Gospel Coalition joins the gay celibate movement...

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Screenshot of article on Gospel Coalition website(This is the first in a series of posts (second here) on the Gospel Coalition's post by Ed Shaw, author of a book promoting the "gay celibate Christian, "spiritual friendship," "Side B" movement which is the sweet spot today among Evangelicals wanting to appear kinder and gentler in our post-Obergefell world. The Gospel Coalition's error is typical of the error of the church today with respect to this battle, and thus worthy of careful study and consideration. If you persevere through this series, we hope you will gain wisdom in knowing how to preach to, disciple, and thus love men and women caught in homosexual sin.)

The Gospel Coalition's recent post, "Godliness Is Not Heterosexuality," is a denial of their founding documents, in which they claim to "seek the lordship of Christ over the whole of life with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals..." 

Put simply, the post denies the connection between godliness and heterosexuality—from its title to its conclusion. It criticizes parents who want their children to grow up and get married and have children of their own. Their post pushes us to admit that it really doesn't matter whether our children are gay or not.

This is a monumental rejection of the historic Christian understanding of sexuality as well as sanctification, so it is fitting that the Gospel Coalition began promoting sexual anarchy on the same day the Pentagon codified such anarchy by committing to have women in all jobs in the combat units defending the men and children of our nation...

Nobody denies that godly Christian men and women are assailed by all sorts of wicked temptations, just as Christ himself was, but this is not what the Gospel Coalition, joining the rest of the gay celibate movement, is trying to convince us of. Instead, they speak derisively of being "healed" from this inclination to sin, and they scoff at the idea of "permanent change in someone’s sexuality."

But we cannot reject the Christian hope of people being changed by the Holy Spirit, receiving freedom in Christ, without rejecting all calls to holy living and "the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14).

Of course, it's no surprise to see the Gospel Coalition promoting this faithlessness. The problem of rejecting sanctification is a long-standing issue in the Evangelical church as a whole, and the Gospel Coalition in particular. The whole evangelical gay celibate movement is just a continuation of the same theological errors. When calling somebody to act like a man and be strong is offensive (1 Cor. 16:13), that indicates two things: first, that we don't like to distinguish between men and women; and second, that we don't want to have to fight our sin. 

We don't have sins or sinners in our churches, just people who, by grace alone, are seated in the heavenlies. Sadly, though, only some sins lend themselves to hiding away. Others "are quite evident, going before them to judgment" (1 Tim. 5:24). So when we find out our son is struggling with same-sex attraction, of course we send him off to a program to "fix" him. We have no idea what it means to teach him to be a man, to confess his sexuality given him by God. For that matter, we ourselves can't find it in us to confess our own sins and temptations.

When our son returns from the fix-camp or counselor and still has his "problem," if we've rejected sanctification, we're faced with a choice. Either we can make him leave the church, or we can re-categorize his temptation as yet another sin that doesn't need to be fought.

But the excluded middle is the way of holiness. The way of sanctification. The way of manliness and womanliness being real things. Real callings. Blessed gifts worth pursuing. Even fighting for.

It's not that we can't abide homosexuals in our churches. It's that we can't abide fighting sin, and thus we can't abide sinners in our church. Either they must leave or we must deny that they are sinners.

What's nowhere to be found is "seeking the lordship of Christ over the whole of life with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals."

Joseph and his wife, Heidi, have five children, Tate, Eliza Jane, Moses, Fiona and Annabel. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and Clearnote Pastors College. He is currently planting Christ Church in Cincinnati with several other families.