A Kentucky Baptist Convention committee has voted to advocate severing links with a Louisville faithful which voted to ordain people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual as well as transgender and to perform gay and lesbian wedding ceremonies.
On 9th October, the KBC’s Committee on Credentials took the action regard to Crescent Hill Baptist Church. Paul Chitwood, the KBC Executive Director told that they are grieved by Crescent Hill’s departure from biblical teaching and Baptist beliefs. They are prayerful that they would return to the truth of Scripture on this issue and seek to be restored.
He added that they are thankful that Kentucky Baptists stay grounded in Bible as their culture goes on to rush headlong toward chaos with regard to human sexuality and gay marriage. Their love for all people, including those who practice homosexuality, needs them to speak the truth about sin even when they are speaking it to one another.
The leaders of KBC were alerted to the Crescent Hill’s vote by this statement on their website: “The congregation overwhelmingly voted to be open to grant ordination, hire, or perform wedding ceremonies for LGBTQ individuals. In other words, sexual identity or orientation will not be a factor in determining whether the church will ordain, hire or perform a wedding ceremony.”
Kevin Smith, the Credentials chairman, said that committee members detected Crescent Hill to be no longer in cooperation with Kentucky Baptists. That led to Thursday’s action that was taken following a series of private discussions between KBC and Crescent Hill leaders.