Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Professor Robert Gagnon Says Christians Who Refuse to Support Roy Moore Shouldn’t Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Either

Robert Gagnon
Robert Gagnon

A Christian professor is challenging the notion that supporters of accused sex offender Roy Moore are hypocrites, given an influential evangelical group’s upcoming conference celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., who was also accused of sexual misconduct.

In a note published on his Facebook page, Robert Gagnon, a New Testament scholar and former associate professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, pushed back against a Dec. 1 editorial that appeared in The Gospel Coaltion titled “The Nonpartisan Solution to Our Roy Moore Problem” by one of TGC’s editor’s, Joe Carter.

Carter maintained in the essay that Christians who have argued that it is not immoral to support Moore in light of what is alleged have engaged in unfathomably “perverse reasoning.” Such Christians opting to support a sexually predatory Republican over a Democrat who supports abortion are gravely compromising their integrity and gospel witness by making a consequentialist “lesser of two evils” decision. The nonpartisan solution to this problem, he said, was for evangelicals to practice “convictional inaction” by refusing to vote for any morally compromised candidate.

Gagnon took issue with this, particularly since the The Gospel Coaltion is preparing to host a conference celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in early April, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of King’s death. King regularly had extramarital sex with multiple women while on his road trips, according to his closest confidant, Ralph Abernathy, the professor noted. Gagnon cited an esteemed historian and other credible reports from other sources telling of additional kinds of scandalous sexual behavior in which King also participated.

“Given that record of immoral sexual behavior, how can anyone associated with TGC chastise Christians who vote for a man who has had only two serious allegations, one from 38 years ago and the other from 40 years ago, neither of which (though involving two teenagers, one of which is an assault claim) resulted in any actual sexual intercourse and neither of which has been (or likely can be) proven?” Gagnon asked.

“It is okay to celebrate MLK’s life despite the immorality throughout his career but not okay to vote for Moore despite the allegations of immorality from his very distant past? Is that because Joe and others didn’t want Moore to be elected even before the allegations about sexual misconduct came out? We can adopt one policy for people we like and another policy for people we don’t like?”

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SOURCE: Brandon Showalter 
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