Southern Baptist Convention Asked to Consider Action Against California Church’s “Third Way” on Homosexuality

Pastor Danny Cortez
Pastor Danny Cortez

A former Southern Baptist Convention vice president asked new officers to consider discipline against a California congregation that recently broke ranks with the denomination’s view that all homosexual behavior is a sin.

Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., made a motion at the SBC annual meeting June 10 in Baltimore requesting that officers to be elected over the next two days “prayerfully consider discipline for the Southern Baptist church and pastor located in La Miranda, Calif., for their violation of Article 3 of the SBC constitution when they affirmed, approved and endorsed homosexual behavior that the Bible describes as the sin of sodomy.”

By parliamentary rules, motions made from the floor are referred to a committee on order of business that schedules all matters that require a vote.

Danny Cortez, pastor of New Heart Community Church of La Miranda, Calif., recently wrote on a blog that he “became gay-affirming” after a 15-year journey that included his own son coming out of the closet.

Instead of firing the pastor, the congregation decided to become a “Third Way” church, agreeing to disagree and not cast judgment on one another. Cortez called it “a huge step for a Southern Baptist church.”

The SBC constitution forbids messengers from churches which “act to affirm, approve or endorse homosexual behavior.”

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SOURCE: Associated Baptist Press
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