Current and Former Christianity Today Editors Lock Horns on Gay Marriage

CT magBy Michal Ortner

Former “Christianity Today” editor David Neff says that he supports the concept of gay marriage and the incorporation of such couples into the Evangelical Church. On the other hand, current “Christianity Today” editor Mark Galli wants to make it clear that the publication still stands in support of traditional marriage.

In a letter to Galli, Neff wrote, “I think the ethically responsible thing for gay and lesbian Christians to do is to form lasting, covenanted partnerships. I also believe that the church should help them in those partnerships in the same way the church should fortify traditional marriages.”

“At CT, we’re saddened that David has come to this conclusion. Saddened because we firmly believe that the Bible teaches that God intends the most intimate of covenant relationships to be enjoyed exclusively by a man and a woman. We’ve stated this view explicitly in many editorials, and it is implicit but clear in many of our feature stories,” Galli wrote in an article post in response to church leaders who have come out in support of gay marriage.

Tony Campolo, a progressive evangelical leader, shared his support of gay marriage in a statement that has made headlines. He is among a list of evangelicals who have either changed their position on gay marriage or have come out in public support of it.

“It has taken countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil to bring me to the place where I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church,” Campolo wrote.

“The unity and depth of Christian teaching on marriage may not be news. Neither are the hundreds of thousands of planes that land safely each day. It’s not novel. It’s not surprising or counterintuitive. But it is reality—and a reality that is not going away anytime soon. Any time at all, for that matter, because it is grounded in the deepest realities,” Galli’s CT article stated.

“This issue will eventually break relationships: personally, congregationally and institutionally,” said Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who called this time in Christian history a “crucial moment.” “There’s not going to be any way around it.”

“Evangelicals are like dominoes,” said Randall Balmer, a historian at Dartmouth University. “We’re seeing one more indication that evangelicals are moving on this issue rather dramatically, as is the rest of the culture.”



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