The news of Wake Forest Baptist Church calling a lesbian pastor makes me wonder how to answer the question of when to kick churches out of our groupings.
The SBC has already answered this with respect to a homosexual or lesbian pastor. The church would be quickly excised from the body. WFBC is not affiliated with the SBC.
The local association and the Baptist Convention of North Carolina have already answered the question with respect to the lesbian question, having previously kicked the church out.
What about other questions? When should a church be kicked out? Here are some issues:
On doctrinal matters, Associations, state conventions, and the SBC all have statements of belief. Violation of the same means you get kicked out. I agree.
On moral things it's a mixed bag. The SBC has codified the homosexual question. I suppose some state conventions have also. On other issues, I am unaware of any entity kicking out a church for racism, or for knowingly calling or keeping on staff a confessed or convicted clergy child sex abuser. I would vote to kick such churches out.
On having women deacons or a woman as senior pastor, I recall that Adrian Rogers, years ago, lead his Memphis association (Shelby Baptist Association?) to kick out a church that called a woman pastor. Not me. I wouldn't kick a church out on a women in ministry question.
I've never heard of an association kicking a church out for pastor abuse, though I would vote for that.
My guess is that the WFBC and their lesbian pastor is just a curiosity among SBCers, but the church is also affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. I'm guessing that the CBF will do nothing in this case and hope no one asks them about it. Their position will be that the decision is a local church matter. Aw, come on CBF, put on your big boy (or, your petite gender neutral) pants and take a position.