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Nashville Statement Is Biblical But Lacks Pastoral Wisdom, Further Alienates LGBT Persons
Christian Post ^ | 09/09/2017 | Brandon Showalter

Posted on 09/09/2017 8:11:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The response to the Nashville Statement continues with some scholars now saying it damages the church's already negative reputation with homosexuals, and lacks pastoral wisdom even though they agree with the document theologically.

Writing on his website Sunday, New York Times bestselling author Preston Sprinkle, who is currently a full-time speaker, noted that although he stood with the authors and signers of the Nashville Statement — a document published last week by the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission that promotes the long-held Christian view of marriage and sexual ethics — it falls short on important fronts.

"I do believe that [the signers have] gone about this all wrong and it will tarnish the church's already tarnished reputation with LGBT+ people," Sprinkle wrote, saying that the statement came across as "one-sided" and that it "fails to own up to the many—MANY—mistakes that theologically orthodox believers have made in this conversation."

Sprinkle took particular issue with the "impersonal" and "outdated" language in several of the statement's articles as well as its narrow focus, as others have, especially with article 7, which argues against "adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception."

Although former homosexuals Christopher Yuan and Rosaria Butterfield are among the statement's initial signatories and do not identify as "gay," Sprinkle maintains that what one opts to call oneself presents a more complex issue.

"[T]here are many original signers of the NS that have taken a very hard line against ever adopting the term 'gay Christian'—even if the person believes in a traditional view of marriage," Sprinkle said.

Documents like the Nashville Statement, which by their nature demand adherence, unnecessarily exclude these faithful Christians, he went on to say. He has spent many hours reading on sexuality-related topics and speaking with friends who identify as all sorts of things and concluded that "this specific conversation is ten times more complicated than most people realize, and a thousand times more complicated than article 7 makes it out to be."

About the same time as the publication of the Nashville Statement, Sprinkle released a 20-minute film called, "Dear Church: I'm Gay." While the film makes a point to endorse the historic Christian view of sexuality, it delves deeply into the pastoral nuances and complexities, telling the stories of several Christians who have had various levels of experience with same-sex attraction and homosexuality. Also included in the short film is the story of a noncelibate gay man who no longer believes his Christian faith but whose parents are Christian and have stayed in relationship with him even as they do not agree with homosexual practice.

"While we absolutely need to celebrate and promote Christianity's historic view of marriage and sexual expression," Sprinkle reiterated, he emphaized that "we need to do so much more thoughtfully and much more holistically—pounding the pulpit for truth and grace." 

In similar fashion, Pastor Josh Daffern of MTV Church in Columbus, Mississippi, thought the Nashville Statement lacked pastoral wisdom and that it contained a few "fatal" flaws that gave him enough reason to never sign it.

"This statement reminds me of a married couple that constantly has arguments," Daffern wrote on his Patheos blog Tuesday, noting that as a conservative evangelical pastor he had "no qualms with the individual tenets" of the statement but, like Sprinkle, objected to some of the language used in it. And, he continued, the Nashville Statement was crafted mostly by academics and scholars who are mostly sealed off from people who do not think like them and that the document ultimately impedes the Great Commission.

Daffern mentioned that he has a lesbian woman who has been attending his church for about a month and is reportedly battling addictions and is struggling with several other issues in her life.

"If I preached on the Nashville Statement and declared my allegiance, would that help or hinder her own spiritual journey?" he asked. "Why would I be more comfortable with pastors and not Christian academics creating this document? Because orthodoxy divorced from relationships can many times lead to rhetoric that hinders (not helps) us achieve our overall mission, to lead all people to Jesus," he said.

"I don't disagree with the document. I disagree with the tone in which it was presented. I disagree with the vacuum within which it was created, and I disagree with the rhetoric this will now create that will only further drive a wedge between evangelical Christians and the LGBT community."


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Theology
KEYWORDS: abomination; bible; effeminatehissyfit; gayrant; homosexualagenda; lgbt; nashvillestatement; prestonsprinkler; sexuality; sin; sodomandgomorrah; sprinkle; sprinkler
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1 posted on 09/09/2017 8:11:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
People get offended on behalf of other people.

It's all fake. Ignore and ridicule the PC crowd.

2 posted on 09/09/2017 8:16:58 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Those who are perishing can repent, in which case they will bring for the fruit of repentance, or they can stick to their guns till the end, in which case we should not expect them to have a high opinion of sound doctrine.

