Nashville Statement (2017)

30 Jahre nach dem Danvers Statement (1) haben ca. 150 konservative Theologen in USA das “Nashville Statement” (sehr zum Verdruß des Bürgermeisters von Nashville) veröffentlicht … –  Berthold Schwarz schreibt auf FB:

Ungefähr 150 biblisch orientierte Theologen und Theologinnen sowie Pastoren der USA haben sich mit einer Art “Bekenntnis” (manifesto) in die Frage nach der Bedeutung der Ehe eingemischt und bisherige Überzeugungen erneut bestätigt (re-affirmed).

Das sog. “Nashville Statement” zeigt auf, was diese Christen befürworten (affirm) und was sie ablehnen (deny). Sie wollen damit die Gemeinden vor Ort ermutigen und im Glauben stärken, die von Gott gegebene Ordnung der Ehe von Mann und Frau nicht aufzugeben.

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(1)The Danvers Statement summarizes the need for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) and serves as an overview of our core beliefs. This statement was prepared by several evangelical leaders at a CBMW meeting in Danvers, Massachusetts, in December of 1987. It was first published in final form by the CBMW in Wheaton, Illinois in November of 1988.


“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 glad-hearted 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


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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.

Initial Signatories

Denny Burk President, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
John Piper Founder & Teacher, Desiring God; Chancellor, Bethlehem College & Seminary
James Dobson Founder & President, Family Talk

Russell Moore President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College
Wayne Grudem Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

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 & College
Sam Allberry Editor, The Gospel Coalition
R. C. Sproul Founder & Chairman, Ligonier Ministries

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 Convention; Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church
Andrew T. Walker Director of Policy Studies, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

H.B. Charles, Jr. Pastor, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida
Christopher Yuan Speaker & Author, Moody Bible Institute
Dennis Rainey Founder & Former President, FamilyLife

Frank Page President & CEO, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee; Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
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 Broadcasters
Mark Dever Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church
Randy Alcorn Director, Eternal Perspective Ministries

Karen Swallow Prior Professor of English, Liberty University
Matt Chandler Pastor, The Village Church
Fred Luter Senior Pastor Franklin Avenue Baptist Church; Former President, Southern Baptist Convention

James MacDonald Founder & Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
James Merritt Pastor, Cross Pointe Church; Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
Jack Graham Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church

J. D. Greear Pastor, The Summit Church
Darryl Delhousaye President, Phoenix Seminary
Thomas White President, Cedarville University

Bryant Wright Senior Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church; Former SBC President
Don Sweeting President, Colorado Christian University
Jeff Purswell Director of Theology, Sovereign Grace Churches

Johnny Hunt Pastor, First Baptist Church of Woodstock
Jason K. Allen President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Erick-Woods Erickson Editor in Chief, The Resurgent

Mark L. Bailey President & Senior Professor of Bible Exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary
K. Erik Thoennes Professor & Chair of Theology, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Vaughan Roberts Rector of St. Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, UK

David French Senior Writer, National Review
Paige Patterson President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
R. Kent Hughes Visiting Professor of Practical Theology of Evangelism and Culture, Westminster Theological Seminary

Jeff Iorg President, Gateway Seminary
Sam Storms Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church
Richard Land President, Southern Evangelical Seminary

Robert A. J. Gagnon Scholar & Author of “The Bible and Homosexual Practice”
Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver President, Union University
Ronnie Floyd Senior Pastor, Cross Church; Former President, Southern Baptist Convention

C. J. Mahaney Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville
Jason G. Duesing Provost, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary & College
Matt Carter Pastor, The Austin Stone Church

Chuck Kelley President, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Burk Parsons Copastor, St. Andrew’s Chapel
Eric Teetsel President, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Alastair Roberts Scholar & Author of “Heirs Together: A Theology of the Sexes”
Kevin Ezell President, North American Mission Board
Ray Ortlund Pastor, Immanuel Church

O. S. Hawkins President, GuideStone SBC
Thom S. Rainer President & CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources
Michael Reeves President & Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology, UK

Todd Wagner Pastor, Watermark Community Church
John M. Frame Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology & Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary
Randy Stinson Senior Vice President for Academic Administration & Provost, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Mac Brunson Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Jacksonville
Thomas Schreiner James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
H. Wayne House Dean & Distinguished Research Professor of Theology, Law, & Culture, Faith International University & Seminary

J. P. Moreland Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Bruce Ware Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Michael Goeke Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church of San Francisco

