Evangelical leaders who signed onto a statement reaffirming traditional Christian teaching on sexual ethics and gender have reaffirmed their support at a symposium held on the anniversary of its release.
Known as the Nashville Statement, the declaration was released in August 2017 and signed by more than 20,000 evangelical leaders, activists, and theologians.
Notable signatories included: Denny Burk, president, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood; John Piper, founder of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary; Dr. James Dobson, former head of Focus on the Family and founder of Family Talk; Karen Swallow Prior, professor at Liberty University; Fred Luter, the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention; and David French, columnist with the National Review.
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, which organized the statement, held a symposium on Saturday that featured notable evangelicals reflecting on the impact of the statement.
Burk, who was among them, explained that he didn’t envision the statement as a “culture war document” that advocates public policy, but rather a “manifesto aimed … at ourselves.”
“Long before anyone was debating gay marriage, there was a softening of marriage norms among evangelical Christians. Many evangelical congregations and ministries have acquiesced to divorce culture, pornography use, sexual immorality, and lack of church discipline,” said Burk.
“Because of this erosion of evangelical integrity on issue of sexual morality, it was past time for evangelicals to get their own house in order. Evangelicals needed to recover and reassert what Christ’s Church has always believed. And that is why we drafted the Nashville Statement when we did.”
Rosaria Butterfield, an ex-lesbian who also signed the statement, explained that she was still “grateful” to have signed it.
“I am grateful for the clarity that this conflict has produced, for the lines that have been drawn, for the prayer and fasting and return to biblical clarity that has been launched,” stated Butterfield.
“The Gospel is on a collision course with homosexuality as a category of personhood. But the Gospel also offers hope to those who find themselves at the intersection of this conflict.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski