The Southern Baptist’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission just wrapped-up a conference fashioned The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage. If the post-conference discussion is any guide, it was a miserably dreary affair.
As evangelical Christians we absolutely believe there is an authority outside of ourselves and that authority, God, plainly reveals His design and will through His Word. Accordingly, in a later session David Platt, President of the International Mission Board, pointed out that the most deadly disease we face today is the prevailing idea that what God has said is subject to human judgment. As we seek to minister in this sexual revolution we must remind our people of the authority of Scripture in every aspect of life and we must equip them to see that God has spoken clearly on this issue.
Because, you know, decent Godly people just do as they’re told.
Throughout the conference a clear theme rang out: we cannot be selective in our moral outrage.
What does this yahoo want to do? Stone everybody?
We have clearly seen that it is and has been unhelpful and damaging to rail against homosexuality from our pulpits, talk shows, and blogs and turn a blind eye to heterosexual sexual sin such as fornication and unbiblical divorce. As was said many times, decades of allowing spouses to abandon their covenant without any word of warning has ultimately done more damage to marriage then the same-sex marriage movement.
Some marriages are doomed from the get-go, and it is perverse to insist that people must stay together and be miserable instead of seeking new relationships.
Divorce is, of course, a touchy subject amongst evangelicals for the reason that they have the highest divorce rate in society. This is because, first, they favor young weddings and early childbearing and, second, they disapprove of marriage. What Mohler et. al. actually preach is animal husbandry, and that obedience to the Holy Man is more important than the mutual loyalty and shared ambitions that make a relationship a marriage.
They’ll shake their heads and deny it and stomp their feet and get red-faced, but the truth is that Baptists see ‘marriage’ as merely an instrument of perpetuation of the cult — and that’s all. If that doesn’t give you the Halloween creeps, nothing will.