DALLAS- The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board voted Tuesday to accept a joint-recommendation from the Finance and Administration Support Committees to remove the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship from its church giving forms.
“I am very grateful for the consistent, steady way in which the BGCT has held to God’s Word. We lovingly say to all people the truth that marriage is to be between one man and one woman,” said Danny Reeves, BGCT President.
The move comes after CBF’s Governing Board voted to accept recommendations from the Illumination Project, which opened up a number of employment opportunities to LGBTQ persons. In a statement released February 12, the Convention reaffirmed its long-held view on biblical sexuality and marriage.
“Texas Baptists have consistently held to Biblical truth on marriage and human sexuality while at the same time loving and caring for everyone,” said David Hardage, BGCT Executive Director.
As a result of the board’s vote, updated giving forms will be printed and sent to all Texas Baptists churches. Digital giving forms on the Texas Baptists website will also be updated to match those in print. Churches choosing to continue giving to CBF are encouraged to do so by sending funds directly to the CBF national office.
Since the creation of the Cooperative Program, churches in their autonomy have designated gifts to state and national mission partners. CBF was added to the giving form in 1994, following a recommendation from a board committee focusing on expanding opportunities for cooperative missions giving.
“While we love all people, our love is governed by the Word of God,” said Board Chair Dennis Young.