The Southern Baptist Convention has declared ‘spiritual warfare’ on gay marriage, and said it would defy the Supreme Court if it legalizes same-sex marriage across the US.
Ronnie Floyd, the convention’s president and senior pastor at Cross Church in Arkansas, vowed to never officiate a gay marriage during his opening address to the annual convention in Colombia, Ohio on Tuesday (16 June).
‘We are in a spiritual warfare,’ he said.
‘This is not a time for Southern Baptists to stand back.’
The convention, which claims 50,000 member churches, passed a resolution to ‘recognize that no governing institution has the authority to negate or usurp God’s definition of marriage.’
‘The Supreme Court is not the final authority, nor is the culture itself,’ Floyd said.
‘I declare to everyone today as a minister of the Gospel, I will not officiate over any same-sex unions or same-sex marriage ceremonies.’
Earlier this week, the convention kicked out a member church over its support of gay marriage.