Southern Baptist Church Becomes Gay-Affirming

Patheos was the first (that I know of) to report on a Southern Baptist Church in California now embracing sodomy.

Danny Cortez, impastor of New Heart Community Church in La Marida, California, has changed his views on gay marriage. Not surprisingly, his son recently “came out of the closet.” I’m sure the two are unrelated.

What stood out to me was how eerily similar Cortez’ argument was to Matthew Vines, who Cortez quoted in the very beginning of his presentation. For a full review of Vines’ theology – which amounts to (A) God wants me to be happy (B) sodomy makes me happy (C) therefore God wants me to practice sodomy – listen to Dr. White’s excellent review.

DISCERNMENT TIP: Any time you begin by saying “There are only six Bible passages that condemn what I’m now embracing,” you might have a problem.

A SPECIAL BONUS: Brownie points to Cortez for creativity in his argument, insisting that Romans 1:27, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error was a reference to a certain historical figure “Caligula” who raped his commanding officer and then was stabbed in the testicles and not a reference to the act of sodomy itself through unnatural insertion. That was an impressive leap.

Also, you might notice at the 34 minute mark Impastor Cortez say that he “immersed himself in all the homo-erotic literature he could find” to better understand what the Bible is saying. Priceless.

Simply put, what Cortez did to Romans 1 in this video is essentially a version of exegetical sodomy, ignoring altogether verse 32…

Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:32, ESV)

 

We’ll see how the SBC responds in a few weeks. Hopefully they get the left boot of fellowship.


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13 Responses

  1. Shauna Bryant says:

    This is a an issue that I am sure many Christians find themselves in. They believe the Word of God, BUT THEN…..a family member comes out as ‘gay’. It doesn’t even seem to matter if said family member is a professing Christian – indeed they need not be – but yet those who are professing Christians too often seem to change their mind about what Gods Word actually says regarding this perversion. This happened in our family when an unbelieving nephew came out as gay. My husband and I did not change our stance regarding this even though everyone else did. Additionally, I don’t buy the whole ‘Gay Christian’ argument (shown me by one family member from Pipers blog and guest bloggers) – I advised them to re-read their Bibles, read John Owens on Mortification (Christians do not identify themselves by a particular sin in front of Christian-are we not a new creation, behold the old things have passed away or not?!!) and direct them to the James R. White review mentioned above. Also, I appreciate that the term sodomy was used in this post – I think terms are important. We’ve gone from knowing it is sodomy to saying homosexual to gay all in order to keep from saying what it really is…sodomy! Just like abortion. It is murdering babies. Then it was abortion, then it became just a ‘choice’ and now it is celebrated as a ‘Right’. These things are all calling evil things, good today. If the true church won’t accept these things (and they won’t), and much sooner than later, you can bet we will be persecuted by society and it’ll start with the false church paving the way.

  2. You can tell that this man was not a very good pastor or teacher of the scriptures before this all happened. If he had been, his congregation would have run him out the minute he came up with this. They think they are adopting a “humble hermeneutic”, but all I see is arrogance.

  3. Susan S says:

    Another one bites the dust! My husband and I are just sitting here shaking our heads, again.
    It doesn’t matter if you call it homosexuality or sodomy, they still think it’s ok. Words mean nothing anymore to someone who wants to justify their sin. They will twist it to fit their beliefs, just like Brannon Howse says in his new book. Oh, and calling themselves Christians, I would rather say false conversion.

  4. JD Hall says:

    There is a silver lining. The dissenters left the congregation and the Third Way church – it seems – is a home church movement. They might have dwindled to nothing. Let’s hope.

  5. mbwoodside says:

    I am going to offer this, and with a caution, but where I see the trajectory of this potentially heading. I am neck deep in the sanctification debate currently embroiling the church, and the outward working of not having a right view of sanctification can lead to these things. Even if a church says that homosexuality is sin, if they fall into the trap of not understanding that it is not just ANY sin, and it is to be something that is repented of and any type of same sex attraction is to be turned from and resisted with all manner of the power of the Word, if a church has not properly taught their congregations how to “mortify sin,” then a church may easily embrace this behavior under the guise that we are all sinners and no sin is worse than the other. If a pastor holds to total depravity post conversion, and that we are all glorious ruins or all just struggling along, then this type of behavior can sneak in and never receive the appropriate biblical counsel both in the pulpit or in the study. I can attest that this is happening.

  6. See “the death of death in the death of christ” for a helpful book on the subject

  7. Allie Stanley says:

    I note that you all are quoting from men’s writings, when indeed all you ever need for justification of your beliefs is the Word from our Almighty God.

  8. Born4Battle says:

    Exactly what is your point, Allie?

  9. Marcus Reed says:

    Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

    This inclination [homosexual tendencies], which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

    Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

  10. Michael Ejercito says:

    This was not the first church to go apostate, nor will it be the last.

    Here is a video of a church engaging in wicked idolatry.

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