THE SAD TRUTH IS THAT THE USCCB IS PROBABLY INCAPABLE OF PRODUCING SUCH A CLEAR STATEMENT OF BELIEF AS THE NASHVILLE STATEMENT

 

Why the Rejection of the Nashville Statement on Sexuality is a Rejection of the Bible

For Bible-believing Christians, what is there to disagree with?

The Nashville Statement covers the most basic of the basics, reaffirming what the Church (and Synagogue) have believed about marriage and sexuality for two millennia

 

By MICHAEL BROWN

Published on September 3, 2017 

THE STREAM

If a group of astronomers issued a major document stating that the earth revolves around the sun and the moon revolves around the earth, it would be greeted with a shrug of the shoulders. Who didn’t know that? Why, then, has a recent statement by Christian leaders affirming the basics of biblical sexuality been greeted with such protest from other professing Christian leaders? It is because these other “Christian” leaders have rejected the authority of the Word of God.

For those who haven’t read the Nashville Statement, the Babylon Bee, a Christian satirical website, actually sums things up well, and with some well-placed sarcasm:

It says some really controversial stuff for Bible-believing Christians, like that God made Adam and Eve as (trigger warning) male and female, that marriage was created by God to be the union between one man and one woman, that He loves people with gender dysphoria and same-sex attraction even if He doesn’t approve of all of their actions, and that He offers His grace and mercy to sinners of all stripes.

Yes, just the most basic of the basics, reaffirming what the Church (and Synagogue) have believed about marriage and sexuality for two millennia and offering grace and mercy to all. That’s why, when I was asked to be one of the initial signatories, I signed on without hesitation. What was there to disagree with?

LGBT Activists Attack the Nashville Statement

Yet in response to the Nashville Statement a headline on the Huffington Post declared, “Hundreds Of Christian Leaders Denounce Anti-LGBTQ ‘Nashville Statement.’” The Post called the statement “divisive and bizarrely-timed.” It noted that it “drew harsh criticism from many other Christians, members of the LGBTQ community and even the mayor of Nashville.”

Need I tell you that this article was penned by Antonia Blumberg for the Post’s “Queer Voices” section?

Of course LGBT activists and their allies will condemn a statement that reaffirms God’s standards for marriage and sexuality. Why should that occasion surprise?

Likewise, a September 1 op-ed piece in the New York Times stated:

This week, an influential group of evangelical Christians publicly doubled down on intolerance in a message about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that represents a renewed commitment to open bigotry.

Yes, “The Nashville Statement’s harm is more than symbolic. The hateful beliefs it endorses have real-life, devastating consequences.”

And who is the author of this article? Eliel Cruz, a self-described “leading bisexual activist.”

Are you seeing a pattern here?

The ‘Problem’ is With the Bible, Not the Statement

The problem is not with the Nashville Statement. It is with the Bible, since the statement only reaffirms what the Bible clearly teaches. Namely that: 1) God made humans male and female; 2) marriage, as intended by God, is the lifelong union of a man and a woman; 3) homosexual practice is always sinful in God’s sight; 4) God offers forgiveness for all human beings through the cross of Jesus; and 5) those who struggle with same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion can be welcomed into the Body of Christ like any other struggling individual, as long as they do not celebrate or affirm that which is wrong.

And that’s why a counter-statement, called the Nazareth Statement, issued by LGBT “Christian” leaders and their allies, affirms all the talking points of LGBT activism, including:

  • That “our wide spectrum of unique sexualities and gender identities is a perfect reflection of the magnitude of God’s creative work” and that is wrong to limit God’s creative intent “to a gender binary or that God’s desire for human romantic relationships is only to be expressed in heterosexual relationships between one man and one woman.”
  • That it is wrong to argue that “God intended human romantic relationships to be limited to one man and one woman.”
  • That is unhealthy to force “individuals to embrace a gender identity that matches the cultural assumptions based on their biology.”
  • That one cannot judge Christian orthodoxy based on views about homosexuality but that is not Christlike to hold to traditional Christian teaching on homosexuality or to refuse “to openly dialogue with LGBT+ people.”

Talk about turning the Bible upside down!

