FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary met with representatives of the 2008 Soulforce Equality Ride Oct. 27. The one-hour dialogue was cordial and kind spirited as the two parties discussed their opposing viewpoints about faith and sexuality at the seminary’s Riley Center.
“At Southwestern we teach the responsibility of sharing the love of Jesus Christ with everyone. In holding this dialogue, we acted out our beliefs by considerately sharing the Gospel,” said Thomas White, vice president for student services and communications at Southwestern Seminary. The one-hour closed meeting, including students, faculty, staff and administration, allowed each side to give a 25-minute presentation of its beliefs, with the remaining time spent in dialogue about disagreements.
“After meeting with them, our position remains unchanged. The Bible condemns all forms of sexual immorality including pornography, adultery, lust, and homosexuality, but the Bible also offers hope that while all people have sinned, those willing to repent, turn from their sin and call upon the name of Jesus Christ may be forgiven,” White said.
Southwestern Seminary is a confessional institution of the Southern Baptist Convention that holds the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as its statement of faith. Article XV in the Baptist Faith and Message states that “In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose ... all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality and pornography,” and that Christians should “act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.”