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Does the Baptist Church Have a Position on Homosexuality?


Question: Does the Baptist Church Have a Position on Homosexuality?
Many denominations have differing views on homosexuality. The Baptist Church is no different. There are even differing views among Baptist groups. What are the views of the Baptist Church?

The Baptist church's stance on homosexuality somewhat depends on the individual church's affiliation. For instance, the Southern Baptist Convention adheres to the belief that the Bible denounces homosexuality, therefore it is sinful. They believe that sexual preference is a choice, and that homosexual people can eventually overcome their homosexuality to become chaste. Despite the fact that the SBC sees homosexuality as a sin, they do not classify it as an unforgivable sin.

Most independent Baptist churches also consider homosexuality sinful, but some member churches in the American Baptist Churches USA and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are more inclusive, though the ABC does state that homosexuality goes against Bible teachings and the CBF does not support homosexual unions.

Still, the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists advocates for the full inclusion of homosexual, bisexual, and transgendered persons. AWAB advocates to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and support a network of AWAB churches.

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