Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Desire vs. Action and the Revoice Conference

So, there as erupted within the PCA church a dumpster fire. Here are some details and links:

There is a conference being planned at a PCA Presbyterian Church. The website can be found here. This conference has speakers who are PCA (mostly Covenant Seminary graduates/professors it seems.) It is called the "Revoice Conference" and its purpose is to teach Christians how to minister to LGBTQ Christians. The goal of the conference is good and the details are many, but the relevant one is this:

The speakers at this conference belong to the "Gay Identity" movement, which believes that Same-sex attractions are sinless, though SSA behavior is indeed sinful.

This is an unbiblical distinction. Scripture clearly teaches that it is not merely sinful action but also desire FOR that action that is, well, sinful. Some relevant passages are Matthew 5:28 and Colossians 3:5. I have attached some relevant links if you are interested in researching this further.

The bottom line is this: What should be done by the PCA? General assembly is less than 2 weeks away. Will the Pastor/Church be disciplined for promoting false teaching?

Please tell/share this info with your PCA church leadership.

Capitulating on this point will inevitably lead to the normalization of homosexual activity. First, you normalize the "orientation" and then, having lost the foundation, you also must normalize the activity. This is what happened to the PC-USA.

I am totally in favor of discussing how to better love Christians struggling with Homosexual desires, and I believe that this is a need in the church today. However, telling those people that their desires aren't sinful is a tacit denial of original sin itself, because it basically affirms that desire for something is neutral, and it only counts as sin when it is acted upon. If this is the case, then humans can be thought of as sinful only once they act on their sin. This is Pelagian and must be roundly rejected.

Imagine with me for a moment: Would anyone be hunky-dory with a conference normalizing/celebrating Christians who struggle with pedophiliac desires? what about those who identify as Necrophiliacs? What about Christians who struggle with bestiality? Here is a line from their website:

"Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality."

Now let's edit in some other sins and see how it sounds:

Supporting, encouraging, and empowering Pedophiles, Bestiophiles, Necrophiles and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality

Does that conference sound like a good idea to you?

We all sin, and we all struggle with sin. The solution is not to normalize or celebrate sin, it is to lovingly call everyone struggling with sinful desires to repentance. If someone refuses to repent of their sin, they should be excommunicated, not celebrated, empowered, or encouraged in their sin.

A Post on Aquila Report about the conference, before many details were known about it here

The response by the pastor of the organizing Church

The response to the response

Some good articles on this controversy in general:

Richard Phillips (If you only read 1 article from this entire post, read this one.)

Denny Burke (especially helpful is his linked article about the morality of Sexual orientation.)

Last (but not least!) Phil Johnson

No comments:

Post a Comment