The California Southern Baptist Convention’s (CSBC) Executive Board voted on September 11th to withdraw fellowship from New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California, because of the pastor’s announcement that he was gay-affirming and the church’s decision to take a “third way” on homosexuality.
Three months prior, New Heart’s pastor Danny Cortez created a media firestorm when he announced that he no longer believes that all homosexual behavior is sinful. (Cortez is also scheduled to speak at a pro-gay Christian conference in Washington D.C. this coming November.)
The 35 members present at the meeting of the California board voted unanimously in favor of the decision to expel the New Heart. They cited as rationale The Baptist Faith and Message, which states, “Christians should oppose … all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography.”