After 150 evangelical leaders recently signed a statement reaffirming the traditional Christian teaching on marriage, they have received an onslaught of criticism. Yet among Christian circles, they have received praise. Especially since, other than within the Catholic Church and conservative evangelical circles, many christian leaders in the United States have been too willing to promote error on the issue of sex and marriage.
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), which primarily consists of Southern Baptist and Presbyterian religious leaders, met to discuss the growing societal confusion surrounding the issue of marriage and sexuality. These leaders consisted of scholars, writers, pastors, and radio personalities. They released their controversial statement on Tuesday, and since that time, the media has been relentless in attacking them as "anti-gay" and "hateful."
“Western culture … has embarked upon a massive revision of what it means to be a human being,” the statement said according to LifeSite News. "Gender is considered a matter of an individual’s autonomous preferences. But this revision leads to shortsighted alternatives that … ruin human life and dishonor God.”
The problem of modern western culture can be fixed, say these pastors, by knowing God and His divine will for mankind. Individuals are not made for themselves, and the purpose of life is not the pursuit of self-actualization and self-will. Rather, the purpose of life is to know that God made us for Himself, and that we are supposed to live according to His will for our lives. God's will, in the realm of sexuality and marriage, is for man and woman to be joined together in heterosexual marriage.
The statement also places transgenderism outside God's plan for humanity.
According to LifeSite, "A common argument to justify transgenderism is pointing to rare cases of gender deformities. The signers first affirm that all humans, including 'those born with a physical disorder of sex development are created in the image of God and have dignity and worth.' They said sexually handicapped people 'are welcome' and 'should embrace their biological sex insofar as it may be known."
Among the signers were religious advisers to President Donald Trump, according to LifeSite News.
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