Middle Tennessee church ends partnership with local scouts after decision on gays

North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro (Photo: WKRN)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Murfreesboro church has informed a local Cub Scouts pack and Boy Scouts troop they will need to find somewhere else to meet after a Boy Scouts of America policy change that allows openly gay scouts and scout leaders.

The equipment trailers for Cub Scouts Pack 457 and Boy Scouts Troop 456 are still in the parking lot of the North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, even though the congregation has decided to end their corporate partnership with Boy Scouts of America.

“I respect the decision that they made; I don’t think they made it lightly, they care about the community, they care about the boys,” said Larry Brown, a Middle Tennessee Scouting Council executive.

Brown said the church made that decision following a national Boy Scouts policy change.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“The change in the Boy Scouts policy to no longer ban openly homosexuals in the program, was something they had to wrestle with,” he said.

Brown told News 2, two other partnering agencies have also decided to part ways with Boy Scouts of America, but he says they are trying to find other partners to fill the void.

“The main denomination that partner with the Boy Scouts such as the Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church, and the Church of Latter Day Saints they’ve continued their partnership, and their support of the Boy Scouts,” Brown said.

Murfreesboro resident Joe Elliott stopped by North Boulevard Church of Christ Wednesday morning to show his support for the church’s decision.

“I think political correctness a lot of time lead us to saying nothing or being afraid to say anything,” Elliott said. “I decided I needed to take a stance and believe God’s word, and take a stance on God’s word regardless of what people think, and what the society says.”

Elliott is an ordained United Methodist minister and said some folks are forgetting about old fashioned values and beliefs.

“Our beliefs are being eroded and I believe even Christian people are reinterpreting the scriptures, and it’s almost a situation of ethics,” Elliott said. “We do this because this is what we do, and its okay. I don’t believe in that, I believe the scripture teaches against that.”

The church will allow the scouts to continue to hold meetings, and store their equipment trailers, until they find another home

Brown also told News 2 it’s still the policy of the partnering agencies, like churches and civil clubs, to make their own decision as to who they want for their Boy Scouts leadership.

The church provided the following statement:

North Boulevard has partnered with both the Boy and the Girl Scouts for decades. A great amount of good has been done by the Scouts during North Boulevard’s partnership with these organizations. And many of our members have served faithfully and generously to promote the values reflected in Scouting. We are proud of our past relationship with the Scouts, with the many young men and women who have gone through our programs, and especially with our own Scout leaders here at North Boulevard.

Nevertheless, Scouting policies regarding sexual purity no longer reflect our values—values grounded in the work of Christ, in the Scriptures, and in nearly 2,000 years of church teaching. For this reason, North Boulevard has ended our sponsorship of Scouting troops. Our decision was a sad one, and was made after two years of discussions with local, state and national Scouting leaders.

\We are happy to allow the troops that use our building adequate time to relocate and find other sponsors. And we continue to remain proud of our past relationship with the Scouts. We will pray for the many Scouts in America, for the Scout leaders, and for the various Scouting boards. And we will continue to witness the way of Christ to all, seeking to balance both grace and truth,” said the church’s Senior Minister David Young.

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