The Nashville Statement and the boy who cried wolf
Google "Nashville Statement" (or Bing, or DuckDuckGo - whatever your search engine of choice is) and after a listing for the site, (sometimes even before it) among the first entries you'll find are a number of articles very critical of the statement - some complete with name calling. Produced by the CBMW (Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood) on biblical sexuality, the document called the Nashville Statement was released in 2017 and is a follow up to the 1987 Danvers statement on male and female distinctions, roles, and inherent equality before God. But in this age of gender confusion and so called gay "marriage" being legalized in country after country - a statement on Biblical gender identity was clearly needed.
Before I go on to samples the aforementioned critical articles, let me adopt a convention that will simultaneously allow me to maintain the true meaning of the word marriage - as being between a single man and a single woman, without having to use quotes to separately identify the Godless union between those of the same sex, which some call "marriage", and which the government has declared is legal, but is not marriage. Quotes are used both to distinguish, and to identify that it's the precise word some use to describe the union, (however inaccurate it may be). The literary [sic] - meaning "exactly as it appeared in the original" - is probably a better designator, though its usage in this context would be unconventional. But to avoid both quotes and [sic] I will use the designation gmarriage - for government-defined-marriage as described by statistician and cultural commentator William Briggs:
Samples of the Hysteria
So having defined gmarriage, on to the articles. The prominent positioning of such critical articles in major search engines is indicative of the popularity of the negative sentiments expressed in such articles. And what are those sentiments? The head line of the New York times article is telling: "The Nashville Statement Is an Attack on L.G.B.T. Christians." And if you didn't catch the drift from the title, you can't miss it in this statement about it containing "hateful beliefs":
And by the way, if you're wondering if you can be an LGBT Christian, the Nashville statement answers that question in the denials of Articles 2 and 7.
The USA Today editors apparently wanted
to make sure the search engines captured their anti-Christian
sentiments. In the listing that search engines present when
you search for "Nashville statement", USA today listed the title
of the article as:
The Nashville statement is a Pro-Biblical Marriage statement. That's how it should be referenced. Yet LGBT forces and secular commentators refuse to call it that and insist on referring to it by the pejorative "anti-LGBT."
But the New York Times and USA Today are playing softball when it comes to presenting the statement and its supporters negatively. If you want to see big league hardball anti-Christian sentiment, look at the Salon.com article. Here's the headline:
So in the first two sentences, the Salon has called evangelical Christians (like myself) "bigotry-filled" and "prejudiced against members of the LGBT community." And since their blatant bias is right there in the title, they don't bother with playing games with the search engine optimization (SEO) tags.
Why the hysteria among secular media and commentators about the Nashville statement? The history of the drive for gmarriage is instructive. Legalized gmarriage was never the end goal in itself. As some in the LGBT community have begun to admit the end game of gmarriage is the destruction of the institution of marriage itself, also referred to as the "Disestablishment" of marriage. We'll see a similar goal for gender.
Next up: Ggender
So now when it comes to gender, we see the same game plan unfolding. Instead of gender, they want ggender - government-defined-gender (once again the first g is silent) - which they are already beginning to get. For example, in New York, if you mis-gender a person in the course of your business you can be fined up to $250,000.. This is of course merely a stepping stone on the way to the destruction of all concepts of gender - if the hardcore LGBT advocates have their way. In their eyes the 58 genders Facebook lists is insufficient; they want to do away with gender altogether.
But standing in the way of the destruction of gender (that is real gender, not ggender) are statements like the Nashville Statement - and those Bible believing Christians and others who support it. And just as the secular idea of tolerance is you must only speak and believe what they tell you to speak and believe. (Anything else is "intolerant.") Likewise their idea concerning gender is you can't impose your ideas of "binary gender" on me. Gender is fluid. Gender is a human construct.
But is it? Fluid and a construct that is. Who gets to decide? That would be the creator of gender, the creator of humans: God. As Biblical apologist Ken Ham is fond of saying, if you want to understand the meaning of anything, you have to go back to its origin to which it's tied:
The LGBT gang know this. Which is why they hate it when the unchanging purpose of God for humans is upheld and defended. They have rejected God's design for themselves, and want you to play along with their delusion and rebellion. They'll call you a "bigot" or "prejudiced" or "homophobic" if you refuse to play along. They also understand that to redefine gender on their way to destroying it, they must destroy the solid foundation it is built on: the biblical text.
