Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has suggested that the Church should not seek to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality.
During a news conference held by the seminary and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Mohler said he was opposed to reparative therapy, which involves changing a person's sexual orientation from homosexuality to heterosexuality, dubbing it a "superficial" approach.
"The Christian Church has sinned against the LGBT community by responding to this challenge in a superficial way," said Mohler. "It's not something that is so simple as converting from homosexual to heterosexual, and from our Gospel-centered theological understanding that would not be sufficient." more >>
While thousands of New Yorkers lined up for blocks to welcome the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A in the city, protesters sought to use the restaurant's Saturday grand opening to make cultural statements about sexual issues and animal rights.
Gothamist, a daily weblog covering the city, reported on demonstrators that included LGBT opponents of Chick-fil-A, Christian counter-protestors, and animal rights activists who descended on the packed restaurant.
The Blount County Commission in Tennessee is set to review a resolution on Tuesday night that asks God to spare the county from what some believe is America's pending judgment for the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage this summer. Some Christian residents have pushed back against the suggestion, however.
"With a firm reliance upon the providence of Almighty God we the Blount County Legislature call upon all of the officers of the state of Tennessee, the governor, the attorney general, and the members of the Tennessee Legislature, to join us, and utilize all authority within their power to protect natural marriage, from lawless court opinions, and the financial schemes of the enemies of righteousness wherever the source and defend the moral standards of Tennessee," the resolution reads in part, according to Fox 35.
"We adopt this resolution before God that He pass us by in His coming wrath and not destroy our county as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities. As the Passover Lamb was a means of salvation to the ancient children of Israel, so we stand upon the safety of the Lamb of God to save us." more >>
Despite the massive cultural shift of recent years, those who value traditional marriage, gender differences and sexual purity have the opportunity to win debates in the coming years, while the gay revolution has sown the seeds of its own destruction, author Michael Brown argues in Outlasting the Gay Revolution: 8 Principles for Long Term Cultural Change.
"There are many, of course, who believe the culture wars are over and that America, from here on, will embrace homosexuality just as it embraces heterosexuality, without a second thought," Brown writes in the introduction. But, while many believe "the complete success of the gay revolution is inevitable, ... the cultural battle is far from over."
In an interview with The Christian Post, Brown said he wrote the book to "encourage, inspire, and inform" those who share his views but have sunk into feelings of hopelessness. After observing some of the early reviews, Brown was delighted to find readers "receiving fresh hope and courage to stand." more >>
Officials in Oregon have started a legal process to seize $135,000 from Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein after they refused to pay the state-ordered damages for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian marriage ceremony.
"Our agency has docketed the judgment and is exploring collection options," Charlie Burr, communications director at Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, told The Daily Signal. "They are entitled to a full and fair review of the case, but do not have the right to disregard a legally binding order."
It's a preliminary step to seize the Kleins' house, property, or other assets in lieu of payment. more >>
*When I use the term "gay Christian" in this article, I am not referring to people who struggle with homosexual feelings but strive not to act out on them because of their belief that the Bible condemns homosexual behavior. When I say "gay Christian," I am referring to people who say they're Christians but also accept their homosexual feelings as a good part of their human experience and have no problem engaging in monogamous, committed, same-sex relationships.*
Earlier this week I was interviewed on what some would call a "liberal" Christian podcast. I was initially hesitant when they asked me to come on, but after some prayer I agreed to accept because 1) the hosts are spectacular and friendly guys, even if some of their biblical perspectives may not align with mine, and 2) I knew there would probably be a lot of gay Christians* who would listen to the interview. This was a fantastic opportunity to engage those on the other side of the theological fence — something I'm always down to do.
As I anticipated, a massive chunk of our discussion was centered on the concept of gay Christians. One of the questions they asked me was (I'm paraphrasing), "Do you think a person's decision to embrace their homosexuality invalidates their Christian faith?" more >>