According to this counter-statement, gender is what you perceive it to be. Your biology doesn’t determine your gender. Men can have God-blessed sex with men and women can have God-blessed sex with women, provided it is “covenantal.” And it is unchristian to uphold Christian standards of marriage and sexuality.

That’s why I say that people who have a problem with the Nashville Statement have a problem with God and His Word. It’s that simple.

What’s Trump Got to Do With It?

There is, however, one more angle to discuss, and that is the connection to Donald Trump.

You might ask, “What in the world does President Trump have to do with this statement on sexuality?”

It appears that some Christian leaders are upset with the statement because some of the signers endorsed Trump or serve on his advisory faith council, as if this somehow disqualifies a biblical statement from being biblical. What kind of logic is this? And what of the fact that other signers were strong Trump critics? And what of signers like Rosaria Butterfield and Christopher Yuan, both of whom came out of homosexual practice and are compassionate gospel witnesses with a non-political message of reconciliation?

A misleading headline in the Washington Post reads, “Why even conservative evangelicals are unhappy with the anti-LGBT Nashville Statement.”

The Nashville Statement should be affirmed by all those who love Jesus, love the Bible, and love the LGBT community.

Yes, “‘Had white evangelicals leaders … withheld support for Mr. Trump after the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tapes, maybe their opposition to same-sex marriage would be viewed … as a principled, rather than a bigoted, position,’ said Skye Jethani, a prominent Chicago-area pastor and author.”

With all respect to Rev. Jethani, virtually every evangelical leader I know expressed disgust with those tapes. Some of those leaders spoke directly to candidate Trump about them (and in strong terms). And all agreed that this was an ugly part of his past that he himself regretted.

And does Rev. Jethani really believe that liberal Christians, LGBT activists, and the secular media would have greeted our statement on biblical sexuality any differently today if none of us had voted for Trump? Does he really think that we were not already mocked and vilified for the principled, biblical stand we had taken for many years prior to this?

Love and Truth Go Hand in Hand

The Babylon Bee asks the question, “Who has signed the Nashville Statement?” The answer?

A whole mob of fringe, hate-filled bigots with zero credibility, such as John Piper, J.I. Packer, Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, Al Mohler, Russell Moore, Francis Chan, and Matt Chandler. Just look at that list of theological lightweights — couldn’t they at least have gotten some people who’ve proven themselves as faithful witnesses of Christ?

In contrast, the Washington Post quoted from almost no nationally recognized conservative evangelical voices, despite its bold headline.

The Bee also notes, with full sarcasm:

That those supporting the Nashville Statement are not doing so because they believe the Word of God, but because they are homophobic, neo-nazi white supremacists who worship Donald Trump — which makes sense, as long as you don’t think about it for longer than about three seconds.

Precisely so.

I’m all for dialogue with professing LGBT Christians. I have often apologized for the church’s past failures in our treatment of those who identify as LGBT. And I constantly preach on the need for a baptism of love for those who identify as LGBT.

But love and truth go hand in hand. Which is why the Nashville Statement should be affirmed by all those who love Jesus, love the Bible, and love the LGBT community.

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What is the Nashville Statement and why are people talking about it?

On the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, Gallup polled how many LGBT couples are married today. The results: gay marriage is up 33% in the past year.

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NASHVILLE —A coalition of conservative evangelical leaders laid out their beliefs on human sexuality, including opposition to same-sex marriage and fluid gender identity, in a new doctrinal statement.

It’s called the Nashville Statement and the national coalition says it’s their response to an increasingly post-Christian, Western culture that thinks it can change God’s design for humans.

Since it was released Tuesday morning, the Nashville Statement has received both praise for its clarity and has been denounced as harmful to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

More: More than 150 evangelical religious leaders sign ‘Christian manifesto’ on human sexuality

In recent years, attitudes toward those who identify as LGBT have shifted dramatically in the U.S. The Pew Research Center says the majority of Americans think society should accept homosexuality. A 2013 survey reported that 92% of LGBT adults said society accepted them more in this decade than they had in the previous one.

Here’s what we know about the Nashville Statement:

What does it say?

