Long-term view needed, Moore says of marriage

WASHINGTON (BP) — Advocates for the biblical view of marriage should prepare for a lengthy effort to restore the institution to its rightful place, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” June 28.

Christians and their allies need “to take a page from the pro-life movement and see this as a long-term strategy,” Moore said.

Christians and others with “deeply held religious convictions aren’t simply going to surrender those things. We can’t,” he said. “For us to change our views on marriage and sexuality would mean repudiating what we believe has been handed to us by Jesus and His apostles. We didn’t make up our views on marriage and sexuality, and we can’t unmake them.

“Our churches need to be the places who can receive the refugees from the sexual revolution, those who have been hurt and harmed by it,” he said, adding churches that surrender the gospel and the Bible’s teaching on marriage and sexuality cannot fulfill that role. “[W]e can’t do that if we’re angry at our neighbors and screaming at them rather than loving them and speaking to them about the gospel that has saved us.”

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