SBC Affirms LGBT Lifestyle: “The views and opinions expressed by this lubber do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the crew. Reader discretion be advised.” – Staff
With the passage of “2: ON THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL” the SBC in its Annual Meeting of Tuesday, June 14, 2022 SBC affirmed the LGBT Lifestyle. This may not have been their intent, but if the age of healing in Jesus and the removal of sickness has passed, then to judge others for their condition is not only cruel, but stands in opposition to the grace Jesus offers to all.
Official SBC Position on Healing and Transformation
“WHEREAS, The prosperity gospel is the belief that Jesus’ sacrificial and
atoning death grants believers health, wealth, and the removal of sickness… be it RESOLVED, that the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Anaheim, California, June 14-15, 2022, in accordance with sound doctrine and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, denounce the teaching of the prosperity gospel; and be it further RESOLVED, That God and God alone is our highest good and our supreme treasure, not health, wealth, or the removal of sickness.”
For a number of years the idea that a person who believes they are a male inside a females body or vice-versa could be “healed” has roiled mainline denominations. Conversion “therapy” (cures) through prayer, laying on of hands, and other means as prescribed in Scripture for the removal of “unclean” spirits has been denounced by many.
Perhaps the SBC intended to refute the Prosperity Gospel preached by those who—for a profit—play upon the emotions of the sick and needy. If so, then once the SBC amends their statement they can be forgiven for their poor choice of words. More than once Jesus rebuked Peter for his good intentions spoken in haste.
As it stands now, should an individual wish to be healed, transformed, freed from any bondage they may experience due to an infirmity, the SBC declares this is not “in accordance with sound doctrine and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
SBC Affirms LGBT Lifestyle
By denying the Holy Spirit’s power to heal, transform, and change individuals, the SBC presents Southern Baptists with a difficult choice:
- Either welcome LBGT individuals who, through no fault of their own, are born a certain way.
- Accept that LBGT individuals live in sin and that Christ cannot change them.
- Declare that Christ can change the inner man, his heart, but not the outward man and his physical heart.
Is the Holy Spirit of Jesus still at work or did some of his Spirit’s power fade with the passing of the last apostle?
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 1:2)
Why intercede for the health of others if we do not believe Jesus and his Spirit’s power still heal? If we truly believe God’s will is for that person to remain sick are we not giving others false hope to say, “I’ll pray for you?” And if so, is that not in itself the work of a false prophet?
“Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
Are we only forgiven of our sins but not freed from a life of sin? If Jesus bore our sins in his body on the cross, for what purpose was he wounded? Were James and Paul false prophets for instructing others to pray for and expect healing?
“In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.” (Acts 16:18)
“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.” (James 5:15)
“If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:14-16)
“The Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given the gift of healing by that one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:8-9)
“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (Acts 3:6)
Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. (Acts 14:3)
“Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. (Acts 14:10)
God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. (Acts 19:11-12)
A lesser Jesus is no Jesus at all. By declaring that the removal of sickness is not part of the Good News of Jesus and a life of infirmity is the acceptable destiny of all, the SBC, by implication, affirms the LGBT lifestyle. To any who wish to be healed and transformed into the image of Christ, look to Psalm 107:20 for comfort and encouragement. “He (God) sent out his word and healed them. He rescued them from the grave.”
And through Jesus God still sends out his word to heal and save.
Lord, we ask that you move within the hearts of SBC leaders to affirm your words, your truth, and your power—not the words of men who feel threatened by the actions of a few who seek to profit from peddling your Good News for a price. Your Good News remains good news for all—even those who are sick, injured, and trapped in bondage by the lies of the enemy. Amen and amen.