From time-to-time we will find ourselves disagreeing with people we respect. What is particularly funny is when both sides on a debate essentially agree but think of the other side as a loose cannon. Such is the charge insanitybytes22 levels in her post, “Nashville Statement Takes Evangelicals the Wrong Direction”, against the Nashville Statement.
What is the Nashville Statement? Well, here is the beginning of a statement that describes it.
CBMW Releases Coalition Statement on Biblical SexualityAugust 29, 2017
NASHVILLE – The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) announced August 29th the release of The Nashville Statement, an evangelical coalition statement on biblical sexuality.
CBMW convened a meeting of evangelical leaders on August 25th that was hosted by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission during its national conference. The meeting included a coalition of scholars, pastors, and other leaders who discussed and endorsed The Nashville Statement. The statement, comprised of 14 affirmations and denials, addresses issues related to human sexuality, “in the hope of serving Christ’s church,” according to the statement’s preamble. (continued here)
Was the statement a good idea? Well, everything is debatable. So I participated in the debate on ‘s post. Mel Wild sort of took the lead in assailing the Nashville Statement. Here is about as harsh as he got.
Mel Wild said:
September 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm
I agree with the articles. I picture the people yelling at John Candy in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”, “Hey! You’re going the wrong way!” But, seriously, it is a very difficult issue to navigate and making “line in the sand” statements only makes things worse.
We have to stop thinking our main job is to be the world’s moral police. Jesus didn’t address these issues at all with the world. He taught and showed them the Father’s love for humanity.
Yup, this statement smacks more of Phariseeism than following Christ.
What are the articles agrees with? cites two articles against Nashville Statement in her post.
1 Corinthians 5:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”
That passage gave me an idea, but not the idea intended. So here is how I responded.