Which way, Evangelicals? There is nowhere to hide

Albert Mohler“This is a moment of decision, and every evangelical believer, congregation, denomination, and institution will have to answer. There will be no place to hide. The forces driving this revolution in morality will not allow evasion or equivocation.

Every pastor, every church, and every Christian organization will soon be forced to declare an allegiance to the Scriptures and to the Bible’s teachings on marriage and sexual morality, or to affirm loyalty to the sexual revolution. That revolution did not start with same-sex marriage, and it will not end there.”

– Albert Mohler calls Bible-believing Christians to be ready to give an answer.

Do you love me? Putting the carriage before the horse in the same-sex marriage debate

David Ould“It’s important that we get our heads around the nature of this debate otherwise we’ll just continually be responding to the wrong point, nor will we be in any position to helpfully reflect back to our wider society just what is going on and, perhaps, get them to reconsider…”

– David Ould considers the nature of love and marriage. Check it out.

Stage Two exile – are you ready for it?

Steve McAlpine“The Western church is about to enter stage two of its exile from the mainstream culture and the public square. And it will not be an easy time.

In case you missed it, Exile Stage One began a few decades or so ago, budding in the sexual revolution of the sixties before building up a head of steam some 20 years ago. Finally some Christians sat down to talk about it 15 or so years ago, and that set the ball, and the publishing companies rolling…”

– at The Gospel Coalition Australia, Steve McAlpine, Associate Pastor at Providence Church in Perth, calls Christians to be prepared for what is coming.

A sexual ponzi scheme?

Dr Carl Trueman“An article in the Washington Post last week (“How to break free from monogamy without destroying marriage”) described the dynamics of an open marriage and the various “apps” now available for facilitating extramarital relations.

The amorality might have been shocking twenty years ago but today such well-traveled territory likely provokes little more than a yawn. Yet the article is still instructive for what the author’s analysis (or lack thereof) tells us about contemporary culture…”

– Carl Trueman writes at First Things. (h/t Tim Challies.)

I oppose same-sex marriage (and no, I’m not a bigot)

Dr Michael Jensen“The passing of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage has triggered a round of Australian advocates announcing that it is now ‘our turn’. We lag behind the UK, many European countries, some states in the US, and (perish the thought!) New Zealand, and we ought to get with the programme.

The Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, in line with the new ALP dogma, has announced that he is introducing a private members bill into Parliament next Monday…

How could anyone stand opposed? The terms in which the pro-marriage redefinition case are stated make it sound as inevitable as the dawn, and as unstoppable as the tide. And these same terms make opposing a redefinition of marriage sound primitive and even barbaric. There are those in favour of change, we are told, and then there are the bigots.”

– Dr. Michael Jensen writes at the ABC’s The Drum.

Related: The Australian Christian Lobby lists some of the consequences of same sex marriage for the free exercise of religion.

Why Australia should not rush to follow Ireland

Lylle Shelton, Australian Christian Lobby“So many questions, so little free debate. …

Changing the definition of marriage has far reaching consequences. It is time to press pause and think again.”

– The Australian Christian Lobby raises a number of questions in the midst of a push for same sex marriage in Australia.

A Requiem for the Boy Scouts

Albert Mohler“The Boy Scouts were doomed the moment the national leadership decided to preserve the organization at the cost of the values and ideals that gave it birth.

Speaking to a national meeting of Boy Scouts of America leaders, President Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, called for the B.S.A. to abandon its policy of allowing the participation of openly gay scouts, but not the involvement of openly-gay adults…

By any honest account, the policy adopted in 2013 was a compromise that anyone could see would not hold. …  the B.S.A. put itself in a no-man’s land of moral evasion.”

– Albert Mohler on the predicament facing the Boy Scouts of America.

Related: Dr. Robert M. Gates at 2015 Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting. Watch from 08:40.

What does the Bible really teach about Homosexuality? — Repost

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?“If I had to choose only one book to recommend to someone (whether a Christian or non-Christian) who wanted to read a basic overview of what the Bible says about homosexuality and what that means for today, this is it.”

Andy Naselli on “What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?” by Kevin DeYoung.

You can download a 36 page sample and study guide via Andy’s site, and order a copy from various booksellers.

Kevin DeYoungUpdate: See Kevin DeYoung speak on this topic (March 2015) at a special event at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. 63 minutes.

See also the panel Discussion after the address – 54 minutes – with thanks to Crossway.

Human Sexuality and the 'Same Sex Marriage' DebateRelated: Human Sexuality and the ‘Same Sex Marriage’ Debate, from The Sydney Doctrone Commission.

Update – Schools, Scripture, Banning of Books and Sexual Orthodoxy

Assoc Prof Neil Foster“My previous post mentioned that some books used in Special Religious Education (SRE) in NSW had been summarily banned by the Department of Education and Communities, apparently on the grounds that they conveyed classical Christian teaching about sexual morality.

In that post I said:

It is to be hoped that on review the Department will realise both that the way this was done is entirely unacceptable, and also that the content of the books concerned is not as harmful as it has been alleged to be.

One of those hopes has been realised, but the other has not…”

– at Law and Religion Australia, Associate Professor in Law, Neil Foster revisits the SRE ‘book banning’ in NSW. His comments are well worth reading in full – and be sure to follow the links.

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