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Louisville church could lose Baptist affiliation for being gay friendly

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A Kentucky Baptist Convention committee has voted to sever ties with a Louisville church known for being gay friendly.

But the pastor says that decision will not affect the church's ministry.

Crescent Hill Baptist Church on Frankfort Avenue is more than 100 years old. As crews fix what's broken on the outside, those inside say their mission is simple - showing the love of Jesus.

"Folks who are gay and lesbian are not just welcomed, but affirmed as they are in this place," Pastor Jason Crosby said.

Crosby says members spent two months talking about homosexuality in the church, listening to testimony and hearing from experts on sexual orientation.

Last June, they voted to ordain, hire and marry those who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender.

"In particular, after looking at the teaching of Jesus profound in the gospels, we reached the conclusion that homosexuality is not condemned by the bible and that Jesus's love trumps all else," Crosby said.

But the Kentucky Baptist Convention disagrees.  On Thursday, a committee voted to recommend that the church's affiliation be withdrawn.

"Well the bible is clear concerning homosexuality being a sin as well as with adultery, as well as a host of sins," said KBC Executive Director Dr.  Paul Chitwood.  He believes the church is going away from biblical teachings.

"Now we're all sinners and we recognize that but for a church to say, 'we're going to endorse the sin, we're going to call what the bible calls wrong, we're going to call it right', that becomes the issue," Chitwood said.

But it's not an issue at Crescent Hill.

"God loves all without condition," said Crosby, who told WDRB that no one has left the church in protest.  In fact, there's already a same-sex wedding on the calendar.

"No matter what their sexual identity or orientation is,” Crosby said, “our God broke down barriers in the name of love and we're trying to do the same."

The recommendation to dismiss Crescent Hill now heads to a final vote and will be brought up during the annual convention on Nov. 11 in Bowling Green.

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