I’m ranting. Deal with it.
Several days ago Internet Progressivists and Sola-Feel Christians lost their minds in response to the Nashville Statement. Apparently this is the first time they’ve been made aware of what Christian teaching has pretty much always said about the homo stuff. Needless to say, they had plenty of tears and outrage while actual Christians stared incredulously.
But what concerns me here are two things: The religion of progressivism and the failure of Protestantism. Let me now deal with the first.
The writers of the Nashville Statement wrote a theological statement about what they believe and affirm Christianity teaches. Objectors were quick to proclaim that the Nashville Statement is bigoted, hateful, non-loving, homophobic, and an instance of virtually every other negative ideograph used by progressivists. The writers were thus treated as heretics, but heretics of what? They’re certainly not heretical Christians, for what they said is still orthodox. So what’s the deal–what did they foul?
My guess is that these writers ran afoul of some thesis of progressivism, where egalitarianism and equality are lord. What makes this sort of progressivism so interesting, and even quite scary, is that it is treated as a meta-religion, where Christianity is subsumed and subject to its dictates. So is every other religion. It is not that progressivism competes with Christianity, no. Progressivism just regulates it. Christians are thus still permitted to believe that Jesus was resurrected and that God exists, and all that other stuff, but there can be no belief that infringes upon the ideas of modern progressivism, or else you’re a bigot (read heretic).
So my point here is that what we are dealing with is a sort of religion, a meta-religion. Progressivists are thus a religious people – believe that. But more importantly, we are dealing with a sort of inquisition, where “bigoted” Christian belief and its believers are publicly punished. On this system, Christians will not be able to secure their belief as personal or private, or a matter of individual conscience, for it is the belief itself that is treated as subject to progressivist dogma. Christians will thus have a choice between hiding their conviction or being punished for it.
With that said, let me rant on about something else. Protestants, this is basically your fault. Well, maybe not entirely your fault, but you share some blame. Your rejection of a central authority left the perspicuity of Scripture a steaming crock of poo. There must be a gajillion different Protestant denominations with serious doctrinal differences, leaving the impression that just about anything in Christianity is up for grabs, including the longstanding position on homo stuff.
Once you helped conceptually divorce the natural, proceative end of sex from the genital act, proclaiming the autonomy and entitlement to have sex for your own ends (self-idolatry, the first sin), the conception of sex was freer to become recreational and hedonistic. Baby-making is thus now understood more as a risk of sex than its natural end. It is a risk you can still aim for, of course, but it is understood that a baby is your end, not the end of sex itself. Sex understood this way leaves the conceptual door open for gay “sex”, for there is nothing that clearly and essentially prohibits it. What the heck, Prots?! 😤
A reoccurring problem with Protestantism is a trust in the human individual to be faithful to scripture, not to push the limits. But since Eden, that has just never been the case, which is partially why we need a rock upon which we can stand and build (Matt 16:18). All that jazz about each person being led by grace and the Holy Spirit, how is that working out for youse? Kind of shitty, I’d say.
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