What is “The Nashville Statement?”

Last week liberal Christians joined the secular Left in a frantic rush to condemn an unequivocal proclamation of what has been Christian theology with regard to human sexuality since oh – God created Adam and Eve. Issued by a group of Evangelical leaders last week, The Nashville Statement is an affirmation of the beauty of God’s design for human life. This is from the Preamble ~

We are persuaded that faithfulness in our generation means declaring once again the true story of the world and of our place in it—particularly as male and female. Christian Scripture teaches that there is but one God who alone is Creator and Lord of all. To him alone, every person owes glad-hearted thanksgiving, heart-felt praise, and total allegiance. This is the path not only of glorifying God, but of knowing ourselves. To forget our Creator is to forget who we are, for he made us for himself. And we cannot know ourselves truly without truly knowing him who made us. We did not make ourselves. We are not our own. Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be.
We believe that God’s design for his creation and his way of salvation serve to bring him the greatest glory and bring us the greatest good. God’s good plan provides us with the greatest freedom. Jesus said he came that we might have life and have it in overflowing measure. He is for us and not against us. Therefore, in the hope of serving Christ’s church and witnessing publicly to the good purposes of God for human sexuality revealed in Christian Scripture, we offer the following affirmations and denials.

You can read the entire statement HERE.
If you’re confused, the Babylon Bee – they’re sort of the Christian version of The Onion – offers this amusing Q & A ~

What does the Nashville Statement say?

It says some really controversial stuff for Bible-believing Christians, like that God made Adam and Eve as (trigger warning) male and female, that marriage was created by God to be the union between one man and one woman, that He loves people with gender dysphoria and same-sex attraction even if He doesn’t approve of all of their actions, and that He offers His grace and mercy to sinners of all stripes.

Who has signed the Nashville Statement?

A whole mob of fringe, hate-filled bigots with zero credibility, such as John Piper, J.I. Packer, Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, Al Mohler, Russell Moore, Francis Chan, and Matt Chandler. Just look at that list of theological lightweights—couldn’t they at least have gotten some people who’ve proven themselves as faithful witnesses of Christ?

Who has come out in opposition to the Statement?

A bunch of folks who believed everything it says just a couple years ago.

What is their main argument in opposition to the Statement?

That those supporting the Nashville Statement are not doing so because they believe the Word of God, but because they are homophobic, neo-nazi white supremacists who worship Donald Trump—which makes sense, as long as you don’t think about it for longer than about three seconds.

How should I respond to the Nashville Statement?

You could start up a hashtag-based movement telling people to abandon the faith because the Bible doesn’t line up with their personal feelings, or you could launch into a 500-tweet-long rant about the Statement so that everyone knows how sensitive and caring you are. If you really want to effect social change, you could even change your profile overlay to a rainbow flag or #RESIST image macro for the next week or so. BUT, whatever you do, above all else, definitely do not read the Statement and actually attempt to honestly engage with its claims. That way, madness lies. :)

Why The Nashville Statement Is Needed
Why the Rejection of the Nashville Statement on Sexuality is a Rejection of the Bible ~ Michael Brown asks, “for Bible-believing Christians, what is there to disagree with?” Answer: Nothing. It’s only those cafeteria Christians who wish to pick and choose the parts of scripture that make them feel good who are offended by God’s whole truth.

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