I think most of the readers here would agree that the trajectory of The Gospel Coalition is not a good one. Since the formation of TGC, their broad tent approach to Evangelical Christianity has tilted more and more ecclesiastically leftward. Sure there are a few biblical voices one can hear, but they are drowned out by social Marxism masquerading as “Gospel issues” and movie reviews imagining R-rated films as Christian themed art.
This year I believe we will see a major push at TGC to normalize the so-called same-sex attracted Christian, those men and women who claim they have homosexual desires, yet wish to remain faithful to the biblical ethics of marriage. A few writers at TGC have already headed in that direction, but I believe there will be an acceleration toward presenting same-sex attraction as a viable category for Christians. It won’t only be among the TGC crowd, but will spill into other similar parachurch ministries like the ERLC and RZIM.
Within the last week or so, two articles have appeared on the TGC website.
First, one written by British expatriate, Rebecca McLaughlin, exhorts Christians to go on the offensive with their faith in our secular society.
Christian it’s time to go on the offensive
She challenges believers to rise up against hostile forces in our culture, and in one stunning paragraph decrying the lack of diversity and sexism among Christians, she adds this,
Likewise, when it comes to other areas of cultural engagement, we need to let our most credible voices speak. In a world where Christians are seen as homophobic bigots, we need to get behind the biblically faithful, same-sex-attracted Christians God has raised up to speak for and to his church.
Notice how she turns SSA Christians into an apologetic talking point. The church has the reputation among the worldlings of homophobia and in order for Christians to have a meaningful impact engaging culture, they must empower so-called SSA Christians with the task of defending the faith. The only credible voices with the ability for speaking for God in the church regarding homosexuality are SSA Christians. I cannot think of anything more damning for God’s people than allowing individuals weighed down with sinful inordinate affections leading the church. That is like saying the only credible voices speaking up against the onslaught of a pornified culture are those individuals who are porn attracted.
But that’s not all. A second, more recent article written by Sam Allberry, asks if SSA Christians can have non-sexual romantic relationships. In other words, a same-sex couple will have the romance, yet have boundaries set in place preventing sexual activity. The article is rather vague, but Sam seems to conclude no, SSA Christians should not have romantic, non-sexual relationships.
Yet that advice, however, doesn’t really strike at the heart of the matter. That being, same sex attractions are sinful attractions that must be put off in Christ, not just tamed in order to prevent sodomy from happening. Once they are put off, in their place should be God’s desire of healthy, marital sex, not self-imposed celibacy. What Sam is offering is despairing, because he is in essence saying that no SSA Christian should seek to change. I can only assume that is because Sam doesn’t believe such a person can with the help of Christ, and it is inappropriate for others to insist a SSA man can learn to sexually love a wife and a SSA woman learn to sexually love a husband.
I seriously anticipate seeing more of this rhetoric coming into what was once solid, evangelical ministries. But Christians need to not just go on the offensive, but become offensive. I do not mean becoming rude and incorrigible for Jesus, but boldly speaking the truth against this insidious error that has gripped the hearts of so many once reliable people.
As believers we need to remind ourselves of the Bible’s teaching on sin, it’s corrupting work in our hearts, the Gospel, and Christ’s deliverance from not only God’s wrath against sin, but His deliverance in to a life of holiness with right, Christ like desires shaping our hearts.
We need to proclaim those truths with unflinching boldness. Ignore the snippy mocking from snooty metropolitan intellectuals who grouse that you are hurting the witness of the church and making Jesus cry. Those people don’t love Christ and they certainly don’t love the people they say their are engaging because they are obviously embarrassed by what God has so plainly said that they twist the truth into a lie.
And we need to firmly, but gently tell those people who insist they are SSA that they are nursing inordinate affections and that they need to repent. Take Paul’s last words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4 to PREACH THE WORD! Be ready in season and out of season to convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering. They may be offended, but remember, truth offends.