The Nashville Statement was released in July 2017, and quickly made waves. It’s a concise statement about human sexuality and gender from a conservative Christian perspective. Some claim it’s a hateful document. The Mayor of Nashville tweeted that it “does not represent the inclusive values of the city & people of Nashville.” Others couldn’t wait to praise it. John Piper, for example, solemnly declared he “read the statement with a kind of sorrowful joy.”
In this day and age, the Nashville Statement was bound to draw opponents. And so it was that, not long after that document was released, another coalition met to draft the inevitable response. The result was a manifesto entitled Christians United. The accompanying website declared this document “came as a direct response to The Nashville Statement, a document composed and signed by 150 major evangelical leaders in August 2017, which reaffirmed toxic, non-affirming theological commitments that have caused verifiable harm to countless LGBT+ people of faith around the world.”
Fallout from the vote is what Mason calls "the biggest misjudgment of my ministry." Clarifying, Mason explained he was shocked by "the consequence of the number of people for whom this would be a decision they could no longer remain in the church." "So my miscalculation was that I knew that there would be a lot of people who would vote 'no' on this. What I didn't know was they would leave over it," admitted Mason.
Next week, the Supreme Court will hear one of the most important free speech cases in years ... Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission involves Jack Phillips, a baker who claims a First Amendment right not to be compelled to design and create custom wedding cakes for same-sex weddings. Many legal commentators think the case is either a very close call or a certain defeat for Phillips. In fact, Phillips’s case is very strong.