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So speaking up about this has not been without great thought and personal cost. My bills are paid in part by royalties from my songwriting career. As a result of raising my voice to support equal marriage, I’ve received lots of messages from conservative American churches saying they will “boycott my songs”. If they don’t get sung in the mega-churches of North America, my royalties basically stop. So the cost of me speaking up about equal marriage is, essentially, my salary. Hopefully that emphasises that I am not just ‘appealing to culture’ or ‘trying to be popular’ as many conservative Christians are concluding. Vicky Beeching

Being evangelical means you bring people to Jesus. You don’t turn them away. Penny Johnson

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I’m an evangelical pastor trying to walk the same Romans Road in my evangelical congregation, the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor. We have gay couples in our church, some who have adopted children. Some are female couples. When I read the only text in the entire Bible that says anything about lesbian sex (and St. Augustine thought it referred to something other than lesbian sex) and had to decide whether to apply the traditional exclusionary practices (if you are a gay couple you can’t be a member, or you can’t lead, or if you want Jesus to help you stay together to parent your children, don’t ask for our prayers) I said to myself, “Why not treat this as a disputable matter, and stop excluding people over it?” And that is what I have done. Ken Wilson

What millennals are calling for is for the old guard of evangelicalism to return to orthodoxy and to stop putting their political and social positions on top of their definition of orthodoxy and then using them as a measuring stick to determine who is in and who is out. We are calling leaders of evangelicalism to repent of making Jesus in their own image by imposing on the Christ of the Scriptures social and political ideas that were completely foreign to him. And most of all, we’re calling the leaders of evangelicalism to stop demonizing the next generation who is doing our best to worship, obey, and follow Jesus Christ in a cultural context that they know little about. All of us truly desire to see our world transformed by the Gospel of Jesus and the way that is going to look will be radically different then the way it looked for them. Brandan Robertson

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But living as evangelicals in a complex, diverse, postmodern world calls for a very different stance that we’ve used in past decades. We’ve been enamored with Empire when we should be focused on simply sharing our stories. We have been focused on abstractions and arguments when we should pay attention to the people who cross our paths. Evangelicalism’s “Come to Jesus” Moment

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Part of the damage done by Industry Evangelicalism is seen in declining percentages of Americans identifying with evangelicalism in national polls and the dramatic rise in religious “nones” among the millennial population. Tectonic Shifts

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When Christians declare that they would rather withhold aid from people who need it than serve alongside gays and lesbians helping to provide that aid, something is wrong. There is a disproportionate focus on homosexuality that consistently dehumanizes, stigmatizes and marginalizes gay and lesbian people and, at least in this case, prioritizes the culture war against them over and against the important work of caring for the poor. How evangelicals won a culture war and lost a generation

We can insist that it’s incorrect to identify Christianity as a Muslim-hating, gay-hating, crusade of contempt for the poor, but that’s probably about as promising as insisting that it’s incorrect to say “flaunt” instead of “flout,” or “flounder” instead of “founder,” or “begs the question” instead of “raises the question.” The word “Christian” ought to mean something at least vaguely Christ-ish. The word “Christian” ought to have more to do with Fr. Nary’s radical hospitality than with the brutality of the anti-Balaka. The word “Christian” ought to have more to do with World Vision’s gospel-driven service to the poorest than with the sanctimonious contempt of the white evangelical bullies. But when the armies of hate are on the march, insisting that “We are Christians and we do this because we are Christians and because this is what Christians do,” then we have to recognize that the word is changing for the worse, whether we like it or not. The white evangelical army of hate is hurting people and redefining ‘Christianity’

World Vision’s annual budget is $1 billion. When $1 billion is at stake you backtrack. The Evangelical establishment closed ranks against gay men and women signaling to a new generation of Christians that their religion stands for backward stupidity, not to mention hate. World Vision’s move to allow married gay people to work for the organization was denounced by evangelical leaders as a ‘disaster’ betrayal of biblical morality. Christians canceled their child sponsorship. World Vision caved. World Vision: It’s Never Too Late To Hate

Franklin Graham is free to exercise his religion however he sees fit. It’s sad that his religion is an unrecognizable caricature of his father’s faith, but that doesn’t change the fact that Franklin is free to practice it, free to preach it — and even free to embody it as a warning sign to anyone else who may have once found it attractive. Franklin Graham is free to have and to express whatever opinions and views he likes. This is America — Fred Phelps lived and died a free man, and Franklin Graham is free to follow in his footsteps. He is free to be a hateful, lying, opportunistic jackwagon, and white evangelicals are free to celebrate him for being a hateful, lying, opportunistic jackwagon. Franklin Graham’s hateful lies and opportunism winning Huzzahs from white evangelicals

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