Robert A. J. Gagnon

Christian Post Guest Contributor

A Response to Julie Rodgers' Reasons for Changing Her Mind About Homosexuality (2/2)

Julie has now put her own subjective evaluation of her limited personal experience over the authority of a clear core value in biblical sexual ethics. Our Lord Jesus himself based his understanding of the essential twoness of the marital bond on the foundation of God's intentional creation of two primary/complementary sexes for marriage, "male and female." Julie now rejects that foundation for sex because, apparently, she knows better than Jesus.

Russell Moore's ERLC Posts a Flawed 'Evangelical Declaration on Marriage'

Russell Moore's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has posted a flawed "Evangelical Declaration on Marriage" entitled "Here We Stand." While I appreciate the effort at getting evangelical leaders to declare affirmation of a male-female requirement for marriage, I think that every evangelical leader who signed this (and there are already quite a few) signed a statement that errs at some points and gives the wrong advice at others.

David Gushee's Gay-Switch, Biblical Scholarship, and Slanted Reporting

David Gushee has recast bad scholarship as martyrdom. According to his FB post, there are only two kinds of people in the world: Those who care for same-sex attracted persons and those who don't. He feels that love for same-sex attracted persons demands that we twist Scripture to mean what it can't possibly mean, read in its historical and literary context, so that such persons can now enter into homosexual unions free of any societal reservation or stricture.

Message to Vicky Beeching: The Logic of Creation, Not 'Psychoanalysis by a Stranger'

Christian singer Vicky Beeching, who disclosed a self-affirmed identity as a lesbian, responded to my article. Put simply, to characterize what I wrote as "psychoanalysis by a stranger" misrepresents what I wrote. It deflects from having to address the real problems with the use of her life story as a basis for distorting Scripture and nature. What I address is the illogic of her presentation.

Flaws in the Well-Meaning but Misguided 'Imago Dei' Campaign Concerning 'Gays'

I appreciate the fact that the "Imago Dei Campaign" apparently continues to view homosexual practice as sin (though in extremely muted tones) and that it wants to promote love for those who engage in it. However, its half-orbed message that "the image of God exists in all human beings: black and white; rich and poor; straight and gay; conservative and liberal; victim and perpetrator; citizen and undocumented; believer and unbeliever" is flawed.

The Bible and the 'Gay Marriage' Question (Part 1)

What does the Bible actually say about “gay marriage”? That question is the title of a a recent op-ed piece in the Huffington Post written by Lee Jefferson, a visiting assistant professor of religion at Centre College. According to Jefferson the answer is: “Nothing,” or at least “Nothing negative.”