A California pastor who “changed” his mind on homosexuality has announced that he will step down from the pastoral role of the church he founded over 20 years ago, which was expelled by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2014 for blessing gay unions.
Pastor Danny Cortez announced during a church sermon on March 25 that he plans to resign from his position at New Heart Community Church in Whittier, California, later this spring. Cortez made the announcement public with a Facebook post last Wednesday.
“Last Sunday I announced to my church that I am stepping down from my pastoral role after 20 years at New Heart,” Cortez wrote.
“Abby and I have been so blessed to be part of a community that helped transform our lives in ways that are immeasurable. It’s been a beautiful, crazy, radical, mysterious, amazing, unbelievable and grace filled space. A space that has been willing to risk for the sake of love, for the sake of obedience to God. The people that make up New Heart are the most beautiful people we know.”
Cortez, a graduate of Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology, made headlines in 2014 when he gave a sermon to his church titled “Why I Changed My Mind on Homosexuality.”
In part because his son and other members of his church had come out to him as gay, Cortez explained that he no longer believed in the traditional Christian teachings on homosexuality.
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Source: Christian Post