As debate continues to rage over the Nashville Statement, a 14-point proclamation from prominent U.S. evangelicals that tackles same-sex attraction, transgender identity and premarital sex, some signatories are speaking out and doubling down.
Among those defending the document is Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who penned an op-ed for The Washington Post this weekend that pushed back against critics’ claims that the document, which defends traditional views on sexuality, is somehow hateful.
Mohler, who titled his piece, “I Signed the Nashville Statement. It’s an Expression of Love for Same-Sex Attracted People,” described the Nashville Statement as “an effort that put America’s theological and moral fault lines fully in view” and said that it is also aimed at reaffirming scriptural views on sexuality.
The faith leader said that the “vitriol” and furor that followed the release of the statement is, in itself, evidence that its contents were needed, and he pushed back against claims that he and other signatories aren’t showing love to others. Mohler wrote: