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David Lee

Nashville Statement on Biblical Sexuality

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“Know that the LORD Himself is God;

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…”

-Psalm 100:3



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. By and large the spirit

of our age no longer discerns or delights in the beauty of God’s design for human life. 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. It is common to think that human identity as

male and female is not part of God’s beautiful plan, but is, rather, an expression of an

individual’s autonomous preferences. The pathway to full and lasting joy through God’s good

design for his creatures is thus replaced by the path of shortsighted alternatives that, sooner or

later, ruin human life and dishonor God.


This secular spirit of our age presents a great challenge to the Christian church. Will the church

of the Lord Jesus Christ lose her biblical conviction, clarity, and courage, and blend into the

spirit of the age? Or will she hold fast to the word of life, draw courage from Jesus, and

unashamedly proclaim his way as the way of life? Will she maintain her clear, counter-cultural

witness to a world that seems bent on ruin?


We are persuaded that faithfulness in our generation means declaring once again the true story of

the world and of our place in it—particularly as male and female. Christian Scripture teaches that

there is but one God who alone is Creator and Lord of all. To him alone, every person owes gladhearted

thanksgiving, heart-felt praise, and total allegiance. This is the path not only of glorifying

God, but of knowing ourselves. To forget our Creator is to forget who we are, for he made us for

himself. And we cannot know ourselves truly without truly knowing him who made us. We did

not make ourselves. We are not our own. Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given

by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us

to be.


We believe that God’s design for his creation and his way of salvation serve to bring him the

greatest glory and bring us the greatest good. God’s good plan provides us with the greatest

freedom. Jesus said he came that we might have life and have it in overflowing measure. He is

for us and not against us. Therefore, in the hope of serving Christ’s church and witnessing

publicly to the good purposes of God for human sexuality revealed in Christian Scripture, we

offer the following affirmations and denials.


Article 1

WE AFFIRM that God has designed marriage to be a covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong

union of one man and one woman, as husband and wife, and is meant to signify the covenant

love between Christ and his bride the church.


WE DENY that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous

relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human contract rather than a covenant made

before God.


Article 2

WE AFFIRM that God’s revealed will for all people is chastity outside of marriage and fidelity

within marriage.


WE DENY that any affections, desires, or commitments ever justify sexual intercourse before or

outside marriage; nor do they justify any form of sexual immorality.


Article 3

WE AFFIRM that God created Adam and Eve, the first human beings, in his own image, equal

before God as persons, and distinct as male and female.


WE DENY that the divinely ordained differences between male and female render them unequal

in dignity or worth.


Article 4

WE AFFIRM that divinely ordained differences between male and female reflect God’s original

creation design and are meant for human good and human flourishing.


WE DENY that such differences are a result of the Fall or are a tragedy to be overcome.


Article 5

WE AFFIRM that the differences between male and female reproductive structures are integral

to God’s design for self-conception as male or female.


WE DENY that physical anomalies or psychological conditions nullify the God-appointed link

between biological sex and self-conception as male or female.


Article 6

WE AFFIRM that those born with a physical disorder of sex development are created in the

image of God and have dignity and worth equal to all other image-bearers. They are

acknowledged by our Lord Jesus in his words about “eunuchs who were born that way from their

mother's womb.” With all others they are welcome as faithful followers of Jesus Christ and

should embrace their biological sex insofar as it may be known.


WE DENY that ambiguities related to a person’s biological sex render one incapable of living a

fruitful life in joyful obedience to Christ.


Article 7

WE AFFIRM that self-conception as male or female should be defined by God’s holy purposes

in creation and redemption as revealed in Scripture.


WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s

holy purposes in creation and redemption.


Article 8

WE AFFIRM that people who experience sexual attraction for the same sex may live a rich and

fruitful life pleasing to God through faith in Jesus Christ, as they, like all Christians, walk in

purity of life.


WE DENY that sexual attraction for the same sex is part of the natural goodness of God’s

original creation, or that it puts a person outside the hope of the gospel.


Article 9

WE AFFIRM that sin distorts sexual desires by directing them away from the marriage covenant

and toward sexual immorality— a distortion that includes both heterosexual and homosexual



WE DENY that an enduring pattern of desire for sexual immorality justifies sexually immoral



Article 10

WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that

such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.


WE DENY that the approval of homosexual immorality or transgenderism is a matter of moral

indifference about which otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree.


Article 11

WE AFFIRM our duty to speak the truth in love at all times, including when we speak to or

about one another as male or female.


WE DENY any obligation to speak in such ways that dishonor God’s design of his imagebearers

as male and female.


Article 12

WE AFFIRM that the grace of God in Christ gives both merciful pardon and transforming

power, and that this pardon and power enable a follower of Jesus to put to death sinful desires

and to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.


WE DENY that the grace of God in Christ is insufficient to forgive all sexual sins and to give

power for holiness to every believer who feels drawn into sexual sin.


Article 13

WE AFFIRM that the grace of God in Christ enables sinners to forsake transgender selfconceptions

and by divine forbearance to accept the God-ordained link between one’s biological

sex and one’s self-conception as male or female.


WE DENY that the grace of God in Christ sanctions self-conceptions that are at odds with God’s

revealed will.


Article 14

WE AFFIRM that Christ Jesus has come into the world to save sinners and that through Christ’s

death and resurrection forgiveness of sins and eternal life are available to every person who

repents of sin and trusts in Christ alone as Savior, Lord, and supreme treasure.


