. a requirement for that was marriage ….. scripture does not say Paul was married …. NOR does it say he was not ……. so your objection is noted ….. but means little ..

          • Trilemma

            In 1Cor 7:8(ESV) Paul says, “To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am.” Paul was clearly not married and not qualified to be a leader in the church. The fact that he was chosen by Christ is irrelevant since all leaders are supposed to be chosen by Christ.

          • Amos Moses

            a widower is single and not remarried ……. a widower can be celibate …….. there is nothing in scripture that says Paul was either married or unmarried …… and this is all a strawman argument in any event …. a WOMAN …. is NOT a HUSBAND ………… FAIL ………….

          • Amos Moses

            “True, scripture does not recognize the union of two women as a marriage. But neither does scripture condemn the marriage two women. ”

            NOPE ….. Matthew 19 …. quite clear as to the definition …… one man …. ONE WOMAN …………….

          • Trilemma

            The Bible is quite clear that marriage is one man with one or more women.

          • Amos Moses

            no … sorry …. it is not ….. that is men doing that ….. not God going okey doke ………. fail ……

      • michael louwe

        U said, ……. “What abomination? Where in the Bible does it say that two lesbian women married to each other is an abomination?”
        .
        U r splitting hairs.
        .
        .
        .
        REVELATION.22 = 14 Blessed are those who do His commandments,[g] that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But[h] outside are dogs and sorcerers and SEXUALLY IMMORAL and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
        16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
        .
        According to the Word of God/Bible, the sexually immoral covers any person who engages in sexual relations with “others” outside of a holy matrimony/marriage between a man n a woman, eg pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, incest, adultery, fornication, prostitution, homosexuality/LGBTQism, etc.
        ……. If the Old Testament were to cover every possible sin/evil-deed/law-breaking under the sky that inborn evil/satanic n fallen humans could concoct/dream-up, it would be 100-times as thick = impossible for the Bible to be carried around by a believer.
        ……. In short, sins/evil-deeds/law-breaking is anything the opposite of …” Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” – MATTHEW.7:12 = IOW, a man should not offend or hurt his wife/gf/others/himself in everything that he does or does not do.

        • Trilemma

          Where does the Bible define pedophilia as sexually immoral? Rebekah was as young as three when she married Isaac. Where does the Bible define polygamy as sexually immoral? God says He gave King David a polygamous marriage. Where does the Bible define all sex outside of marriage as sexually immoral? Specifically, where does the Bible condemn a man for having a concubine?

          • michael louwe

            Are u saying that Isaac committed pedophilia or had sex with Rebekah when she was 3 years old.?
            ……. In ancient times, it was common for a father to promise marriage of his child-daughter to the child-son of a close friend/neighbor. The marriage would only happen some years later after the child-couple had reached puberty.

            .
            .
            EXO.20:14 = U shall not commit adultery.
            .
            (Merriam-Webster)
            Definition of adultery :
            voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other
            than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her
            husband; also : an act of adultery

      • Patrick Trotter

        I does say homosexuality is an abomination and lesbian is the same thing. So it only goes to correlate that to lesbian marriage not being appropriate. As well as it is stated in the bible that man and woman are to be married and become one.

        • Trilemma

          Where does the Bible say homosexuality is an abomination? If you are referring to Lev 18:22 and Lev 20:13, these two verses say that between two men a certain sex act is an abomination. These verses don’t differentiate between heterosexual men and homosexual men. The abomination is a specific act. Therefore, these verses cannot be used to say that homosexuality is an abomination.

          • Patrick Trotter

            I guess you are looking for specific words that says lesbianism. You will not find it. But here is where it talks about homosexual behavior and acts.
            You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (NKJ, Leviticus 18:22)
            If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (NKJ, Leviticus 20:13)
            They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator– who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. (NIV, Romans 1:25-27) It only mentions marriage between man and woman. I guess if you want justification as to whether it is ok to be a lesbian or married lesbian, I guess you are splitting hairs. Would it be worth it to take that chance and watch it all come crashing down on judgement day. That is what you have to ask yourself.

          • Trilemma

            All the Bible verses you quoted address the behavior of heterosexuals. My argument is against saying the Bible condemns something the Bible doesn’t actually condemn.

          • Patrick Trotter

            You are not making sense. If it is homosexual behavior it only reasons out that lesbian behaviour is exactly the same.

          • Amos Moses

            “These verses don’t differentiate between heterosexual men and homosexual men.”

