Sept. 6, 2017 – Madison, WI – Last week, approximately 150 evangelical leaders issued what is being called “The Nashville Statement.” It has been characterized as a “Christian manifesto” on the biblical perspective of human sexuality.
It has a preamble and fourteen articles each comprised of an affirmation and corresponding denial about human sexuality. It was issued by The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
The Statement affirms that the only marriage sanctioned by God is between one man and one woman, and God calls us to “chastity outside marriage and fidelity within marriage.”
Article 10 states:
WE AFFIRM that God has designed marriage to be a covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman, as husband and wife, and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and his bride the church.
WE DENY that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human contract rather than a covenant made before God.
The Statement also includes clear statements of belief about gender and gender identity and gender confusion.
Wisconsin Family Council president Julaine Appling has joined with over Family Policy Council leaders from over 30 other states in signing this historic Statement. WFC Director of Church Relations, Dave Lingle, has also signed “The Nashville Statement.” We urge you to share this Statement with your pastors and ministry leaders, as well as consider signing it yourself in support of Biblical truth presented in a loving and gracious, but definitely principled, manner.