A historic, former Southern Baptist Church has adopted a new non-discrimination policy which will allow it to perform same-sex weddings and employ openly gay and transgender individuals without telling them their lifestyles violate Biblical mandates. After a six-month period of "exploratory time," the church decided to allow ministers to perform same-sex unions and ordain any person, regardless of sexual orientation and lifestyle, to serve in a leadership role. The report notes that Greenville split from the Southern Baptist Church in the early s and currently belongs to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
While most Christian churches across the United States are strongly opposed to homosexuality and same-sex marriage, the First Baptist Church of Greenville in South Carolina has taken a totally different route: It has decided to allow not just gay unions, but also the ordination of gay and transgender ministers. The year-old church, which is the home of the first Southern Baptist Convention, reached this decision after conducting a dialogue with its members for six months. The discussions centred on the question: "Can you worship and live with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT community in the church?
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A former Southern Baptist Church has decided all are welcomed in their pulpit, going so far as to ordain gay and transgender ministers. First Baptist of Greenville, South Carolina—the church home of the first Southern Baptist Convention president—has taken a bold move in "embracing the complexities of gender identity. After a six-month exploratory time, Greenville asked their members to affirm the acceptance of same-sex couples.
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