The Nashville Statement

nashvilleThis past week, a group of conservative evangelical Christian leaders released The Nashville Statement. This is a short document which lays out a series of 14 affirmations and denials about the Bible’s position on human sexuality and gender.

This is the critical issue of our day. The secular world is becoming increasingly unhinged and confused about what it means to be “male” and “female,” and whether human sexuality is a subjective individual choice, or an objective fact assigned before birth. And compromising Christians and liberal apostates have become increasingly shrill about their “inclusive” stance on these issues. I’ll write more on this soon.

For now, you need to carefully read this statement and consider what it means. It reflects God’s position on these issues, from the Biblical text. Here is an excerpt from the preamble:

As Western culture has become increasingly post-Christian, it has embarked upon a massive revision of what it means to be a human being. By and large the spirit of our age no longer discerns or delights in the beauty of God’s design for human life. Many deny that God created human beings for his glory, and that his good purposes for us include our personal and physical design as male and female. It is common to think that human identity as male and female is not part of God’s beautiful plan, but is, rather, an expression of an individual’s autonomous preferences. The pathway to full and lasting joy through God’s good design for his creatures is thus replaced by the path of shortsighted alternatives that, sooner or later, ruin human life and dishonor God.

Indeed. Now, read the statement here.

Consider the affirmations and denials. Think about them. Think about our society, our culture. What has happened? Has the Western world gone mad?

Also, realize that the only solution for the cultural madness we see is for people to realize this world is not the way God made it, that we ruined it by our rebellion, but that God offers everyone forgiveness, reconciliation, atonement for sin, a citizenship in His coming Kingdom, and a home in His adopted family – if they repent of their sin and believe in the Good News that Jesus brought to the world.

I signed the statement. Perhaps you should, too?

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