The Nashville Statement lists 14 beliefs, which are referred to as articles. Each of the articles includes a statement of affirmation as well as a denial. They’re not new. But they cover a range of topics from a prohibition on sex outside of marriage to the connection between biological sex and gender identity.

Here’s what article 10 says:

“WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.

“WE DENY that the approval of homosexual immorality or transgenderism is a matter of moral indifference about which otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree.”

You can read all 14 and the rest of the statement at the bottom of this article.

Who put it together?

The Nashville Statement is the work of the The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. The Louisville, Ky.-based group was formed in 1987.

The council’s website says it has helped several religious groups, including the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention, promote “gospel-driven gender roles.”

How did the Nashville Statement get its name?

It’s named after Nashville because a coalition of scholars, pastors and other leaders finalized a draft of the statement in Nashville, said Denny Burk, president of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, in an email.

The group met last week at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center during the annual conference for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The public policy arm of the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. hosted the coalition during their conference, which focused on parenting.

“There is a long Christian tradition of naming doctrinal statements after the places where they were drawn up: Council of Nicaea (325), Council of Constantinople (381), Council of Chalcedon (451), etc.,” Burk said.

There’s more recent examples too, including The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s founding document.

Who signed the statement?

More than 150 conservative evangelicals from across the country are listed as initial signatories.

Among the signers who have been involved in national politics: James Dobson, founder of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Focus on the Family, and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council in the District of Columbia.

Dobson and four others — Senior Pastor Ronnie Floyd of Cross Church, which has four campuses in northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri; Pastor Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas; President Richard Land of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, N.C.; televangelist James Robison, founder of Fort Worth-based Life Outreach International — also are members of President Trump’s evangelical advisory board.

Leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention signed on, too: Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Steve Gaines, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis.

Who doesn’t like it?

The mayor of Nashville for one.

Mayor Megan Barry, who as a Metro councilwoman officiated some of the city’s first same-sex marriages when they became legal in Tennessee, took issue with the statement’s moniker. She called it “poorly named” in a Tuesday morning Tweet and said it “does not represent the inclusive values of the city (and) people of Nashville.”

Lauren Mesnard and Nikki von Haeger are the first same-sex couple to get married in Davidson County, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case to overturn bans on the marriages across the nation on Friday June 26, 2015. Sam Simpkins / The Tennessean

Several other Nashvillians echoed the mayor’s thoughts.

It’s received opposition from across the country, including from Christian and religious leaders.

What do the signers have to say in response?

Prominent conservative author David French took issue with Barry’s statement in his Wednesday column for the National Review.

French, who lives in Maury County and signed the Nashville Statement, argued that Barry’s comments are a declaration of the state against the church, not merely an argument for the separation of church and state. He also points out that Barry is speaking against what some of the people in her city believe.

“Megan Barry is expected to have a position on civil rights and civil liberties, but that’s a far cry from stating that Biblical orthodoxy is incompatible with the ‘inclusive values’ of a city that’s located in the heart of the Bible Belt,” French writes.

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THE NASHVILLE STATEMENT

 

“Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…” -Psalm 100:3

Preamble

Evangelical Christians at the dawn of the twenty-first century find themselves living in a period of historic transition. As Western culture has become increasingly post-Christian, it has embarked upon a massive revision of what it means to be a human being. By and large the spirit of our age no longer discerns or delights in the beauty of God’s design for human life. Many deny that God created human beings for his glory, and that his good purposes for us include our personal and physical design as male and female. It is common to think that human identity as male and female is not part of God’s beautiful plan, but is, rather, an expression of an individual’s autonomous preferences. The pathway to full and lasting joy through God’s good design for his creatures is thus replaced by the path of shortsighted alternatives that, sooner or later, ruin human life and dishonor God.

This secular spirit of our age presents a great challenge to the Christian church. Will the church of the Lord Jesus Christ lose her biblical conviction, clarity, and courage, and blend into the spirit of the age? Or will she hold fast to the word of life, draw courage from Jesus, and unashamedly proclaim his way as the way of life? Will she maintain her clear, counter-cultural witness to a world that seems bent on ruin?

