Pastor: I miscalculated impact of LGBTQ-affirming vote

Monday, January 15, 2018
 | 
Bill Bumpas, Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

Queen James BibleA Baptist pastor in Dallas is facing some harsh realities more than a year after leading his congregation to affirm homosexuality.

In November 2016, Wilshire Baptist Church voted to extend membership to those involved in the homosexual lifestyle. The church's slogan is now "Open to all, closed to none."

The action prompted the Baptist General Convention of Texas to sever ties with the church. A year later, Chelsen Vicari decided to contact senior pastor George Mason to see how the church has been affected by the change.

Vicari is evangelical program director for The Institute on Religion & Democracy, a conservative Christian think tank. She writes that while Mason knew some members would vote "no," what he didn't know was they would leave the church as a result. While the "bleeding" stopped months later, he estimates that about 250 of the 1,500 active members at the time no longer call Wilshire their church home – and took about $700,000 of annual giving with them when they left.

The pastor told Advocate Magazine two months ago that "three Sunday school classes of older adults disappeared altogether" – but that the church had gained 100+ new members since the vote.

But Mason's main point of rebuttal, according to Vicari, seems to be that churches across the country are struggling with attendance.

Vicari

"... Wilshire just seems to remind me ... that there's just immense pressure from secular culture to compromise on this issue on tradition Christian doctrine when it comes to sexuality," she tells OneNewsNow. "And unfortunately, churches like Wilshire have succumbed to that pressure.

"And so instead of acknowledging that this is a compromise," Vicari continues, "Pastor Mason would instead like to redefine what it means to be a vibrant church, what it means to be an orthodox church, what it means to be a growing church."

Mason explained to Vicari that the influx of new members hasn't necessarily been "Millennial gay people," but more so middle age and Millennials who are seeking a church that affirms homosexuality, transgenderism, etc.

"It doesn't take much to convince a Millennial that this is a decision the church should make," he told Vicari. "It does take a lot more to convince an older person who has grown up in a more traditional evangelical-like church."

Vicari says she's praying that the Holy Spirit will open the church's eyes to God's truth so that they can spread the gospel without compromise.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

After reading The New Yorker story quoting a second Kavanaugh accuser… (Choose all that apply)

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  Bill Cosby's day of reckoning comes in sex assault case
  After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast
Trump leads aggressive, all-out GOP drive to save Kavanaugh
Dallas police officer accused in neighbor's death fired
Trump: No statehood for Puerto Rico with critics in office

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Trump backs Kavanaugh amid new claim of sexual misconduct
Ex-Facebook employee sues company, claims 'psychological trauma' from job gave her PTSD
Kavanaugh denies sexual misconduct in Fox News exclusive: 'I know I'm telling the truth'
College classmate says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale party
Why is anyone taking Ford's accusation seriously?

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
European pastors: Countries unsure where U.S. stands

confusion 620x300A spokesman for a pro-family organization says the U.S. needs to communicate with the people of central and eastern Europe that America is "with them" on issues of life and liberty.