Senior Baptist Minister seeks Male Prostitute

Lonnie Latham who just this past June, was re-elected recording secretary for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma has been charged with seeking the services of a male prostitute. Latham is the senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church.

Latham, who has spoken out against homosexuality, asked the officer to join him in his hotel room for oral sex. Latham was arrested and his 2005 Mercedes automobile was impounded, Capt. Jeffrey Becker told the KOCO 5 TV in Oklahoma City.

All I can add here is that the Lord works in a funny fashion. Read the post before this one and you have to agree. Amazing.

The website, www.baptistmessenger.com has removed a reference referring to the election of Latham. Google Cache has it here.

Latham has been spoken out against same-sex marriage and the homosexual lifestyle and as a re-elected officer of the Oklahoma Baptist General Convention supported the following less than seven months ago ...

" BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we call on Southern Baptists not only to stand against same-sex unions, and any other effort to legitimize the homosexual lifestyle, but to demonstrate our love for those practicing homosexuality by sharing with them the forgiving and transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). ." full resolution here

Aside from holding the position of Senior Paster in Tulsa, Latham is recording secretary of the Oklahoma Baptist convention and an executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention, elected to a three year term in 2004.

Latham appears not only to like reaching out to Male Prostititutes but has a fondness for other activities not well accepted in the Baptist fundie world. He recently took to wearing Robes making him look more like a Catholic Priest than a Baptist Minister. According to the Baptist Messenger of March 3, 2004...

"Lonnie Latham, pastor of a South Tulsa Baptist church now appears in his pulpit in robe and all the trimmings. The church’s liturgical service on Sunday morning included an altar boy, also robed appropriately, who assisted in lighting the candles for the service. "

Why would a senior Baptist Pastor dress in flashy robes and why would he dress his alter boy is matching garb?

Latham seems to have been a good recruiter according to the South Tulsa Baptist Church ...

Since Brother Lonnie Latham became pastor in 2002, Sunday School attendance has grown to near 700 and there have been more than 100 baptisms.... Since Brother Latham has arrived, the church body has a renewed zeal for reaching people in the heart of South Tulsa. Last year South Tulsa was in the top 3% of churches in the Southern Baptist Convention in baptisms.

We are currently in a building program to add a new 1600 seat sanctuary. Sunday School continues to grow at over 10% per year.

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