LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – The Kentucky Baptist Convention will cut ties with a small group of churches that remain dually aligned with a liberal religious organization that took steps earlier this year to allow the hiring of LGBTQ staff members.
Messengers to the KBC annual meeting voted to accept a recommendation from the Credentials Committee, the Administrative Committee, and the Mission Board to terminate affiliation with congregations that choose to remain a part of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Dually aligned churches will be given up to a year to comply before they’re removed from the KBC’s list of affiliated congregation.
The matter was debated for about 20 minutes before the motion passed overwhelmingly.
Last year, KBC messengers had essentially put dually aligned churches on notice when they directed the Committee on Credentials to monitor situation and return with a recommendation at this year’s annual meeting, which was held in Pikeville on Tuesday.
Members of the KBC Committee on Credentials have reached out to dually aligned congregations to ask if they were aware of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s new hiring policy and to ask if they intended to remain affiliated with the group. Some have broken ranks with the group while others have not.
KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood said the move by messengers should be seen as “a call to those congregations to safeguard biblical teaching and maintain their historic relationships, understanding that the Bible speaks clearly on the issue of homosexuality and that they would not want to support groups that embrace unscriptural lifestyles.”