            Thats right …. because before Gods law ….. there is no difference ………..

          • maranathagen67

            It just says that homosexuals who are not repentant will spend eternity in Hell…. is that where they want to spend eternity? I don’t think so! Then do something about it… God is waiting and God cares… John 3:16

          • Trilemma

            What specifically do people who are homosexual need to repent from? Being attracted to someone of same sex? Being in love with someone of the same sex? Holding hands with someone of the same sex? What?

          • maranathagen67

            Trilemma, you are in a major dilemma! You are separated from a holy God through your unbelief, am I right? You have never placed your trust and faith in Jesus Christ and are being used of the enemy Satan to destroy the Truth of God’s infallible Word. It can’t succeed and it won’t succeed. If you are sincere about getting answers to your questions, you will humble yourself before Almighty God and turn from your obstinate and proud ways to faith and trust in the Christ of Calvary. When you become a new creation in Him, your eyes of understanding will be opened and the Truth of God’s Word will give you meaning and purpose to life. The confusion and contradictions of mind and soul will be remedied through the wisdom and power of God and His Word. The question is, are you willing to take that step of faith? Are you willing to sacrifice your pride and come humbly to the throne of grace seeking His enlightenment?

  • Max

    Gays in churches = empty pews.
    The Christians are leaving these churches in droves.
    If you want to shrink your church fast, hire a gay or lesbian pastor. The local junior high kids will thank you for having a nice empty parking lot for them to skateboard in on Sundays.

  • Liberal Elitist

    This is good. I applaud the couple for courageously standing against hatred, bigotry, and persecution. May they and the rest of their family remain safe from harm.

    • Patriot

      Lesbians do not have families. Only a man and a woman can create a child together. If you don’t know how this works, Google “human reproduction for children.” Most fourth-graders already know this stuff.

      • Croquet_Player

        Are couples with adopted children families? Or should adopted children be considered “not really part of the family”, and on an unequal footing with siblings?

        • Amos Moses

          false comparisons ….. there is no biblical definition of a lesbian or homosexual “family” ….. we as christians are all adopted into Father/Christ/Holy Spirits family ……. and all on equal footing as part of that family …… but that is not what you are talking about …… you are talking about a man-made faux “family” …… it has no real structure to be centered around ….. and so it is false ………….. and it will crumble to dust …… it is child abuse ……

          • Croquet_Player

            Yawn.

          • Amos Moses

            yes ….. you are boring ……….

          • Ambulance Chaser

            What in the world are you talking about?

        • Bob Johnson

          And what about your dead brother’s children when you marry his wife?

          • Croquet_Player

            I don’t have a brother, and even if I did, I wouldn’t marry his wife because I’m a straight lady.

          • Bob Johnson

            It was a rabbinical question. And how was I to know your nonexistent brother was straight?

          • Croquet_Player

            Are you a rabbi?

          • Bob Johnson

            No, I am not a rabbi. A rabbinical question is a question that you would ask of your rabbi or a theological scholar.

          • Croquet_Player

            Yes, so I’ve heard. I’m not convinced your question meets those standards.

          • Thornton

            Bob….You know I am laughing like crazy. I can almost hear you, as you read ‘Croquet_Player’s post saying…”Oh my God. Geez!” HEY…I know. It is so frustrating trying to teach a bunch, and I mean a bunch, of people out there not only definitions (I wonder how many know what the word ‘definition’ means?…HEHEHEHE), but the meaning and understanding of certain issues that they have NO clue what they are talking about. They just rattle off what they have been told by other uneducated and ignorant people because they are too lazy to do the research and find out the true facts about a subject. But, I love how you hold it together trying to inform the ignorant. What is so amazing to me is….that they STILL don’t get it. HEHEHEHEHE That’s OK,.Bob. I love reading your posts. They make my day and give me a major chuckle. I love it. Keep up the good work. And if I have not done so, a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and yours. I continue to look forward to your posts as the days roll on. Take care.

          • Thornton

            Excuse me. When you do not understand a word or a subject matter, why don’t you go to a dictionary or Google the subject to find out the actual true meaning and facts before you open your mouth again. Are you too lazy to do that? Because when you don’t, it just shows how ignorant and uneducated you are and people are laughing at you….not with you. Get it?

