The Church and the ‘clobber scriptures’ — the Bible on homosexuality

The Church and the ‘clobber scriptures’ — the Bible on homosexuality
Mon Jun 06, 2011 15:10 ESTComments (0)Tags: Bible, Christian, Homosexuality, Marriage

Albert Mohler
June 6, 2011 ( - Is the Church guilty of beating people with the Bible? As strange as that argument might sound, it is actually a powerful weapon in the hands of those who are determined to normalize homosexuality and same-sex marriage within the Church. Those pushing for the acceptance of homosexuality now argue that Christians opposed to that agenda are “clobbering” sinners with the biblical text.

There seems to be no authoritative original source for this very powerful rhetorical innovation, but it has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it is deployed as a way of subverting the Bible’s condemnation of same-gender sexuality.

In his new book, Fall to Grace, Jay Bakker presents a classic form of this argument. Bakker, the son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, is now co-pastor of Revolution Church in New York City — a congregation described by New York magazine as “a church that is still figuring out its message.” Well, it may be trying to figure out its message on some issues, but on homosexuality its position is very clear.

I am sad to hear this about Jay Bakker. I have read a book of his and heard him speak before. Unfortunately sometimes we can try to be so seeker friendly that we compromise the Truth and embrace a type of relativism. We need to remember that true Love never compromises Truth.



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