Homosexuality and the American Baptist Church

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Homosexuality in the Baptist Church:
Homosexuality is one of the most debated issues among Christians today, regardless of the denomination of their church. Some churches view homosexuality as a sin and have no tolerance for it, while other denominations are more accepting and consider it a non-sin. Even though some denominations have taken a stand on homosexuality, there seems to much discord within the governing bodies of the churches regarding this issue. It has moved from a topic rarely discussed and considered very personal and private, to a mainstream topic of conversation.
Although there has been a growing acceptance among certain Christian denominations regarding homosexuals, the American Baptist Church has remained firm in its
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This resolution might as well have stated “there exists a variety of misunderstandings” and even though it encouraged discussions, their viewpoint was already established.
1995 was an important year for the American Baptist Churches and their stand on homosexuals. In June 1995, the Granville Baptist Church in Granville, Ohio was expelled from the The Columbus Baptist Association because the church supported full participation of homosexuals. Then in September, the Pacific Southwest Region of the American Baptist Churches, which represented more the 300 churches, began defecting over the issue of homosexuality. The leaders of the region cited underlying issues regarding interpretation of the Scriptures and church discipline. As a result of the defection, The General Board of the American Baptist Churches created a commission “to find ways to deal constructively with issues around which there has been considerable disagreement.” In other words, they realized that the homosexuality issue was starting to destroy their denomination and they needed to get serious about resolving the problems.
After various resolutions, committees, and amendments over the next ten years, The General Board of the American Baptist Churches finally made some decisions in 2005. At that time they voted to amend their own document “We Are American Baptists” by adding a statement to the section “A Biblical People: Who submit to the


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