“Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…” –Psalm 100:3
It is without question that as American Evangelicals we live in a society that has rejected the primacy of a biblical worldview. Our culture, at least in practical terms, rejected Christianity long ago. The sexual revolution has been in motion for decades now, and we have witnessed the use of unthinkable tactics used to drive forward its agenda. It is painful to watch the indecisiveness and the apparent insanity of our society as it attempts to explain how we ought to determine reality. The only thing consistent in our society when it comes to defining its own sexuality is in fact its inconsistency in doing so.
America has exemplified the wickedness of mankind on such an unbelievably large scale it is a wonder that there are any evangelicals remaining that reject the doctrine of total depravity. In at least one state, it is now even possible for a child to receive government funded sex reassignment surgery without the approval or knowledge of his or her parents. In the age of social media and with the versatility of our smartphones, it is virtually impossible not to be aware of our nation’s rejection of God’s design for His creation in regards to gender, sexuality, and marriage. Man now determines truth. This corrupted understanding of truth has consumed our culture, It is consuming our schools, and it appears to have every intention of consuming our churches in an attempt to suppress anyone who is intolerant enough not to bend the knee to the LGBTQ agenda.
Yesterday, Tuesday August 29th, 2017, The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood released a document known as the Nashville statement. The document was signed by several leading Evangelicals including: John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, R.C. Sproul, John Piper, Ligon Duncan, and H.B. Charles Jr. The Nashville Statement takes a polemic approach to the issues regarding the social rejection of the biblical parameters pertaining to humanity. It was composed to bring clarity to churches and church leaders as to how to respond to these issues as well as to reassert the purpose of mankind set forth by God, which ultimately is to bring glory to Him alone.
A portion of the statement’s preamble identifies the reason for it’s existence as this:
We are persuaded that faithfulness in our generation means declaring once again the true story of the world and of our place in it—particularly as male and female. Christian Scripture teaches that there is but one God who alone is Creator and Lord of all. To him alone, every person owes glad-hearted thanksgiving, heart-felt praise, and total allegiance. This is the path not only of glorifying God, but of knowing ourselves. To forget who our Creator is to forget who we are, for he made us for himself. And we cannot know ourselves truly without truly knowing him who made us. We did not make ourselves. We are not our own. Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be.¹
Albert Mohler on his daily podcast, The Briefing, addressed the statement to which he has added his signature to. During his explanation as to why such an agreement is necessary among evangelicals, Dr. Mohler cut to the chase with these clear and concise words:
It’s not enough to say what we do believe, when clarity also requires that we say what we do not believe. It’s not just enough to say this is what we believe the Bible teaches, we must also say this is contrary to what we believe the Bible to teach.²
The Nashville Statement consists of fourteen articles which establish a series of affirmations and denials. Affirming biblical truth, as well as denying culturally accepted definitions of sexuality. The document covers the issues of marriage, chastity, God’s creation of humanity in His own image, gender, same sex attraction, and transgender misconceptions. Dr. Mohler in his summary of the statement lists the articles that will likely receive the most attention among professing evangelicals. Among those is article eight, which states:
We Affirm that people who experience sexual attraction for the same sex may live a rich and fruitful life pleasing to God through faith in Jesus Christ, as they, like all Christians, walk in purity of life.
We Deny that sexual attraction for the same sex is part of the natural goodness of God’s original creation, or that it puts a person outside the hope of the gospel.¹
And article ten:
We Affirm that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.
We Deny that the approval of homosexual immorality or transgenderism is a matter of moral influence about which otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree.¹
You can view the full statement and the articles in their entirety here: https://cbmw.org/nashville-statement.
I am thankful for men who are willing to publicly stand for truth even in the midst of a number of their peers who wish to claim Christ yet refrain from taking a clear stance for truth. Forsaking their first love for the acceptance of the world, and rejecting the Bible’s authority as it pertains to all areas of life and godliness. It is unfortunate that such a statement even has to be established as it marks a departure from biblical truth even within the Church itself. Scripture is clear, it is accurate, and it is profitable for all things in life. We are called to submit ourselves to the authority of God’s word given to us in Scripture, not to the authority of the musings of men.
We affirm that truth can be understood (Pr. 1:7) and that truth itself is objective, necessary for making any relevant observation about God and His creation (Ps. 19:7-14). Given the necessity of an objective standard we hold our authority to be the Word of God given to us through the 66 inspired and inerrant books of the Bible.