The Southern Baptist Convention has a documented history of ousting churches that affirm homosexuality from their rolls. However, they also have a demonstrable history of protecting large churches, refusing in 2022 to disfellowship Saddleback Church over female pastors. FBC Orlando is a gay affirming church in practice, yet evidence of this was not accepted by the Credentials Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Jim Cummings who reported FBC Orlando to the Credentials Committee posted the committee’s response:
The following is what I received today from the Credentials Committee, even though I gave them a very specific example of a man at FBC Orlando, who was baptized, and is literally married to another man.
October 2, 2023
Dear Mr. Cummings,
Thank you for reporting your concerns regarding First Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida. Our committee is tasked with forming an opinion regarding whether a church has a “faith and practice which closely identifies with the Convention’s adopted statement of faith.” Specifically, we were asked to consider whether the church acts to affirm, approve or endorse homosexual behavior.
We have reviewed your submission and have conducted an inquiry of the church in question. Based on the information available to us, our committee has formed the opinion that, at this time, First Baptist Church of Orlando should continue to be considered a cooperating church with the Southern Baptist Convention. Therefore, we decline further consideration and have removed the church from inquiry.
Although we decline further consideration at this time, please be assured of our prayers for you and your ministry.
SBC Credentials Committee
Video evidence exists of Pastor Danny de Armas celebrating the diversity in his church which included: homosexuals, transvestites, fornicators, Democrats, illegal immigrants, pro-abortion advocates, communists, and more. He claims that all these groups are faithful, giving, and serving members of FBC Orlando.
Yet the SBC took no action to remove this apostate church.