rwhawk posted a comment · Sep 08, 2017
Religious Right and Religious Left are very inaccurate terms....rather just use the labels Christian and heretic (if they claim to be a Christian professing anti-Christian doctrines).
SMac77 posted a comment · Sep 07, 2017
I am very much confused by Professor Carey's statement that the Nashville Declaration adds nothing to what has already been said. That is irrelevant and completely beside the point. The Nashville Declaration was not meant to "add to" the conversation. It is a confession statement affirming what the Church has always believed about marriage and human sexuality based on the clear testimony of the Word of God. To "add to" the conversation would be completely contrary to the point of the document. It is actually the theological liberals on this topic who are "adding to," or more accurately stated, "stripping away from" the scriptures. Throughout our history as a church, we have always developed creedal statements and confessions throughout every generation, defining the position of the church on various subjects. This isn't new. Even in the New Testament you see ancient creedal statements and hymns used in the epistles. During the great Christological debates of the early Christian days, we saw the development of the three ecumenical creeds (Nicene, Apostle's and Athanasian Creeds) affirming what we believe about the Holy Trinity. During the Reformation we see things such as the Augsburg Confession, the Smallcald Articles, and the Formula of Concord developed to define and confess the essential Lutheran doctrines, while you have the Westminister Articles of Faith for the Reformed tradition. During WWII when faced with forced segregation of the Church and Nazification, the German Confessing Church penned the Barmen Declaration defining their stance against Nazi policies. It is no different today that when faced with a new heresy the Church has formed their own confession affirming the Biblical stance on marriage and sexuality while rejecting those elements that stand in stark contrast to the Word of God.