After reading an article on page A4 of Friday's paper, I am very confused and more than a bit concerned. The article states that the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina expelled a small church for accepting two gay members and later baptizing them. In essence, the church's representatives invalidated a baptismal. I have two comments on this action.
My first comment is a personal opinion. I do not think that any human - priest, preacher, minister, brother, or whatever - has the right to say an individual cannot accept Jesus Christ as their Savior because they consider that person's lifestyle a sin. Seeking salvation, in my opinion, is a God-given right and no man should have the right or power to stand in judgment of another and state that they are not worthy of seeking the Lord. When an individual, or a group of people, take the power upon themselves to proclaim that someone is unfit or unworthy to seek salvation, I think that individual or group is verging on the edge of blasphemy. When a group of people have the power to decide whether an individual's quest for salvation is valid or not, then that group ceases to be a church and becomes a club.