Minutes after it hit the internet, a friend sent me this link. Sadly, it seems that the pressure of the QUILTBAG assault on society has cracked the moral resistance of another evangelical leader: Tony Campolo. I’ll admit something though. When I found out about Campolo, I was surprised. I wasn’t surprised because he, like a rapidly growing number of professing evangelicals, had buckled on the issue of Christians and homosexuality. Instead, I was surprised because I thought he already had.
I guess I was confused. I was partly confused due to various previous news about Campolo, like when his son decided that he was an atheist (technically he became an agnostic…as if God respects our rhetorical distinctions). During that event,Tony Campolo expressed his lack of concern for his son’s eternal destiny since “the God I believe in doesn’t send people to hell for eternity for having the wrong theology.” Tony Campolo essentially admits that he doesn’t worship the God of the Bible but instead has created a silly caricature of “god” who amazingly agrees with Tony Campolo on matters of theology (as if that sort of idolatry is anything new). I just assumed that the other “unpopular” ideas (i.e. the biblical teaching on homosexuality) had already been jettisoned by Campolo. Also, considering that the homosexual issue was part of what drove Bart Campolo away from the faith, and seeing that Tony Campolo’s wife has been an LGBT advocate since at least 2003, I think my suspicions were justified. For those that are interested, Tony and Peggy actually spoke on the issue of homosexuality in 2003. Here’s the audio:
Tony Part 1
Peggy Part 1
Tony Part 2
Peggy Part 2
Tony wasn’t exactly strong on the issue back then, so I guess I foolishly made the assumption that he had buckled on the issue by now. Apparently, on June 8 2015, some 12+ years later, he finally admitted that he held the position I thought he had already held. In some rather convenient timing with regard to the acceptability of his position, Campolo posted a letter on his website. I’d like to interact with that letter, since it has spawned no shortage of questions. I’ll post it in it’s entirety on here, and I’ll interact in red (as well as in a few memes). Let’s look at Campolo’s statement, shall we?
When it comes to rebuttal against all the various attacks against the Biblical teaching on issues related to gender, sexual morality and marriage, there is no shortage of Christian responses. Folks like Drs. Robert Gagnon, Michael Brown, James White, Albert Mohler, etc. have provided the Christians with no shortage of scholarly and popular level apologetic work against the onslaught that is coming against the Bible from the “Christian” QUILTBAG mafia.
In reality though, the type of rhetoric that one runs into on Facebook is pretty simplistic; it’s not the stuff that Gagnon and Brown are responding too. Those guys are writing stuff that engages the arguments from writings like James Brownson’s book Bible, Gender, Sexuality.
Though many of the popular arguments come from guys like Brownson, not a whole lot of people you’ll be talking to will have actually read guys like Brownson. In the internet game of telephone, once the ideas pass from person to person they’re often changed, watered-down, or simply misunderstood.
I was recently tagged into a Facebook interaction where a rather large load of long-standing Christian friends were passionately engaging the topic. A fellow had commented on how 1 Cor. 6:9-10 and 1 Tim. 1:8-11 clearly articulated that homosexual practice is sin. Then someone posted this “tear-down” response: Continue reading
I’m currently spending several hours in the hospital every day, lying on a bed, getting IV treatment that is strengthening my body in order to prep me for the upcoming treatment that I’ve been fighting for (and my health insurance provider recently agreed to pay for – Praise the Lord!). I’ve been using this time to catch up on various things I’ve wanted to listen to, and today I listened to some very helpful resources I wanted to make known to my readers. The first is this: Continue reading
It’s clear that I haven’t been very active on the blog as of the last while, so here’s a quick “what’s up”. I’ve been going nuts preparing for a conference that I was speaking at this past weekend. I was preaching to the English ministry of South Vancouver Pacific Grace MB Church as they had their yearly retreat. I preached through 1 Kings 18 and 19, as well as Luke 10:25-37. The sermons weren’t recorded, but I’ll possibly share them somewhere else and link them at that time…or I might type them up and toss them on here (though that would be a large effort. We’ll see.) I was prepping like mad for the last few weeks and I’ve also been editing my review of Authentic Fire for the Cripplegate; I’ve been chopping my posts down by like 75% in length in order to make them far more readable, so I’d encourage my readers who thought my original review posts were simply headache-inducing to keep watch on the Cripplegate on Thursdays as those remastered posts are going up. Beyond that, I’ve got some big plans coming too. I’m going to be working on some stuff related to the Canadian MB Conference and I’ll likely wait until everything is done, but then I’ll have about 6-8 posts directly relating to stuff in the MB conference that I’ve been wanting to address for months. I’ve got some way backlogged book reviews to do (some of which are MB related books), I’m going to take a look at the study conference videos from this past October and I’m going to have a celebrity guest join me for some interaction on the topic of homosexuality and the Canadian Mennonite Brethren Church. That should all be coming up in the following 2 months.
Beyond that, I’m doing a “Summer Slam” series with the College & Career group that I lead, and we’re slamming through a wide variety of topics this summer. I’ll be taking some stuff from that research and putting it online for everyone’s enjoyment. This coming Friday, we’re going to be looking at an overview of the Millennial Kingdom of Christ (that’s what the C&C folks were asking about!), so that will be interesting! We’ll have a lot more topics being examined, and that stuff should help keep this blog going as I begin working on some other serious writing projects.
Just keeping you all abreast of what’s in the pipeline. Now that the conference is past, I’ll focus on finishing up my editing for the Cripplegate and then I can pour myself into some new, fresh, and most definitely controversial content for this little corner of the internet.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Mennoknight at heart” Unger
For those of you who have been living under a rock, there’s a rather significant culture war raging right now in North America. As the institution of marriage is destroyed by an elite minority under the guise of “equality” and homosexuality is made the new “norm”, Christians are facing tremendous pressure from multiple sides. There is external pressure from homosexual lobbyist groups to “get with the times” and embrace…no, celebrate homosexuals as the disenfranchised minority that they claim to be. Those that don’t accept the new paradigm and publicly ask for forgiveness if they ever didn’t accept the new paradigm aren’t allowed to do something as basic as pray for a political leader. Those that don’t accept the new paradigm and publicly ask for forgiveness if they ever didn’t accept the new paradigm aren’t allowed to have high profile jobs. That sort of pressure makes life rather difficult, but external forces don’t really tend to influence the church all that much…
Uh, never mind. Continue reading