“Keller, Moore, De Young on How to Speak to Our Culture About Sex”, Ryan Troglin, ed., The Gospel Coalition, August 23, 2016.
by Dr. Ralph Blair
(PDF version available here.)
In 1954, C. S. Lewis was asked about homosexuality. He recalled 1918, when he was an atheist and his closest friend, a devout Christian, confided that he was homosexual. He’s said that Arthur “fulfilled the Gospel precept: ‘he judged not’. … I learned charity from him and failed, for all my efforts, to teach him arrogance.” Lewis dedicated Pilgrim’s Regress to him. After their lifetime of letters, Lewis could reply to his recent inquirer: “All I have really said is that, like all other tribulations, it must be offered to God and His guidance how to use it.” In 1955, he noted the “hypocrisy” and “nausea” on the topic, adding, “I think that of very little relevance to moral judgment.” He wrote: “Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” In 1960, he assured a homosexual artist that he stood with him and with all his kind against the antigay “busybodies”.
Four Gospel Coalition busybodies now share their antigay views while biblically and historically ill informed and up against the revisions of their fellow “Reformed and ever reforming” Christians. Presbyterian Church in America pastor Tim Keller, the Southern Baptist political ethicist Russell D. Moore, mainline Reformed Church in America pastor Kevin De Young and TGC editor Ryan Troglin, a 2015 Southern Seminary graduate, do show some nuance here, but they’re all held hostage to ignorance and church politics. Read more →