Responses to the Nashville Statement

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by John Ellis
If you don’t follow me on Twitter (@JohnW_Ellis), yesterday would have been a fun day to start. I have received close to 200 notifications from people responding to my article about the #NashvilleStatement. Many of those responses are from people angry at me. Things like “Eat s**t bigot!” and gay porn have been directed my way. I don’t usually block people on Twitter. I believe that if I put something out there *on the interwebs,* I should be prepared to take whatever is sent my way. It’s part of the price you pay for operating in the online space. (I also think it’s cowardice to not use your real name online.) However, this time, I’ve blocked several people and deleted a few mentions due to the level of obscenity.
  
Out of curiosity, I checked out the mentions of people like John Piper and Denny Burk. As numerous and, at times, nasty my mentions are, they pale in comparison to the men and women who are part of the original group of signees. My word, those brothers and sisters are having a ton of vitriol heaped on them. However, I have zero doubt that on a personal level those brothers and sisters are unfazed by the hate. For me (and I’m sure for them), I was struck by sadness for the rebellion against God demonstrated by fellow image bearers; by God’s grace, I was compelled to pray for many of my new “fans” to be given repentance and faith and to be adopted into the family of God. If you do follow me on Twitter or you just drop by out of curiosity, please do not engage my new “fans.” Pray for them instead. And pray that God will give you a love for those who revile the truth. Remember, apart from Christ, you and I revile God, too, and we once did revile God.  
 
One observation that I find interesting and telling – the contrast is striking between the language and tone of the “hateful” conservative evangelicals who wrote and signed the statement and the language and tone of those purporting to be on the side of love. By their fruits you will know them.
If you haven’t read or signed the Nashville Statement, I encourage you to do so. And do not be dissuade by progressive Christians decrying the insensitive timing of the release. For starters, they would be howling about it even if no tragedies were currently playing out in the world right now. For another thing, that’s a classic example of a false dichotomy; it’s not an either/or. Many of the writers and original signees of the statement have been very active and generous with their time and money in providing relief and help to the suffering in Texas because of Harvey. You can sign the statement and provide aid to those who are hurting in Texas.
 
A final thought – apart from God’s grace, a day is coming when all followers of Jesus are going to have to take a public stand on the issue of sexuality and gender. And on that day, all who refuse to bow before the idol of the sexual revolution will be rhetorically (and possibly physically) thrown into the “fiery furnace.” On that day, keep your eyes on Jesus. In fact, don’t wait until that day to keep your eyes on Jesus. A storm is coming brothers and sisters, and apart from Christ, you will fail. Jesus told us that the world will hate his followers. Our King knew and knows, and he hasn’t left us to struggle alone. Pray now for the faith and grace to continue to pursue Jesus and the holiness of God, no matter the cost.
Soli Deo Gloria
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CBMW’s Nashville Statement on Sexuality and Gender

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by John Ellis

Today, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood released the Nashville Statement affirming a Biblical view of sexuality, marriage, and gender/sex. Signees include Karen Swallow Prior, John Piper, and Mark Dever. Please read my short article about it that I wrote for PJ Media, and consider adding your name to the document, too. A link to the Nashville Statement is provided in my article, and my article is linked to below.

https://pjmedia.com/faith/2017/08/29/evangelical-leaders-draw-line-sand-biblical-view-sexuality/

Male Rompers Are the Enemy of the Sexual Revolution

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by John Ellis

Male rompers are ridiculous; let’s get that out of the way up front. However, ridiculous is not a synonym with offensive. If I find out that any of my guy friends sport a male romper, I will good-naturedly-ish mock them, but I will remain friends with them and acknowledge that wearing a male romper is not necessarily a sinful choice. A ridiculous choice, yes. Sinful choice, nope, depending on the reason, but that’s currently neither here nor there.

Apparently, I’m more “open-minded” (in whatever ways that nonsensical tag is defined in your mind) than are the evangelists for the sexual revolution. You see, according to the thought police identity-politics police who are popularly called social justice warriors, the male romper is offensive, demonstrates male fragility, and propagates an identity that needs to be erased from our culture. Unlike social justice warriors, and while admitting that I find the outfit dumb looking, I will defend the rights of my misguided and aesthetically-challenged friends who make the mistake of wearing a male romper.[1]

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Vice President Mike Pence Finds Himself Publicly Shamed for Pursuing Holiness

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by John Ellis

“Sin will not only be striving, acting, rebelling, troubling, disquieting, but if let alone, if not continually mortified, it will bring forth great, cursed, scandalous, soul-destroying sins.” The Mortification of Sin by John Owen

Although I shouldn’t be surprise, I can’t help but reflexively raise my eyebrows whenever professing Christians take offense at the efforts of others to mortify their own sin. Vice President Mike Pence is the latest to find himself in the crosshairs of those who don’t seem to understand the perfidy of sin, especially sexual sin.

This past week, The Washington Post published a profile of Second-Lady Karen Pence. The piece is fairly boilerplate, highlighting the Second Lady’s social conservative stances, her passion for art therapy, and the behind the scenes yet highly influential role Karen Pence plays in her husband’s career. With nothing really new revealed, the article would’ve passed out of the public consciousness without creating much of a social ripple except for one seemingly throw-away sentence/paragraph.

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Caitlyn Jenner, Jon Stewart, and Society’s Game of Rhetorical Whack-a-Mole

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by John Ellis

This past week, among the media fed hoopla about Caitlyn Jenner, among the shrill cries of the sky is falling – God’s sovereignty doesn’t mean what it actually means!!! – and the equally shrill cries that tolerance WILL win out – so take that, bigots!!!, – Jon Stewart’s voice rose to the top. In a June 2 episode of The Daily Show, Stewart took the media, and us, to task for focusing on Caitlyn’s looks. In an oft shared quote, so oft shared that Stewart and his quote became a trending topic that out-trended the other conversations about Caitlyn Jenner, Stewart, wagging his verbal finger sarcastically, said, “When you were a man, we could talk about your athleticism, your business acumen. But now you’re a women, and your looks are really the only thing we care about.” Except Stewart, the self-appointed media schoolmarm armed with a self-constructed ruler fashioned out of the pretense of floating-above-the-fray objectivity[1], and his self-righteous gobbledygook demonstrates the nonsensical rhetorical pretzels our society has all of a sudden found itself in.

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Christians and Coming Out

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by John Ellis

Although I am blatantly and unoriginally co-opting my title from this article, my “coming out” is quite a bit different from her “coming out.”[1] My “coming out” is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while, but haven’t out of a fear of man. You see, in the eyes of our pluralist society, I am guilty of an unpardonable sin and lifestyle. I am a conservative Christian who believes that the God of the Bible is the author of all things, including sexuality. I believe that God designed sex to be enjoyed between one man and one woman and only within the bounds of marriage. That makes me one of the few acceptable targets for open bullying and discrimination; those who share my beliefs, are finding that their opinions, even the ones unrelated to sexuality, are increasingly not welcome in the public square.

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