In the Constitution of the Southern Baptist Convention, Article III, it states that a church can only be a member if it is in friendly “cooperation” with the Convention. Cooperation is defined as those churches that do not “act to affirm, approve, or endorse homosexual behavior.” There is no prohibition against churches that act to affirm or endorse slavery, pedophilia, adultery, murder or anything else, just homosexuality. In addition, the SBC has adopted over 40 resolutions condemning homosexuality. Every year a new resolution is presented condemning homosexuality. The strongest unified message of the SBC is that homosexuals must convert to heterosexuality or else God’s judgment will fall on America. Why is this same statement not made concerning adulterers? Our churches are filled with adulterers yet we never single them out, just homosexuals. I am often told, “homosexuality is an abomination to God.” Yet, so is eating lobster (Leviticus 11). Why is it we quote Leviticus 20 to prove homosexuality is an abomination but forget that same passage also calls for their execution? Why do we not see that entire passage is addressed to the “children of Israel” and not to the Church? Why do we focus so much on interjecting ourselves into the personal matters of others even to the point our church messengers are threatened with expulsion if they say anything in defense of homosexuals? One wonders if this all out war against homosexuals is nothing but a smokescreen to cover up something we wish to remain hidden. What other reasons could there be to focus so much energy and attention to ensure no homosexual ever be allowed to participate in Southern Baptist life. Please do not tell me they “love the sinner but hate the sin.” Help this Southern Baptist pastor understand these things.