Another church in North Carolina has recently followed the lead of Manna Church and has severed its ties with the Boy Scouts of America over the latter's decision earlier this year to allow transgender boys to join their ranks.
Coddle Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church has told BSA's Troop 169 as well as Cub Scout Pack 169 that the church can no longer be their home base. Pastor Andrew Shoger explained that their decision to stop hosting the Mooresville troop was prompted by the organization's decision to welcome transgender boys, The Charlotte Observer relays.
"For more than 10 years, Coddle Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church has hosted and chartered Boy Scout and Cub Scout groups," Pastor Shoger said via a statement sent to the Observer on Wednesday. "However, due to decisions by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) regarding matters of homosexuality and gender identity, the ... church has determined that our church can no longer continue as partners ... of BSA."
In addition, Pastor Shoger said the church will give Troop 169 some time to find its new home in the area. A cub scout official reportedly said they have until the end of 2017 to do that.
Shoger acknowledged that the BSA members and leaders will be affected by the church's decision. However, he emphasized the importance of adhering to the teachings of the Bible.
"Quite simply, we cannot partner with an organization that embraces what God's Word clearly labels as sin," Pastor Shoger added.
In February, Manna Church in Cumberland County cut its ties with BSA after it announced its transgender policy. Church officials have remained quiet on the issue, but a cub scout leader told CBS North Carolina that the megachurch's participation with the organization would only be until this summer.
Parents and other Christian leaders have voiced out their surprise and disappointment at the church's decision. Nevertheless, BSA director of communications Effie Delimarkos released a statement saying they respect the decisions of their religious partners and asked religious organizations to inform their local council about it in advance so that arrangements can be made to accommodate affected applicants.