A theologically conservative seminary affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America not too long ago said that it’s going to not be supporting the Revoice convention.
The primary annual Revoice convention, which centered on giving assist to homosexual Christians who need to adhere to biblical sexual ethics, was held in St. Louis, Missouri, final 12 months and drew criticism from some conservative Christians who argued that it was advancing an LGBT agenda and selling the concept that sexual orientation is fastened.
Jay Sklar, vp of Teachers at Covenant Theological Seminary and a professor of Outdated Testomony, was one of many audio system on the 2018 Revoice gathering.
Clarifying the seminary’s stance in a video launched final week, Covenant President Mark Dalbey said that his college will neither assist this 12 months’s Revoice convention nor will any of its employees participate.
“As to the Revoice convention, Covenant Seminary doesn’t endorse, promote, or have a task within the Revoice convention. We don’t agree with all the views that have been shared or taught on the Revoice convention,” Dalbey mentioned.
“Covenant Seminary doesn’t advocate for queer theology, Covenant Seminary doesn’t educate that an individual ought to establish as a homosexual Christian, and Covenant Seminary is not going to have any of our college talking on the 2019 Revoice convention.”
Dalbey took situation with people he didn’t title who had, as he put it, engaged in “slanderous assaults” in opposition to his seminary over the Revoice controversy.
“A lot of what’s being mentioned about Covenant Seminary is sinful, slanderous, violation of the ninth commandment which teaches within the Bigger Catechism that we must always promote and protect the great title of our neighbor and ourselves when obligatory,” he said.
Denny Burk, professor of Biblical Research at Boyce School and a critic of Revoice, celebrated the Dalbey assertion.
“I used to be actually grateful to learn a powerful and clear assertion about human sexuality from the President of Covenant Theological Seminary,” wrote Burk.
Final 12 months, Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis hosted the Revoice convention, a gathering of some hundred LGBT people in church buildings who adhere to biblical requirements of sexual ethics.
Revoice’s official mission assertion was to “encourage, assist, and empower homosexual, lesbian, and different same-sex-attracted Christians to allow them to expertise the life-giving character of the historic, Christian sexual ethic.”
Whereas Revoice organizers supported the normal biblical instructing of marriage and sexual ethics, some argued that the convention pushed an LGBT agenda in church buildings on the expense of sound Christian instructing.
Covenant discovered itself within the crosshairs of the controversy when Sklar agreed to be a speaker. Final 12 months, Dalbey launched a press release defending Sklar’s determination to talk at Revoice, whereas reaffirming his seminary’s stance on biblical sexual ethics.
“To say, ‘I’m a Christian who struggles with ‘x’ form of ongoing temptation to sure sorts of sin,’ is a part of the testimony of 1’s sanctification however shouldn’t be the inspiration of who we’re in Christ,” said Dalbey final 12 months.
“In all of life, we should maintain faithfully to the Bible’s instructing as we attain those that don’t but know Jesus and as we assist those that do to stay devoted to him.”
Pushing again in opposition to Revoice, a convention known as “God’s Voice” was held in February with audio system comparable to Stephen Black opposing the label “LGBT Christian.”
Revoice is scheduled to have its second convention in St. Louis on June 5-8.