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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 06:50 AM

Atlanta Baptist group cuts ties with First Baptist Church of Decatur


The Atlanta Metro Baptist Association has severed ties with the First Baptist Church of Decatur over what it calls a “misalignment” of biblical standards.

First Baptist’s Senior Pastor David Jordan, though, thinks it boils down to the fact that the church has ordained gay deacons and is an LGBTQ-inclusive congregation at a time when the association has taken “a pretty hard right turn.”“I don’t think anybody likes to be kicked out of anything, but in a way, we can feel good about it because we are being kicked out for a very worthy cause,” Jordan said. “It’s sad that people have this kind of mindset.”The Clairmont Road church was notified of the action in a Jan. 31 letter from Atlanta Metro Baptist Association Executive Director Jimmy D. Baughcum.The letter does not mention LGBTQ issues

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/atlanta-baptist-group-cuts-ties-with-first-baptist-church-decatur/NEs6FsM0DmkTpRqyDQzdRN/

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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:26 AM

1. Love thy neighbor.

But don't forget to read the fine print--as Jesus intended.

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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:18 PM

2. Unfortunate but not surprising.

Most Baptists will be slow to get over their homophobia. They point to Paul's writings, ignoring that Paul's "thorn in the flesh" appears to have been that he was a self-loathing, closeted, gay man.

First Baptist Decatur should wear this as a badge of honor.

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