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Are evangelicals changing their minds about same-sex relationships?
Christian Post ^ | 08/15/2020 | Jim Denison

Posted on 08/15/2020 9:57:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Two reports caught my eye this week.

One: In 2007, 90 percent of evangelicals said their church forbid (63 percent) or strongly discouraged (27 percent) “homosexual behaviors.” In 2020, that figure has dropped to 65 percent (33.7 percent forbid, while 31.4 percent strongly discourage).

Two: In 2008, 34.4 percent of evangelicals between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five supported same-sex marriage. In 2018, that figure had risen to 56.1 percent.

Could this data be related? Are evangelical churches changing their position on same-sex marriage to align with and attract younger adults? Are younger evangelicals changing their position on same-sex marriage because their churches are? Or are both happening?

When perception is reality

For twenty centuries, orthodox Christians have known that the Bible forbids same-sex sexual relations. (For more, see my website paper, “What does the Bible say about homosexuality?”)

However, as we noted yesterday, we currently live in a “post-truth” culture that is convinced perception is reality and truth is whatever you believe it to be. Tolerance is the cardinal value of our day, while intolerance is the cardinal sin.

This insistence on relative truth and subjective morality directly contradicts the fact that all Scripture is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16) through the work of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21) as unchanging truth (Matthew 24:35). Jesus was clear when he told his Father, “Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

Nonetheless, the “perception is reality” approach to truth is applied today to moral issues across the spectrum of life, from abortion to euthanasia. It flies in the face of logic (to claim there are no absolute truths is to make an absolute truth claim). And it is applied subjectively to behavior we wish to tolerate rather than objectively to all of life. (Otherwise, 9/11 would be Osama bin Laden’s “truth” and racial sin would be the racist’s “truth.”)

But there’s another dimension to the story, one that evangelicals who affirm biblical morality may not always consider.

“Acceptances precedes obedience”

Dr. Preston Sprinkle, president of the Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender, notes that we are most likely to vilify the sins we are least likely to commit. He writes, “In many ways, Christians have treated LGBT+ people the same way the Pharisees treated tax collectors. And so Jesus’ approach to tax collectors gives us a good model for how we are to embody the gospel toward LGBT+ people.”

How did our Lord treat them? His example shows us that, as Sprinkle notes, “acceptance doesn’t equal affirmation.” Rather, “acceptance precedes obedience.”

Matthew and Zacchaeus were both tax collectors when Jesus called them. His acceptance of them did not imply affirmation of their sins. Rather, it led to a relationship that produced obedience and transformation in their lives.

Sprinkle adds that even if we could convince people to live by biblical morality, “We’re saved by faith, not sexual purity” (his emphasis). Our job is to stand for biblical truth but to do so with biblical grace.

Why we must not “self-censor our gospel witness”

I am glad that two-thirds of evangelicals say their churches still affirm biblical morality with regard to same-sex marriage. I grieve for those churches who do not and wonder how many of their members are missing the truth they need on this and other crucial issues.

For our sake and those we influence, we must not waver in our commitment to biblical truth. It has been noted that we don’t break the commands of God—we break ourselves on them. A man who jumps from the tenth story of a building doesn’t break the law of gravity—he illustrates it.

Nor should we withdraw from the declaration of unpopular truth. As Janet Denison notes in her latest blog, “When the faithful self-censor our gospel witness, we give up the power to lead others to faith.”

Here’s our best response: affirm and share biblical truth with biblical grace. “Speaking the truth in love” is our mandate and should be our mantra (Ephesians 4:15). People need to know what God says about sexuality and other areas of life, but they also need to know that we are sharing his truth out of gratitude for his grace.

Why “grace is given”

We are all broken sexually and in every other dimension of our lives. We were sinners when Jesus died for us (Romans 5:8) and we are still sinners today (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8, 10). We are all in need of Jesus’ acceptance and transformation.

When we give others what we have received in a spirit of compassion and gratitude, we glorify our Lord and invite others to join his family.

As St. Augustine noted, “Grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.”

What grace will you pay forward today?



TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: concerntroll; evangelicals; gaymarriage; gaystapo; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; ibtz; lavendermafia; lgbt; worstopusever; zot; zotthetroll
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1 posted on 08/15/2020 9:57:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Perversion will never be “normal.” Perverts will never be satisfied.

