This week, a coalition of Evangelical leaders released a historic declaration about biblical sexuality: the Nashville Statement. The statement consists of a preamble and 14 affirmations and denials related to human sexuality, particularly homosexuality and transgenderism.
The effort to craft the Nashville Statement was led by Denny Burk, who explained that the purpose of the statement is not to say something new “but to bear witness to something very ancient.”
In a press release, the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s co-founder John Piper said, “The Nashville Statement is a Christian manifesto concerning issues of human sexuality. It speaks with forthright clarity, biblical conviction, gospel compassion, cultural relevance, and practical helpfulness. It will prove to be, I believe, enormously helpful for thousands of pastors and leaders hoping to give wise, biblical, and gracious guidance to their people.”
“I am signing The Nashville Statement because I stand with biblical orthodoxy, the only witness for hope and peace and God’s blessing,” author Rosaria Butterfield said. “By God through the merit and power of Jesus Christ, here I stand.”
In addition to Piper and Butterfield, the list of those who have signed the statement includes evangelical figures J. I. Packer, James Dobson, John MacArthur, Russell Moore, Wayne Grudem, Tony Perkins, D. A. Carson, Albert Mohler, Francis Chan, R. C. Sproul, Sam Allberry, and Marvin Olasky.
As well as Paul Weber, president of the national Family Policy Alliance organization, and our state allies across America.
Recently, a kindergarten teacher in California read her class a picture book about transgenderism to affirm a “gender dysphoric” boy who switched clothes in a “gender reveal.” In times such as these, the Nashville Statement is an important contribution to the witness of the Church about what is true, good and beautiful.