A prominent Southern Baptist leader is criticizing the recent Revoice conference, saying it is awash in confusing language and does not represent faithful Christianity despite its assertions of adherence to biblical sexual ethics.
“Revoice represents an attempt to build a halfway house between LGBTQ+ culture and evangelical Christianity,” said Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Revoice conference, which took place last week at a St. Louis, Missouri, Presbyterian (PCA) church, was put on with the stated goal of supporting and encouraging Christians who identify as LGBT “so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality.”
Yet in the weeks leading up to the event, some expressed alarm and asserted that the notable evangelicals who endorsed or associated themselves with Revoice were furthering unscriptural views about identity and appropriating the lingo of gay activism, particularly talk of “sexual minorities” and “redeeming queer culture,” as was described on the conference website.
In a lengthy post on his website Wednesday, Mohler analyzed the conference and the words and writing of some of the speakers, grounding his comments in light of the ongoing chaos the sexual revolution unleashed.
“This revolution requires a total redefinition of morality, cultural authority, personal identity, and more. The revolution requires a new vocabulary and a radically revised dictionary. Ultimately, the moral revolutionaries seek to redefine reality itself. And this revolution has no stopping point. The plus sign at the end of LGBTQ+ is a signal of more challenges sure to come,” he said.
And it is that new vocabulary that was present in much of the Revoice conference, especially the identity categories “LGBT Christians” and “gay Christians,” he added, noting how language matters.
He explained: “This language implies that Christians can be identified in an ongoing manner with a sexual identity that is contrary to Scripture. Behind the language is the modern conception of identity theory that is, in the end, fundamentally unbiblical.”
“The use of the language of ‘sexual minorities’ is a further extension of identity theory and modern critical theory and analysis. In this context, ‘sexual minority’ simultaneously implies permanent identity and a demand for recognition as a [political] minority.”
Such terms distort the larger story about what it means to be in Christ, he said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter