GUEST: Justin Peters, author, speaker, evangelist
“Certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” Jude 4
The pressure on Christians and the church to compromise comes from the outside and from the inside.
Most everyone has heard about Christians who work in the wedding industry—cake bakers, photographers—who have been sued, fined, and lost their businesses for refusing to participate in a homosexual “wedding” that contradicts their religious beliefs.
Some good news came this past week for religious liberty when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, saying it engaged in religious hostility toward Masterpiece Cakeshop when its owner Jack Phillips turned down a cake request from a homosexual couple for their “wedding”. But the question is: will this decision change the tide for Christians going forward in these kinds of cases?
The pressure to affirm homosexuality and transgenderism is also taking place within the Evangelical church. For example, the mission of the upcoming Revoice Conference in July in St. Louis is “to encourage, support, and empower gay, lesbian, and other same-sex-attracted Christians so they can experience the life-giving character of the historic, Christian sexual ethic.”
Notable evangelicals such as Matt Chandler and Francis Chan have endorsed The Center for Faith, Sexuality, and Gender, an organization who is promoting the conference and whose speakers figure prominently.
Evangelist and apologist Justin Peters will join us to discuss these issues and more.