“The Nashville Statement” refers to an affirmation of the views upon which marriage, family, and thus society has been traditionally founded for millennia. The statement consists of a number of affirmation which reflect the Jewish and Christian understanding of basic Biblical models for such as they have been understood and promulgated for millennia.
So basic and commonsensical are these that our neo-militant-activist culture will not stand for them since, as G.K. Chesterton put it, “modern world is insane…it cannot recover the normal.”
You can read the Nashville Statement here.
My interest is that which those who believe in censorship had to say when they protested the statement.
One message that I get from having read plenteous LGBTQIAP+ literature is that merely labeling oneself as LGBTQIAP+, or any of the lifestyles which the letters of the acronym represent, one is instantly the greatest Bible scholar, translator, interpreter, expositor, etc., of the past five millennia—LGBTQIAP+ about the Bible are right, and anyone who dares to disagree is not only wrong but bad, wrong, unethical, evil, hateful, intolerant, etc.
For details, see my book In Consideration of Rev. Dr. Mel White on Christian Homosexuality.
“…You Brood of Vipers… Matthew 23”
Brood of vipers apparently seemed like a good put down but, of course, as we shall see it is a statement wrapped around the 66 books which make up the Bible. Thus, taking texts out of context to make pretexts for prooftexts only discredits the protestor.
Within the text Jesus is referring to the religious leads of the day with regards to how “they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers,” they do external things that are meant to impress others, they love to be honored, they are hypocritical, etc.
In short, affirming that which the Bible states thereby encouraging others, who claim to be Bible believers, to act accordingly does not fit the context of being referred to as a brood of vipers—although, claiming to be a Bible believer and arguing against that which the Bible has stated for millennia comes closer to fitting that particular phrase.
“God made me gay”
This appears to be a claim to special divine revelation. Just because one is gay, or a chronic heterosexual adulterer, or a rapist, or a pedophile, etc. does not mean that God “made” them that way.
Everyone wants to claim that they were “born that way” with reference to that which they seek to legitimize.
Well, two things seem rather certain. Firstly, we are all natural born bed wetters but that does not legitimize bed wetting into adulthood. Secondly, perhaps some people are born with a propensity towards LGBTQIAP+ but to take an LGBTQIAP+ action and to carry out an LGBTQIAP+ lifestyle are very different things—impulse and action are different things.
We are all born with the effect of the fall into sin but it is illogical and ill-theo-logical to conclude that therefore, we are to carry out our fallen impulses into actions in an unrepentant manner.
A clergyman (or, oh, am I supposed to say a non-gender specific clergy personage?) hold a sign that reads, “Salvation by faith alone” and what may be the word “not” followed by “faith + heteronormativity.”
Forgoing a long discussion about faith versus work, mere faith as an intellect assent, something that someone merely claims, is not true faith as it has no works which displays that it is anything more than a mere claim. Works are demonstrations of faith and yet, we are saved by grace through faith and not by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Well, this clergy personage could just as easily make a sign that states “Salvation by faith alone not faith +” any number of things which the Bible very clearly identifies as sins. His problem will be if he ever bothers expositing the Bible enough during sermons that he has to deal with, for example, 1 Corinthians 6:9, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Now, however one may want to dance around “effeminate” which is “malakos” and “abusers of themselves with mankind” the fact is that we were told that we are not saved by faith + heteronormativity but it is certainly not in keeping with heteronormativity within the Bible’s context of heterosexal marriage loyalty to be a fornicator, adulterer, etc.
“God” heart’s as in love’s “lesbians!” and “#chicagostatement”
Firstly, #chicagostatement refers to a set of affirmations that are not about the Bible and are not traditional as of the past, say, five millennia. Rather, they state things such as, “I believe it’s an offense to God to not acknowledge that all humans are different, to ignore the fact that telling LGBT people that they’re sinners, that their identity if wrong, that they’re somehow imperfect, is wildly and dangerously damaging, not to mention a sin in and of itself.”
No, they did not bother providing a quotation or citation from the Bible—shocking, I know.
Well, this is what I call a half thought: God loves lesbians therefore what? And I am granting that we can only expect so much from one liner signs. Well, yes God loves lesbians and any lifestyle depicted by the term LGBTQIAP+ but that is half of the story: the convenient half that allows one to think that God loves means that therefore, it is acceptable to carry on that way.
Consider the fuller picture as per, for example, Ezekiel 18:23, “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” God loves the wicked, does not take pleasure in their death, and thus wants them to repent.
Another instance of “God made me gay.”
