Nashville Statement: A Coalition for Biblical Sexuality

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This week the Nashville Statement was signed and released by Evangelical Christian leaders meeting in the city of Nashville, TN. As a Prodigal Pilgrim, I have added my signature to the document in affirmation of what is written and taught in it.

As a prodigal I sadly understand that sexual activity outside of the biblical framework of marriage is destructive and sinful. As a pilgrim the Lord has taught me afresh the beauty and joy of the marriage act.

Here We Stand

An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage

I have joined over 4,000 people who have added their names on June 26, 2015 to this declaration on marriage. In light of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding marriage, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission posted this statement of declaration. It has been signed by a host of leaders within the Evangelical community of Christianity.

The title borrows from the monumental statement made by Martin Luther as the powers of his day attempted to squelch his proclamation of the gospel. His determined stand placed the Protestant Reformation on bedrock truth and formed the basis for the work God would do in shaping an entire civilization.

This declaration demonstrates both truth and grace. Both are necessary in our witness to the culture.

A Response to Tony Campolo

On June 8, 2015 Tony Campolo released a statement related to those who identify as “gay Christian couples.” Here is the thrust of his statement:

It has taken countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil to bring me to the place where I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church.

Tony Campolo: For the Record

Early in my adult life, Campolo was an influential figure. I appreciate much of what he has to say to the Christian community. However, his new thesis is very disappointing. It is not surprising. In fact, I thought he was already at this point. Still it is disappointing.

In supporting his new thesis, Campolo demonstrates a faulty view of the gospel. We certainly can debate the conclusion he has reached, but I would hope that Campolo would realize his conclusion is built on a sandy presupposition instead of the bedrock truth of the gospel.