In a multi-series Q&A podcast, Southern Baptist Convention President JD Greear has gone to Rebecca McLaughlin – purveyor of Same-Sex Attraction (SSA) “Christianity” – for the answers to questions on all things relating to sex, race, and faithful Christian witnessing – continuing his promotion of the myth of gay Christianity and that homosexuality is merely something the Bible whispers about. Many of McLaughlin’s answers and claims are verbatim repetitions of her appearance at the Gospel Coalition’s 2019 National Conference.
What is SSA “Christianity?” It is a movement within the larger evangelical movement that narrowly defines the sin of homosexuality to include only acting upon one’s sinful desires, and defines the sinful desires themselves as simply a part of a person’s identity and something God is content with not changing in the heart of the believer. Rather than instructing believers to “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry”(Colossians 3:5), SSA teaches that a regenerate believer can maintain their evil desires – even turning them into a cross to bear for the sake of the Gospel. For further reading, read Cody Libolt’s article Understand the New TGC Orthodoxy on Gay Christians.
The false beliefs of the SSA Christianity movement include:
- Same-sex attraction is never a result of early childhood abuse and is always unchosen.
- Same-sex attraction only becomes sin if it is acted upon.
- Homosexual acts are no different than other sins.
- Christian regeneration has no influence over same-sex desire.
- The church is guilty of oppressing this group instead of helping them bear their cross of unchangeable same-sex attraction.
In a four-part Q&A with Greear (as of this publishing, part four hasn’t been released, but considering McLaughlin is recycling her standard false teachings, we have little doubt about what will be said in the fourth part), they cover her usual SSA false beliefs, the validity of those outside the church accusing it of racism, homophobia, and being anti-science, and (of course) the responsibility of white Christians to take responsibility and repent for the sins of their ancestors.
McLaughlin, in her usual effort to blur the distinctions and characteristics of proper Christian relationships (and justify her continued same-sex desires), twists the metaphor of the church as the body of Christ to imply a universalism of relationship between all believers:
“We get tangible glimpses of what it means to be close to Jesus in his body today. I love the biblical metaphor of the church as Jesus’ body. Because it means that when I feel the physical embrace of a sister in Christ if I’m going through a season of suffering in my life, that’s like in a tangible way the arms of Jesus around me…we’re experiencing Jesus.”
Earlier, she says,
When we really do go back to the scriptures, we find a profound pursuit of love. I think we find very clear boundaries around sex. But I think we see that, whereas culture would say to us, “love is love,” the Bible says to us, “God is love” and that we get little glimpses and echoes of his love in different kinds of human relationships – a little bit like the spokes on a wheel. We get glimpses of Jesus’ love in the best of human fathers, just like how God calls himself our father, he’s woven into our existence the possibility of fatherhood as a picture of his love for us. We get a glimpse of Jesus’ love in the best of human marriages…We get glimpses of Jesus’ love in the best of human friendships – perhaps between two men or between two women within the church.
The ease with which she blurs the lines between God’s love for his people (agape, storge), the love within a family (storge), the romantic love within a biblical marriage (eros), and the brotherly love Christians show each other (philostorgos) is profoundly disturbing. She tells Greear, “In New Testament terms, the primary family unit is not the nuclear family, it’s the local church” and “We need to reclaim the real intimacy that can and should occur between Christians that isn’t sexual, erotic, or romantic but is nonetheless a place of real intimacy.” This coming from someone who believes that the vile homosexual desires spoken of in Romans 1:26 are not sinful for the believing Christian, but actually virtuous when not acted upon. Rather than fleeing from temptation (1 Corinthians 6:18, 2 Timothy 2:22), McLaughlin teaches that it is okay to make provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14) by harboring sinful desires that lead to abominable sin. Rather than teaching that the sanctification of the believer involves the defeat of sinful desires (including same-sex attraction), she teaches that God leaves his children permanently susceptible to being overcome by one of the most offensive and destructive offenses against God and nature.
Greear’s contributions to the discussion involve setting up McLaughlin’s inane claims that “we haven’t reckoned with the racist history of much of our Christian tradition,” and “we haven’t reckoned with the ways that we’ve actually used the scriptures sometimes to justify hatred and animosity and judgementalism towards people who would identify as LGBT,” and his assertions (mostly couched in third-party attribution) that early American Christians were “more shaped by the culture than by the scripture” and that today’s American Christians are anti-immigration because we worry immigration will lessen the Christian influence in the nation (for the record, nobody says this).
Side note: Watch out for how often culture worshipping, woke “leaders” like Greear employ the statement by third-party tactic, beginning their claims with things like “I heard a guy say one time,” or “It seems like what is being said is..” These third-party attributions are used to provide an escape hatch so that they can’t be held responsible for what they are about to say. They can promote a false idea and wiggle out when necessary.
McLaughlin and the other SSA lesbians and gays at the hive of scum and villainy known as the Gospel Coalition and the SBC (Jackie Hill Perry, Rachel Gilson, Sam Allberry, Jonathan Merritt) have been pushing for the normalization of homosexual desires within the church for years. They have cast their spell on pragmatism-obsessed, culture-worshipping weaklings like Russell Moore, D.A. Carson, Tim Keller, and the easily-rolled simpleton JD Greear.
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