Ginter Park Baptist Church in Richmond has been affiliated with Baptist General Association of Virginia(BGVA)  for almost 100 years, but that may soon come to an end. In September, Ginter Park Baptist Church, ordained an openly gay man. This doesn’t quite sit well with the BGVA. “We’ve asked them to withdraw because we prefer they make that decision by the end of the year, but if not we would stop receiving their contributions,” said John Upton, Executive Director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) and the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.

The BGVA provides outreach services and mission work to its members in Virginia. The BGVA has given Ginter Park Baptist Church until December to cease affiliations with the organization, because the organization does not want to support their decision. “We also highly esteem the Biblical view of marriage,” explained Upton. “And the way that most of our churches view that is they affirm the Biblical principles of marriage being between one man and one woman. There’s no celebration here at all. There’s deep grief in this and we’re losing some friends here.”

Although the BGVA does not support Ginter’s decision, there are others that do. “I think it very unfortunate that the BGAV continues to uphold an archaic understanding and judgmental interpretation of scripture -that in the end says very little and is certainly inconclusive about this issue,” said Rev Warren Hammonds, who is on the Board of the People of Faith For Equality in Virginia. Hammonds goes on to say, “Its stance and action along with Dr. Upton’s statement basically presumes to decide for God whom God calls, and places the notion that all of God’s children being created in God’s image into a small, confining, comfortable box. The action also goes against the long-known Baptist principle of the autonomy of the local church.” It is also important to note that he is also a former minister and employee of the BGAV.

Do you think the church should have ordained a gay man? Also, is the group being archaic in their thinking?

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  • Kiki P.

    No one is stoning anyone… those are not practices used anymore however. The Word of God as well as God himself NEVER changes. That which He instructed the people of the world who walked with Jesus are the sam instructions for the people of the world today, and tomorrow and the year 2020 and 2130 and however long this earth lasts before it passes away.

    • i think it says in the bible to stone adulterers…..either you follow the word or you do not

  • why people wanna be strict fundamentalist Christians and don’t wanna stone nobody?

  • apple

    being gay isn’t the same as being a pedophile so stop it .

  • Charles

    God call’s it “SODOMY” and calls those men who have sex with each other (and women) Sodomites.

    Webster’s 1828 Dictionary [K-Z] sodomy SOD’OMY, n. A crime against nature.

    The Webster’s Deluxe Unabridged Dictionary of 1983 defines sodomy as “any sexual intercourse regarded as abnormal, as between persons of the same sex, especially males, or between a person and an animal.”

    What Does God Think Of Sodomy? (1) It is an abomination (Le 18:22). (2) It bore the death penalty in the O.T. dispensation (Le 20:13; Ro 1:32). (3) It defiles the land (Le 18:25). (4) It is the product of a morally reprobate mind (Ro 1:26-28). (5) It is worthy of the judgment of eternal fire (Jude 1:7). (6) It can be forgiven and cleansed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God (1Co 6:9-11).

    Other Bible Terms for Sodomy. The language the Holy Spirit uses in the N.T. to describe same-sex relations prove that God considers this a great wickedness, whether or not it is done with consent – “uncleanness” (Ro 1:24); “dishonour their own bodies between themselves” (Ro 1:24); “vile affections” (Ro 1:26); “that which is against nature” (Ro 1:26); “that which is unseemly” (Ro 1:27); “reprobate mind” (Ro 1:28); “effeminate” (1Co 6:9); “abusers of themselves with mankind” (1Co 6:9); “inordinate affection” (Col 3:5); “them that defile themselves with mankind” (1Ti 1:10); “filthy conversation” (2Pe 2:7); “going after strange flesh” (Jude 1:7). Under the Mosaic law homosexuality required the death penalty (Le 18:22-29; 20:13). The terminology used in the passages in Leviticus describe and condemn homosexuality in general-man lying with man, and woman lying with woman.

    Like any sin All Sodomites should repent