A couple of days ago, a declaration came out entitled the Nashville Statement. This statement reaffirms Christ’s teaching on marriage and condemns homosexual relationships. It is an Evangelical document and is signed by many prominent Evangelicals including John McArthur, John Piper, Albert Mohler and many others. While I’m a committed Catholic and not Evangelical, I agree with everything in this document.
When the document first came out, I was a bit confused. Doesn’t everyone know that Evangelicalism opposes homosexuality? The secular left just saw this as Evangelicals being Evangelicals. Those who were truly offended by this were Evangelical liberals. They saw this as a declaration of war. Their reactions were awfully nasty as they interpreted this document as being told by Evangelical leaders that they have no place within their faith.
A while back, I reviewed Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option where he encourages believers to form institutions that will outlast this age such as St. Benedict did in the 6th Century. Those who published the Nashville Statement are trying to purify Evangelicalism and expel the liberals. This makes perfect sense since these institutions will be hindered by the liberals.
The Catholic apostate to Anglicanism Michael Coren is outraged by this document. He wrote a vicious article against it which can be read here:
One memorable line of his was:
Layman’s translation: anybody who is even open to discussion of gay equality is no longer a Christian, and that homophobia is now a Christian prerequisite.
This excommunicates most Archbishops of Canterbury, countless Anglicans, numerous Roman Catholic clergy and even bishops, and millions of Christians who consider themselves faithful and devout.
It is nothing less than a declaration of war.
Most Archbishops of Canterbury? Justin Welby is the 105th Archbishop of Canturbury. Maybe him and a couple of his predecessors approved of homosexuality but for well over 90% of Anglicanism’s existence, the Archbishops of Canterbury have opposed homosexuality, to say nothing of the 900 years when this Archdiocese was aligned with the Catholic Church.
Coren also stated:
The Bible does, however, obsess about the need to help the poor, fight for justice, bring peace, and fill every moment with love and charity.
Yes Michael, it does. If self proclaimed “Christians” were saying that we should oppose this stuff, then there would be a vocal opposition to it. True believers are engaging in these activities as we speak. In fact, Michael Coren has written more about homosexuality than any other person who claims to be a “Christian” in all of Canada. One book and many articles, not to mention speeches and interviews. Michael Coren is obsessed with homosexuality. He craves it. It’s just one of many evidences about how this man has apostatized from the Christian faith.
Jesus Christ promised much to those who followed Him. He promised us salvation for being his disciples. Nothing is bigger than that. What he didn’t promise us was comfort and popularity. In fact, if you want comfort and popularity, you often have to trade in the salvation that He offers. I hope it was worth it Michael.