SBC Resolution on Rejecting Gay Therapy Bans Fails to Come Up for Vote

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(PHOTO: BAPTIST PRESS/MATT MILLER)On a show of ballots, messengers defeated an motion to replace the executive committee of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustee board. Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention proposed 20 motions during two 15-minute scheduled segments of the 2018 annual meeting in Dallas June 12.

A Southern Baptist Convention resolution that denounced gay conversion therapy bans and “homosexual identity politics” failed to go through at the denomination’s annual meeting.

Robert O. Lopez, a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, who submitted the resolution, explained to The Christian Post what happened.

“The resolution was declined in committee and never came up for a vote. Attempts to revive it from the floor failed when time was called,” said Lopez.

The SBC Committee on Resolutions explained why the measure did not go through.

“While the Committee believes that the Southern Baptist Convention messengers would agree that ministries seeking to provide biblical counsel to those with same-sex attraction is needed as evidenced by the over two dozen resolutions addressing homosexuality over the last forty years, as well as Article XV of The Baptist Faith and Message, the Committee concluded that there were many related issues of import to clarify in this resolution that were beyond the Committee’s ability to address at this meeting.”

Lopez added that while he was “disappointed” in the result, he and his organization MassResistance Texas remain “committed to persevering.”

Titled “On Ministry and Counseling to Lead People from Homosexuality to Heterosexuality,” the resolution asks the SBC to, among other things, “offer loving assistance to people suffering from same-sex attraction, so that they may turn from homosexuality to heterosexuality” and to reject “as heresy any claims that God makes people homosexual.”

“… the movement against so-called ‘conversion therapy’ poses an immediate threat to Christian obedience to the Gospel of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because it is possible that due to lack of support from Christian ministries, some people with same-sex attractions may err in defining themselves as ‘homosexual’ by nature, and may thereby invite a fatal sin into their hearts,” states the resolution.

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