We are persuaded that faithfulness in our generation means declaring once again the true story of the world and of our place in it—particularly as male and female. Christian Scripture teaches that there is but one God who alone is Creator and Lord of all. To him alone, every person owes glad- hearted thanksgiving, heart-felt praise, and total allegiance. This is the path not only of glorifying God, but of knowing ourselves. To forget our Creator is to forget who we are, for he made us for himself. And we cannot know ourselves truly without truly knowing him who made us. We did not make ourselves. We are not our own. Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be.

We believe that God’s design for his creation and his way of salvation serve to bring him the greatest glory and bring us the greatest good. God’s good plan provides us with the greatest freedom. Jesus said he came that we might have life and have it in overflowing measure. He is for us and not against us. Therefore, in the hope of serving Christ’s church and witnessing publicly to the good purposes of God for human sexuality revealed in Christian Scripture, we offer the following affirmations and denials.

Article 1

WE AFFIRM that God has designed marriage to be a covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman, as husband and wife, and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and his bride the church.
WE DENY that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human contract rather than a covenant made before God.

Article 2

WE AFFIRM that God’s revealed will for all people is chastity outside of marriage and fidelity within marriage.
WE DENY that any affections, desires, or commitments ever justify sexual intercourse before or outside marriage; nor do they justify any form of sexual immorality.

Article 3

WE AFFIRM that God created Adam and Eve, the first human beings, in his own image, equal before God as persons, and distinct as male and female.
WE DENY that the divinely ordained differences between male and female render them unequal in dignity or worth.

Article 4

WE AFFIRM that divinely ordained differences between male and female reflect God’s original creation design and are meant for human good and human flourishing.
WE DENY that such differences are a result of the Fall or are a tragedy to be overcome.

Article 5

WE AFFIRM that the differences between male and female reproductive structures are integral to God’s design for self-conception as male or female.
WE DENY that physical anomalies or psychological conditions nullify the God-appointed link between biological sex and self-conception as male or female.

Article 6

WE AFFIRM that those born with a physical disorder of sex development are created in the image of God and have dignity and worth equal to all other image-bearers. They are acknowledged by our Lord Jesus in his words about “eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb.” With all others they are welcome as faithful followers of Jesus Christ and should embrace their biological sex insofar as it may be known.

WE DENY that ambiguities related to a person’s biological sex render one incapable of living a fruitful life in joyful obedience to Christ.

Article 7

WE AFFIRM that self-conception as male or female should be defined by God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption as revealed in Scripture.
WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.

Article 8

WE AFFIRM that people who experience sexual attraction for the same sex may live a rich and fruitful life pleasing to God through faith in Jesus Christ, as they, like all Christians, walk in purity of life.
WE DENY that sexual attraction for the same sex is part of the natural goodness of God’s original creation, or that it puts a person outside the hope of the gospel.

Article 9

WE AFFIRM that sin distorts sexual desires by directing them away from the marriage covenant and toward sexual immorality— a distortion that includes both heterosexual and homosexual immorality.
WE DENY that an enduring pattern of desire for sexual immorality justifies sexually immoral behavior.

Article 10

WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.
WE DENY that the approval of homosexual immorality or transgenderism is a matter of moral indifference about which otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree.

Article 11

WE AFFIRM our duty to speak the truth in love at all times, including when we speak to or about one another as male or female.
WE DENY any obligation to speak in such ways that dishonor God’s design of his image- bearers as male and female.

Article 12

WE AFFIRM that the grace of God in Christ gives both merciful pardon and transforming power, and that this pardon and power enable a follower of Jesus to put to death sinful desires and to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.
WE DENY that the grace of God in Christ is insufficient to forgive all sexual sins and to give power for holiness to every believer who feels drawn into sexual sin.

Article 13

WE AFFIRM that the grace of God in Christ enables sinners to forsake transgender self- conceptions and by divine forbearance to accept the God-ordained link between one’s biological sex and one’s self-conception as male or female.
WE DENY that the grace of God in Christ sanctions self-conceptions that are at odds with God’s revealed will.

