The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville Kentucky is firing back at critics from the homosexual and transgender community who are attacking the Seminary, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) for what they say is support of “gay reparative therapy.”
Reparative therapy is a controversial counseling method used to try and “fix” homosexual and transgender patients. The practice has been outlawed in several states as its methodology and effectiveness have been questioned.
However, the folks at the SBC and ACBC strenuously disagree with the notion that they support reparative therapy. In fact, ACBC’s executive director, Heath Lambert, argues that the SBC and ACBC stand in direct opposition to reparative therapy.
“As an organization we are adamantly opposed to reparative therapy, and we reject that homosexuals must become heterosexuals. We reject that because we are Christians. The Christian message as revealed in the Bible is that transgender and homosexual lifestyles are sinful. The Bible teaches that God forgives sins and provides power to live a life that honors God for all persons who repent of their sin and trust in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Repentant faith in Jesus Christ that leads to holiness is the goal for all people, not just homosexual and transgender persons.
We are using this conference to demonstrate how counseling that is uniquely biblical can lead to repentance, holiness, and joy for all who leave their life of sin to follow Jesus Christ,” Lambert said.
The President of SBTS, R. Albert Mohler Jr., added that while Christians do believe sexuality that is inconsistent with the Bible’s teaching on the subject is sin, Christians do not believe that sinful sexuality is something to be “cured of” or “converted from” per se.
“We stand on the authority of the Bible and the consistent witness of Christianity for 2,000 years in defining sexuality as God’s gift to be received on his terms and gender — as assigned by the Creator — as a part of the goodness of God’s creation. This is controversial only in light of a very modern concept of sexuality and gender that is increasingly pervasive in the culture to which the church must respond with biblical conviction,” Mohler said.
Mohler also responded to several false attacks from their critics and took the time to get at the heart of the matter, which is the Gospel.
“We do not believe that homosexuals are to be converted to heterosexuality and that would not solve the deepest problem. We believe that all same-sex sexual activity is sin and that marriage can only be the conjugal union of a man and a woman. We believe that no one has the right (or even the ability) to ‘change’ gender. But we are not calling the LGBT community to be converted to heterosexuality. Rather, we are calling everyone, regardless of sexual or gender identity, to be converted to new life in Christ — a new life that begins in conversion and leads to a life of wholeness and holiness as defined by the Bible in obedience to Christ.
We do not believe that love can be fulfilled in a lie, and the great lie of the sexual revolution is that we are self-defining autonomous beings who are competent to know our identity on our own. This conference, and the preconference, is all about helping Christians to respond with both love and truth in the midst of a moral revolution. We have sinned against the LGBT community by ignoring their presence among us, by remaining silent when we should speak the truth, and by reducing a massive human struggle to simplistic explanations. This conference is an attempt to think seriously as believing Christians about what this moral revolution will demand of us and how we can respond with the full wisdom of the Christian faith and in the full power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The SBC, SBTS and the ACBC are doing their very best to respond to the changing culture with love and Biblical truth. Sadly, our culture seems to despise every attempt to engage in meaningful dialogue. Instead, the anti-Christian left prefers to use ad hominem attacks and outright lies in their attempts to discredit and marginalize our community. How sad that they would respond with malice to a genuine attempt from Christians to love and minister to them.