The Hate Behind the Nashville Statement

A group of Evangelical leaders released the “Nashville Statement” on gender and sexuality last month, sparking a host of outrage (and the formation of response statements like Christians United). What may be less immediately obvious, however, are the groups behind Nashville’s drafting.

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood drew signatories for their release from organizations such as The Gospel Coalition, the Southern Baptist Convention with its seminary and college (Boyce), Together For The Gospel, and a variety of schools, churches, and public figures. The CBMW itself appears to be cross-pollinated by mutual publicity and financial ties to many of these. Notably present within the list of signatories are the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council, both deemed hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

I sincerely doubt all of the Nashville signatories would agree to the kind of work engaged by the ADF, which has included the criminalization of non-heterosexuality, and the FRC, which defames gays and lesbians. I say I doubt this, because signatory pastors like Francis Chan claim an increasingly compassionate, thoughtful, and loving approach toward those with whom they disagree (whether that’s actually true or not).

However, it could be that the CBMW and its more controversial signatories are not-so-strange bedfellows Read more “The Hate Behind the Nashville Statement”

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RE: “Distracted” – Satan Didn’t Post That Picture, I Did.


Your post blew up today. Christians on Facebook and Twitter have been reposting your article like crazy, which I’m sure has pleasantly surprised you.

You are probably both a kind and intelligent person, but your article is neither of those things. Read more “RE: “Distracted” – Satan Didn’t Post That Picture, I Did.”

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5 “Reasons” Why Atheism Should Be Illegal Instead of Gay Marriage

Our culture has accepted two huge lies: The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.

-Rick Warren

And GOD Spake

1. It is a sin. “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).  We cannot vote to uphold sin in another person’s life, even for the sake of getting along.  We need to do what is best for them.

2. It’s natural to believe in God[s]. Just look at the praying mantis… or Justin Bieber fans. Read more “5 “Reasons” Why Atheism Should Be Illegal Instead of Gay Marriage”

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How to Successfully Ruin the Image of Christ in America

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Few issues divide our culture more than the topic of gay marriage.  On one side of the divide people see increasing acceptance as an attack on marital institution and evidence of a degrading society, while the other believes itself to champion the latest step in the civil rights movement, and both claim persecution.  In the struggle between these two camps, Christians are deciding which ledge to dive for and many find themselves on the opposite side of the chasm from loved ones.  Not cool.

So, before continuing, please understand that this article is an exercise with certain a priori.  For the sake of argument, sidestep the bulk of the discussion for a moment with me and assume the conviction of one side – that gay marriage is inherently sinful. Even if that were the case, as many claim, a question must still be asked and answered by Christians so inclined. That is,  “how should these Christians vote concerning gay marriage?”

Well, Jesus laid down two powerful rules of practice for his followers, the likes of which should inform Read more “How to Successfully Ruin the Image of Christ in America”

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