At the same time a secular culture is pushing Christian beliefs out of the public square in the name of "tolerance," a longtime theologian is warning the Church that many houses of worship have already given up the fight.
When the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly ruled last year in favor of business owner Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop, most conservatives realized it was a temporary victory in a long and desperate culture war.
Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Seminary, said as much in June at the annual Western Conservative Summit that was held in Denver.
“I believe that most conservatives in the United States have vastly underestimated the reality and comprehensiveness of the challenge that we now face,” he told the gathering. “It takes concentrated attention, a devotion to history, and a serious reckoning with ideas to see the whole.”
And as in the Masterpiece case, the fast-moving LGBT sexual agenda is leading a revolt that is now encircling the Church after gathering millions of allies in academia, the media, and the courts.
Even billion-dollar corporations recently trotted out their homosexual and lesbian employees for "Pride Month," and Budweiser introduced beer cans in a variety of colors for "genderfluid" people, "asexuals," "intersex" people, and more.
"The main thing we need to remember from all of this," an article at The Resurgent observed, "is that even your beer is political these days."
Back at the Denver gathering, Mohler quoted from Chai Feldblum, the former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission leader, who famously suggested that “sexual liberty” should win legal cases over claims of religious liberty.
“Because that's the only way,” she asserted, “that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.”
“We can't say we weren't told,” Mohler said of her quote.
Yet the longtime Southern Baptist leader predicted that some churches will escape the wrath of secular zealots because they have surrendered to the current times, ditched thousands of years of orthodox beliefs about marriage and sexuality, and are proudly “progressive” congregations.
“Those churches and denominations have long ago surrendered to the moral revolutionaries,” he warned, “and they simply don't believe anything sufficiently biblical or theological to get any of them into trouble.”
Those liberal churches, Mohler continued, often put “religious liberty” in quotation marks.
“Because they'd already put quotation marks around ‘God,’” he said.