Earlier today, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) released what they’re calling the Nashville Statement, which was adopted at a recent conference sponsored by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention).
It’s a declaration of faith-based bigotry signed by some of the most powerful Christians in the country.
Here’s a brief (paraphrased) rundown of what the 14 articles say, along with what they really mean.
- Marriage is only between one man and one woman.
- You must be celibate outside of marriage; you must be monogamous during marriage.
- Adam and Eve were literally the first man and woman.
- Men and women have different, distinct roles.
- Men have penises and women have vaginas.
- Don’t have a properly functioning penis or vagina? That’s fine.
- If you’re a man, be a man. If you’re a woman, be a woman.
- We don’t hate gay people.
- Sin leads to sexual immorality.
- Anyone who supports LGBTQ rights is a bad Christian.
- We must keep talking about this.
- If you loved God, you wouldn’t sin.
- Transgender people can change.
- Jesus. Jesus Jesus. Jesus.
The Christians oppose “homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous” relationships and deny the (religious) legitimacy of any same-sex marriage.
No sex before marriage. If your spouse dies, no sex for you until your next marriage. If you’re gay, since you can’t be married in their eyes, you must be celibate for life.
Ignore all scientific evidence that contradicts what we say.
Women should be housewives and babymakers. Men should work. Feminine men and masculine women are oxymorons. Stick to your lanes, people.
Transgender people are out of luck and on their own. You don’t fit anywhere in this Christian worldview.
A broken anatomy doesn’t negate what was written above. If your dick doesn’t work, you’re still a man. If you have your uterus removed, you’re still a woman. Transgender people? Still screwed.
That means marrying someone of the opposite sex. Transgender people: Why are you still here?
But if you ever have sex with someone of the same gender, you’re going against the will of God.
The only kind of sex that’s acceptable is between a man and his wife. (And only in missionary position, you perverts.)
There’s no moral ambiguity here. “Faithful Christians” must condemn “homosexual immorality” and “transgenderism.” Take that, progressive Christians and everyone under the age of 30.
We don’t care if it makes us look bad.
If you’ve ever had homosexual desires, it’s not too late to repent.
Hey, trans people, does your gender identity not match up with your biological sex? Well… stop thinking that way. God doesn’t want you to be trans. And God would never make you trans.
The reactions from everyone outside the bubble have been harsh and entirely justified.
Even the mayor of Nashville is getting in on it.
The @CBMWorg's so-called "Nashville Statement" is poorly named and does not represent the inclusive values of the city & people of Nashville
— Megan Barry (@MayorMeganBarry) August 29, 2017
Hey Evangelicals, the Nashville Statement is literally the last thing you want to issue at this moment in time.
— Travis Hymas (@TravisHymas) August 29, 2017
That Nashville Statement was obviously written without ever having a single, real conversation with an LGBTQ person.
— Kira Schlesinger (@kmays) August 29, 2017
More responses will come in soon, I’m sure.
This whole debacle is nothing more than a bunch of Christians — mostly men — doubling down on the worst aspects of their faith in order to justify their own hate-filled hearts. Or at least the hate-filled areas where their hearts used to be.
What makes no sense to me is why they needed to write this. Was anyone doubting that evangelicals were the biggest obstacles to LGBTQ rights? Were they worried that their bigotry wasn’t evident enough and they wanted to put it in writing? Do they think people are looking to them as leaders in this civil rights movement?
If anything, this document merely reinforces what their critics have been saying for years now — that Christians are divorced from reality and incapable of having a heart or a brain when it comes to LGBTQ issues. It gives young people (including many young Christians) even more reason to renounce their faith and walk away from their churches.
This document is what it means to be an evangelical Christian today. There’s no compassion for people who are LGBTQ, no understanding of the struggles LGBTQ people face (often at the hands of Christians), no wiggle room in case they ever want to correct themselves, and no desire to accept LGBTQ people in any way.
They’re a few pickets signs away from merging with Westboro Baptist Church.
If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, the Christian church doesn’t want you. Not unless you disavow who you are, who you love, and who you would like to become.
Hell, I’m tempted to sign the statement myself, only because I think it’ll hasten the downfall of the Christian Right. The more we can connect this document to what it means to be a Christian, the more people will realize the faith is unworthy of respect.
***Update*** (9/6/17): I’m posting a list of everyone who signed this statement for two reasons. One, I want to make sure I have easy access to this list whenever I mention these people in the future. Two, I think this document may eventually be erased from the internet, and I don’t want them to be able to whitewash their complicity.
President, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Founder & Teacher, Desiring God; Chancellor, Bethlehem College & Seminary
Founder & President, Family Talk
President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
J. I. Packer
Professor of Theology, Regent College
Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary
R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
President, Family Research Council
D. A. Carson
Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Pastor, Grace Community Church; President, The Master’s Seminary & College
Editor, The Gospel Coalition
R. C. Sproul
Founder & Chairman, Ligonier Ministries
Author of “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert”
Author & Pastor, We Are Church
Editor in Chief, World Magazine
Chancellor & CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary
President, The Southern Baptist Convention; Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church
Andrew T. Walker
Director of Policy Studies, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
H.B. Charles, Jr.
Pastor, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida
Speaker & Author, Moody Bible Institute
Founder & Former President, FamilyLife
President & CEO, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee; Former President,
Southern Baptist Convention
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
Author & Speaker, Revive Our Hearts
Daniel L. Akin
President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church
Reverend, Parkside Church
Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors
Jerry A. Johnson
President & CEO, National Religious Broadcasters
Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church
Director, Eternal Perspective Ministries
Karen Swallow Prior
Professor of English, Liberty University
Pastor, The Village Church
Senior Pastor Franklin Avenue Baptist Church; Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
Founder & Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
Pastor, Cross Pointe Church; Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church
J. D. Greear
Pastor, The Summit Church
President, Phoenix Seminary
President, Cedarville University
Senior Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church; Former SBC President
President, Colorado Christian University
Director of Theology, Sovereign Grace Churches
Pastor, First Baptist Church of Woodstock
Jason K. Allen
President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Editor in Chief, The Resurgent
Mark L. Bailey
President & Senior Professor of Bible Exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary
K. Erik Thoennes
Professor & Chair of Theology, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Rector of St. Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, UK
Senior Writer, National Review
President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
R. Kent Hughes
Visiting Professor of Practical Theology of Evangelism and Culture, Westminster Theological Seminary
President, Gateway Seminary
Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church
President, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Robert A. J. Gagnon
Scholar & Author of “The Bible and Homosexual Practice”
Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver
President, Union University
Senior Pastor, Cross Church; Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
C. J. Mahaney
Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville
Jason G. Duesing
Provost, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary & College
Pastor, The Austin Stone Church
President, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Copastor, St. Andrew’s Chapel
President, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas
Scholar & Author of “Heirs Together: A Theology of the Sexes”
President, North American Mission Board
Pastor, Immanuel Church
O. S. Hawkins
President, GuideStone SBC
Thom S. Rainer
President & CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources
President & Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology, UK
Pastor, Watermark Community Church
John M. Frame
Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology & Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary
Senior Vice President for Academic Administration & Provost, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Jacksonville
President, Moody Bible Institute
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
H. Wayne House
Dean & Distinguished Research Professor of Theology, Law, & Culture, Faith International University & Seminary
J. P. Moreland
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church of San Francisco
Founder, World Magazine, World News Group
J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
Jackie Hill Perry
Speaker, Writer, Humble Beast Recording Artist
Reverend Prebendary, Rector Emeritus, St Helen’s Bishopsgate, UK
Lead Pastor, Providence Church
Founder & CEO, Charisma Media
Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom
President Emeritus, LifeWay; Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Pastor of Preaching, Community of Faith Bible Church
James M. Hamilton, Jr.
Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor, Concord Church
President & CEO, Ligonier Ministries
Bruce Riley Ashford
Provost & Professor of Theology & Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Assistant Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Associate Executive Director, Kentucky Baptist Convention
Dean, Professor of Theological Studies, Union University
Founder & President, LIFE Outreach International; Founder & Publisher, The Stream
C. Ben Mitchell
Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University
Senior Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary
Executive Editor, Desiring God
Professor of Christian Ethics, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Senior Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Hershael W. York
Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Director, Seminary Wives Institute
Associate Professor, Union University
Dorothy Kelley Patterson
Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
W. A. Criswell Professor of Expository Preaching, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
John N. Oswalt
Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary
Author & Speaker, Grace Church of St. Louis
Juan R. Sanchez
Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
Malcolm B. Yarnell, III
Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Editorial Director, 9Marks
Mary A. Kassian
Author & Director, Girls Gone Wise
Mark Daniel Liederbach
Vice President & Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Matthew J. Hall
Dean of Boyce College & Senior VP of Academic Innovation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church
Senior Pastor, Northeast Houston Baptist Church
President & CEO, Family Policy Alliance
Vice President of Content, FamilyLife
Casey B. Hough
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Camden
Director, Salem Media Group
Retired Professor of Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary
Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics & Public Christianity, Cedarville University
Homemaker, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Physician, Spanish Trail Family Physicians
Pastor for Preaching and Theology, Occoquan Bible Church
E. Calvin Beisner
Founder & National Spokesman, Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
Donald A. Balasa
Adjunct Faculty, Trinity International University
Adjunct Professor & Homeschool Mom, Biola University
James A. Borland
Professor of New Testament & Theology, Liberty University
Eric C. Redmond
Assistant Professor of Bible, Moody Bible Institute
Pastor of Discipleship, Providence Church of Frisco, Texas
Lead Pastor, Providence Road Church
Executive Vice President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Adam W. Greenway
Dean, Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, & Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Homemaker & Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies, Cedarville University
Dean, School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Assistant Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Scarborough College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Rhyne R. Putman
Associate Professor of Theology & Culture, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Professor of Christian Theology, Boyce College
President’s Wife, Adjunct Faculty, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Executive Director, TruthXchange
Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Apologetics, Boyce College
Senior Professor of Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Lead Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church
Associate Professor of Ethics, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Vice President for Operations & Chief of Staff, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Professor of Old Testament, Biola University
Vice President for Public Policy, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Chief of Staff, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors
Michael L. Brown
President, FIRE School of Ministry
Assistant Professor & Dean, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Professor of Ethics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Co-founder, Pure Freedom
Associate Pastor of Worship, Kenwood Baptist Church
Director of Communications, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
President, Los Angeles Bible Training School
Executive Director, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Senior Aide, Southern Baptist Convention
Thomas D. Elliff
Pastor, President Emeritus, International Mission Board; Former SBC President
Pastor Emeritus, FBC Orlando; Former SBC President
Pastor, Paramount Church
Professor of Theology and Patristics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Brent J. Aucoin
Professor of History, The College at Southeastern
Pastor, Christ Our Hope Church
Pastor, Open Door Church
Executive Director, The Pillar Network
Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Discipleship Pastor, Imago Dei Church
Assistant Professor of Theology and History of Ideas, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
B. Tate Cockrell
Associate Professor of Cousling, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Director of Strategic Initiatives, LifeWay Christian Resources
Director of Young Leader Engagement, North American Mission Board
Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
Discipleship Pastor, Calvary Grace; Director of International Outreach, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Pastor, Community Bible Church, Beaufort, SC
Evangelical Program Director, Institute on Religion and Democracy
President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University
James A. Smith
Vice President of Communications, National Religious Broadcasters
Editor, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals; Pastor, New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Savannah, GA
Robert F. Schwarzwalder, Jr.
Senior Lecturer, Regent University
Pastor, Harvest Bible Church, Glimanton, NH
Senior Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Somerset, KY
Moody Radio Host & Author of “Redeeming the Feminine Soul”
Executive Director, Sovereign Grace Churches
Professor of Student Ministry, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois
Associate Professor of Political Science, Biola University
Senior Editor, The Gospel Coalition
Senior Counsel & Senior Vice President of Training, Alliance Defending Freedom
Lead Pastor, City Church
President, Reformation Bible College
Director of Music and Worship, Sovereign Grace
Executive Director, Grace to You
Associate Professor of Political Science, Biola University
Professor of Biblical Spirituality & Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Westminster Theological Seminary
Professor of Theology, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; Senior Research Fellow, Phoenix Seminary
Pastor for Preaching & Mission, Sovereign Grace Church, Bloomington, MN
Teaching Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Nashville, TN
Founder, Visionary Family Ministries
Elder of Worship and Preaching, Grace Evangelical Free Church, La Marida, CA
Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Worldview, Bethlehem College and Seminary
David L. Black
Founder & President, 2nd Vote
Rector, St. Helen’s Bishopsgate, UK
Pastor, Del Ray Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA
Director, Alpha and Omega Ministries
President, Citizens for Community Values
President, Family Policy Council of West Virginia
President, Massachusetts Family Institute
Bob Vander Plaats
President & CEO, The Family Leader
Executive Director, Christian Civic League of Maine
President, Center for Arizona Policy
President & Executive Director, Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
President, Indiana Family Institute
President, Family Action Council of Tennessee
Executive Director, Colorado Family Action
Director of Political Operations, Family Heritage Alliance Action
President, Hawaii Family Forum
President, Louisiana Family Forum
Executive Director, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation
President, Alaska Family Action
CEO, Minnesota Family Council
President, North Carolina Family Policy Council
President & General Counsel, Florida Family Policy Council
President, California Family Council
President, Texas Values
President, Family Policy Institute of Washington
President, Wisconsin Family Council
Policy Director, Family Policy Alliance of Idaho
Executive Director, Nebraska Family Alliance
Executive Director, The Family Foundation (KY)
Founder & President, New Jersey Family Policy Council
President & Executive Director, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota
President, Pennsylvania Family Institute
President & CEO, Palmetto Family
Executive Director, Family Institute of Connecticut
Executive Director, Cornerstone Action
President, The Family Foundation of Virginia
Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Apex, NC
David J. Ayers
Professor & Dean, Grove City College
Teaching Pastor, King’s Church London
(Thanks to Melissa for the link)