“Evangelical Christians at the dawn of the twenty-first century find themselves living in a period of historic transition.” This was the first sentence written in the controversial, (and may I add) historical document known as the Nashville Statement that was released this past week on Tuesday (August 29th, 2017). The Nashville Statement was a document signed by pastors, Bible teachers, Christian authors, and seminary professors & chancellors in order to affirm basic Christian beliefs about sexuality and gender roles. Naturally, this kind of document has currently garnered a lot of attention from the media, many Christian denominations, and even politicians.
If one were to look at the document and read through it, it comes of as a revolutionary document. As I read it, I was amazed by the similarities it had with documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It had a preamble, articles (or statements), and the signatures of men and women who endorse the document. I truly believe that those who made the Nashville Statement possible were anticipating for a historic moment. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call it the 2017’s 95 Theses. Some may ask, “Was this document was necessary?” Others question if actually defined where the Bible really stands on sexuality.
Though I mean no offense to anybody who may think that the Nashville Statement was unnecessary, I have to make a stand and say that to think it was unnecessary would leave me to question how caught up one is with current events. Are they not aware that gay ‘marriages’ have increased by 33% in the last 10 years according USA Today? Are they not aware that in 2013, according to Gallup, 92% of LGBT members have said that society has accepted them more in this decade than the ones of the past? Are they not aware that there are reports on CNN of children getting sex-changes?
Dr. R.C. Sproul was once asked what revolution had the greatest impact compared to any other? One of the greatest theologians of our time, and a biblical scholar said that few can compete with said this: the sexual revolution. Many people think that the sexual revolution ended in the 1960s, but it has only begun. If I were to list out all the animosities that this culture accepts, then I could come up with a very long post. I’ve seen all kinds of horrible things ranging from married couples watching porn together, Vogue encouraging teens to have anal sex, to my little sister asking me if it’s okay for boys to be girls.
A while ago, I wrote a post called What I Fear in which I explained how frightening it is that pastors don’t want to stand up to the modern sexual revolution (click here if you wanna check it out). Their beliefs have so infiltrated this culture, and even some churches, that it got to the point where I wondered if my future children will ever believe in the biblical view! I even wondered if biblical men might have to commit to a life of celibacy because of how many feminists there are! So for me to hear someone ask if this document was necessary, allow me to say it plainly: it couldn’t be more necessary.
The question that I would understand being asked is this: are the statements biblical? This is very important because without the Scriptures we have no ground. There are ‘conservatives’ I know that are not for gay marriage because they think it’s gross. In all honesty, the only reason I don’t support same-sex marriage is because the Bible doesn’t affirm it. I don’t have grounds to call it gross from a secular worldview. However, the Scriptures say otherwise so I have to speak against it because it’s adultery, not just “gross”.
That being said, I can confidently say that the men and women that wrote and signed the document made biblical statements, and in the document they have asked that Christians return to the biblical worldview. As stated in the document, one of the greatest challenges of the Church today is issues concerning sexuality, and the Nashville Statement is a swing back at the secular culture to tell them that we will not give in to their ideals. The Nashville Statement encouraged me to have hope for my future family, for my friends around me, and for those who are confused about their sexuality yet desire to live a godly life.
The influence of the Nashville Statement was so great, I had to change my intended topic for today in order to address it. People I have discipled have mixed feelings about it, and I knew that others had to have them to. When I went on several news websites, I saw headline after headline about it. Article after article was against the document. Some Christians actually think it was unnecessary to start such a controversy, others don’t like the fact that it was definitive enough.
As for me and The Reformed Alliance team (Ashton Clark and Jonathan Wooldridge), we will say this: we fully support the Nashville Statement, and we have even signed it. It was a necessary document, it was a biblically based document, and we believe that every true Christian should endorse it. I’ve included the document below so that you could see the significance of it, and also what Christianity stands for.
I was afraid that it would take a while for a coalition of godly men and women to come up with something like the Nashville Statement; all I can say is praise be to God that He has heard my prayer as well the prayers of many other concerned Christians.
May this be a sign that we are ready to stand up and defend what the Scripture says, regardless of where the culture stand on sexuality, gender roles, and biblical inerrancy.
Soli Deo Gloria.