The following is a statement by Randy Alcorn, a Christian writer and blogger at: www.epm.org. The article, which appears as: Why I Signed the Nashville Statement: It Speaks the Truth in Love About Human Sexuality, concerns his signing of the Nashville Statement which you can read at: Click HERE.
This article by Mr. Alcorn explains his rationale for his decision to sign the statement and provides a perspective on the contentious subject which in relatively recent times has become so divisive for Christians and today’s society in general. I wrestle with issues like this and seek God’s grace and “the mind of Christ” (Philippians 2:5) to give clarity to my understanding. Irrespective of one’s opinion of the Nashville Statement I praise God that His love is available for all and wish for all to come to a believing faith that seeks to honor God and glorify His name. RMF
Why I Signed the Nashville Statement: It Speaks the Truth in Love about the Biblical View of Human Sexuality
If you follow social media and news online, you’ve likely heard about the Nashville Statement, put together by The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Along with several dozen other Christian leaders, I’m one of the initial signatories of this statement, which seeks to provide a Christ-honoring and biblically faithful standard on homosexuality and transgenderism.
When it was posted in late August, unfortunately during Hurricane Harvey (its release was prearranged some time earlier), it caused another kind of cultural and online hurricane. Here are a couple of comments from people on Twitter who expressed disappointment at my signing it:
So disappointed in @randyalcorn for signing #nashvillestatement. He gave me hope of heaven & now he banished me for loving people.
Somehow @randyalcorn believes, from an eternal perspective, that publicly condemning LGBTQIA people who are facing persecution is good.
Redefining God’s Love
I cannot apologize for signing a statement that I believe to be true to Scripture and true to reality. As for the claim that by signing it I “banished” someone “for loving people,” I hardly know what to say. I believe that I truly love people who think and live differently than I do in terms of sexual desires and practices. I also believe God loves them far more than I, or the people who sent these tweets, do. Continue reading