One sign, carried by a sleeveless clergy personage, is cut off at the top but seems to a styled tu quoque as in a demand to be left along because you too are not perfect—or some such thing. It reads, “…repent” and “homophobia, gender essentiality, misogyny + racism, too!” Well, if, for example, the Nashville Statement was about misogyny then someone could claim that they must repent since they still have issues with homophobia, gender essentiality, + racism, too! If it was about racism then they could complain that they must repent since they still have issues with homophobia, gender essentiality, + misogyny, too! In other words, one would have to write a statement about everything and not be viewed by subjective pop-culture as being hypocritical about any of it and so one would have to end up producing well, the Bible—which is the very thing against which such personage are speaking.
The other sign is the “Salvation by faith alone not faith + heteronormativity” one.
Another clergy personage holds one that reads, “Do unto others etc…(Jesus) #chicagostatement.”
Very well, I will do unto others and desperately want them to do likewise to me: please tell me when I am wrong or in sin.
Another sign states, “We are all” and something about God but I cannot read it beyond that.
“God is trans Genesis 1:27”
I heard of being like God but this is ridiculous. Well, of course, “God is spirit” (John 4:24) and so if God is trans anything He transcends humanity, the universe, physicality, etc.
Well, someone at the protest better tap this guy on the shoulder and say “Shut up and put that down!!!!” Why, because Genesis 1:27-28 state, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth…”
This guy takes that male and female were created in God’s image as meaning that God is both (which would be a hermaphrodite and not trans, by the way). Yet, it is “man,” in this case humanity, which is made in God’s image and humanity is expressed as male and female.
This guy is in trouble because that text specifies that God invented the gender binary of male and female and that these are to come together—period.
“No pride in apartheid”
Well, okay since apartheid pertains to segregation based on race and biblically there is only one race, the human race, then this is a non-issue. Now, they are surely turning apartheid into something to do with generic segregation or specific segregation between hetero and LGBTQIAP+ which no one is proposing to this is still a non-issue. But hey, it sounds hateful so: put it on a sign!!!
Also, the LGBTQIAP+ lifestyle movement is obsessed with pride with is not a biblical virtue but a biblical vice, a sin. So no, “No pride in apartheid” and no pride in anything at all.
The other sign seems to say “PINK washing is a form of ERASURE…,” whatever that means, and other indiscernible stuff.
“Jesus Wept John 11:35”
Yes, Jesus wept when Lazarus died and no one seemed to have enough faith in Him with regards to resurrection. Another text taken out of context and another example of biblical illiteracy.
“BORN GAY I’m supposed to be this way!”
This goes to what I noted above which is a basic logical fallacy of is thus ought. He assumes he was born gay, he assumes that born gay equal gay is okay, he assumes that he is supposed to be the way he was born, he ignores being born with original sin, etc.
“STOP Spreading HATE SEPARATE CHURCH and STATE”
Yet, this was about a body of Christians affirming standard millennia tried and tested traditional biblical views. This is not about petitioning the government to pass laws pertaining to LGBTQIAP+…hey, wait a minute: how about SEPARATE LGBTQIAP+ and STATE? After all, it has been LGBTQIAP+ activist who have petitioned the government from special rights and privileges so that now someone can lose their job, career, business, and reputation because they privately say something that someone decided to not like.
“We’re not confused, you’re just [pentagram] ignorant”
Ignorant of what? Well, in any case, if someone did not know how to put a cap on a pen or how to plug a an electrical cord into a wall socket then we would certainly say that they are confused, at the very least: one part sticks out and the other goes in and they were literally made for each other.
“The LORD is my Shepherd (and he knows I’m gay!)”
“It’s truly a blessing to have total freaking IDIOTS as your opponents!”
Well, ones flesh might want to retort with a “Ditto” but the fact is that these people are misguided regarding the Bible, ethics, science and common sense.
“Gay agenda: 1. Equal rights 2. Laundry 3. Shopping!!! 4. See #1”
Well, this person is obviously shockingly ignorant of the history and goals of the very movement which they support.
“God is love”
God is love but to conclude that this means that God loves everything is just about as wrong as one can be: logically and theo-logically.
“I am the church”
Well, that is a surprise as the church is composed of many members: all Christians make up the church. The church is made up of those following biblical principles and not those who prideful contradict them.
“Jesus loves me! (This Homo) for the Bible tells me so! Galatians 4:6-7”
Those two verses state, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
He seems to not have noticed that verse 7 beings with “And” which means in addition to: in addition to what? You guessed it, verses 1-6 (as well as chapters 1-3, as well as the rest of the Bible).
Verse 3 states, “when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world” which is a perfect description of the LGBTQIAP+ lifestyle movement which is literally focused on being in bondage to sex: sex is literally the core of their worldview.
Verses 4b-5 note, “God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” but the LGBTQIAP+ lifestyle movement are not under the law and claim that the law is not even Godly.
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