Royal Lane Baptist Church stops giving money to anti-gay bigots

It’s pretty rare that we praise Baptists on this blog, but you gotta absolutely love the gay-affirming folks over at Royal Lane Baptist Church.

The Baptist General Convention of Texas yesterday voted 63-4 to break ties with the 500-member church, according to The Dallas Morning News, after the church refused to waver from its acceptance of gays and lesbians, including as deacons. The vote by Texas’ largest Baptist group means it will no longer accept funds from the gay-affirming church. Big deal, right?

Well, it turns out there are also some more serious consequences for the church’s decision to stand up to the bigots at BGCT. One Royal Lane member will have to leave the BGCT board, and two other members who are BGCT employees will either have to give up their jobs or switch churches. One has apparently decided to tell BGCT to take the job and shove it.

Randel Everett, chief homophobe at BGCT, called the decision “painful.” Everett said BGCT churches should “welcome homosexuals,” but Royal Lane’s decision to allow “practicing homosexuals” as deacons meant that it was going against the group’s view that homosexuality is sinful. (The church apparently opted not to use the defense that the deacons are no longer practicing, but have perfected their homosexuality).

Anyhow, during yesterday’s meeting, the Royal Lane member who is a BGCT board member, Doug Washington, spoke up in defense of the church and its “practicing homosexuals.”

“To say something is wrong with them is to say God made a mistake,” Washington said.

Washington added that the church won’t be bullied by the BGCT.

“I think we’re stronger than ever,” he said.

Hallelujah!

—  John Wright

Baptist General Convention of Texas shuns Dallas church for welcoming gays

Randel Everett

Randel Everett

Our own David Taffet has been following this story, and I’m quite sure he’ll have more to say about it here tomorrow. But for now I wanted to note that the Baptist General Convention of Texas is telling Royal Lane Baptist Church of Dallas that it must condemn gays to hell if it wants to remain a member of the convention.

Royal Lane Baptist recently changed its Web site to reflect its longstanding practice of welcoming gays and lesbians, as detailed in this story from The Dallas Morning News. In response, the BGCT announced today that it will place any funds received from the church in escrow, and asked the church to remove references to the convention from its publications.

“It is my prayer that Royal Lane Baptist Church will take the appropriate action to return to these Texas Baptist values and restore its fellowship with the BGCT,” Randel Everett, executive director of the BGCT, said in a statement.

Mr. Everett, it’s my prayer that you’ll soon realize your only “Texas Baptist values” are bigotry and hatred. Until then, it’s my prayer that the folks at Royal Lane will tell you to go f*** yourself. Amen.

—  John Wright