Editorial:A Critical Look at the Barna Study on the Religious Life of Homosexuals -- By: Denny Burk

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 14:2 (Fall 2009)
Article: Editorial:A Critical Look at the Barna Study on the Religious Life of Homosexuals
Author: Denny Burk


Editorial:A Critical Look at the Barna Study on the Religious Life of Homosexuals

Denny Burk

Editor, The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Dean of Boyce CollegeAssociate Professor of New Testament

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Louisville, Kentucky

Introduction

Martin Luther is reported to have said that gospel preachers disgrace themselves by failing to take a stand on God’s word in the face of opposition.

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Word of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.1

In his day, Luther stood against a Roman Catholicism that sold indulgences to parishioners so that they might buy forgiveness of sins. For Luther and the other Reformers, the sale of indulgences amounted to a nullification of the Bible’s teaching about justification and grace. Justification by grace through faith alone in the work of Christ alone were doctrines under siege because of a tradition that did not accept sola scriptura. The Reformers understood that the authority of the Bible itself was at stake, and in that sense the Reformation became a battle for the Bible. That battle would have been lost, however, had faithful believers such as Luther failed to identify those places at which the assault on biblical truth was most fierce. To shrink back from that fight was nothing less than a cowardly capitulation to the enemies of truth.

In every generation, Christians face opposition to the word of God that they profess. Sometimes the attacks are subtle. Sometimes they are not. The issues vary, but the opposition from the enemy does not. His line of attack is ancient: “Hath God really said?” (Gen 3:1). Has God really said

that there is only one way of salvation? Has God really said that you cannot serve God and your money? Has God really said that you shouldn’t lust after that woman who is not your wife? And the attacks go on and on.

In our generation, one line of attack goes like this: Has God really said that there is male and female? Has God really said that a man shall cleave to his wife and become one flesh with her alone? This line of questions is particular...

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