SBC Officially Opposes Boy Scouts' Gay Policy

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At its annual Wednesdy, the Southern Baptist Convention formally voiced its opposition to the Boy Scouts' new policy allowing openly gay members.

The SBC stopped short of calling troops chartered by churches to leave, but it did call on the Scouts to dismiss executives who supported allowing homosexuals as members and leaders without consulting their church sponsors.

Dr. Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, predicted the decision will cause a lot of people to leave the Scouts.

"There will be a mass exodus over time," Page said. "Churches are finally going to have to come to realize -- there is a point when you say, 'sorry, no more.'"
 
Delegates also passed a resolution opposing prejudice against people who suffer with mental health issues.

CBN News spoke last week with Page, whose oldest daughter committed suicide. He believes local churches need to do a better job dealing with what he called "the raw side of life."

"The Church ought to be the place where help is found, where encouragement is found for those who are hurting," Page said. "We probably should deal more openly and honestly with issues such as depression, such as mental health, such as addiction."

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