I will not continue with the Boy Scout of America in any position, effective immediately.
While I have already resigned all of my positions except that of Crew Advisor for Venture Crew 2150, I am resigning that position as well, and any other positions BSA may have me on record for.
As you know my church refused to recharter Venture Crew 238 and Troop 238 in February of 2013 because this policy was up for discussion. I quickly scrambled to move youth to Crew 2150 and other Troops and stepped down from all positions except for the Advisor position in Crew 2150.
This was followed by no debates within the BSA circles that I was included in because I was shut down by Circle Ten Council Staff at every turn. Pat Currie and one other person were the only individuals who would discuss this issue with me, including the General Legal Council for Circle Ten Council, who was quick to remind me that I am “just a volunteer” and “do not have permission to represent Circle Ten Council”.
I never attempted to represent Circle Ten Council, but I was accused of this and other things. I was banned from several Circle Ten Facebook groups, and pages, ridiculed by other certain BSA volunteers and forced to be silent on the issue inside BSA. I was forced to take my concerns public by volunteering to assist with the launch of the OnMyHonor.NET campaign in March of 2013.
Great Godly men and women stood strong in timeless values and the message went unheard or was ignored by voting delegates. I was even asked to leave the convention area at the BSA National Convention when I attempted to hand out copies of a Dallas Morning News paid advertisement taken out by the OnMyHonor.NET campaign, while concurrently the BSA National President, Wayne Perry, wrote an Op-Ed for USA Today, conveniently published and in the paper the morning of the vote, a paper that is readily available to those who stayed in the Gaylord Texan Hotel, the location of the vote.
While I have suspicions about how this decision was really made, I will keep those to myself, for now, and move on to better things with other followers of Jesus Christ.
The BSA has made a decision that is completely incompatible with my faith in Jesus Christ, and the historical record of his existence and miraculous life, death, and resurrection, which brings the good news of his salvation to those who seek it and are faithful.
I believe the bible is the word of God.
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. NIV
I Corinthians 7:2
But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. NIV
Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. NIV
But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” NIV
I Timothy 1:8-10
We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me. NIV
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”NIV
I Thessalonians 5:19-22
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.
I Timothy 5:22
Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
As a bible believing follower of Jesus Christ I CANNOT continue, due to the recent policy change which clearly provides outlet for certain youth members who are now allowed, and even protected, while they insist on claiming an association with a lifestyle that is not a lifestyle that Jesus Christ ever accepted, condoned or promoted; as evident in the historical writings contained in the bible.
In fact the historical document, a collections of 66 (or so) writings, widely known as the Bible records several statements from Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, the Apostle Jude, and others not referenced above stating that a lifestyle which includes sex outside of a marriage between one man and one woman, is not acceptable and those who ACTIVELY engage in that lifestyle are not part of his Church.
As a follower of Christ, I love the Lord my God with all of my being, and I am instructed to love my neighbor as myself. I TRIED to love my neighbor and warn may neighbors of the dangers of this decision, because I love my neighbors and I do not want to see harm come to them. Now, all I can do is to flee from and reject, this evil that my neighbors, BSA, are now ensnared in.
A good neighbor will stop at nothing throwing himself in harm’s way to help his neighbor even if it means offending that neighbor, but to go into sin or promote or accept sin because of a neighbor is not acceptable. I would want my neighbor, my brothers and sisters in Christ, to do the same for me.
The many safety concerns and most importantly the concern that young men will be deceived and carried away from Jesus Christ by this new policy which in my opinion represents acceptance regardless of character and virtue are at the heart of my departure from this once great organization. I will seek to follow others who will now Honor the Legacy and Raise the Standard of the movement started by Sir. Robert Baden-Powell, and brought to the United States by William D Boyce, as a VOLUNTEER unit leader in a new organization called Trail Life USA, enjoying the company of other Bible Believing Followers of Jesus Christ, in this new Christ-centered boy/youth development program.
I will continue to pray for BSA and it’s members, that the will of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is DONE, on earth as it is in Heaven.
I still urgently request that you heed God’s call to righteousness, we are still neighbors:
Then I heard another voice from heaven say:
“‘Come out of her, my people,’
so that you will not share in her sins,
so that you will not receive any of her plagues; NIV
…doing my best to Serve Jesus Christ,
- Thomas Dillingham – September 7, 2013