          • Croquet_Player

            Gee thanks, Thornton. See here’s the thing though. You’re the one who’s missing the joke entirely. I didn’t actually suspect “Bob Johnson” was a rabbi. I just found he was being pompous with this “rabbinical” nonsense, and trying (and failing) to wrap the old anti-gay bigotry in what he thought was a veneer of scholarship. Apparently this all went right over your head. Thanks again for the advice though, that’s awfully cute of you.

          • Thornton

            OK…You got me….I am shaking my head that I did not recognize your comment as sarcasm. My Bad. I’m sorry. It should have clicked that you were pulling his leg, and I just didn’t get on the clue bus.

    • Joshua 1:9

      Your name on here says it all. It tells everyone that you are only here to instigate. This couple is free (because of the freewill that God had granted them) to live their life on Earth the way they choose. However, God had also granted a warning that He will be judging everyone based on what they had done. And He will judge ones who claim to come under His name even harsher than the rest. These two women are intently trying to lead many Christians astray. They will certainly face judgement from God.

    • Emmanuel

      They stand against those thing but stand with and support sin.

  • Roy Payne

    They’re not “pastors”. They’re not “married”. It’s not a “church”. What they are is a bunch of apostates which God will spew out of His mouth at the Judgment.

    • Amos Moses

      1Cor 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

      2Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

    • Eulene Garland

      Amen Brother Payne, I’m ad they are no other in the Southern Baptist. I would hate to part with my church. God will judge them and when he does it won’t be good .

      • Tony

        YOU SHALL BE JUDGED FOR YOUR judgement AS WELL. Who are you to judge a person. You are not GOD that judgement is for God alone. LGBTQAI Can be Christians as well. If you judge them I would think that YOU are less than the Ideal Christian as you claim. Judgement works both ways you S0-Called Christians.

        • maranathagen67

          You obviously don’t believe the Scriptures, Tony! LGBTQ has already been judged and condemned in the Bible. It’s not just our opinion… it’s based upon solid Biblical convictions. You either believe and accept it or you don’t. Rejecting God’s Truth is a VERY serious offense before Almighty God and brings with it serious consequences. Check it out for yourself.

        • Eulene Garland

          I don’t judge them God’s word does it clearly says that is an abomination.people with itching ear will distort the truth and lead others down a path or destruction.

        • nineleven

          tony, you do not understand the scriptures correctly. Paul told the disciples that the role of Christians IS to judge those inside of the church and not outside of the church (or unbelievers). Read 1 Cor 5:12-13. you have turned Christ’s words and the words of one of his anointed apostles on their heads. you really need to take the whole counsel of scriptures and stop taking verses out of context. Paul finishes the sentence to “Drive out the wicked person from among you.” Yes, that church mentioned above needs to drive them out. Yes, to hate is sin is righteousness. God commands Christians when they see sin, to hate the sin and after several warnings to drive the wicked out of the church. Jesus in the book revelation rebukes one of the churches for tolerating the “Jezebel” in their midst Rev 2.20. Please read the scriptures!

    • Donna Spencer Reed

      I agree with you Roy Payne

    • http://www.gmail.com/ David van Heerden

      To be pedantic, the threat of being spewed out of Christ’s mouth is directed only at real churches. Theoretically, if there were any actual Christians at this church, it would be possible for the future. Current reports indicate that it happened some time ago already.

      • Tony

        WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE!!!! LGBTQAI can be Christians WE all SIN. No Sin is
        greater than another except for Denouncing The lord as God. Does,’t you
        judging a person make you less than a Christian?? That is a Sin as
        well. Ask yourselves are you a real Christian or not.

        • http://www.gmail.com/ David van Heerden

          If you are claiming to be actual believers, then hear what he says about condoning fornication in the church:

          20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
          21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
          22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
          23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

          I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is
          true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

          Of course, if you are not partakers of his chastisement, then you are bastards, and not sons.

    • Tony

      WITH YOU Judging a someone that makes you less than the ideal Christian. That is a sin too. No sin is greater than another. Except for denouncing Jesus as God.

  • Robert

    Most Baptist do not condone this type of suff going on.

  • Emmanuel

    Another Godless church.

    • Tony

      WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE!!!! LGBTQAI can be Christians WE all SIN. No Sin is
      greater than another except for Denouncing The lord as God. Does,’t you
      judging a person make you less than a Christian?? That is a Sin as
      well. Ask yourselves are you a real Christian or not. Your Judgement is a sin too. You will pay the price when your judgement comes to you in Heaven.