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3874609/posts


2 posted on 08/15/2020 9:59:57 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I haven’t changed my mind.


3 posted on 08/15/2020 10:03:27 AM PDT by left that other site (If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. (Isaiah 7:9))
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To: SeekAndFind

Many so called Christians just don’t believe the whole Bible is Gods word. Isn’t that what happened in Eden? Did God really say?.....


4 posted on 08/15/2020 10:03:34 AM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What part of cannot enter the Kingdom of God did you miss, but in that regard, it is in the same boat as adulatory and alcoholism


5 posted on 08/15/2020 10:04:50 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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6 posted on 08/15/2020 10:06:12 AM PDT by Seruzawa (TANSTAAFL!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Saw the headline.
Knew it must be Christian Post.
It is.
Didn’t read one word.
Posted this reply.
End stop.


7 posted on 08/15/2020 10:06:40 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Click my screen name for an analysis on how HIllary wins next November.)
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So, what “evangelicals” got polled?


8 posted on 08/15/2020 10:07:07 AM PDT by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: Responsibility2nd

So, since you didn’t read the article, what do you think is the answer to the question?


9 posted on 08/15/2020 10:09:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Unfortunately for many, which are going to be in for a big surprise of judgement day, God law doesn’t change just because a majority of Christians wanted to “get with the times and be liked by their liberal friends”.


10 posted on 08/15/2020 10:11:02 AM PDT by apillar
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To: SeekAndFind

None that I know, and certainly not me.


11 posted on 08/15/2020 10:13:21 AM PDT by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I just heard on OAN that Dims are “changing their minds on abortion.”
They want some pro-life voices
RIGHT.
I believe THAT as much as I believe THIS.

It’s ALL about the ELECTION.


12 posted on 08/15/2020 10:13:32 AM PDT by Maris Crane
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To: Maris Crane

Who are we to deny them their joy? It’s not like we throw them off buildings.


13 posted on 08/15/2020 10:14:53 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I'm not an Evangelical, I'm a life-long Catholic...And

God created me with a fair skin- I except how God created me.

God drank wine- I'm good with that

God ate meat- I'm good with that

God created woman for man- I'm good with that

14 posted on 08/15/2020 10:16:56 AM PDT by notaliberal (St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle,)
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To: SeekAndFind

Welcome to the Apostasy, we hope your enjoy the show.

It’ll be alright until you are launched into eternity and are bound before a great throne room while embracing an abomination unto the LORD.

The end of the show is being alone without a valid defense in front of a judge who knows all of the facts of your case.


15 posted on 08/15/2020 10:17:58 AM PDT by Salvavida
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To: left that other site

Me either, I have not, nor will.


16 posted on 08/15/2020 10:22:03 AM PDT by Licensed-To-Carry (MAGA, and build that wall, and buy Greenland now.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Homosexuals had to "Earn their REPROBATE MIND" by refusing God ~ not once, ~ not twice, ~ but THREE times!

You need to not only read, BUT STUDY this link
I especially agree with its last paragraph. There will be NO HOMOSEXUALS ( NOT ONE ) in the afterlife.
They WILL BE ASHES UNDER the soles of your feet ! ! !
17 posted on 08/15/2020 10:22:10 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's SIMPLE ! ... Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: SeekAndFind
Young people in America have been subjected to a huge amount of indoctrination in the classroom and from entertainment since the 1960's and 1970's. A lot of it invisible to parents.

I don't think the Bible speaks of such stuff specifically, but it does speak of a Strong Delusion.

18 posted on 08/15/2020 10:22:50 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: SeekAndFind

Evangelicals may be changing their minds, but Christians haven’t.

The era of Evangelicals holding the line on Christian doctrine against the winds of progressivism are long gone.


19 posted on 08/15/2020 10:23:34 AM PDT by Brookhaven (Only communists call fascists right wing, because only communists are to the left of fascists.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The evangelical claim to legitimacy is based on its professed adherence to Biblical teachings and norms. Support for same-sex marriage is a clear rejection of Biblical norms, and any evangelicalism that goes down that road has lost its legitimacy.


20 posted on 08/15/2020 10:23:48 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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