WE DENY that the Lord’s arm is too short to save or that any sinner is beyond his reach.

Initial Signatories

page 1 only

Institutional affiliation for identification purposes only

Denny Burk

President, Council on Biblical

Manhood and Womanhood


John Piper

Founder & Teacher, Desiring God

Chancellor, Bethlehem Seminary and



James Dobson

Founder, Focus on the Family


Russell Moore

President, Ethics & Religious Liberty



J. I. Packer

Professor of Theology, Regent College


Wayne Grudem

Research Professor of Theology

and Biblical Studies, Phoenix



R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

President, The Southern Baptist

Theological Seminary


Tony Perkins

President, Family Research Council


D. A. Carson

Research Professor of New

Testament, Trinity Evangelical

Divinity School


John MacArthur

Pastor, Grace Community Church

President, The Master’s Seminary and



Sam Allberry

Speaker & Apologist, Ravi Zacharias

International Ministries


R. C. Sproul

Founder & Chairman, Ligonier



Rosaria Butterfield

Author of The Secret Thoughts of an

Unlikely Convert


Francis Chan

Author & Pastor, We Are Church


Marvin Olasky

Editor in Chief, World Magazine


Ligon Duncan

Chancellor & CEO, Reformed

Theological Seminary


Steve Gaines

President, The Southern Baptist


Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church


Andrew T. Walker

Director of Policy Studies, Ethics

& Religious Liberty Commission


H. B. Charles, Jr.

Pastor, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist



Christopher Yuan

Speaker & Author, Moody Bible



Dennis Rainey

Founder & Former President,



Frank Page

President & CEO, Southern Baptist

Convention Executive Committee

Former SBC President


Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Author & Speaker, Revive Our Hearts


Daniel L. Akin

President, Southeastern Baptist

Theological Seminary


Kevin DeYoung

Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church


Alistair Begg

Reverend, Parkside Church


Heath Lambert

Executive Director, Association of

Certified Biblical Counselors


Jerry A. Johnson

President & CEO, National Religious



Mark Dever

Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church


Randy Alcorn

Director, Eternal Perspectives



Karen Swallow Prior

Professor of English, Liberty



Matt Chandler

Pastor, The Village Church


Fred Luter

Senior Pastor, Franklin Avenue

Baptist Church

Former SBC President


James MacDonald

Founder and Senior Pastor, Harvest

Bible Chapel

Former SBC President


James Merritt

Pastor, Cross Pointe Church


Jack Graham

Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist








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I think before one chooses a church they ought to ask the pastor and/or other leaders what they think of this statement. The same holds true for the current church one is attending.

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Good point Faber being there are many denominational identities out there that are turning apostate these days.


What do you think of this statement?

I heard the news watching the 700 Club's news broadcast today. I think this is not only necessary but may be a preamble to the time when, short in coming I believe, American churches will have to draw a line in the sand. They'll have to determine for themselves that there is a separation clause in the Constitution. And it begins with rescinding their 501©3 tax exempt status via the IRS.


Next, they'll have to actively spon$or measures, and prayerfully under this current Christian, GBH, president, so as to designate marriage as a religions institution. And civil union as that which non-Christians and homosexuals may enter in. This way churches won't eventually be forced to accept homosexuals being they have the 501©3 exemption and as such are subject in likelihood in future to have to concede or be prosecuted. Because anyone or any entity that typically has any federal funding or sponsorship at all, like tax exemptions, are subject to upholding civil rights laws. And respecting "protected class". Which homosexuals are considered to be. (Protected Class). So too are the religious .


In any case, there is a spiritual war going on in the world today. It will come a day when the wheat and the chaff will appear on the winds or on the ground. Pick a side time. And while it is easy to say, "GOD'S" now, apostate denominations today show us that for some it is easy to choose to walk away from our Lord. But as with those apostles who were with Jesus for a time and then went their own way, it was said of them, they did so because they were not one with us.



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The Nashville Statement simply affirms God's expression in the Bible regarding sexuality. I appreciate that the statement declares all sexual behavior outside of marriage to be sin. I appreciate that it affirms marriage as between one woman and one man. These are building block statements to a healthy society.

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The Nashville Statement simply affirms God's expression in the Bible regarding sexuality. I appreciate that the statement declares all sexual behavior outside of marriage to be sin. I appreciate that it affirms marriage as between one woman and one man. These are building block statements to a healthy society.

And to think, 30 years ago maybe less this statement would never have been a thing. Not even conceived of in a Christian mind because it simply is as God planned it.


Now, the world is fast becoming Sodom and Gomorrah by law. Because law makers are afraid of domestic threat that is the homosexual and Tranny lobby.

Recently, as in this morning, on "Today", Bradley Manning, the traitor who had 30 years yet to serve in federal prison but was pardoned by Muslim in chief Barack, had his Harvard scholarship revoked. Harvard apologized. But didn't reinstate to my knowledge.

Oh, goodness, you revoked his scholarship after he betrayed America? Mighty kind!

But you apologized. Mighty gutless.


That's the new world order now. The perverse inmates through terrorism are getting to run the assylum.


That's why this Nashville statement did become necessary in these times.


Within less than 10 years the bible will be considered hate speech and outlawed. Watch.


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Resurrecting this thread to comment on the last sentence there. That deserves an "over my dead body." We need to keep that from happening, and we won't succeed by pretending there isn't a movement afoot to ban the Bible.


It's satan's oldest trick.

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