Homosexuality is one of the most defining, contentious, and complex issues facing this generation of the church. We cannot sacrifice our biblical convictions but neither can we sacrifice the church’s ability to serve people of opposing viewpoints and lifestyles.
In other words, all that Christians are doing is turning sodomites and other assorted lefty Christ-haters away from Jesus. Seeing that they already hate Jesus, I guess he means Christians are hardening their hearts more. Strange words coming from a guy with a Calvinistic background.
Curious if he would have the same logic in the 1800s when the debate about the slave trade was raging. To put it in modern terms, does this apply to any sin, or just homosexuality? Would the church be sacrificing their ability to serve other people of opposing viewpoints, oh, let’s say, NAMBLA and the polyamory clubs? What about pornographers? They certainly have an “opposing viewpoint” concerning marriage.
It’s part of the Piper family mystique to be counter anything popular evangelicals may do. I mean, this is a guy whose dad wrote a book about not wasting your life and berated retirees for vacationing and collecting sea shells. If the Commie Red army came knocking at his door asking if he was hiding Christians, he’d say “yes,” just to make what he thinks is some counter-relevant point about the misguidance of Evangelicals.
However, Church History is full of Christians who made “bold mistakes” by offending those of opposing viewpoints. Let’s recount a few:
J. Gresham Machen
Corrie Ten Boom
I’ll trust that you know how to use Google and Wackapedia to get the background.
I’ll update with any suggestions made in the comments.