ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Two more churches in central Kentucky say they are cutting ties with the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's decision to allow gay youth.
Pastors at Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown and Rineyville Baptist Church told The News-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/10YwV6f) that they will not renew their charters with the Boy Scouts when the agreements expire later this year.
Jeff Wilson, an associate pastor at Severns Valley, said a vote Sunday by senior pastors and deacons was unanimous because the new Boy Scout policy doesn't adhere to Biblical and church standards. He says the church has more than 4,000 members.
"By introducing homosexual identification into Scouting, the Boy Scouts have effectively required church-sponsored Scouting units to endorse that which they consider incompatible with Scripture," the church said in an email to its members.
Rineyville Baptist Church Pastor Mitch Ash said the Boy Scout policy isn't "in line" with the beliefs of the church.
"Some people say it's not a sin, but I disagree. The Bible is very clear on the issue," he said.
At least one other church in Kentucky — Southeast Christian Church in Louisville — has said it will cut ties with the Boy Scouts.
Church leaders said alternative programs for boys are under consideration.
Information from: The News-Enterprise, http://www.thenewsenterprise.com