Monthly Archives: March 2014

Falling Off an Imaginary Fence


Just saw an evangelical organization try to ride a fence that doesn’t exist.

Their own statements proved it.


In making a policy ‘change’, Richard Stearns said “…our practice has always been to defer to the authority and autonomy of local churches and denominational bodies on matters of doctrine that go beyond the Apostles’ Creed and our statement of faith.


In reversing the decision, his statement included this:

“..the conduct policy change was simply not consistent … with the authority of Scripture and how we apply Scripture to our lives…We cannot defer to a small minority of churches and denominations that have taken a different position.”

“Yes, we will certainly defer on many issues that are not so central to our understanding of the Christian faith,” he said. “But on the authority of Scripture in our organization’s work [and employee conduct] … and on marriage as an institution ordained by God between a man and a woman—those are age-old and fundamental Christian beliefs. We cannot defer on things that are that central to the faith.”


Did you catch that?

For important documents such as their statement of faith, and the Apostle’s Creed, homosexual behavior could find support because of the absence of a statement against it.


But, when using Scripture, had to admit the Word clearly defines God-ordained marriage as being between one man and one woman.


Any man-made document can sound religious, and can be made to affirm just about any behavior. As such, they all allow a certain measure of ‘fence sitting’ on most issues.


Scripture, however, is abundantly clear that when it comes to the question of what kind of marriage God truly blesses, it is one man and one woman.


There simply is no fence.


When Scripture is truly central, homosexual behavior is seen as sin.


When Scripture is ‘relevant’, ‘one of the sources’, highly valuable, then any number of fences can be created for whatever activity you want to engage in.


For the true Christ follower, the Scripture follower, the Remnant, there simply is no fence.