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A keynote speaker for the first-ever Revoice Conference, centred on same-sex attracted Christians, has rejected the idea that Jesus  wants the church to accept same-sex marriage. Wesley Hill, associate professor of New Testament at the Trinity School for Ministry,  said in his speech that Jesus did not support “trimming God’s standard down to fit whatever chaos is true of our lives.” “Jesus was not out to undermine God’s holy will for our lives. If anything, Jesus ratcheted up the standard of sexual purity and sexual holiness,” said Hill. “I mean, if God agreed with us on everything to begin with why do we need to have this religion called Christianity?”

Hill also noted that “we don’t want to adjust or trim down the law of God to fit our own standards.” Revoice, which was held at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri, drew controversy ahead of the event with some conservative Christian leaders alleging that speakers and presenters were trying to advance pro-LGBT ideas into theologically conservative churches. Stephen Black, executive director of First Stone Ministries, said he opposed the position that sexual orientation is a fixed identity, that the term “sexual minorities,” which applies to a group identity, should be allowed in Christianity, and that people can be both homosexual and Christian.

Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, explained that his biggest concern was the event’s apparent acceptance of the idea that sexual identity “becomes a defining issue that isn’t changed by the Gospel or transformed by sanctification.” “Holiness and sanctification means that whatever sinful desires mark us should become less a part of us and we should identify with them in a lesser way by the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives” stated Mohler. Hill explained that he was deeply saddened by the criticism. “The event is focused on LGBT people who want to live inside the traditional Scriptural view of marriage and sexuality,” explained Hill.

During his speech Hill focused on John 8:1-11, in which Jesus saved a woman from being stoned to death for adultery yet also warned her to “go forth and sin no more.” “Jesus does not combat the shame of this woman by rewriting the rule book. He does not discard what Moses said about adultery, nor erase any of the commandments,” continued Hill. “He’s going to redeem her but not at the expense of His law, or changing the standard of morality to fit her life.” Revoice says its mission is to engage in “supporting  and empowering same-sex-attracted Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality.”

Source: The Christian Post