As wordlings see it, when the Apostle Paul commanded the men of God of his day to “be men,” he was tormenting them on the level of “electro-shock therapy.”
Andrew Dionne is the pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, SC. He serves on the boards of Clearnote Pastors College and Personhood South Carolina. He has six children and a lovely wife.
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The problem between us and the Revoice men and women isn’t that we don’t understand or love each other, but that we do understand each other quite well and our disagreement must split the church into those who are in favor and those against effeminacy and “spiritual friendships.”
“Redeeming culture” is the Reformed code phrase for “I want to watch sex and violence at the theater and act like an art snob and you have to respect me for it.”
When your task as a training institution for pastors is to take the good deposit and hand it off to other men who will be able to teach, the consequences are staggering when one portion—Biblical sexuality—is left out.
We used to speak of the gifting and calling to singleness, but “singleness” doesn’t evoke the pathos of “permanently de-coupled.” Yet we must recall these men lamenting their “permanent de-coupling” are the same men promoting “spiritual friendships.” What are “spiritual friendships?” Excuse us for pointing out the obvious, but “spiritual friendships” are permanent coupling.
Revoice apes the world—that’s the main thing to notice about them. Their repeated banging on the single key of “not same-sex intercourse” is the outside of the cup that they keep clean to pass for Christian. Only the Bible’s sexual ethic cleans the inside of the cup, producing by the grace of God sweet repentance, joyful hope, and complete satisfaction.
Johnson’s Revoice demands that the become accommodating of the precious identities of sexual minorities. They demand that the Church welcome them as they are—with the perpetual implication that this is “the way God made them.”
With Revoice Conference, for the first time our denomination—the PCA—is faced with a full-scale revolt against the Biblical sexual ethic concerning various forms of sexual perversion, but particularly those they call the “queer” and “sexual minorities.”
Unity for unity’s sake is that fool’s bargain with the devil and will lead to the degradation of any society. God’s honor must be the bond that causes unity to exist.