NASHVILLE (BP) — Evangelical Christians should graciously and truthfully minister to homosexual people while also pursuing a family reformation, speakers said Wednesday (Oct. 29) in the final session of a Southern Baptist-sponsored conference.
A leading SBC pastor, Baptist educators and leaders in the movement to strengthen and protect marriage addressed attendees, who totaled more than 1,300 registrants, at “The Gospel, Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage,” the first national conference of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Christians need not adopt the two-option narrative — “affirmation or alienation” — offered by American culture in regards to homosexuality, J.D. Greear told the audience in the closing address of the three-day conference. Instead, he said Jesus provides another alternative — “full of grace and truth” – that calls for courageous proclamation of God’s Word and compassionate outreach to human beings. Continue reading →.