Get Equal, a pro-homosexual advocacy group, has launched a petition drive that calls on the Southern Baptist Convention to apologize for its teaching against the homosexual lifestyle. Organizers on the group’s website contend the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is causing harm to the lesbian, “gay,” bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and petition signatures will be delivered this week to the SBC’s annual meeting in Phoenix.
Terry Fox, senior pastor of Summit Church in Wichita, Kansas, and a longtime leader within the denomination, says the group is looking in the wrong place for an apology. “I think they’re the ones that owe America an apology,” he contends. “Their whole platform, that whole organization ... is nothing but perversion, and it damages families, it damages children. Ultimately, it damages our own society.”
Pastor Fox, who has been in the ministry for over 32 years, says he is proud that his denomination has stood strong on moral issues in the midst of increasingly liberal Christian teachings.
“It shows [Get Equal] think[s] they have become an accepted organization in America, which I would beg to differ with them,” the pastor adds. “Any poll you would take from any region in America, including the more liberal parts of the country, they would find that they’re out of sync with all of society. So I’m embarrassed for them for even asking for an apology.”
In 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention repudiated slavery, denounced racism and issued a public apology for the role the denomination might have played in harming African-Americans. Get Equal leaders liken its desire for an apology to the same action 15 years ago.
[by Russ Jones - OneNewsNow]