Tony Campolo on women preachers and sodomy...
I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. (John 10:11-15)
On the one hand, we have the Good Shepherd. On the other hand, we have Dr. Tony Campolo who, characterizing a Baptist statement against women serving as preachers, said the statement was...
...about as evil a statement as one can make. It's one thing to be wrong, but that isn't wrong, that's sinful. The Bible says, 'neglect not the gift that is in you,' and when women are gifted with the gift of preaching, anybody who frustrates that gift is an instrument of the devil...
The Baptist Press article demonstrates Compolo's rejection of the Word of God; he is a false shepherd and it is the duty of elders to expose him and guard the sheep under their care from him.
Although I am angered at Campolo for his part in the destruction of God's little ones, causing them to stumble, I am more angered at the many, many evangelical leaders who have aided and abetted his evil work. For years, it has been clear to anyone with biblical discernment who and what Campolo is, and that placing tender souls under his authority is destructive to those souls. So why have chaplains and presidents of evangelical colleges around the country let this wolf into their sheepfolds? In the past few years, Campolo has been given the lectern or pulpit an average of four hundred times a year...
I remember, for instance, my daughter coming home from Taylor University and telling me how her favorite chapel speaker was Campolo--in fact, the favorite speaker on campus, if I remember correctly. Feeling the pressure (wise) from my wife who was sitting in the front passenger's seat at the time, I held my peace, praying God would reveal to this child of mine the wickedness of Campolo's demagoguery. And I praise God that this daughter saw through Campolo's rhetoric soon after.
But what on earth was it that caused that grand old gentleman, Jay Kesler (who at the time served as Taylor University's president), to place the souls under his care under the authority of Campolo? Was he blind to Campolo's opposition to God's truth? Kesler's view of Campolo should be clear from the following: Kesler called Campolo "one of the few authentic prophets in our society." (Christianity Today," January 24, 2003)
Back a decade or so ago, two events made it clear what Campolo's commitments weren't: First, his wife wrote a letter to the editor of "Christianity Today" promoting monogamous covenantal sodomite unions; and second, when he was interviewed by JPUSA's Cornerstone magazine concerning Christian therapy for those tempted by homosexuality (with the goal of helping them resist their temptation), Campolo let loose with a withering skepticism. Spend just a few seconds googling something like "Campolo homosexuality," and you will turn up hundreds of documented statements, any one of which ought to cause Campolo never to be given authority over the tender souls of God's precious little ones again.
Consider this statement by my friend, Bill Mouser, of the International Council on Gender Studies:
Tony and Peggy Campolo... appeared at North Park College Chapel on February 29, 1996, to present their views on Christianity and homosexuality. While expressing considerable sympathy for homosexuals in the church, Mr. Campolo's rationale for maintaining classical Christian prohibition of homosexuality reduced to an appeal to tradition. Yes, he did mention Scripture, but primarily to dismiss each of the relevant gay-unfriendly texts as irrelevant or hopelessly obscure. The one passage he claimed couldn't be "gotten around" is Romans 1:18ff, especially beginning at verse 26. At that point, Campolo turned the mike over to his wife Peggy, who proceeded to demolish that Scriptural barrier to homosexuality with these words:I'd like you to note that Paul wrote Romans in the city of Corinth where the prevailing religion was the worship of Aphrodite. Aphrodite was a hermaphrodite with both male and female sexual organs and in the worship of Aphrodite people played the role of the opposite gender and engaged in sexual orgies with same sex prostitutes who were available in the temple. It was against these orgies that Paul wrote in the first chapter of Romans. There is an obvious connection between idolatry and homosexual practices in Romans one and what Paul says here cannot be applied to the kind of relationships created by loving homosexual partners who are making a lifetime monogamous commitment to each other.Here is the entire transcript.
For many years now Campolo and his wife have been conniving at sodomy. So where are the faithful shepherds? What on earth are evangelical college chaplains and presidents, not to mention Reformed Seminary's President Frank James, doing placing our son's and daughter's souls under this man's authority?
If Campolo is preaching in chapel services of Christian colleges and seminaries around the country, this is a position that holds spiritual authority and ought only to go to those men whose lives and families--including wives--conform to the biblical requirements outlined in 1Timothy 3 and Titus 1. Sadly, the evangelical world has long since ceased to be a community of faith and has become an emotive and experiential community, driven by the personality cults holding the center of the huge business of conferences and publishing.
We ought not to deal with false prophets by debating them publicly, but by silencing them. Campolo's preaching engagements and book contracts must dry up. It is the duty of men delegated the responsibility of guarding God's flock to end his free access to the sheep.