Jun 12, 2013 5:51 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - The Southern Baptist Convention is publicly announcing it's opposition to the Boy Scout's of America's decision to allow gay members.
The convention passed a resolution that expresses it's dissapointment in the organization. The resolution also supports any Baptist church that cuts ties with the scouts.
But local Baptist churches in Corpus Christi want to make it clear that the convention does does not make a binding resolution or declaration that all Baptist churches must follow. Rather, it's up to each church to make their own decision.
Pastor Dana Moore at the Second Baptist Church says they will continue to support and sponsor their troop.
While he disagrees with the Scout's stance on gays, he says pulling sponsorship would mean that the church would lose the chance to influence these boys' lives.
"There are certain things that we believe are sins. We're going to teach that they are sins. We're going to help people lead a righteous life, no matter where they're at. That's what our job is," Moore says.
John Gilbert is the scout master of the Yorktown Christian Academy's troop. He feels like Moore does. He disagrees with the Scout's stance on gay members, but says their policy doesn't allow any sexual activity of any kind.
The Academy will continue to sponsor their troop and he hopes all Baptist churches will as well.
"I think it would be a mistake for churches to back off because of one decision like this. It's like when you have a problem in your family. Are you just going to quit and dissolve your family?" Gilbert says.