The head of a Southern Baptist seminary says the recent "Revoice Conference" is the wrong way for evangelicals to wade into the choppy waters surrounding the issues of sexuality and sexual identity.
Organizers of Revoice say they want to carve out a place in the evangelical church for those who identify as gay or lesbian, but who also want to live out a biblical sexual ethic – in other words, the Church needs to make room for celibate, gay-identified Christians. Dr. Al Mohler, Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky, says it's important to recognize that there are those in almost every church who struggle with same-sex attraction.
"What we do not want is for Christians struggling with same-sex attractions to feel intimidated so that they can't speak of their unique challenges," he tells OneNewsNow. "But that does not mean that we can identify ourselves, certainly, with some kind of inclination that is contrary to Christ, contrary to scripture, and contrary to the gospel."
Mohler says there were many troubling aspects of Revoice. For example, one of the organizers described the focus of the evangelical church on the natural family as "idolatrous"; and the conference itself was seeking common ground with "queer culture." According to Mohler, such thinking has made its way further into evangelicalism than most realize.
"The ideology of the LGBTQ+ movement is more deeply infectious within many Christian circles than they had recognized – and I think this conference is a wakeup call," he adds.
But it isn't the answer, he insists. "It's not that we want those who struggle with LGBT identities to go away and be quiet in the Church," he explains. "I think the Revoice Conference is definitely the wrong way for faithful Christians to address these issues."
Or, as Mohler clearly states in a recent column about the conference: "We cannot see Revoice as anything other than a house built upon the sand. Revoice is not the voice of faithful Christianity."