Skip to comments.Assemblies of God Response to the Boy Scouts of America's Resolution May 23, 2013
Posted on 05/23/2013 5:06:55 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
Assemblies of God leadership regrets that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has voted to change its policy regarding inclusion of homosexual youth members. We believe as do a majority of Boy Scout volunteer leaders and parents that this is not the best policy for BSA, nor for the young men it serves.
As the landmark 2000 Supreme Court decision stated, BSA is a private organization with freedom of association to determine its own membership standards, upholding BSA's policy not to allow homosexual leaders or members. BSA stated at the time that a departure from that longstanding policy would undermine its purpose of guiding boys to keep themselves "morally straight," which is part of the Boy Scout Oath.
While we are disappointed by BSA's recent membership decision, we are pleased that the organization will retain its policy regarding adult leaders, and applaud the organization for standing firm on that issue. However, today's vote to allow homosexual youth members negates BSA's ability to legally defend its position regarding leadership and opens the door to more efforts by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lobbies to make further policy changes.
A majority of scout groups are sponsored by churches or other religious entities, which have as their foundation a belief in biblical teachings that identify homosexual behavior as outside of God's plan for sexuality. While we agree that youths who experience confusion or same-sex attraction need to be welcomed, in our churches they are confronted with this biblical teaching and will be counseled and prayed with that God will help them to align their lives in conformity to that teaching. We agree with the BSA that we need to demonstrate compassion and welcome those who are struggling with sexuality issues, but not in a way that condones such behavior, which is what the new BSA policy does.
Though the BSA shares a common mission with the Church, "to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes," the Church answers to a higher Authority in providing a value-added spiritual dimension. As such, based on Scripture, we provide a loving, welcoming environment to young people in their search for purpose, meaning and God's best for their lives. Until this decision today BSA agreed in teaching that "homosexual conduct is not morally straight" and in not wanting to "promote homosexual conduct as a legitimate form of behavior." BSA had been well-served by holding to that position.
We believe that the BSA policy change will lead to a mass exodus from the Boy Scout program, as Assemblies of God and many other churches can no longer support groups that are part of an organization allowing members who are openly homosexual. However, as a positive alternative, we offer a program the Royal Rangers that operates with values consistent to that of the BSA prior to today's change.
In the fractured family and culture today, we recognize that many youth are struggling with sexual identity and behavior. Our Assemblies of God churches seek to help these young people experience sexual purity in their lives, and remain virgins until married to a person of the opposite sex. Love, counseling and prayer is given for those who fail in this regard so that young people who engage in sexual relations outside marriage can reset their moral compass toward God's will through repentance, forgiveness and restoration.
Dr. George O. Wood General Superintendent Assemblies of God
What is Royal Rangers?
Royal Rangers is a mentoring program for future men. We provide Christlike character formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men in a highly relational and fun environment. Our mission is to evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders.
Mentoring Future Men
We are prepared to take Royal Rangers to a whole new generation of future men, to the iPod generation. The iPod has three characteristics important to its users. These same qualities are reflected in Royal Rangers.
Mechanically, every iPod is the same. It is a robust electronic device designed to deliver high quality music. Royal Rangers is likewise a robust mentoring ministry that shapes future men into godly husbands and fathers and excellent servant leaders in every sphere of life. Royal Rangers is a tool that men and boys, serving together, can use to evangelize their world, equip the next generation of Christlike men, and empower them to become lifelong servant leaders.
Flexible & Effective
Functionally, each iPod is unique, reflecting the users choices and preferences in music and media. Royal Rangers is also highly flexible and agile, enabling each outpost to implement our effective discipleship process while reflecting the preferences and practices of its local church leaders to best impact the families in its communities.
Royal Rangers provides flexibility in Uniforms Staffing Activities - Outdoors, sports, trades, professions, arts, technology, and ministry. Curriculum Cost - Royal Rangers offer cost effective options so every boy and church can participate.
An iPod is a device that is highly interconnected with other technologies. In a similar way, Royal Rangers is highly modular and interconnected, a complement to the ministries of any church. Royal Rangers serves as a compliment to other church ministries, such as
are two organizations that will happily take any family wanting to avoid the forced celebration of sodomy that the Boy Sodomites of Amerika have chosen to pursue.
