How the Church Must Confront the Sexual Revolution

May 3, 2017 by

by Stephen Baskerville, Crisis Magazine:

The Christian church must confront the Sexual Revolution squarely and in its full force. An earlier article in Crisis described how the churches have been cowed by diffidence and fear. If the Western church is to survive in a meaningful way, now is the time to summon its courage and grasp the nettle it has avoided for half a century and launch its counter-revolution.

I do not have to make the case that the church is in crisis over sexuality. There is no dispute that the church’s loss of authority and membership can be traced directly to its abdication of leadership concerning sexual morality. The best of today’s churchmen have repeatedly sounded the alarm. But even the most forthright have not fully understood the problem, and therefore offer only lamentations and not solutions.

I shall highlight one of the most eloquent and one of the few with the courage to confront the matter squarely: In a series of articles, Dr. Albert Mohler demonstrates very effectively how the church is threatened existentially by sexual radicalism and the Sexual Revolution.

Mohler seems blindsided: He quotes another theologian on “the sheer speed of the homosexual cause’s success”: “Something that was assumed for centuries to be unspeakably immoral … has basically ousted traditionalist sexual morality from the moral high ground.” He writes as if same-sex “marriage” and the larger homosexualist political agenda came out of nowhere to threaten religious freedom. Mohler and others are nonplussed; they do not know what to do. “The church has seen the Sexual Revolution taking place turn by turn for the better part of the last century,” Mohler later acknowledges. “What now becomes clear is that most Christians vastly underestimated the challenge this Sexual Revolution would present.” This insight is worth taking a step further.

The first step is to dispense with the excuse that this is some nebulous deterioration in the “culture” that we can simply bemoan and confront at our leisure and without disturbing anyone’s rest. What we face are specific, very concrete abuses of government power that are well within the appropriate purview of the church and its proper sphere of influence and action. Confronting them will not be easy, but it can be done effectively.

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