Seminary president: Baptists have been 'homophobic'
PHOENIX - The president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says his denomination needs to repent for a "form of homophobia" that has condemned homosexuals instead of embracing them as fellow sinners.
Rev. Albert Mohler told his fellow Southern Baptists at their annual meeting that they've only been half right about homosexuality.
"We have said to people that homosexuality is just a choice. Well, it's clear that it's more than a choice," he stated. "That doesn't mean it's any less sinful, but it does mean it's not something that people can just turn on and turn off."
He continued, saying: "We have also exhibited a certain form of homophobia of which we must, absolutely must in gospel terms, repent precisely because we believe in all the scripture teaches about homosexuality, and all that the scripture teaches about sin."
Advocates happily accepting Al Mohler's answer to my question as a crowd-pleasing "slam dunk" need to pay very close attention to the above words. I don't think many outside his circle of closest allies will have the same, slam dunk impression.