Another possible alternative:
>>What is Royal Rangers?<<
(I am NOT making fun of this organization!)
It is good to know it is available since the BSA will now be rump rangers
It is the sexual deviants who are the bullies.
It’s a foot in the door and thus all over for the BSA.
What a shame.
Good for the Assembly of God churches. Hope many will follow suit.
Ok, so we let queers run rampant in the military.
Now we have queer sex assaults THROUGH THE ROOF!!
And the Orwellian Bleating Sheep wander around aimlessly, bumping into each other, bleating: “Whooo Kneeewwww? Ohhhh, Just Whooo Kneeewww???”
Hey, STUPID WHITE PEOPLE! Queers didn’t assault other males when they FEARED FOR THEIR CAREERS!!
How Effin GD dumb ARE YOU IDIOTS?
Let me tell you how EFFIN GD DUMB: Lets send a bunch of BOYS out into the woods with a bunch of QUEERS either in charge or sleeping side by side!!
This is CRIMINAL. The first kid gets assaulted by a queer, because that’s what queers do, and the parents will SUE the BSA into non existence.
And after all, that’s what queers REALLY want.
Excellent statement by the AOG man. What a sad day for America.
Well, onward. My sons are all out of scouting now anyway (one is Eagle). I doubt any grandchildren will ever join. I guess they don’t care. They will more likely be in Royal Rangers or Christian Service Brigade if they want a similar experience.
Sadness: Boy Scouts ping.
Obeying our Heavenly Father means energetic evangelization of the lost. Period... I’ve crossed paths with you before and you have made it quite clear that you are arguing for capital punishment for them, but you end up just pinning your argument for doing that and not, say, stoning Sabbath breakers, to your worldly “fight or die.”
Royal Ambassadors (RAs) is a Bible-centered, church-based, Southern Baptist mission education organization for boys in grades 1-6. Tried and proven for more than 100 years, this ministry embraces the relationship between a young man and his call to missions
BSA should have rejected any recognition of the professed sexuality of minors, and instead enforce its original code of moral conduct.
The Boy Scouts are dead to me. In response to a relentless militant homosexual attack their leadership caved and took the coward’s way out. Shame on them. I hope the organization falls apart and dies.
"Royal Rangers" sounds pretty gay.
So a bunch of evil faggots extort the BSA leadership to allow queers in the scouts, and "George Wood" the "General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God" solution is to talk "Royal Rangers" and "Ipod"s.
Whats needed here is to unleash a combination of the tactics of Queen Mary I along with the most vicious and patriotic laywers money can buy (pretty slim pickings)against the BSA leadership.
This will not stand.
"Royal Rangers" are a retarded cash grab.
Rome2000 sounds pretty gay.
Are you out of your freaking heretic mind?
You obviously know nothing about the organization. The AG is one of the strongest Christian churches around the world. They don't have pedophile priests,but they did have Jimmy Swaggart!
The Assemblies of God are the last place to throw your stones!
Disclaimer: I am not a member of the Assemblies of God, but I have been to lots of their meetings.
Indeed, it is a sad and strange day for the BSA, when an organization somehow twists and warps the meaning of "morally straight" to include openly deviant sexual behavior.
It looks to me like the BSA is violating its policy to support a transient popular culture that will not hold because it runs directly counter to natural law.
How very foolish of those supporters of the homosexual agenda! Those members of the BSA are wittingly or unwittingly guaranteeing chaos! People with common sense know this. But of course, like the Democrats, they will blame anybody but themselves for the resulting disorder.
Satan loves chaos! Pray for them!
It’s amazing to me that a vocal minority consisting of 5% of the population can have so much to say about how we conduct our daily lives.
I believe the same, the beginning of the end of a great organization.
I wish I could say the same. My oldest son is working on his Eagle project right now and the other is a few months from earning Life. They are as disgusted as I am.
So very sad. The entire camel will be in the tent very soon.
I am waiting to hear what other denominations will say. I hope my own beloved Catholic leadership do't disgrace us with a bunch of equivocating bafflegab. (Sorry: I woke up cynical this morning.)
Again, highest marks for this declaration. Thank God for His faithful ones.
Very sad. The gay agenda destroys yet another American tradition.
