After Pastor’s Son Comes Out, Southern Baptist Church Breaks With Denomination on Homosexuality

08 Jun


A Southern Baptist church in California has broken with the denomination’s stance on homosexuality and has decided to accept the LGBT community without judgment. The church made the change after its lead pastor announced that he no longer holds to the teaching that homosexuality is a sin.

Danny Cortez, who leads New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, explained his journey in a letter to progressive Christian blogger John Shore, founder of Unfundamentalist Christians, last month. At the end of that journey, his son came out to him as gay.

Another idiot ‘Christian’ parent of a gay child decides to part ways with orthodoxy, just for the sake of getting along better, no doubt, rather than doing the right thing, and standing firm, regardless. But worse than any ordinary father, this is also a pastor, and he’s leading his entire flock astray with him.

“I recently became gay affirming after a 15-year journey of having multiple people in my congregation come out to me every year,” Cortez wrote. After reading many of Shore’s writings and hearing testimony from gay friends who felt marginalized, Cortez said his “eyes became open to the injustice that the church has wrought” and in August 2013, he said he “realized I no longer believed in the traditional teachings regarding homosexuality.”

Soon after his shift in beliefs, his 15-year-old son, Drew, revealed that he was gay and later came out publicly on YouTube.

Cortez believes that if it wasn’t for that 15-year journey and his change in theology, “I may have destroyed my son through reparative therapy.”

The California pastor, a graduate of Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology, told his congregation in February that he had recently informed the church’s elders that he now personally affirmed same-sex relationships.


After a period of prayer, study and discernment, which also included hearing from gay and straight teachers on both sides of the homosexuality debate, the church voted in May not to dismiss Cortez and “instead to become a Third Way church,” Cortez explained.

According to Cortez, as a “Third Way” church, the Southern Baptist congregation would “accept the LGBT community even though they may be in a relationship. We will choose to remain the body of Christ and not cast judgement (sic). We will work toward graceful dialogue in the midst of theological differences. We see that this is possible in the same way that our church holds different positions on the issue of divorce and remarriage. In this issue we are able to not cast judgement (sic) in our disagreement.”

Those who disagree with the church will formally leave it on June 8.

And what of the denomination as a whole; how will they react? Hopefully they will kick out these heretics…

Mohler said he believes that New Heart will ultimately be forced to leave the Southern Baptist Convention, given that the “the Baptist Faith & Message, the denomination’s confession of faith, states that homosexuality is immoral and that marriage is ‘the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.'”

“Furthermore, the Convention’s constitution states explicitly that any congregation that endorses homosexual behavior is ‘not in cooperation with the Convention,’ and thus excluded from its membership.”

Good; let’s hope they do so sooner rather than later.


12 responses to “After Pastor’s Son Comes Out, Southern Baptist Church Breaks With Denomination on Homosexuality

  1. okrahead

    June 8, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Well, I guess we could always ask what the Bible says:
    From Matthew 10:
    “34 ¶ Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
    35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
    36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. Mic. 7.6
    37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
    38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Mt. 16.24 · Mk. 8.34 · Lk. 9.23
    39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. Mt. 16.25 · Mk. 8.35 · Lk. 9.24 ; 17.33 · Joh. 12.25 ”

    This “pastor” (as if) chose his son’s sodomy over the blood of Christ. Seems the teaching of Christ Himself is clear on that here.

  2. James and the Giant Peach

    June 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Ahhh, such grave news on the otherwise happy day of Pentecost 🙂 Have a joyous Pentecost!

    In Acts 2 Peter says those who repent and are baptized will receive the Holy Spirit. When Jesus and John the Baptist were alive, they preached repent and leave your life of sin.

    This pastor makes the same mistake a good portion of pastors in America make, he takes the love of Jesus Christ and God, and leaves out the tough love, the rebuking, the insulting, the mean Jesus Christ and God.

    Yes people sin, and people are not perfect, but if you take a sin as declared in the Bible and you say “well i don’t think that should be a sin” you cannot repent for what you don’t believe is a sin. And if you don’t even try to repent, why do you think Jesus will give you the Holy Spirit or acknowledge you when you call him “Lord, Lord” at the end days? As a Christian we have the advantage of having the law as Paul says, if we then take a dump on the law and not even acknowledge we took a dump on it, but instead call it righteous, we completely threw that advantage away.

