A keynote speaker for the first-ever Revoice Conference, centered on same-sex attracted Christians, has rejected the idea that Jesus Christ wants the church to accept same-sex marriage.
Wesley Hill, associate professor of New Testament at the Trinity School for Ministry based in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, said in his speech Saturday evening that Jesus did not support “trimming God’s standard down to fit whatever chaos is true of our lives.”
“Jesus was not out to undermine God’s holy will for our lives. If anything, Jesus ratcheted up the standard of sexual purity and sexual holiness,” said Hill.
“I mean, if God agreed with us on everything to begin with why do we need to have this religion called Christianity?”
Hill also noted that Revoice likewise was about bringing Christians together and that “we don’t want to adjust or trim down the law of God to fit our own proclivities.”
Revoice, which was held July 26-28 at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri, drew controversy well ahead of the event with some conservative Christian leaders alleging that speakers and presenters were trying to advance pro-LGBT ideas into theologically conservative churches.
Stephen Black, executive director of First Stone Ministries, said he believed Revoice was seeking “to manipulate the Church to embrace LGBT+ people as a victimized minority group instead of a group of Christians only.”
He also opposed the positions that sexual orientation is a fixed identity, that the term “sexual minorities,” which applies to a group identity, should be allowed in Christianity, and that people can be both gay and Christian.
Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, explained that his “biggest concern” about the conference is the event’s apparent acceptance of the idea that sexual identity “becomes a defining issue that isn’t changed by the Gospel and isn’t transformed by sanctification.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski