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Baptist Convention cuts tie to church with gay deacons
The Baptist General Convention of Texas executive board severed all ties with Dallas' Royal Lane Baptist Church May 25 due to the congregation's embrace of openly homosexual deacons.
The one-sided vote by the state convention board -- which was 63-4 according to The Dallas Morning News -- came nearly three months after the newspaper reported about the church's affirming attitude toward unrepentant homosexuals. The March 5 article was sparked by the church's website displaying a sentence that stated, "We are a vibrant mosaic of varied racial identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and denominational backgrounds." The story quoted a lesbian deacon as saying the website was a "collecting coming out," and also quoted the pastor, David Matthews, as saying Jesus would have no problem with homosexuality....
Romans 1 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,---NASB