A handshake from the 'haters' or an appeal to apostasy?

Friday, December 14, 2018
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Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Homo flag in front of SC (Newer version)A longtime theologian warns that two conservative Christian organizations have compromised their biblical integrity in a futile attempt to find common ground with homosexual activists.

The National Association of Evangelicals and the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities have both adopted a "Fairness for All" motion, which affirms biblical beliefs about marriage and sexuality but also denounces discrimination, along with violence and harassment, against homosexuals.

The Christian Post reports the NAE passed the motion in October while the Council announced a coming vote during the summer but did not announce a date.

wedding rings on Bible 620x300A statement from the Council explaining its decision suggests the most "viable political strategy" is to combine religious freedom protections with "explicit support" for the "basic human rights for members of the LGBT community."

Adding your name to a statement about "fairness" might have sounded nice, says Dr. Richard Land, but what homosexual activists view as harassment and discrimination are, in fact, core biblical mandates.

"This is a truth serum for evangelicals," he warns. "If you believe what the Bible says about homosexuality and lesbianism, then you cannot – you cannot – affirm it. You cannot accommodate it."

Masterpiece Cakeshop (entrance)It's not difficult, in fact, to read the "Queer Voices" blog at the far-leftl Huffington Post, or follow lesbian columnist Sally Kohn, to plainly understand their view: a claim of "religious freedom" is still discrimination, they argue, and their demand for "marriage equality" is often compared to the Civil Rights movement.

"Will anti-gay Christians be politically and socially ostracized?" Kohn bluntly asked in a 2015 Daily Beast column after the landmark Obergefell decision. "I sure hope so."   

A more recent example is the Human Rights Campaign urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that Christian baker Jack Phillips should be forced by law to design a wedding cake for homosexuals.

Land, Dr. Richard (SBC, ERLC)"At its core," HRC's president stated one year ago this month, "this case is a cynical effort to manipulate the First Amendment in order to provide a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people and our families."

The Christian Post story also reports that one NAE board member, Samuel Rodriguez, signed an opposing document entitled "Preserve Freedom, Reject Coercision."

Seventeen signers of the "Preserve Freedom" document are affiliated with CCCU colleges and universities, the story stated.

The story also noted that Denny Burk, a theology professor at Boyce College, called the motions a "disaster" and vowed to work hard to oppose the effort. 

No Hate homo signs protest (1)Land asks why the NAE and the Council signed on to "Fairness for All," suggesting that perhaps the secular culture is applying so much pressure the theological walls are closing in.

Perhaps, he adds, the groups want to put a stake down, hoping to give them more room at the cultural table.

"That stake's got a white flag on it," he observes. "You feel the walls closing in so you just surrender. That's not what we're supposed to do. We're supposed to be witnesses to the truth."

The other wise, meanwhile, has declared war on religion. 

"Liberty, freedom and the ever-bending arc toward equality have won," Kohn declared in the 2015 column. "Intolerance and hate have lost."

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