Article 14

WE AFFIRM that Christ Jesus has come into the world to save sinners and that through Christ’s death and resurrection forgiveness of sins and eternal life are available to every person who repents of sin and trusts in Christ alone as Savior, Lord, and supreme treasure.
WE DENY that the Lord’s arm is too short to save or that any sinner is beyond his reach.

Denny Burk

President, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Russell Moore

President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

John MacArthur

Pastor, Grace Community Church President, The Master’s Seminary and College

Rosaria Butterfield

Author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

Ligon Duncan

Chancellor & CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary

H. B. Charles, Jr.

Pastor, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church

Frank Page

President & CEO, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Former SBC President

Kevin DeYoung

Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church

Jerry A. Johnson

President & CEO, National Religious Broadcasters

Karen Swallow Prior

Professor of English, Liberty University

James MacDonald

Founder and Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
Former SBC President

John Piper

Founder & Teacher, Desiring God Chancellor, Bethlehem Seminary and College

J. I. Packer

Professor of Theology, Regent College

Tony Perkins

President, Family Research Council

Sam Allberry

Speaker & Apologist, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Francis Chan

Author & Pastor, We Are Church

Steve Gaines

President, The Southern Baptist Convention
Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church

Christopher Yuan

Speaker & Author, Moody Bible Institute

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Author & Speaker, Revive Our Hearts

Alistair Begg

Reverend, Parkside Church

Mark Dever

Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church

Matt Chandler

Pastor, The Village Church

James Merritt

Pastor, Cross Pointe Church

James Dobson

Founder, Focus on the Family

Wayne Grudem

Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

D. A. Carson

Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

R. C. Sproul

Founder & Chairman, Ligonier Ministries

Marvin Olasky

Editor in Chief, World Magazine

Andrew T. Walker

Director of Policy Studies, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Dennis Rainey

Founder & Former President, FamilyLife

Daniel L. Akin

President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Heath Lambert

Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Randy Alcorn

Director, Eternal Perspectives Ministries

Fred Luter

Senior Pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church
Former SBC President

Jack Graham

Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church

Initial Signatories

Institutional affiliation for identification purposes only

J. D. Greear

Pastor, The Summit Church

Bryant Wright

Senior Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
Former SBC President

Johnny Hunt

Pastor, FBC Woodstock Former SBC President

Mark L. Bailey

President & Senior Professor of Bible Exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary

David French

Senior Writer, National Review

Jeff Iorg

President, Gateway Seminary

Robert A. J. Gagnon

Scholar and Author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice

C. J. Mahaney

Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville

Chuck Kelley

President, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Alastair Roberts

Scholar & Author of Heirs Together: A Theology of the Sexes

O. S. Hawkins

President, GuideStone SBC

Todd Wagner

Pastor, Watermark Community Church

Darryl Delhousaye

President, Phoenix Seminary

Don Sweeting

President, Colorado Christian University

Jason K. Allen

President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

K. Erik Thoennes

Professor and Chair of Theology, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Paige Patterson

President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Sam Storms

Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church

Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver

President, Union University

Jason G. Duesing

Provost, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary & College

Burk Parsons

Copastor, St. Andrew’s Chapel

Kevin Ezell

President, North American Mission Board

Thom S. Rainer

President & CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources

John M. Frame

Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary

Thomas White

President, Cedarville University

Jeff Purswell

Director of Theology, Sovereign Grace Churches

Erick-Woods Erickson

Editor in Chief, The Resurgent

Vaughan Roberts

Rector of St. Ebbe’s Church (UK)

R. Kent Hughes

Visiting Professor of Practical Theology, Evangelism and Culture, Westminster Theological Seminary

Richard Land

President, Southern Evangelical Seminary

Ronnie Floyd

Senior Pastor, Cross Church Former President, Southern Baptist Convention

Matt Carter

Pastor of Preaching and Vision, The Austin Stone Church

Eric Teetsel

President, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Ray Ortlund

Pastor, Immanuel Church

Michael Reeves

President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology (UK)

Randy Stinson

Senior VP for Academic Administration and Provost, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Thomas Schreiner

Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Bruce Ware

Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Afshin Ziafat

Lead Pastor, Providence Church

Owen Strachan

Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Bryan Carter

Senior Pastor, Concord Church

Candi Finch

Assistant Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

James Robison

Founder & President, LIFE Outreach International
Founder & Publisher, The Stream

David Mathis

Executive Editor, Desiring God

Hershael W. York

Professor of Christian Preaching, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dorothy Kelley Patterson

Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Jack Deere

Author and Speaker, Grace Church

Jonathan Leeman

Editorial Director, 9Marks

H. Wayne House

Academic Dean and Distinguished Research Professor, Faith International University

Michael Goeke

Associate Pastor, FBC San Francisco

Stephen Strang

Founder & CEO, Charisma Media

Anthony Kidd

Pastor of Preaching, Community of Faith Bible Church

Chris Larson

President & CEO, Ligonier Ministries

Curtis Woods

Associate Executive Director, Kentucky Baptist Convention

C. Ben Mitchell

Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University

Ken Magnuson

Professor of Christian Ethics, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Mary Mohler

Director, Seminary Wives Institute

Jim Shaddix

Professor of Expository Preaching, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Juan R. Sanchez

Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church

Mary A. Kassian

Author, Director, Girls Gone Wise

J. P. Moreland

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Joel Belz

Founder, World Magazine, World News Group

Christiana Holcomb

Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

James M. Hamilton, Jr.

Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Bruce Riley Ashford

Provost and Professor of Theology & Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Nathan Finn

Dean, School of Theology and Missions, Union University

Darrell Bock

Senior Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary

Daniel Heimbach

Senior Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Hunter Baker

Associate Professor, Union University

John N. Oswalt

Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

Malcolm B. Yarnell III

Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Mark Daniel Liederbach

Professor & Vice President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Matthew J. Hall

Dean of Boyce College & Senior VP of Academic Innovation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Paul Weber

President & CEO, Family Policy Alliance

Russell Shubin

Director, Salem Media Group

Charlotte Akin

Homemaker, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

E. Calvin Beisner

Founder & National Spokesman, Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

James A. Borland

Professor of New Testament
& Theology, Liberty University

Jose Abella

Lead Pastor, Providence Road Church

Joy White

Homemaker & Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies, Cedarville University

Rhyne R. Putman

Associate Professor of Theology and Culture, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Peter Jones

Executive Director, TruthXchange

Jeff Struecker

Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church

Micah Fries

Senior Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church

Bob Lepine

Vice President of Content, FamilyLife

Allan Coppedge

Retired Professor of Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary

Don Buckley

Physician, Spanish Trail Family Physicians

Donald A. Balasa

Adjunct Faculty, Trinity International University

Eric C. Redmond

Assistant Professor of Bible, Moody Bible Institute

Phillip Bethancourt

Executive Vice President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Gregory Wills

Dean, School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Barry Joslin

Professor of Christian Theology, Boyce College

Bryan Baise

Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Apologetics, Boyce College

Rebecca Jones

Volunteer, truthXchange

Nathan Lino

Senior Pastor, Northeast Houston Baptist Church

Casey B. Hough

Senior Pastor, FBC Camden

Daniel DeWitt

Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics & Public Christianity, Cedarville University

David Schrock

Pastor for Preaching and Theology, Occoquan Bible Church

Donna Thoennes

Adjunct Professor and homeschool mom, Biola University

Grant Castleberry

Pastor of Discipleship, Providence Church

Adam Greenway

Dean, Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, & Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Katie McCoy

Assistant Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Scarborough College

Rhonda Kelley

President’s Wife, Adjunct Faculty, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Kenneth Keathley

Senior Professor of Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Evan Lenow

Associate Professor of Ethics, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Daniel Patterson

Vice President for Operations and Chief of Staff, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Sean Perron

Chief of Staff, The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Jeffrey Riley

Professor of Ethics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Colby Adams

Director of Communications, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

David Talley

Professor of Old Testament, Biola University

Michael L. Brown

President, FIRE School of Ministry

Dannah Gresh

Co-founder, Pure Freedom

Paul Felix

President, Los Angeles Bible Training School

Travis Wussow

VP for Public Policy, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Keith Whitfield

Assistant Professor & Dean, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Matt Damico

Associate Pastor of Worship, Kenwood Baptist Church

Colin Smothers

Executive Director, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

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