NASHVILLE (BP) — Southern Baptist theologians and ethicists have taken exception to a new organization — Evangelicals for Marriage Equality that is advocating for same-sex marriage in the name of evangelical Christianity.
Evangelicals for Marriage Equality (EME) debuted Sept. 9, saying in a statement of belief at its website that a person “can be a devout, Bible-believing evangelical and support the right of same-sex couples to be recognized by the government as married.” While EME affirms the significance of marriage and recognizes America’s devotion to religious liberty, “We also believe that in a religiously diverse society, no one religious perspective should determine who can and cannot be married,” the statement says.
“We’ve seen this before,” said Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). “Every generation seems to have those who try to rewrite the portions of the Bible they are embarrassed about. But if evangelical theology is to keep the evangel, then we must not be ashamed of the Gospel or what it teaches about sexuality. This means holding firm to what the Scripture says and the church has believed about marriage from Pentecost to the present.”