The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the world's largest Baptist denomination, has approved a resolution condemning the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) recent decision to allow openly gay scouts.

Last month, the BSA voted to end its ban on openly gay members under the age of 18. The organization, however, will continue to prohibit openly gay adults from participating in the Scouts. The new policy takes effect on January 1.

The resolution was approved on Wednesday at the SBC's annual meeting in Houston.

According to the AP, the resolution expresses the denomination's opposition to and disappointment in the BSA's new policy and calls on the organization to punish executive and board leaders who supported a broader change which also would have allowed participation by openly gay adults. The SBC wants those leaders removed.

The resolution also expresses support for churches and families that decide to drop ties with the Scouts.

Frank Page, the denomination's president and chief executive officer, told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) last week that he expected “a resolution encouraging an exodus from the Boy Scouts” to be debated at the meeting.

Whether Page was discussing a different resolution was not clear.

Page told the outlet that he sees the BSA's move as an assault on Christians and insisted that “active persecution” of Christians will happen in the United States in his lifetime.

“We're seeing it around the world. I believe we will see it here in my lifetime,” he said.