LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABP) — Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said in a June 19 blog he is “frustrated” that messengers to the 2014 SBC did not withdraw fellowship from a California congregation led by a pastor who said recently he is no longer convinced the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin, but he understands why no action was taken.“The issues erupted just days before the convention met, and there was no time for the convention to come to a clear understanding of New Heart Community Church’s actual relationship, if any, to the Southern Baptist Convention,” Mohler said.
“I am confident that the Southern Baptist Convention will act rightly,” Mohler said. “I am hopeful that the Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association and the California Southern Baptist Convention will act with equal clarity and resolution.” Mohler said there is always sadness when it becomes necessary to withdraw fellowship from a church, but failure to do so in this instance “will be nothing less than a tragic abdication of responsibility and a violation of theological integrity.”
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