by Dr. D ~ April 22nd, 2014
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The American culture is changing so fast when it comes to homosexuality and same-sex marriage that it is hard to keep up with the latest developments.
Evangelical Christians in particular are having a hard time of it as their once respected Biblical positions on homosexuality and marriage are increasingly being perceived as being on ‘the wrong side of history’ and contrary to the abundant love which Jesus taught.
The effect of all of this cultural movement is that evangelical Christians are now or will soon be at a crossroads where they must choose between a high view of Scripture and possibly be marginalized by the dominant American culture or abandon traditional Biblical teaching, accept a more liberal view of scripture, and go along with the cultural flow.
The recent World Vision debacle demonstrates where we now are and the choices ahead. On March 24, the World Vision directors decided to change their policy and hire Gay Christians who were in committed same-sex marriages. They cited as an excuse the fact that some of the 50 denominations involved with their organization now sanctioned same-sex marriage. They also noted that it was a divisive issue that had ‘torn apart’ several churches and that World Vision wanted to avoid that kind of disputation. Instead they found themselves in the middle of a firestorm. After a major outcry and loss of considerable support from conservative evangelical Christians, World Vision caved in and reversed their decision 2 days later. This time the choice was made to stick with the Bible and a high view of scripture.
The time may soon be upon us when the choice may not be all that easy for some because the stakes are being raised in the dominant culture nearly every day. Yesterday we posted on a proposal in California to ban judges who had ties with the Boy Scouts. If you take the very same reasons for the ban to a logical conclusion than Bible believing Christians could easily be the next group to be excluded.
As the pressure comes to bear on Bible supporting Christians and churches across the nation, some members may choose to leave the increasingly controversial conservative congregations for more socially acceptable churches and denominations. Some pastors may even respond to the losses by finding ways to re-interpret those troublesome homosexual passages in the Bible.
Those who continue to maintain a traditional high view of scripture may find themselves increasingly being marginalized and even demonized by the larger culture. Soon there may be a real price to pay for Biblical faith and evangelicals may be tested and forced to choose between the Bible and a respected place in 21st century America. *Top
Here’s a link to one of the best articles I have ever read on this issue. It includes an extensive review of a book which attempts to re-interpret the ‘homosexual’ passages in the Bible from a supposed Bible-believing perspective: