This article appeared last month in the journal British Church Newspaper:
Widening rifts in the professing Christian church - 1
U.S.: Baptists and Presbyterians combine to promote ‘LGBT theology’
by a correspondent
The recent headlong rush of British denominations such as the Church of England, the Methodists and the United Reformed Church to embrace ‘homosexual theology’ - the concept of ‘gay Christians - is being mirrored by astonishing developments in the U.S.
Dominations once considered as ‘pure’ purveyors of the historic, Protestant, Reformed faith – such as the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) - once bastions of the evangelical faith, have slid into encouraging ministry trainees into promoting ‘LGBT theology’.
In a paper circulated last month by U.S. evangelist Rev Thomas Littleton, he writes: “Major SBC and PCA institutions are now actually training homosexual activists for ministry positions, where they are promoting the inclusion of assorted sexual minorities in churches and even advocating that LGBT people should be a accepted as full church members”. The programme is fully sanctioned and promoted by SBC leader Albert Mohler.
These programmes will be assiduously advocated at the forthcoming ‘Revoice’ conference at St. Louis, Missouri, from 26-28 July, hosted by Memorial Presbyterian Church. In the pre-conference publicity, young SBC & PCA ministers, counsellors and writers, describing themselves as ‘LGBTQ+ Christians’, invite Christians to “Come Belong in a New Conversation – a new kind of conference promoting LGBTQ+, flourishing within the historic Christian tradition”.
One conference workshop: ‘The Queer Theory – Possibility Models in Queer Theory & Literature’, is described as being “For the sexual minority seeking to submit their lives to Christ”, adding: “Christians have often discarded the virtues of queer culture…what does queer culture and literature have to offer us who follow Christ?”
Other workshop titles include: ‘Conversations on empowering the church to embrace the LGBTQ community’, ‘Sexual minorities in ministry’, and ‘Making a church a haven for sexual minorities’. The conference is backed by the U.K. ‘Gay Christian’ group Living Out.
Tim Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, was the main speaker at a recent Living Out conference held in London on 21 June, along with Sam Alberry of The Gospel Coalition (TGA) who refers to himself as a ‘Same-Sex attracted gay Christian’. Last year Keller and D A Carson, joint founders of TGA, endorsed Gregory Coles’ book ‘Single Gay Christian’. Coles will be a speaker and ‘worship leader’ at the Revoice conference.
SBC leader Albert Mohler some years ago issued a public apology to homosexuals, admitting that “Baptists have got it wrong on sexual orientation” and calling an end to ministries which offer counselling to those with same-sex addiction. Presdient of Revoice is Nate Collins, who has graduated with a Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Albert Mohler’s SMC Theological Seminary. He publicly identifies as a “homosexual Christian with two children in a mixed-orientation marriage”.
Thomas Littleton concluded his paper: “These people are helping to train, indoctrinate and give degrees to a generation of young sexual minorities eager to make their mark, at the expense of the Church of Jesus Christ…the door is open wide to the next innovative and clever packaging of these perversions”.