Quotes From The Nashville Statement That Are Flat-Out Homophobic
On Tuesday, The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood released the Nashville Statement, a proclamation of 14 affirmations regarding gender and sexuality that many have deemed highly problematic. Consisting of a preamble and 14 articles, the document has been roundly criticized by many, but these quotes from the Nashville Statement prove the anti-LGBTQ sentiment is rife among evangelical leaders.
The Nashville Statement was developed by the CBMW at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission's annual conference, which took place this year in Nashville, Tennessee. It was signed and endorsed by scores of evangelical Christian leaders.
The preamble of the document notes that it believes that Western society is becoming increasingly "post-Christian" and that the statement will serve to declare "once again the true story of the world and of our place in it — particularly as male and female."
The Nashville Statement is hugely controversial because it condemns both homosexuality and transgender identities and promotes heterosexual marriage as the only "legitimate" type of marriage. It also condemns polyamorous relationships as well as sexual relations outside of marriage.
The following represents a selection of some of the most problematic components of the Nashville statement, which many have decried for being discriminatory and anti-inclusive.
Only Heterosexual Marriage Is Allowed
No Sexual Relations Outside Of Marriage
Being OK With Homosexuality Is "Sinful" and "Anti-Christian"
Christians Should Not "Agree To Disagree" About Homosexuality Or Transgender Issues
The Nashville Statement has drawn a line of demarcation. "You cannot be a faithful Christian and accept a homosexual or transgender person."— Mandy Nicole (@TenaciousMandy) August 29, 2017
One Can "Forsake" Their Gender Identity And "Accept" Their Biological Sex
The Nashville Statement and initiatives like it are why gay and transgender people routinely kill themselves. This is not truth in love.— MarkVH80 (@MarkVH80) August 29, 2017
Biological Sex Determines Gender
Being Gay Or Transgender Is "Not Consistent With God's Purpose"
Overall, these quotes reflect why many people are so the Nashville Statement has sparked so much outrage, as it seemingly seeks to perpetuate divisiveness and only promotes a certain type of existence as being "right" and "acceptable" in God's eyes.
Hopefully, the crafters of the Nashville Statement will take note of the public backlash to their document and reconsider some of their divisive words.