I learned of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram series on sexual misconduct among Independent Baptists when one of our men brought it to my attention. The series of articles claims to have uncovered hundreds of cases in nearly 200 different churches. Our church member was concerned because the Star-Telegram included a map with a database of churches charged with sexual misconduct, and our church was included on that map.
A few years ago, a young man in our church was arrested for possession of child pornography. As a matter of policy, our church cooperates with law enforcement in such cases. We did not conceal his crime. When the news media showed up at my door, I answered their questions. We spoke out very clearly against his sin: it has no place among God’s people. We sought to protect our church and to ensure the safety of every child.
So, when I knew that this was the specific reason for our inclusion on the database, I assumed that by providing the facts in the case, we could clear up the matter. I immediately sent an email to the Star-Telegram reporter and gave her three reasons why we should not be included in her database:
"Last week, World Magazine reported that two respected evangelical institutions, the National Association of Evangelicals and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, both quietly adopted a set of principles that call for comprehensive religious freedom protections combined with explicit support for LGBTQ protections in employment, education, housing and adoption, among others." -
"A systematic review and meta-analysis of 2.5 million adolescents published in JAMA Pediatrics concluded that 'sexual minority youths' — those identifying as 'homosexual,' 'bisexual,' 'transgender' — 'have a significantly higher risk of life-threatening behavior compared with their heterosexual peers.'” - CPost
"'Misgendering' refers to when someone uses the 'wrong' pronoun to describe a transgender person (i.e., calling a biological male who identifies as female 'he'). 'Deadnaming' refers to using a transgender person’s birth name (i.e. calling well-known athlete Bruce Jenner 'Bruce' instead of his preferred 'Caitlyn')." - AiG
"I tested the waters. More than once. I dove into previously forbidden pleasures expecting joy and fulfillment. And for a short time, it sometimes felt like my choices delivered. Ultimately, I was left feeling lonely, ashamed, and used. ... The little voice of my conscience whispered that I was treading in dangerous waters, but the voices of the world mocked those concerns.
"The judges in the Netherlands will probably rule against [Emile Ratelband]. But if they believe that sex has no objective reality, that the sex on one’s birth certificate can be changed, on what grounds can they rule that the date of birth cannot be changed?" - National Review