Donald Trump’s advisers just signed a ‘Christian manifesto’ which calls homosexuality sinful
Several of Donald Trump’s advisers have signed a hateful letter which states that “homosexual immorality” and “transgenderism” are sinful.
The message, known as the Nashville Statement, was signed yesterday by 150 evangelical Christian leaders, including five members of Trump’s evangelical executive advisory board.
Presidential advisers who signed the letter include James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, James Robison, who created LIFE Outreach International, Ronnie Floyd, Richard Land and Texas pastor Jack Graham.
On its website, Focus on the Family preaches a literalist Biblical order that husbands are heads of the household, and that “submitting to her husband is a quality worth cultivating” in a wife.
Robison lost his TV preaching spot with a channel in Dallas after a sermon in which he said homosexuality was a sin.
The Nashville Statement, which they have all signed, tells the world: “We deny that sexual attraction for the same sex is part of the natural goodness of God’s original creation”.
It continues: “We deny that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.”
The letter’s stated aim is “to shine a light into the darkness — to declare the goodness of God’s design in our sexuality and in creating us as male and female.”
Just in case there was any doubt about the leaders’ position on the issue, the statement says that God “enables sinners to forsake transgender self conceptions”.
And don’t worry, it also says that Christianity can help these “sinners” to accept “the God-ordained link between one’s biological sex and one’s self-conception as male or female.”
The evangelical leaders are, naturally, also opposed to same-sex marriage.
“We deny that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship,” the statement reads.
The letter was signed by leaders at a national meeting of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood in Nashville, Tennessee.
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John Piper, co-founder of the organisation, referred to the statement as a “Christian manifesto” on human sexuality.
He continued: “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.”
The idea that a statement like this could ever be “wise” or “gracious” is, of course, perverse.