A group of over 150 evangelical leaders on Tuesday came together to release an eight-page statement regarding their views on homosexuality.
The manifesto, dubbed “The Nashville Statement” and released by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, reiterates the belief from the group that marriage should be strictly between a male and a female and speaks about those who identify as transgender.
“By and large the spirit of our age no longer discerns or delights in the beauty of God’s design for human life,” the statement reads. “Many deny that God created human beings for his glory, and that his good purposes for us include our personal and physical design as male and female.”
The “statement” starts with a preamble and breaks the leaders’ beliefs down into 14 separate articles.
“Evangelical Christians at the dawn of the twenty-first century find themselves living in a period of historic transition. As Western culture has become increasingly post-Christian, it has embarked upon a massive revision of what it means to be a human being,” the opening paragraph of the statement reads.”
Signatures from the group include many evangelical pastors such as J.I. Packer, Francis Chan and John MacArthur.
Read the full “Nashville Statement” in the document below:
The the CBMW was founded 30 years ago, it issued “The Danvers Statement” which affirmed the differences between males and females. That “statement” came after there was an uptick in feminism, and leaders feared that men and women “were losing their biblical distinctions,” Christian Today wrote.
Instead of pointing out how each gender should live with one another, the “Nashville Statement” lists points that defend the existence of the two genders.
“God’s design for self-conception as male or female” is noted in the document, referring to those who identify as transgender.
The release of the document received heavy scrutiny online for its reluctance to live within a progressive society.
Upon its release, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry called the statement “poorly named,” adding that it’s not representative of the city that she represents.