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Sep
2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
IFI Staff
Will the Church Stand Up?

In his latest contribution to patheos, a popular religious online publication, progressive Christian blogger Chuck McKnight celebrates the “headway made in affirming the LGBT community in many mainline, progressive, and liberal streams of the church.” But McKnight expresses concern that Christians haven’t yet fully affirmed “faithful polyamorous Christians” who “often feel closeted” by their faith communities.

131011152900-polyamory-01-horizontal-large-gallery.jpgFor those who don’t know, “polyamory” is defined as “consensually non-monogamous relationships [where] there is an open agreement that one, both, or all individuals involved in a romantic relationship may also have other sexual and/or romantic partners.” McKnight, who is himself a polyamorist, notes that polyamory “has been on the rise in global culture at large—and even within the church.”

Lamenting that “there are a number of people who have left the church because they assume—rightly or wrongly—that their polyamorous relationships would not be welcome there,” McKnight advocates a “love-based Christian sexual ethic,” rooted in free consent, mutuality, equality, commitment, and fruitfulness. This supposedly Christian framework for sexuality would affirm polyamory and other “relational and sexual orientations.”

McKnight ends his argument with this damning indictment of progressive Christians: “Why aren’t most LGBTQ-affirming churches being equally vocal about their affirmation of polyamorous people? Or, if they affirm same-sex relationships but not polyamorous ones, then why aren’t they at least being clear about this and explaining their reasons for it?”

Christians have an obligation to fight back against polyamory and other perversions of God’s design for covenantal marriage. After all, McKnight is partly right: if society can redefine marriage to mean whatever it wants marriage to mean, and if all sexual lifestyles are permissible so long as those relationships are rooted in consent and equality, then why is polyamory frowned upon by many who support same-sex marriage?

We must be firm in articulating the truth about marriage. As Albert Mohler, a signatory to the Nashville Statement, explained in his op-ed for The Washington Post, compassion and concern for others should motivate us to “speak clearly and very specifically” about the harmful effects of these lifestyles.

Will you help IFI proclaim the truth about the harmful consequences of same-sex marriage, polyamory, and other alternative “relational and sexual orientations?”

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