Joel Belz Founder, World Magazine, World News Group
Afshin Ziafat Lead Pastor, Providence Church
Stephen Strang Founder & CEO, Charisma Media

Christiana Holcomb Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom
Jimmy Draper President Emeritus, LifeWay; Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
Owen Strachan Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Anthony Kidd Pastor of Preaching, Community of Faith Bible Church
James M. Hamilton, Jr. Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Bryan Carter Senior Pastor, Concord Church

Chris Larson President & CEO, Ligonier Ministries
Bruce Riley Ashford Provost & Professor of Theology & Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Candi Finch Assistant Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Curtis Woods Associate Executive Director, Kentucky Baptist Convention
Nathan Finn Dean, Professor of Theological Studies, Union University
James Robison Founder & President, LIFE Outreach International; Founder & Publisher, The Stream

C. Ben Mitchell Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University
Darrell Bock Senior Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary
David Mathis Executive Editor, Desiring God

Ken Magnuson Professor of Christian Ethics, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Daniel Heimbach Senior Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Hershael W. York Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Mary Mohler Director, Seminary Wives Institute
Hunter Baker Associate Professor, Union University
Dorothy Kelley Patterson Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Jim Shaddix W. A. Criswell Professor of Expository Preaching, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
John N. Oswalt Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary
Jack Deere Author & Speaker, Grace Church of St. Louis

Juan R. Sanchez Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
Malcolm B. Yarnell, III Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Jonathan Leeman Editorial Director, 9Marks

Mary A. Kassian Author & Director, Girls Gone Wise
Mark Daniel Liederbach Vice President & Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Matthew J. Hall Dean of Boyce College & Senior VP of Academic Innovation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Micah Fries Senior Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church
Nathan Lino Senior Pastor, Northeast Houston Baptist Church
Paul Weber President & CEO, Family Policy Alliance

Bob Lepine Vice President of Content, FamilyLife
Casey B. Hough Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Camden
Russell Shubin Director, Salem Media Group

Allan Coppedge Retired Professor of Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary
Daniel DeWitt Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics & Public Christianity, Cedarville University
Charlotte Akin Homemaker, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Don Buckley Physician, Spanish Trail Family Physicians
David Schrock Pastor for Preaching and Theology, Occoquan Bible Church
E. Calvin Beisner Founder & National Spokesman, Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

Donald A. Balasa Adjunct Faculty, Trinity International University
Donna Thoennes Adjunct Professor & Homeschool Mom, Biola University
James A. Borland Professor of New Testament & Theology, Liberty University

Eric C. Redmond Assistant Professor of Bible, Moody Bible Institute
Grant Castleberry Pastor of Discipleship, Providence Church of Frisco, Texas
Jose Abella Lead Pastor, Providence Road Church

Phillip Bethancourt Executive Vice President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Adam W. Greenway Dean, Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, & Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Joy White Homemaker & Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies, Cedarville University

Gregory Wills Dean, School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Katie McCoy Assistant Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Scarborough College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Rhyne R. Putman Associate Professor of Theology & Culture, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Barry Joslin Professor of Christian Theology, Boyce College
Rhonda Kelley President’s Wife, Adjunct Faculty, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Peter Jones Executive Director, TruthXchange

Bryan Baise Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Apologetics, Boyce College
Kenneth Keathley Senior Professor of Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Jeff Struecker Lead Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church

Rebecca Jones Volunteer, TruthXchange
Evan Lenow Associate Professor of Ethics, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Daniel Patterson Vice President for Operations & Chief of Staff, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

David Talley Professor of Old Testament, Biola University
Travis Wussow Vice President for Public Policy, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Sean Perron Chief of Staff, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Michael L. Brown President, FIRE School of Ministry
Keith Whitfield Assistant Professor & Dean, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Jeffrey Riley Professor of Ethics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Dannah Gresh Co-founder, Pure Freedom
Matt Damico Associate Pastor of Worship, Kenwood Baptist Church
Colby Adams Director of Communications, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Paul Felix President, Los Angeles Bible Training School
Dick Lucas Reverend Prebendary, Rector Emeritus, St Helen’s Bishopsgate, UK
Paul Nyquist President, Moody Bible Institute

Jackie Hill Perry Speaker, Writer, Humble Beast Recording Artist
Colin Smothers Executive Director, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood


Paul Akin Senior Aide, Southern Baptist Convention
Rush Witt Pastor, Paramount Church
Steven McKinion Professor of Theology and Patristics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Brent J. Aucoin Professor of History, The College at Southeastern
Carlos Soca Pastor, Christ Our Hope Church
Dwayne Milioni Pastor, Open Door Church