      • maranathagen67

        Tony, stop deceiving yourself. All you are doing here is bringing God’s judgment upon yourself. “And they did what was right in their own eyes”! Eternity is a long time to be wrong….

  • Patrick Trotter

    How can they be pastors and teach from the bible when they are married lesbians? Do they use the queen james version which has the homosexuality parts taken out?

    • Amos Moses

      They “pastor” goats …………..

  • Daril Lee Lev

    If you want a biblically sound denomination which will not tolerate women pastors or the sin of homosexuality, then please attend a PCA Church Presbyterian Church In America.

  • michael louwe

    The devil/Satan sowing his seeds of tares/weeds in such false Churches that approve of the sexually-immoral sin of homosexuality.
    ……. The Parable of the Sower n the Parable of the Tares n Wheat – MATT.13:18-23 & 36-43. Also, Paul’s prophecy about such false Christians – 2TIM.3:1-9.

  • RWH

    Mention the word gay or lesbian on this list, and people go spasmodic. Just the label is enough. Never mind getting to know the people. Just label strangers as sinners and people whom God is out to “get.” This Baptist church is independent. They can do whatever they want to do. You don’t like it? Treat it like any other church where things go on that you don’t like? Just don’t go back. And then, learn how to mind your own business. I have a former student who worships with another family or two in a private home because none of the “good” churches were good enough. She always found something that wasn’t right. All she’s doing is teaching her children how to be paranoid. She home schools them and doesn’t allow them contact with other kids. I’m sure that they’re lonely.

    I’m sure that Calvary Baptist Church of Washington DC is losing a lot of sleep because some nobody from far away doesn’t approve of them. And I’m sure that there are others that don’t approve of these nobodys. The difference is that polite people mind their own business and don’t try to destroy the reputations of people they have never met based on something so superficial as a label.

    • Amos Moses

      “Mention the word gay or lesbian on this list, and people go spasmodic. Just the label is enough. Never mind getting to know the people.”

      holding themselves out as “married” and as lesbians and “co-pastors” is THEIR label ….. NOT OURS …… and this is not a baptist church ….. not even sure what that defines as any real sort of “label” ………. Unitarian Universalists ….. are NOT christians …………. sorry ….

      go cry in your Cheerios elsewhere ………. your sad attempt to “label” us is just your own BIGOTRY ……….. christophobia ……….

    • Sharon_at_home

      So you are saying that many LGBTQ are not “polite people etc as it seems that many go out of their way to “try to destroy the reputations of people – whether they know them or not it doesn’t seem to matter – based on something they believe because they don’t think it’s important. (Therefore it is superficial to them)

      Every time I see an article about Christians being sued, they were treated well by the people and they made it clear that it was their faith that stops them. But, no, to heck with the Polite, kind person who was a Friend before this! They insist on suing them which destroys the Christian’s businesses.

      When I was young if one place said ‘no’, you found a business that said ‘yes’ and went there to do the business. We didn’t fuss, we just accepted . We were also taught that not everyone will like us and like everything about us . We were told that it was OK because everyone has that right. We were also advised to leave the ones that didn’t like them alone.

      The LGBTQ act like spoiled children that want everything their way and to heck with anyone’s beliefs, not to mention their lives. If someone doesn’t agree with you, it isn’t a reason to sue them, it’s a reason to go to someone who agrees with you or doesn’t have issues with doing whatever.

      Don’t try to talk about the equality issue because they are just as free to find another place. By FORCING Christians to go against their belief they are telling us that Christians don’t have the right to their beliefs.

      I’ll put it another way…Judges by tradition wear black robes. Then a new law came to be that all judges robes had to be Pink not black. Do you think they would just do it? Or would they fight being Forced to do something that is against their belief that the robes should be black.
      It isn’t a situation where one side is right and one is wrong; it’s a situation that requires some common sense. Christians have as much right to their beliefs as the LGBTQ have to what they believe! Otherwise it wouldn’t be equal rights. People should respect each other and accept each other without needing to sue, and ruin each others lives.

