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Southern Baptist Convention committee condemns The Boy Scouts of America

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EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When E.W. Rabon walks into what's called the Scouting Room, he's proud of what he sees.

"It's one of the best programs for young boys and young men in this country to help grow them into good citizens," Rabon said.

He's the committee chairman with Boy Scout Troop 37 in Easley and is still a true Scout at heart.

"Scouting gives them goals to accomplish, it gives them direction, it teaches them independence and values," Rabon said.

Inside the Scouting Room is an Eagle Scout Wall of Fame, along with former Scouts who are now in the military.

Troop 37 is sponsored by Easley First Baptist Church and Dr. John Adams is the senior pastor. He starts his day with prayer and scripture and relies on God for guidance.

"I believe He'll lead us to do what's right," Adams said.

Easley First Baptist is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention and on Wednesday, the convention's resolution committee expressed its opposition and disappointment with The Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow gay members. The committee with the Southern Baptist Convention condemned the Boy Scouts of America for its policy. Adams said it's a tough issue, but he said he's going over ideas on how his church will handle the situation.

"We will be intentional, we will do everything we can also to be biblical and also to try to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit," Adams said.

He said he would like to meet for a round-table discussion with Scout leaders and spiritual advisors on the issue.

"That sin, the practice of homosexuality is listed among many other sins. And we have tendencies to lift one sin off the page above any other sin," Adams said.

Southern Baptist Convention committee members approved a resolution on the issue. Part of it states "... The Scout oath contains language that is consistent with belief in God and biblical precepts that serve as the basis for Christian faith..." Adams said it important to remember that we all sin.

"We're talking about children here. We're also talking about children who are trying to gain an identity. And suicide over issues of sexual identity is very high," Adams said.

Adams said the well-being of children is his main concern. And it's the concern for troop leaders too.

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