Tim Akin Pastor, Family Church
Zachary Nelson Executive Director, The Pillar Network
William Curtis Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church

Steven Wade Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Kristin Kellen Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Nate Akin Discipleship Pastor, Imago Dei Church

Benjamin Quinn Assistant Professor of Theology and History of Ideas, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
B. Tate Cockrell Associate Professor of Cousling, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Jonathan Howe Director of Strategic Initiatives, LifeWay Christian Resources

Jonathan Akin Director of Young Leader Engagement, North American Mission Board
John Powell Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
Gavin Peacock Discipleship Pastor, Calvary Grace; Director of International Outreach, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Carl Broggi Pastor, Community Bible Church, Beaufort, SC
Chelsen Vicari Evangelical Program Director, Institute on Religion and Democracy
Everett Piper President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University

James A. Smith Vice President of Communications, National Religious Broadcasters
Nick Batzig Editor, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals; Pastor, New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Savannah, GA
Robert F. Schwarzwalder, Jr. Senior Lecturer, Regent University

Nate Pickowicz Pastor, Harvest Bible Church, Glimanton, NH
Bill Haynes Senior Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Somerset, KY
Julie Roys Moody Radio Host & Author of “Redeeming the Feminine Soul”

Mark Prater Executive Director, Sovereign Grace Churches
Richard Ross Professor of Student Ministry, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
David Penley Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Steven Lee Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois
Darren Guerra Associate Professor of Political Science, Biola University
Craig Kline Medical Doctor, Lakeland Health, MI

Jeff Robinson Senior Editor, The Gospel Coalition
Jeffery Ventrella Senior Counsel & Senior Vice President of Training, Alliance Defending Freedom
Dean Inserra Lead Pastor, City Church

Stephen Nichols President, Reformation Bible College
Bob Kauflin Director of Music and Worship, Sovereign Grace
Bob Baker Pastor of Pastoral Care, Saddleback Church

Phillip Johnson Executive Director, Grace to You
Scott Waller Associate Professor of Political Science, Biola University
Don Whitney Professor of Biblical Spirituality & Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Vern Poythress Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Westminster Theological Seminary
Alan Gomes Professor of Historical Theology, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Rick Gamache Pastor for Preaching & Mission, Sovereign Grace Church, Bloomington, MN

Michael Easley Teaching Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Nashville, TN
Rob Reinow Founder, Visionary Family Ministries
Kenny Clark Elder of Worship and Preaching, Grace Evangelical Free Church, La Marida, CA

Joe Rigney Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Worldview, Bethlehem College and Seminary
David L. Black Founder & President, 2nd Vote
William Taylor Rector, St. Helen’s Bishopsgate, UK

Garrett Kell Pastor, Del Ray Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA
Aaron Baer President, Citizens for Community Values
Allen Whitt President, Family Policy Council of West Virginia

Andrew Beckwith President, Massachusetts Family Institute
Bob Vander Plaats President & CEO, The Family Leader
Carroll Conley Executive Director, Christian Civic League of Maine

Cathi Herrod President, Center for Arizona Policy
Cole Muzio President & Executive Director, Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
Curt Smith President, Indiana Family Institute

David Fowler President, Family Action Council of Tennessee
Debbie Chaves Executive Director, Colorado Family Action
Ed Randazzo Director of Political Operations, Family Heritage Alliance Action

Eva Andrade President, Hawaii Family Forum
Gene Mills President, Louisiana Family Forum
Jason Maguire Executive Director, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation

Jim Minnery President, Alaska Family Action
John Helmberger CEO, Minnesota Family Council
John Rustin President, North Carolina Family Policy Council

John Stemberger President & General Counsel, Florida Family Policy Council
Jonathan Keller President, California Family Council
Jonathan Saenz President, Texas Values

Joseph Backholm President, Family Policy Institute of Washington
Julaine Appling President, Wisconsin Family Council
Julie Lynde Policy Director, Family Policy Alliance of Idaho

Karen Bowling Executive Director, Nebraska Family Alliance
Kent Ostrander Executive Director, The Family Foundation (KY)
Len Deo Founder & President, New Jersey Family Policy Council

Mark Jorritsma President & Executive Director, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota
Michael Geer President, Pennsylvania Family Institute
Oran Smith President & CEO, Palmetto Family

Peter Wolfgang Executive Director, Family Institute of Connecticut
Shannon McGinley Executive Director, Cornerstone Action
Victoria Cobb President, The Family Foundation of Virginia

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