6 comments on “I Don’t Care What James McGrath Thinks, About Me or What it Means to be a Baptist

  1. I’ve responded in the comments section on my blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2012/12/i-dont-care-what-jim-west-calls-himself-he-isnt-a-baptist-in-any-meaningful-sense-of-the-word.html

    But I will gladly move the conversation here, if you prefer. What I wrote there is this:

    It may be that most Baptists are wrong about this point, but I have always heard soul freedom/competency explained in terms of the right and responsibility of each believer to follow the dictates of their conscience, and of Scripture as they understand it, before God. http://www.centerforbaptiststudies.org/pamphlets/style/liberty.htm

    Some of us take the stance that we do about marriage equality precisely on the basis of Scriptural and Baptist principles. Scriptural because we believe that the Bible’s teaching about love, fidelity, and companionship are more central to its teaching than the question of gender of spouses. Baptist because we believe that it ought to be legal for those who embrace marriage equality to practice it, just as it needs to be legal for those who do not to refrain from doing so.

    • And i have to say, again, that the fact remains that – from a PURELY historical point of view, on the basis of baptist practice, there is NO justification for participating in the marriages of gay persons and that such ‘baptists’ as do simply do not understand what it means to be a baptist.

    • addendum- it’s not surprising that some baptists arent aware of what their tradition teaches. they scarcely know anything about the bible.

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