Mefferd: Revoice clearly a liberal voice for 'queer culture'

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Jody Brown, Steve Jordahl (

Revoice Conference 2018Christian groups hoping to see a more LGBT-welcoming and -affirming Church met in St. Louis last week. A Christian talk-show host, however, says the "horrendous apostasy" at the core of Revoice's rhetoric must be confronted.

The theme of last week's conference was "supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality."

It's a doctrine that mandates that any sexual expression outside a monogamous, man/woman marriage is sin.

Christian radio talk-show host Janet Mefferd said that when compared with the stated theme, what actually happened there made the conference almost nonsensical.

Janet Mefferd"They talk about celibacy and the historic Christian tradition, but then you look at their [conference] website and everything was about 'queer culture' and 'intersectionality' and all these liberal progressive things – and it just got weirder and weirder," she said on her program yesterday.

In his column on Monday, Dr. Michael L. Brown took issue with one of the workshops offered in Revoice titled "Redeeming Queer Culture: An Adventure" – the description for which referred to "the virtues of queer culture" and asked "what queer treasure, honor, and glory will be brought into the New Jerusalem at the end of time?"

Brown's response? "There will be plenty of people redeemed out of queer culture who will enter the heavenly city, but nothing 'queer' will enter there, for sure. And there's no way a follower of Jesus should identify as 'queer.' That is who some of us once were," he wrote.

One of the organizers of the conference was Dr. Nate Collins, who is described as "a married [to a woman], same-sex-attracted/gay man who is a husband, father, and follower of Christ." In his keynote address, he stressed the difficulties gay men and lesbians have in the Church:

Collins: "It's exhausting to live in the darkness of rejection. It's exhausting to constantly be defined by others by the way you feel broken or by the ways you don't measure up or by a warped understanding of how and who you love."

Mefferd responds: "Everything [at Revoice] was about We're victims, We're martyrs, The Church has been terrible to us. Have you never heard of the mainline? Because the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the PC(USA) would all be thrilled to have you," she stated. "They would embrace your gayness and they would be all rainbow-flaggy with you."

With gay activists, said the talk-show host, it always seems to be about changing the conservative Church because the root of the problem is that they are angry at God himself.

In the lead-up to Revoice, Mefferd spent a lot of time on her radio shows discussing the conference. Collins is a member of the collaborative team for The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender.


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