We are not called to be considered of good repute to the lost, we are called to speak the word both in and out of season.

Guess what: to those “out of season” they are likely to resent God’s word.

And that’s THEIR problem.


3 posted on 09/09/2017 8:21:18 PM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another Fake Christian heard from.


4 posted on 09/09/2017 8:22:34 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
New York Times bestselling author Preston Sprinkle
What a horridly suggestive last name. Never mind his un-Biblical pontification on behalf of the god of this world.
5 posted on 09/09/2017 8:23:44 PM PDT by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: SeekAndFind

The most loving thing a Christian can do is to rebuke the sin in someone’s life and then point them to Christ as their salvation.


6 posted on 09/09/2017 8:26:21 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SeekAndFind

Alt headline:

Ten Commandments Alienate Bank Robber Community


7 posted on 09/09/2017 8:27:28 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Rurudyne

So do you believe that Adolf Hitler could be in Heaven after repenting? Josef Stalin? Mao?


8 posted on 09/09/2017 8:30:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have an in-law who has been almost entirely disowned by his family for being unwilling to support homosexual couples within the family. One particular woman, who claims to be a Christian and sings in a church choir, made it a point to attack him viciously on social media.

Yet she showed her supposed tolerance by taking her children and attending a so-called homosexual wedding. This woman claims she disagrees with homosexual marriage but is supposedly showing her Christian love and compassion by being part of this.

This is the ultimate hypocrisy. Tolerance for sodomites but not for fellow Christians who are taking the vile hatred of the left for standing up for traditional Christianity and morality in general.

Instead of criticizing those who take such a public stand for Biblical morality, maybe this guy can just show us how he is doing such a great job fulfilling the “Great Commission” apparently without including a strong call to repentance.


9 posted on 09/09/2017 8:34:42 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve never heard of the Nashville Statement but I suspect it’s guilty of telling the truth about the Bible’s perspective on homosexuality. To today’s liberals, such truth is entirely unacceptable.

I tell people God is very “old school” and if you expect Him to change, you’ll be sadly disappointed.


10 posted on 09/09/2017 8:42:10 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Let Trump Be Trump. Would you rather have Hillary?)
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To: Rurudyne

If there are other gracious answers we can be giving and we won’t — then it’s our problem again.


11 posted on 09/09/2017 8:42:19 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I question the legitimacy of any Christian leader who uses the term “LGBT community” other than in quotes.

The “LGBT community” is a group of people who have chosen to be enemies of God, Christ, and His followers.

There is a big difference between ministering to individuals who struggle with sexual sins, including perversions, and trying to be accepted by a “community” of people who are in open rebellion against God and His revealed word.


12 posted on 09/09/2017 8:43:01 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So....Biblical ain’t good enough? This yutz knows better than God? Oy.


13 posted on 09/09/2017 8:43:26 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: OrangeHoof

Modern Christendom may in fact be so new school that it can’t look under the hood. It needs to be Jesus school.


14 posted on 09/09/2017 8:43:56 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: SeekAndFind
>> it damages the church's already negative reputation with homosexuals <<

"The Church" didn't issue this statement. A handful of protestant pastors did.

15 posted on 09/09/2017 8:47:20 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

Or knows something about God you’re ignoring?

We can be quite frank about the distortions of love and the need for love that lead unto sin without being superficial about their rightful place. People sometimes confuse being Christian with being genteel, and thus know no proper avenue for the lives of people with great capacity for passion.


16 posted on 09/09/2017 8:49:36 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes


17 posted on 09/09/2017 8:50:08 PM PDT by Fai Mao (I still want to see The PIAPS in prison)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Absolutely or the Bible doesn’t mean what it says.


18 posted on 09/09/2017 8:59:16 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, because Jesus died for every single one of us, because God’s grace truly is amazing (not to mention incomprehensible to us mere humans) and because His mercy endures forever.


19 posted on 09/09/2017 9:01:44 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: SeekAndFind

We seem to be living in a time of increasing confusion and disorientation which makes it increasingly difficult to rely on the current teachings of some of our religious leadership.

Probably a good idea to to read and re read the bible and study older traditional and now “obsolete” sources and try to sort your own way through.

Unfortunately, this may bring one into conflict with the new leadership as they are very insistent on people affirming their contemporary view and draconian when it comes to enforcing conformity with their new and novel interpretations of scripture.


20 posted on 09/09/2017 9:05:04 PM PDT by rdcbn
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