The Gospel Coalition is using a same-sex attracted British pastor to deliver a message advocating for single-parent adoption.
The Gospel Coalition is a collection of evangelical heavyweights who speak into the intersection of culture and the gospel. Many fear the former is overtaking the latter. One indication is a new initiative by the Coalition to promote single-parent adoption. They've chosen British pastor Sam Allberry to explain their thinking in a video:
Allberry: "A single person may be thinking, Well, I'm just a mom or I'm just a dad and I can't do the role of both parents. But actually with the support of a wider church family, that child should be growing up in a very, very healthy family context."
Christian apologist Dr. Alex McFarland says that's not only wrong, it's dangerous. "A little boy, a little girl, they need a mother and a father," he tells OneNewsNow, "and nothing can take the place of the symbiotic nurturing that a mother and a dad bring to children."
McFarland wonders if Allberry's personal life may be influencing his outlook on adoption. Allberry describes himself as a same-sex attracted, celibate Christian.
McFarland says two things have caused some professed Christians to approach homosexuality, "gay" adoption, and parenting wrongly. "For one, there's the presupposition that people are born gay – and for another, there's the assumption that culture trumps the Word of God," he offers.
Allberry was also one of the first supporters of the controversial Revoice Conferences, which seek to find a way to fully include celibate homosexuals in church life.
"One of the major concerns I have with Revoice is [the argument] that someone is a 'gay Christian' or a 'transgender Christian.' Well, are we going to say I'm a serial killer Christian, I'm an alcoholic Christian, I'm a habitual liar Christian, I'm a porn-addicted Christian? No, no, no."