Thursday, June 11, 2015

Tony Campolo Exchanges Biblical Truth For Social Acceptance

 In a recent podcast, Baptist theologian Al Mohler points out that Tony Campolo was right, but now he is wrong on same sex marriage:

Mohler points out Campolo's earlier comments:

  •  “I believe that the Bible does not allow for same-gender sexual intercourse or marriage,” Campolo said in Sojourners Magazine in May 1999. “We can argue over this interpretation or that interpretation, but we must take the church very seriously,” Campolo said. “The fellowship of believers called the church of Jesus Christ has stood from the time of Christ to the present day, and I believe it speaks with authority. For almost 2,000 years, the church has read Romans 1 in a particular way. People who knew the Apostle Paul personally have written about what Paul meant when he wrote those verses.”

 And then this last week Campolo reversed his "theology":

  •  In a 937-word statement titled Tony Campolo: For the Record, the 80-year-old leader of the evangelical left said he believes the Bible is divinely inspired and that he gives highest priority to words of Jesus in Matthew 25 concerning care for the poor and oppressed. “Because of my open concern for social justice, in recent years I have been asked the same question over and over again: Are you ready to fully accept into the church those gay Christian couples who have made a lifetime commitment to one another?” Campolo wrote. “While I have always tried to communicate grace and understanding to people on both sides of the issue, my answer to that question has always been somewhat ambiguous,” he said. After “countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil,” Campolo said, “I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the church.” -

In a way it kind of epitomizes the current changes going on in some churches where they once adhered to a Biblical structure to giving it up in order to be more socially acceptable. Truth, however, cannot be compromised so it has to be discarded and exhanged for a lie.