      • RWH

        Years ago, a lot of people thought that Jim Crow laws were Christian. They felt that it was an affront to their faith to have to sell their products to blacks. People wouldn’t have to be impolite if people treated others equally. A store owner who deprives a certain element of the population access to a product even though that product is available to everyone else deserves to be the recipient of a lot of grief. Nobody should be forced to go to the next town to buy a product when that product if freely available to any other person who enters. The only ones who seem to be running into this problem are a certain brand of Christian who feels that it is an affront to their faith when they are required to treat all people equally, whether they approve of them or not. Considering all of the Christians who work in retail, the handful that are getting themselves in the news represent an insignificant by obnoxiously vocal minority

        • Sharon_at_home

          Why should Christians have to go against their beliefs? It isn’t like they are refusing all services to the LGBTQ people; it’s only the times that the customer is asked them to Participate. No one should be Forced into doing something that is against their beliefs. Not LGBTQ OR Christians. So obviously the Christians are treating them equally, and they explain why and apologize that they cannot participate because of their faith.
          Why do Christians have to go against their beliefs? Why can’t LGBTQ accept it and find a way themselves to get someone else to do that part?
          The faith that Christians have is important to them. It’s not like they are being homophobic- they are just trying to stay within their beliefs.
          If you had strong beliefs about something and someone asked you to go against those beliefs, do you honestly feel you would just give up your beliefs because others said you HAD to?
          I know of one case where the customers refused to go to another business to have their things done, and instead sued.
          Too often in these cases it is obvious that they know the people were Christians and went there to deliberately end up suing the business!
          Everyone should have the right to say NO to anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.
          BTW it isn’t a select few who believe it is a sin to participate in someone else’s sin. It is a part of a Christians’ belief in the bible. If they don’t believe in it, they are not being true to their faith.

          • RWH

            If a so-called Christian businessman refuses to sell a product to an individual that s/he would sell to anyone else, that person is breaking the law, period. Nobody should have to go down the street to buy a “second best” product when s/he could buy a better product at your store. We got rid of Jim Crow laws years ago, and a belief in Christ does not give one license to treat another person like dirt.

          • Sharon_at_home

            I haven’t seen any stories about these businesses treating anyone “like dirt”. They usually apologized to them!
            Just because they are following their faith should not be a reason to sue!
            It is a sin for Christians to help someone to sin. Because we believe that God is the final word, we want to obey him. That’s what Christians do. They follow the Word of God to know the way to live.
            Like I’ve said before, if you had beliefs and were Forced into going against those beliefs, would you stay firm in your beliefs or would you just give in and betray those beliefs?
            Just because you go to another business doesn’t mean it’s second rate. Sometimes it ends up being a better choice.
            LGBT people too often make it obvious that they go to Christians because they know they will refuse and are able to sue them. Now that is treating someone like dirt.

          • RWH

            Well, obviously, you are not looking hard enough. I would also like to see some concrete evidence that LGBT people are deliberately going to Christians because they know they will refuse. I have yet to see any evidence that LGBT people have deliberately sought out individuals. Perhaps you’re concerned about the “Christians” because there are so few “non-Christian” businesses.

            It’s one thing to spout off about supposed persecution. It’s another to prove that people had any other intentions than to simply buy a product. If you run a business and you refuse to provide service to a customer because of your personal beliefs or biases, expect to suffer the consequences of your actions because what you’re doing is patently illegal. You can’t sell flowers to someone because of what they stand for, get out of the business.

          • Luminous

            Geezer

  • http://maxfur.com/ Max T. Furr

    Very good news! Maria Swearingen and Sally Sarratt have broken through the intolerance ceiling. Congratulations lady pastors.

    My philosophy on religion is that religious exclusivity is the greatest barrier world peace and brotherhood, and that goes for a just society as well.

    Virtually all religions have an ancient tenet, espoused, as well, by atheists, agnostics and through the millennia by the ancient sages:

    In Christianity: “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31, King James Version;

    In Baha’i: “Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not. . . .Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.” Baha’u’llah;

    In Buddhism: “…a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?” Samyutta Nikaya v. 353;

    In Secular Humanism: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”;

    In Brahmanism: “This is the sum of Dharma (duty): Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.” Mahabharata, 5:1517;

    In Islam: “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” Number 13 of Imam Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths;

    In Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary.” Talmud, Shabbat 31a;

    In Confucianism: “When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature, and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path. What you do not like when done to yourself, do not do to others.” Confucius, Doctrine of the Mean.

    Universal Empathy and Benevolent Reciprocity, as I call it, is the ONLY path to peace and harmony. While most religions espouse it, they’ve then built huge walls of exclusive tenets that block the path and have crushed this greatest of tenets beneath.

    I suggest that we all try to understand that no one of us has the ultimate “truth” and that one’s religious beliefs are most often the beliefs one was taught from tot-hood to believe. Therefore, what you and I believe, had you and I been born to a family of a different faith, then we would most likely believe what we were taught to be the “ultimate truth” and that Christianity is not.

