A “Christian” church in Washington, D.C., that used to identify as part of the Southern Baptist Convention has recently hired “married” lesbian partners to co-pastor its congregation – a move that runs contrary to Scripture that defines marriage as only between one man and one woman.
Sally Sarrat and Maria Swearingen were introduced to church members at Calvary Baptist Church in the heart of the nation’s capital during its Sunday service, when it was announced that they will begin their duties to lead the flock on February 26.
Calvary Baptist Church Spokeswoman Carol Blyth appeared to have no reservations about the lesbian couple leading the church while living a lifestyle condemned by the Bible, which calls homosexual relationships an abomination to God.
“We look for the best people in the world and that’s who they were,” Blyth shared with the Religion News Service. “We’re very excited.”
Proudly announcing the church’s new arrangement to the American public, the church’s spokeswoman extolled the lesbian women by claiming their devotion to God’s Word – despite their refusal to abide by the Bible’s teaching on sexual morality.
“As we met and talked with Sally and Maria about their vision for pastoral leadership at Calvary, we were struck by their deep faith and commitment to being part of a gospel community,” Blyth expressed in Calvary Baptist's news release.
Speaking for the church’s ministry leaders, Blyth insisted that the homosexual couple would successfully carry out the D.C. church’s mission – without bringing up the fact that they will be serving as unbiblical role models when pastoring.
“We were impressed by how their gifts, talents and experience matched our ministry priorities – and we are thrilled about their upcoming pastorate and the versatility the co-pastor model will provide our congregation,” she continued.
Already donning a social agenda
When speaking before church members for the first time this week, Sarratt and Swearingen were already off and running – hinting at the progressive pro-LGBT social agenda they would be promoting in the upcoming weeks from behind the pulpit.
“We have found it so easy to fall in love with Calvary and its longstanding commitment to be a voice of justice and compassion for those who perpetually find the wholeness of their humanity disregarded and maligned,” the lesbians declared to the congregation, according to WND.
Both women have backgrounds where they were able to promote their liberal theology while serving in leadership roles.
“The couple come to Calvary from Greenville, South Carolina, where Sarratt has been serving as associate chaplain for behavioral health in the Greenville Health System – and Swearingen as associate chaplain at Furman University,” WND informed. “Sarratt holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Emory University, while Swearingen earned a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School.”
Homosexuality a recent issue for Baptists
In the wake of the Episcopalian Church’s wholehearted acceptance of homosexuality, the Calvary Baptist decided to follow suit by promoting the LGBT agenda, which resulted in severing its longstanding relationship with the Southern Baptist Convention more than four years ago.
“There has been turmoil among Baptists in America in recent years, especially over the issue of homosexuality,” WND’s Joe Kovacs explained. “Calvary Baptist broke ties with the Southern Baptist Convention in 2012, since the SBC has taken a stand against same-sex relations.”
He went on to cite Old Testament Scripture that warns about falling into the vice of homosexuality – as stated in one of the books of Moses.
“Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” –Leviticus 18:8 (NIV)
The apostle Paul alerted the perverse society of Romans two millennia ago to stay away from homosexual relations with one another.
“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way, the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” –Romans 1:26–27 (NIV)