A church in California has been ousted from the Southern Baptist Convention after embracing a vague policy not to denounce LGBT people.
By Camille Beredjick—Friendly Atheist
Earlier this year, Danny Cortez (below), the pastor at the New Heart Community Church, gave a sermon called “Why I Changed My Mind on Homosexuality” that sparked discussion among congregants about the church’s stance on LGBT people. They put the issue to a vote, ultimately deciding to take a step toward LGBT-inclusiveness (we wrote about the vote in much more detail here):
Congregants eventually agreed to become a “third way” church, meaning individual members may still believe homosexuality is morally wrong, but they and church leadership will not condemn the LGBT community.