Important notice to all BB members

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  1. bb_baptist

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    The administration of the Baptist Board recently made a decision to ban four members of the community. The debate over how to deal with this situation lasted for more than a month. It was not a decision that we took lightly.

    There is probably no more divisive issue in the Christian community today than that of homosexuality. We run the risk of the propoganda of our culture influencing us more than we influence it and it has resulted in a major schism wihin our faith.

    This board has taken the position that homosexuality is a sin based on the clear teachings of the Bible in Passages such as Romans 1:26-27. While we as Baptists believe in the right of the individual believer to interpret Scripture for himself as led by the Holy Spirit, this issue was dividing the board in a way that was unique to these discussions.

    A compromise was attempted to remove all topics of a sexual nature from the board but the cure was almost worst than the disease in light of the recent appointment of Canon V. Gene Robinson to the New Hampshire Diocese. The issue needed to be discussed.

    While the Baptist Board has many members and is run by a score of volunteers, the site remains independently owned. It is a high profile site that receives hundreds of hits per day from many, many nations and it became evident that it was my responsibility to make a stand, for the sake of my conscience and for the sake of my God. Therefore, the decision was made to ban the most vocal advocates of the homosexual lifestyle. The bandwidth of this site is purchased by me and was intended to be a place that would bring honor to our Savior and the calling of sin by any other name had become unacceptable.

    There is no present discussion of any more account cancellations. We will still entertain fair and impartial moderation of all the other topics that are so common on this site. However, a line in the sand has been drawn on the issue of homosexuality. We can no longer afford to allow any condoning of this sin.
     
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    Amen! God will be pleased with the stand you have made.
     
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    Praise God that you are not afraid to own our Saviour and denounce what is so blatantly unacceptable to Him.

    Blessings in His name

    Sheila
     
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    I respect your deliberation and decision but would have to disagree with your conclusion albeit from a much less well informed position.

    I have not read all of the relevant threads. However, as a general room, it seems wiser to have these debates to prove these folks in error rather than banning them. I agree that it is clearly against scripture... but their views on scripture are also in error so the debate might have even produced a side benefit.
     
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    As a moderator, I always stood behind the decisions made by all, whether I agreed fully or not. When I left as a moderator, I pledged my allegiance to the Webmaster and the Board, and that does not change.

    On this move, I do not agree with the ban, but respect the right to do it. I thought a compromise could be made. That these folks could be asked to refrain from posting on the subject, and those on the other side could refrain from badgering.

    The decision has been made, however, and this is the last I will say on the matter:

    I believe homosexuality is wrong according to the word. I believe it and all other sin is an abomination in the eyes of God.

    I would differ on how one deals with these folks who are misguided in their sexual orientation.

    May the Lord Jesus be praised in all we say or do in His holy name.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    WTG WM! [​IMG]
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    This is an announcement, not a debate topic.

    Thread closed -&gt;
     
  8. Clint Kritzer

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    Two clarifications should be made:

    1) It is NOT the position of the Baptist Board that the members who were banned were not Christian.

    2) It is NOT the position of the Baptist Board that the members who were banned were not Baptists.

    The position that HAS been taken is that homosexuality is a sin. The board has remained neutral in practically every other facet of Baptist thought and will continue to do so.

    Yes, the position that homosexuality is a sin is debatable. That is understood. However, the proprietor of this site was no longer willing to pay for bandwidth that called this into question.

    Yes, the banning was reactive rather than proactive. That has been conceded. Through a parliamentary process behind the veil of the moderator forum, the decision was reached to enact the banning. It was a very heated debate. It was not a decision that was made flippantly or hastily.

    Your voices are being heard. Please do not think that they are not. It is understandable (for me) that a certain amount of lamenting should occur in this instance. However, the decision has been made at the highest level of this site. It is therefore necessary to understand that the protests are grievances, but not a petition.

    Your opinions matter to this community. Please do not think that they do not. I, personally, understand the displeasure of some and the rejoicing of others. However, these are merely opinions and will not affect the outcome of the decision that has been made. Thank you all for your continued contributions.
     
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