The National Baptist Fellowship of Concerned Pastors stands against the American Baptist College (ABC) in Nashville, Tennessee, for inviting a “married” lesbian bishop to speak at the school’s annual Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series taking place this week.
The pastors called on the school’s president, Dr. Forrest Harris, to account for what he’s done.
In case you missed yesterday’s post with a video of the press conference, we’ve embedded a better quality video that includes questions and answers.
A few quotes:
“It is time in the life of the church to once again become a battleship. A lesbian bishop preaching at a Baptist college is evidence of the gates of hell assailing against the church, but the gates of hell will not prevail against the church…We’ve come to Nashville so that it would not be recorded in the annals of history that a lesbian bishop spoke to our precious Baptist students for two consecutive years, and no one raised an objection.” — Pastor Dwight McKissic
“[W]e have a concern for this institution. The American Baptist College has historically been connected to and supported by the National Baptist Convention USA, an organization, which on more than one occasion, has addressed this very issue of same-sex marriage through statements affirming marriage as between one man and one woman, in much the same way as Jesus affirms marriage as between one man and one woman as He addresses the topic in Matthew 19:3-16. Just as we have no right to rearrange the definition of marriage given by Christ Himself, the American Baptist College has no right or authority to teach or endorse a doctrine or position other than that of this convention.” — Pastor Robert White
“I suggest that the biblical marriage espoused in Scripture is the framework for a strong society. And as we look in our society today, it is sight and sound that we definitely need structure and foundation…When we look at the biblical institution of marriage, we see that it formed the framework for security, for safety, and for work.” — Pastor Patrick McGrew
During the Q&A, someone asked was it possible to be a good Christian and support homosexual “marriage.” (Could a good Christian support the sin of murder? Perhaps that’s too obvious. How about the sin of lying? Or thievery?)
In response, Dr. Ronnie Goines said, no, it’s not possible.
“I think to support same-sex marriage, it goes against the very crux of Christianity, which is love. How can I love you and watch you destroy [yourself]? This is not something against people who are in that lifestyle. This is to have…some sense of right and wrong.” Dr. Goines said this issue is like wearing a T-shirt that reads, “I’m a sinner, and proud of it.”
Star Parker made an important point after a reporter asked what their response would be to people who say the push to normalize homosexuality “mirrors” the 1960s-era civil rights movement. She said looking at Martin Luther King, Jr’s movement, there wasn’t one eternal truth he tried to turn upside down.
King also believed in the worldview of the founding documents, “where we call upon these eternal truths. The homosexual community and activists are turning the civil rights movement on its head. It’s the exact opposite of what the civil rights movement embraced.”
Watch the video for more.