Marriage Policy

July 2015

Dear Oklahoma Baptists,

Jordan-headshot-thumbWith the U.S. Supreme Court mandating same-sex marriage in all 50 states, we are entering times that are increasingly contrary to our Christian worldview. While the courts and the culture may change, we know God’s Word is eternal and unchanging.

This cultural shift presents us with new challenges and new opportunities. Many churches are wondering what the arrival of same-sex marriage means to them. Churches can take this opportunity to clarify their stance on issues of marriage, communicating it effectively in their church documents for their members to see and others in the community to know.

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma wants to highlight resources that will be helpful for churches who are shoring up their bylaws and other documents. What we present does not constitute legal advice, yet the resources presented here have proven to be helpful to churches. We expect to highlight even more resources for your church in the future.

In these challenging times, let’s remember that our God still reigns and Jesus is alive forevermore. He will sustain His church no matter how the culture shifts or what challenges lay ahead. In that attitude of humility and kindness toward our neighbors, we pray these resources will help your church.

Yours in Christ,
Anthony L. Jordan
BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer

TOP RECOMMENDED RESOURCES ON MARRIAGE, MINISTRY POLICY

Protecting_Your_Ministry_Cover-webERLC Resource – The SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has produced a new FREE resource, “Protecting Your Ministry: A Legal Guide for Southern Baptist and Evangelical Churches, Schools, and Ministries.” This is meant to help churches and ministries prepare for the legal intrusions some fellow believers and Christian leaders around the country have already faced, and for other threats on the near horizon. Pages 2, 4-7, 14, 16-18 are specifically tailored to churches, with sample bylaws.

 

LEGAL Q&A FROM TEXAS SOUTHERN BAPTISTS—What does the Supreme Court’s decision mean for Southern Baptist churches? Will pastors be forced to perform same-sex weddings? Will churches be forced to open their facilities to same-sex wedding ceremonies? Information and Q&A written by SBTC Legal Counsel Jim Guenther. Click here to download

 

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BGCO Conference – On March 9-10, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma hosted a conference titled “The Gospel, Sexuality & The Church: Equipping the church to respond to sexual issues with convictional kindness.” Click here for videos from that event, which addressed marriage and the culture.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

MARRIAGE & THE LAW

Gay weddings? Who must perform them? by David Roach

Why the Church Should Neither Cave nor Panic about the Decision on Gay Marriage by Russell D. Moore

Explainer: What You Should Know About the Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling by Joe Carter

Pastors and the SCOTUS Decision on Same-Sex Marriage by David E. Prince

Same-Sex Marriage and Christian Higher Education by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

THE BIBLE & SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

The Great Divide: Same-Sex Marriage and the Evangelical Christian by Erwin W. Lutzer

Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel by Russell D. Moore

Same-Sex Attraction: A Biblical Primer for the Local Church by Rob Phillips

Same-Sex Marriage and the Future by Russell D. Moore

Sexual Brokenness and the Hope of the Gospel by Russell D. Moore

TESTIMONIES

Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God by Christopher Yuan

Jernigan’s Journey featuring Dennis Jernigan

Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosario Butterfield

CONVERSATION POINTS

Talking to Your Children About Sex, Marriage and Same-Sex Marriage by Jani Ortlund, Stephanie Goeke, Krissie Inserra, Trillia Newbell and Jena Starke

The New Marriage Opportunity by Ryan Smith

How to Care for Your Gay Neighbor by ERLC

‘Love Wins!’: Addressing this & 7 other popular phrases about same-sex marriage in conversations with students by Brian Hobbs

SBC panel: Value love, Gospel with LGBT community by Tom Strode

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