There is a huge need for Christian alternatives (plural) to the now rapidly-composing BS once known as Boy Scouts. The Baptists, AOG and others are to be congratulated for stepping up like men and doing what is so cryingly necessary.
Let the Knights of Columbus or some other Catholic-based fraternal group step into the chaos and organize something manly, something Christ-like, something with a robust Catholic identity for our boys.
We deserve, we demand, more importantly WE CAN CREATE durable cultural bulwarks in the midst of what is rotting all around us. SO HELP ME GOD.
This is why the organization is finished. It is either about being "morally straight" or it isn't. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
It’s not 5% but only about 1.5% of the population.
They’ll start their own program.
And it’s going to be a quick downward death spiral, too. I’m glad my son completed scouting when it was an excellent organization. I simply cannot understand why one traditional conservative organization after another collapses like a house of cards in the face of some radical minority pressure. Where is the backbone to resist that once made us great?
REACTION TO POLICY CHANGE IN MEMBERSHIP STANDARDS FOR THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
National Catholic Committee on Scouting
Thursday, May 23, 2014@ 5:48 PM
For over 100 years, thousands of children in Catholic parishes, schools and fraternal organizations have benefited from chartering Scouting units. The Catholic Church has maintained a strong relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) through the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) for many years and we hope to maintain that relationship.
Today, the voting members of the BSA voted to change the membership standards for its youth members. The BSA proposed in its resolution that "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone." Its membership standards for adult leaders remain unchanged.
The Catholic Church teaches that people who experience a homosexual inclination or a same sex attraction are to be treated with respect recognizing the dignity of all persons. The Church's teaching is clear that engaging in sexual activity outside of marriage is immoral. Individuals who are open and avowed homosexuals promoting and engaging in homosexual conduct are not living lives consistent with Catholic teaching.
Since the change in policy will not take effect until January 1, 2014, the National Catholic Committee on Scouting has adequate time to study its effects. The NCCS will determine how it may impact Catholic chartered Scout units and activities. In doing so, we will work within the teachings of our Catholic Faith and with the various local bishops and their diocesan scouting committees.
Ed Martin- National Chair
Father Michael Hanifin-National Chaplain
< If this "new" BSA policy were just about quietly undstanding that some boys suffer from a certain amount of sexual/gender confusion, not "announcing" or "celebrating" or "affirming" their difficulty but helping them to develop morally straight and psychosexually normal, --- it wouldn't be a new policy, because all youth organizations have been doing that forever--- I hope. It's part of their mission.
But that's not what this "new policy" is. It's "new" precisely because it's caving to the LGBT lobby and making gay part of the new normal. It's fraudulent from the git-go.
Is the NCCS really that naive??
My head hurts.
“I wish I could say the same. My oldest son is working on his Eagle project right now “
Nothing wrong with finishing up if his troop/leaders are good, in my opinion. I just wouldn’t start any more kids with them, myself, and if it was early days I’d probably pull them out. After advocating that the troop switch to Rangers or CSB or similar.
” Its not 5% but only about 1.5% of the population.”
Correct, Jack. And I even question 1.5
Here’s a study that was done in the UK a couple of years ago that showed only 1.5% of the population is lesbian, homo, or bisexual.
I think this percentage runs about the same in the USA.
Actually, I’m the Scoutmaster. I think that’s what we’re going to do. Tons invested with my two boys. We’ve got a new troop and none are very far yet where we can’t change. I’m loosely involved with a group trying to build a new moral, Christian organization.
They are tools. Tools being used by the left to criminalize Christianity.
Well, there's a tip-off.
We know who the lord of the BSA is now, don't we?
This Wayne Perry character must be a real piece of work.
And of what business was it of the FedEx manager if someone was pringint up material that they were paying for?
Someone needs to do a background investigation of Wayne Perry and his links to homosexuals.
What was the actual vote? I saw one place say it was ‘60%+’ for the change. What % of local Scout leaders who could vote did?
Probably wouldn't hurt to contact each council too, to voice your displeasure.
Nice to hear aobut the Royal Rangers, since the BSA are turning their organziation into the Rump Rangers!!!!!
My kids have done Royal Rangers for years, it’s an outstanding Christian organization.
I have the original RR handbook from the 60’s. It is much like the scout HB but has a specific guidance to God.
The AG has made the Royal Ranger program available for other churches to use -