Does the Bible support this statement... "The reason the church exists is to help sinners turn away from sin" -source I have thought about this alot lately thanks to several articles the Biblical Recorder website. The debate is over North Carolina Baptist's ruling on homosexuals. The North Carolina convention passed the The Sanderson Motion which deals with "churches not in friendly cooperation with the Convention are churches which knowingly act to affirm, approve, endorse, promote, support or bless homosexual behavior". Yet it seems that many Baptists are opposed to this and one of the "reasonings" used is the above statement that "the church exists to help sinners turn away from sin". I thought the church was the Body of Christ and in the local sense a local body of believers. Yes believers are to be active in evangelism (to all people) but the church itself is made up of believers. Church services should include the Gospel message (no doubt) but the main purpose of church services is to build up believers (teaching them the Word). Churches that violate Scripture's moral teachings (on homosexuality or any other issue) should not be supported by churches that don't violate those teachings (1Cor 5). To be clear the Sanderson motion does not... Click Here to read about the Sanderson Motion So how does this give Baptists a bad name? Does it give us a bad name because we refuse to compromise with the world as other denominations have done? Does it give us a bad name because we are standing up against sin? How does this give us a bad name? Was Paul giving Christianity a bad name when he ordered the Corinthian Church "not to associate with immoral people" (vs9)? Or when he ordered them to turn the willful sinner over to judgment (vs5)? Maybe I am missing something here? Maybe I am just a simple-minded hillbilly from the south who just crawled out of a cave...I don't know. One person said: "I personally believe gays are born this way. No one would choose this lifestyle knowing how terribly they will be treated. Others would say God would not create such a person. How about little babies that come into the world blind, retarded, autistic, and with various handicaps? I do not know the mind of God, but I do know he is a loving God of mystery." -source That sounds real nice and post-modern and, no doubt, it is. However, and make no mistake about this, it is a pack of devilish lies. People are born with handicaps (of all sorts) because of "SIN", because of the "CURSE", and "IF" there is some biological fault that causes some to be tempted with homosexuality it is a result of the "FALL" (it is not a blessing). Make no mistake about it, biology does "NOT" determine morality. Just because something is biological does not mean it is moral or good. And just because someone is tempted with something does not mean it is ok for them to give into it (see Jms 1:14-16). This person also says: "I think all Baptists would do well to spend their time feeding the hungry, visiting the prisoners, and less time judging others and gossiping." So the church should just stand back and do nothing while millions fall to sin and end up in hell? Maybe this person has failed to read the passages about sin and its results (Mk 7:20-23, Rev 21:8, 1Cor 6:9-10, Matt 5:27-30, etc) or maybe they like to cherry pick the verses they believe. When we say homosexuality is a sin we are not judging anyone, we are just repeating what GOD has already said (Lev 18:22, 20:13, 1Cor 6:9-10, Rom 1:25-27). These are nothing but examples of compromise and Biblical ignorance. The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina did the right thing.