Yesterday, Reformation Charlotte exclusively broke the story that the newly-elected Southern Baptist president, Ed Litton, was the second president elected who is not only compromised on the issue of homosexuality but just like his predecessor, JD Greear, appeared to take his cues from a female preacher, Jen Wilkin, at Matt Chandler’s Village Church, who said that the Bible only “whispers” about homosexuality while it “shouts” about other sins.
After we broke the story, the news went viral among conservative Evangelicals who regularly read us (but won’t admit it publicly 😉) and the news took off. However, one national news radio program had no qualms about it and aired our story.
At about the 35:28 mark in the video below, Todd Starnes and Robert Jeffress air our story and comment on Litton’s compromised position on homosexuality. In full disclosure, this publication has some real and serious disagreements with some of the things that go on at Jeffress’ church and we’ve written about these issues in the past. And while we hold to these disagreements firmly, we also credit where it is due–and Jeffress’ position on homosexuality is uncompromising and we fully agree with his commentary.
After Todd Starnes airs our story with Jeffress, Jeffress respons:
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If this report is true, it is tremendously troubling. This article goes on to say that these two men [Greear and Litton)] say that homosexuality is not as serious a sin as other sins in the Bible. Look, first of all, the comment is wrong. When you go to Romans 1, when Paul writes about the topic of homosexuality, he doesn’t use his whisper voice. He says that it is unlike any sin in the universe because it is not only the cause of God’s judgment but a result of God’s judgment. Paul said when people reject the truth about God, He gives them over to homosexuality, to what the Bible calls degrading passions and unnatural acts.
Of course, the report is true; the audio and video is embedded in the article. And while Litton does acknowledge that homosexuality is sinful, he does absolutely minimize the egregiousness of it and elevates the offense of other sins such as greed and economic inequity (which actually isn’t sinful at all) above homosexuality.
Jeffress continued, “So, it is different. Of course, any sin can be forgiven by Jesus Christ. But we cannot, absolutely cannot, diminish the seriousness of that sin.”