The breathtaking success of the new moral revolution has made both clarity and, yes, redundancy on issues of sexuality and gender all the more pressing. Bottom line, it would be difficult for the church of Jesus Christ to speak too often of the doctrines of creation, anthropology, and the body. It would be difficult for us to speak too often about the God-given purposes and goodness of male and female complementarity. We will have to state repeatedly and persuasively things that we never thought we would have to explain, such as the fact that there are only two genders [editor’s note: i.e., sexes] or that transgressive sexual practices that destroy the body are, in fact, bad for people. Read More»
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“We will have to state repeatedly and persuasively things that we never thought we would have to explain, such as the fact that there are only two genders [editor’s note: i.e., sexes] or that transgressive sexual practices that destroy the body are, in fact, bad for people.”
“we never thought…..”
Really? Come on….. somebody in these denominations should be tasked with keeping up with social and cultural trends, what’s happening in the universities, and big money trails and political agendas. Radical transformationalists never sleep and their coming for both a state and a church near you. This doesn’t require a memo, it requires an ongoing reality check. If a knucklehead like me can see it (and do a little homework and general research on these movements) our pastors and thought leaders in the churches have no excuse….
If they just don’t want to go the statement route, that’s another matter. It shouldn’t come to that. A statement can be perceived as an outlier sometimes.
All very true. And it’s not like there aren’t plenty of good resources available where one can read about these trends and learn the truth. The problem lies within the church itself. If one were to advise members of an average evangelical congregation (or even some confessional ones) to be alert to these events, he or she would very likely hear some of the following responses:
“Oh, all of those things can’t be true. That’s just sensationalism”
“You’re just being divisive and polemic.”
“We need to understand and accept each other’s differences.”
“You know, if you go looking for things with which you disagree you’re bound to find them.”
“Our job is pastoral care for all people no matter what.”
And on and on. Been there, done that. Gave up on it.
Dr. I have a question. I’m a college student. Should I be out there speaking out against all the antichrist things that are going on. I mean it’s sad to say but it’s true I am paying tuition to Sodom. Wish I read that article in high school. Maybe I would have gone to a Christian college. Again it stinks and you go to campus and it’s just a heap of darkness. Should I speak up when I see something. As of now I just mind my business, go to class and go home.
To be sure, it’s a matter of conscience and conviction but I doubt that, at your stage in life, it would be wise to enlist in the culture war on campus. The best thing you can do is to be come as well informed as you can, to become as skilled as possible in reading, writing, and thinking, to become as learned as you can, in order to pursue your vocation when you’re done.
When we talk about the Church “speaking up” shouldn’t we really be talking about pronouncements made by synods of the denominations rather than para-church ministry “statements”? Is there any authority invested in the para-church ministry”? I wonder if it is even possible anymore for the Church to speak with a unified voice, especially with regard to human sexuality.
When I came across Dr Peter Jones (truthxchange), I was very inspired by his knowledge and his resources. He had his finger on the pulse of many of these issues for a while now. But I kind of feel he was dismissed sometimes (although I don’t know that to be the case for sure). I know he has been pretty well received in the Reformed community overall, but it just seems he either hasn’t been taken seriously enough or was considered to be speaking of some far off phenomenon. The fact is, Jones has been exposing these machinations for decades.
RSC, how do we compliment natural law with the idea that nature “groans” or is partially defective, without getting into religion? How else can we account for sin and our defective state of humanity? Would this be a helpful pursuit? in this debate….?
I think your question has an underlying premise. Can you state it explicitly?
Sorry, I’m talking about the social-secular account of SSA-trans. Phenomenon. Since I reckon there is much secular/state/fallen influence creeping into the church and the doctrines of men like Pastor Johnson.
Ok. Can you connect the dots?