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A Christian Perspective and Reflection on the Boy Scouts Membership Policy Changes

Recent membership policy changes by the Boy Scouts of America have forced many Christians and Churches to reevaluate their relationship with BSA.  Here are some important questions and answers…

Key Questions for Boy Scout Leaders and Parents

  1. Can you, or your child, take an oath that is inconsistently enforced and disingenuous?
  2. Is the change in policy change "reverent" of God and His truths?
  3. Is this policy change demonstrating "morally straight" behavior?
  4. Are you genuinely and wholeheartedly willing to obey and support this Boy Scout policy with your presence and participation?
  5. If you remain within the organization are you going to try to change the situation or tolerate it?
  6. Are you comfortable with your child having an unrepentant and openly homosexual-inclined boy as their leader and example?
  7. What will you do when homosexually-inclined adults and transexually-inclined individuals are incorporated into membership and leadership?  This is the logical and historical path the BSA is on.

“The BSA is teaching our kids that when your values become unpopular, just change them.” John Stemberger,

Key Points for Churches Chartering Boy Scouts
  1. What is the purpose of your ownership of a Boy Scout or Cub Scout Troop?  Can you still achieve these purposes with the polarization that has occurred in the Boy Scouts due to their stance on accepting homosexually-inclined boys and tacitly approving homosexual behavior?
  2. Are the missions of your church and the Boy Scouts headed in the same direction, or diverging apart?  If diverging apart, is there any visible, approach hope of redirection and reunion in purpose?
  3. What does your church membership policy say about homosexual sin?  If you do not clearly state your position, do you understand the future complications and legal concerns your church will face?
  4. Ensure you know and are able to communicate biblical truths on the issue of homosexual and heterosexual sin.  Don't overlook heterosexual sin while highlighting homosexual sin.  Expose all areas of sexual sin to God's truth.  Don't expect non-Christians or nominal-Christians to understand Christian beliefs and Scriptural convictions. (John 14:26; 16:12-15, Ephesians 1:17-18, 1 Corinthians 2:10-13)  
  5. Morality does not save.  Jesus saves.  Trust Him.  Share his love.  Return love to those who hate you.  Correct brothers and sisters in Christ with gentleness, but do not overlook the sins of those who claim the name of Christ.

Key Truths for Christians to Consider Concerning the Boy Scouts
  1. Society is going to continue to head in a direction counter to God's Word.  Are you prepared to stand firm?  Do you know the truth?  Can you communicate the truth in love?
  2. Society is going to increasingly label legitimate Christians as a bigoted, intolerant, or worse.  Do you fear the opinions of men or God?  Will your godliness make you stand apart in this evil generation?
  3. You are the key religious and moral leader of your children.  Don't rely on Christian organizations, churches, or youth groups to raise your child to know God.  Lead your child to love and know Christ.  Will you?
  4. The world is watching and listening.  Be consistent. Are you going to call out the sin of homosexuality and ignore the porn addict in your house? Gloss over the seriousness of adultery?  Overlook the heterosexual sin in your family? Lust after a passerby?  Be holy as God is holy.

Points for Christian Parents of Children Identifying Themselves as Homosexuals

  1. Help your child to see God's plan.  God's plan is that they turn from their homosexual desires or any other sinful desires they have embraced.  God's plan is better than any feelings they may have. 
  2. Help your child to know that you love them, no matter what.  Truth must be communicated with love and concern. Desperately and fervently pray for your child. Show Christ's love to your child and any partners and friends they may have.  See them as God created them, not for the wrong choices they have made.
  3. Help your child to know there is hope.  No matter how difficult the temptation and struggle, for those of us who are in Christ, He is stronger and greater than all of our sin.  God can repair and heal.
  4. Your child's greatest need is not to be "straight."  Moralism does not save. Your child's greatest need is a saving and sanctifying relationship with Jesus.  Jesus will cleanse their sin and repair their hearts if they turn their lives over to Him. 
  5. Don't hide in shame.  It is true, some people will judge you and say stupid things.  Open up with trusted brothers and sisters in Christ.  Godly men and women will cover you with love and prayers.  
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"My prayers, go out to the parents and churches who have been forced to make decisions about being a part of the Boy Scouts organization. As Southern Baptists, our commitment to the Word of God and Christian values must take priority over what is ‘politically correct.’” Fred Luter, Southern Baptist Convention President

“Few, if any, are suggesting the Boy Scouts kick out boys based on their particular temptations. We don’t, and shouldn’t do that in our churches, much less in the Scouts,” Moore told Baptist Press. “But this change is more than this. It doesn’t speak in terms of temptations but in terms of the claiming of a sexually politicized identity as morally neutral.” Russell Moore, President-Elect, SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

See for yourself what God has to say about homosexuality...
Romans 1:24-32 Genesis 19 , Leviticus 18:22 , 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 , Galatians 5:19-21 , Ephesians 5:3-3 , 1 Timothy 1:9,10 , Jude 7

The best news available though, to the homosexually-inclined and all of humanity (we have all sinned), is that God's grace is sufficient to forgive us and cleanse us, should we choose to repent and turn away from our sins!

1 John 1:9-10 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives."

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