  3. Will S.

    June 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    @ okrahead, J&tGP: Indeed, Scripture is clear, in both those passages, as it is in Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, and elsewhere. God calls His people to live righteously, to eschew evil, and to repent of their sins, and turn away from evil, and follow Him even if forsaking family and friends to do so if need be, and specifically condemns homosexual activity in several passages.

    That pastor is surely now cursed; as must also be all the elders, deacons, and any who do not leave that congregation. They are disobeying the clear teachings of Scripture, and saying such do not matter, and that they won’t repent of such a stance, nor call on those like the pastor’s son to repent and turn away from their sin.

    Let’s hope the denomination does the right thing, and casts them out soon.

  4. Davis M.J. Aurini

    June 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    My diagnosis: this is what happens when you don’t have a solid theology backing your doctrine.

    >“eyes became open to the injustice that the church has wrought”

    I have no doubt that this is true. I’d wager that his church has been using heterosexuality as an excuse to feel better about themselves, and pat themselves on the back. He never understood on a deeper level *why* homosexuality was wrong, he just quoted the two passages that mention it, while declaring fire and brimstone for others, the guaranteed heaven of the “saved” for him and his followers.

    He was a child leading children, and he is still a child. He was hating the sinner, not the sin; now he’s hating neither.


  5. Will S.

    June 9, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Agreed, Aurini; the SBC are very much adrift, IMO…

  6. Eric

    June 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I have to comment again that I’ve noticed a really disturbing—but mistakable—trend in the North American so-called ‘gay rights’ movement. They seem to be wrapping their entire message under the cloak of some kind of ‘higher spirituality’. And on top of that, they seem also to be promoting the idea that homosexual ‘love’ is somehow purer than heterosexual love (although I’ll grant them that feminized Anglobitches have done quite a bit to promote that idea themselves; still a good foreign girl would be a better thing than going queer).

    Just out of curiosity, what do you think of this? It seems strange considering that the Left has always marched under the banner of militant atheism or anti-religion. Now, they seem to be co-opting religion.

    But lest anybody think that their ‘religion’ is more tolerant they’re in for a rude awakening because these guys would have no problem launching an Inquisition of their own against ‘homophobes’ if they ever had the power to do it (which might come sooner than we think).

  7. James and the Giant Peach

    June 10, 2014 at 12:09 am

    @Eric They are co-opting the churches in North America by getting the church to qualify for society’s approval when the church should be outside of it. This was done several ways:

    -Paint Christianity as an anti-science religion. Despite the fact that the father of genetics, inventor of calculus, all classical astronomers, and proponent of the old universe theory were all Christian. Then you create “pop” scientists like Bill Nye or Neil Tyson, who constantly argue shit outside of their own scientific field, and are basically just popular figures with interesting methods.

    -Paint Christianity as anti-progressive. Not that progressive is a good thing, but every year you just have to convince the younger demographics that progressivism is good. By the time they figure out half of it is baloney, too late, another 4 years locked in.

    -Paint Christianity as a backwards religion. Despite the fact that the wisdom and psychological concepts found from the gospels to the book of Proverbs still hold true throughout the ages and are the necessary structures for a stable society.

    -Paint Christianity as an un-loving religion. Convince your population that supporting abortion in all instances, mental defects being passed off as normal, teaching sodomy as normal to little kids is better than a loving God who is patient and waits for people to come to repentance. ESPECIALLY paint Christians as unloving if they have any standards of conduct or morality AT ALL! They successfully turned “Do not judge” into “Do not even freaking point out that sin or dare call it one!”

    You mix these up all together and you get certain pastors like the one Will S. posted who just want to earn America’s approval again. Please see Christians as smart again, please us Christians can become progressive too, please us Christians are relevant, please look at our love and how muchhhhh we loooooove everyone!!

    You strip the pride of being a Christian and living for God (and having pride in God is supported by the Bible) and then you have Christians jumping over themselves, pushing each other to the front of the line, all qualifying themselves to the world, all on the large path that leads to doom.

  8. Will S.

    June 10, 2014 at 3:46 am

    @ Eric: I think J&tGP nails it, in his response to you. Also, I’d say that they’re trying to quell their inner voice telling them what they’re doing is wrong, by getting the church to endorse it. They want to feel they are both right with God and His church, AND that in spite of what they’re doing. Getting the churches to capitulate serves that end.


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