Skip to comments.Megachurch pastor predicts surge in Boy Scout alternative programs after vote to accept gays
Posted on 05/25/2013 9:00:39 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A Birmingham megachurch pastor predicts a surge in alternatives to the Boy Scouts of America after a decision Thursday by the Boy Scouts to accept openly gay scouts.
The Rev. Harry Reeder III, senior pastor of the 4,100-member Briarwood Presbyterian Church, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church in America and outspoken critic of efforts to change Boy Scout policy on homosexuality, said evangelical churches are a bedrock of support for the Boy Scout tradition in Alabama.
Thats now in danger, he said.
When a church holds to a biblical social ethic of sex only between a man and a woman in monogamous marriage, it cannot support an organization that opposes that, said. That would introduce sexual anarchy into the teaching of the church. There will be a significant response from evangelical churches.
Reeder said evangelical churches have been moving toward other youth development programs and he expects those to accelerate. The Southern Baptist Conventions Royal Ambassadors program, the Christian Brigade program from England, Pioneer Clubs and the AWANA evangelical parachurch program embraced by several denominations are likely to be viewed as possible alternatives, Reeder said.
Something that is this much of a deviation from ethical commitments may give birth to something new, a continuing organization that maintains the historic scouting program, Reeder said.
Briarwood Presbyterian Church currently hosts Troop 254, with Cub Scouts and Boy Scout troops. Any decision to change support for hosting Boy Scouts will be made by the church, Reeder said. Our elders will make that decision, he said. We have been very impressed with the effect of our leaders and we have produced a number of Eagle Scouts who have had outstanding achievements.
But Thursdays national vote puts evangelical Christian churches in a difficult position, and it also puts the Boy Scouts in an awkward position, he said.
The Boy Scouts plan to start welcoming openly gay scouts on Jan. 1, but still have a prohibition against openly gay scout leaders.
Their position is illogical, Reeder said. There is no reason to maintain a moral position that the leaders cant be homosexual. When you are approving the practice among members, how can you not approve it for leaders?
He expects the Boy Scouts to move toward eventual acceptance of openly gay leaders.
There are some clear things that are going to happen continued pressure from the Lesbian, Bisexual, gay, transgender community and from donors for acceptance of openly gay leaders, and an exodus from a significant number of participants and evangelical church-based organizations, Reeder said.
The Boy Scout oath of duty to God becomes problematic, he said.
They now have to address their Scout oath, Reeder said. Clearly, they have abandoned all the primary religions that maintain the historic sexual ethic of one man, one woman in the context of marriage. I see no reason to maintain its previous principled commitment to a theistic oath. If youve abandoned the sixth commandment, that sexuality belongs in the context of marriage between a man and a woman, youve abandoned your duty to God.
He expects churches and parents to look for alternatives to the Boy Scouts. Parents are going to have to vote with their money and feet whether they will sustain scouting, Reeder said.
The Boy Scouts put up a good fight and were winning every battle. I wonder what caused them to decide to go fag.
With the power of the Internet the troops that resigned from the BSA can get together and form their own competing organization.
Because they were infiltrated by Leftists who may or may not have been homosexuals themselves. Then there were the threats by the BSA’s corporate sponsors to pull funding if they didn’t go homo.
Another poke in their eye.
Boi Scouts are dead. Long live the Boy Scouts.
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Perhaps they aim to change their name to Obamajugend.
Then the Gay Scouts of America can merge their femness with the Girl Scouts of America and be completely fabulous!
There won’t be any militant gay scouts when there are no scouts. Coming soon....
The Boy Scouts of Canada lost 54% of their membership after going homo. It’ll be interesting to see how the numbers play out here in the USA.
I don't thing they can take the chance of being held accountable of anything that might happen on their property.
The Morally Bent Scouts of America.
The left would call them the SS. Need something different.
But this is the end of Scouting as we know it. I used to be the Chairman of the Catholic Scouting Committee in Florida. I don't know how I could reconcile this decision with Christian principles.
I will start calling the BSA the Gay Boys from now on. A phoenix will rise from the ashes.
What percentage do you think meet there?
Royal Ranger! I’m not AG and I love it!
Let them keep their corporate sponsors and lose their membership.
The problem I see...somewhere in the next three years...some thirteen year old scout is going to sexually assault a twelve-year old scout, and the cops will be called in. Charges will be done, and a court case rigged up. What to worry about though...is the civil case. The parents will sue the scout organization, and hundreds of thousands will be at stake. After that....every scout organization will require some bonded insurance deal, and the cost per year will range from the hundreds to the thousands.
It’s a spiral from this point.
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