Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
We know the biblical teaching (and arguments) for the sanctity of marriage. We also know the biblical teaching (and arguments) stating that homosexuality and same-sex marriage is sinful. But we don’t often understand how to engage with people who argue against the biblical teaching about marriage or homosexuality. We don’t understand how best to engage with culture, without, on the one hand, separating ourselves from culture, or, on the other hand, compromising or accommodating ourselves to the culture.
Douglas Wilson, pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, is one who stands firmly on biblical truth and engages with unbelievers, skeptics and atheists. A few years ago, he and Christopher Hitchens carried on a debate, which began as a book and a response to the book, that ended up with a debate that ending up being taken on the road. Wilson is a very capable and gifted apologist.
April 13, 2012, Wilson addressed the topic of Sexual by Design at a Conference at Indiana University. It is explained in this way:
Douglas Wilson, of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho, was invited to Indiana University by Clearnote Church to talk about sexuality from a Biblical perspective. Bloomington, Indiana is home to the Kinsey Institute, started by Alfred Kinsey who is famous for his experiments in sexuality. The videos below are the full lectures, as well as the very long Q & A that followed. A large crowd of “dissenters” gathered to demonstrate their disapproval of Wilson’s message in word in action.
You can find the lectures on this website.
Here is the explanation of the lectures:
Lecture 1: Creation Sexuality (43 minutes)
God is our Creator, and so we should pay close attention to how He established the world in the beginning. One of the first things we should notice is how God divides things in order to shape them into a higher unity later. He divides heaven and earth, sun and moon, land and sea, and, of course, male and female. What is meant by all this? Why is heterosexuality essential to us being bearers of God's image?
Lecture 2: Redemption Sexuality (35 minutes)
Because of the sin of our first parents, we cannot simply look at the world to determine what we should do, and this is because the world has been marred by sin. In the good purposes of God, He intended to put everything right by means of His gospel. But it is striking that in the New Testament one of the images of this gospel is that of Christ the Bridegroom and the Church as His bride. A rejection of God's pattern for marriage is therefore a rejection of much more than that. Why is this?
Question and Answers (2 hours [40 questions, 40 answers])
Denny Burk makes the following observations about Wilson’s lectures and interactions with those in attendance, who were quite hostile at times. I concur with Burk; I applaud Wilson.
The gay activists shouting for “tolerance” are the most shrill, intolerant personalities in the room. The irony seems to be completely lost on the protesters and naysayers who are quite disrespectful and cruel to Doug Wilson throughout his presentations. They demanded Wilson to give them logic and respect, but they gave him none in return.
Our EFCA Theology Conference (January 30-February 1) will address this very issue under the Conference title/theme, “Sex Matters.” I will share more about this in days to come.