Thus they want to see Biblical standards cast down and rejected so they can set up their own. In effect, they want to play God. Just as Charles Lyell wanted to "free science from Moses", and thereby reject the Biblical creation account in order to usher in secular ideas of millions of years for the age of the earth. (That, in passing, laid the ground work for an old earth belief that allowed Darwin to build upon with his theory of the Origin of Species). In the same manner LGBT advocates want to free marriage and gender from the Bible so they can usher in their own definitions. But all the attempts at redefinition are rejected in the Nashville statement, another reason why they so vehemently speak against it.
So what is the true origin of gender? That goes back to the account of the creation of man and woman in Genesis 1.26-28
We see in this account of the origin of humans, that:
Apart from God's charge to rule over the earth (and my passing statement on evolution), the Nashville statement accurately covers all these truths and their associated issues and more. In fact it is my studied opinion as a seminary graduate with a master of divinity; and an evangelical, ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that the Nashville statement accurately captures God's intent expressed both through his word the Bible, and in his purposeful creation of humans as male and female. Further as the statement points out, men and women have a divinely intended link between their God ordained sex, and the expression of that sex through their gender identity (which the Nashville statement calls "self-conception" (Articles 7, 13)). Since the statement accurately represents the biblical teachings, I too have signed the statement.
Some have quibbled over the format of the statement, which consists of a series of affirmative statements, followed by denials of related issues. This is to exclude the games people play when trying to get around a clearly intended instruction. They'll play "Well, you said this, but you didn't say not to do that." So CBMW covered both. It's worth noting that that format is also the format the Apostle John - writer of the gospel and the epistles - also often used: an affirmation followed by a negatively started rephrasing of the same truth. For example, John teaches Jesus created everything - and he states it positively and negatively:
Through him [The Word, Jesus] all
things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
The Conclusion of the Matter
Critics who deride supporters of the Nashville statement are thus in the role of the boy who cried wolf, seeing the under shepherds and calling them wolves. In doing so, they are calling the Good Shepherd - God himself "bigoted" and "prejudiced" and so are unwittingly doing the work of the slanderer, thief and father of lies who comes only to kill, steal and destroy. (John 8.44, 10.10) A word to the wise - it is not a good thing to call the holy creator of the universe "bigoted" and "prejudiced" by virtue of calling his teachings that. Those wanting to change or destroy marriage and gender would be well advised to repent of that desire and stop the slander against the Shepherd - lest they suffer the same fate as the father of lies. (Rev 20.10)
Duane Caldwell | posted September 19, 2017
1 The US Supreme court legalized gay "marriage"
in June 2015; it was passed by the parliament in July of 2013 in the
UK, (except for Northern Ireland). Gay rights advocates are
currently trying to get gay "marriage" legalized in Australia, currently
non-binding vote to gauge interest authorized by the Australian high
court after a previous attempt
pass the senate.
3. Eliel Cruz, "The Nashville Statement Is an Attack on L.G.B.T. Christians", The New York Times, 9/1/2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/opinion/nashville-statement-lgbt-christians.html?mcubz=0
summarize, you cannot be an obedient Christian, walking in the will of God
and also be practicing the LGBT lifestyle. The Bible puts it this
way: Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
(Rom 8.8) and It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that
you should avoid sexual immorality; (1 Thess 4.3) And in case
you're wondering, yes the Bible specifically lists homosexuality as a
sin. (Lev 18.22; 1 Cor 6.9-10)
6.Matthew Rozsa, "Evangelicals’ bigotry-filled Nashville Statement is denounced for its anti-LGBT message" Salon, 8/30/2017, http://www.salon.com/2017/08/30/evangelicals-bigotry-filled-nashville-statement-is-denounced-for-its-anti-lgbt-bigotry/
7. On LGBT activists
wanting to destroy marriage:
Leo Hohmann, "LGBT activists: Marriage was never the 'end game'", WND, 6/30/2015, http://www.wnd.com/2015/06/lgbt-activists-marriage-was-never-the-end-game/
Richardson, "New York businesses face hefty penalties for ‘misgendering’
customers", The Washington Times, May 18, 2016,
9. Russell Goldman,
"Here's a List of 58 Gender Options for Facebook Users", ABCNews,
Feb 13, 2014
11. Lyell wrote:"I am
sure you may get into Q.R. [Quarterly Review] what will free the science
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