    For intellectually honest people, this is irrefutable logic.

  • Trulylatino

    Nowadays, immorality is growing. Homosexuality and lesbianism are accepted by society as a lifestyle. It promotes liberal unions no matter the sex of the partners. Sexual erotic pleasure with others, promiscuity, and rebellion against what God has established. Without God, Society empty of moral values and without consequence, is returning back to Sodom.

    In Sodom and Gomorrah, homosexuality was classified as normal. When society accepts something that goes against the moral values taught by God, you are stepping on the same dangerous lands as the inhabitants of Sodom. When the manifestation of the senses are perverted and becomes sin, then God says: Enough!

    Homosexuality falsifies what God designed. Sin often means not only rejecting God, but denying or rejecting how and why we are made. Though it may be considered acceptable by some today, even in some, so called churches, it is not acceptable to God; and we need to take His warnings seriously.

    Sexual sins were rampant in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. (This is the origin of the word sodomy.) Despite God’s warnings to the people that lived there, they refused to repent. God destroyed those cities and it was recorded as a warning to all future generations (Genesis 18:20-21, Genesis 19:4-5, 2 Peter 2:6, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9), KJV 1960.

    Biblically, homosexuality was excluded from the plans of God for mankind, when God created a woman for Adam but not another man, leaving planted eternal validity. No homosexual will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, ever. Homosexuality is condemned by GOD, and He will never allow it in His Kingdom.

    Is there hope for a homosexuals? Yes, by the grace of God; because God loves the homosexual, but hates the sin of homosexuality. The only hope is Jesus Christ. Only Jesus Christ can free a homosexual of the clutches of this terrible sin.

    The Word of God promises to make a new creation to all those who put their faith in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.”

    Being in Christ, the homosexual dies his old life style and raises a lifestyle characterized by justice. Being in Christ, the homosexual acquires the ability to say no to homosexuality, and say yes to life in sexual purity. It requires a supernatural power to stop being a gay person, and
    God makes available to all, through Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit, you can be free.

  • rick tanner

    BINO (Baptist In Name Only)…

  • http://www.personaltouchmaids.org/ TammyHenson

    Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Matt 7:22

    Continue to live as the world & you will die as the world. If you want to live your life in sin, so be it but why must you bring your profanity in the Father’s House? Your putrid smell brings disdain to His nostrils. You disgust Him with your defiling filth. Keep your darkness outside the camp where you belong. Claiming to be a people of faith is almost laughable if it wasn’t so sad. Those under you are held in bondage by their lustful pleasures that they are willing to turn to your false teachings in order to hear what they find pleasing. It helps justify their sins instead of bringing discipline. God is holy. Regardless of the changing society around us, He still remains the same – HOLY. He doesn’t change.

    They exchanged the truth about God for a lie & they worshiped & served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. Ro 1:25-26

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    The parishioners of the church are now complicit in what Yahweh considers a capital crime:

    “Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thus share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.” (1 Timothy 5:22)

    Not to be overlooked, had the 18th-century founding fathers (like their 17th-century Christian Colonial forbears) established government and society upon Yahweh’s unchanging moral laws (including Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13), this could have never occurred. There would be no homosexual agenda period because no sodomite or lesbian would dare risk exposing themselves to petition government for their “rights.”

    For more on how Yahweh’s immutable moral law applies and should be implemented today, see free online book “Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry and scroll down to title.

    Find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

  • Tony

    WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE!!!! LGBTQAI can be Christians WE all SIN. No Sin is greater than another except for Denouncing The lord as God. Does,’t you judging a person make you less than a Christian?? That is a Sin as well.

  • 0pus

    The same people applauding these hypocrites today will be applauding pedophiles in a few years.

  • Doug Woodman

    it just part of the great falling away 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

  • Aaronaaa

    What will it take for these liberal congregations to wake up?

  • Aaronaaa

    If the Apostle Paul visited this church, I wonder what his message to them would be?

  • Diana Ann Dulle

    Satan is not fighting churches; he is joining them. He causes more harm by sowing tares than by pulling up wheat; so much more harm by imitation than by outright opposition.

  • poppyw

    If there is any integrity left in this church, they should remove the Baptist name because the gospel of Jesus Christ is not taught there. Romans Chapter 1 clearly denounces homosexuality. (why has my typing been impeded?)