Evangelical and LGBT+ Ally: Why You Can’t Be Both

Aug 29, 2022 by

by Joe Carter, TGC:

“Some words, like strategic castles, are worth defending, and evangelical is among them,” Michael Gerson wrote. “While the term is notoriously difficult to define, it certainly encompasses a ‘born-again’ religious experience, a commitment to the authority of the Bible, and an emphasis on the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.”

Gerson wrote those words in an article for The Atlantic in 2018. He ends his essay by saying, “This sets an urgent task for evangelicals: to rescue their faith from its worst leaders.”

Gerson, who previously served as a top aide and speechwriter for George W. Bush and is the author of Heroic Conservatism and coauthor of City of Man (a book edited by Collin Hansen and Tim Keller), has been an evangelical voice in the public square. It’s unfortunate, then, that he now uses arguments about sexuality that contradict Scripture and the church’s historic witness. As he notes, being an evangelical means being committed to the Bible’s authority—a position he seems to have now abandoned.

[…]  It’s surprising that anyone in 2021 can still believe the fight over same-sex marriage was about opening the door for marital fidelity for homosexuals. Whatever we were lead to believe, the reality is that lesbians and gay men have limited interest in getting married. Only 4 percent of gay men and 6 percent of lesbians choose marriage, compared to (the historic low of) 53 percent for heterosexuals. About 30 percent of gay men are in nonmonogamous relationships, which means they’re five times more likely to be in an open relationship than to be married and faithful to their partner. Even bisexuals are more likely to be married (32 percent), though to an opposite-sex partner (84 percent of bisexuals are involved with someone of the opposite sex).

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