Author Rosaria Butterfield has spoken out about her reasoning for signing The Nashville Statement, a document released by Evangelical leaders acknowledging that God made no mistakes when he created men and women, contrary to what LGBTQ lifestyle pushers might have the world believe.
Unsurprisingly, the statement has caused quite a stir among liberals. An article on AL.com describes The Nashville Statement as “deadly theology,” stating that it is “a vicious, anti-LGBTQ manifesto attacking LGBTQ people as immoral and sinful, asserting their opposition to marriage equality and denying the dignity of transgender people.”
That’s all a very antagonistic way, of course, of saying that the statement affirms the Biblical principle of heterosexuality.
“I stand with biblical orthodoxy, which is inseparable from God’s creation mandate and definition of gendered personhood found in Genesis 1:27,” wrote Butterfield – who is herself a former lesbian – in an article on CBMW.org.
“I signed the Nashville Statement because my conscience compels me so, because the promises of liberty on the world’s terms are false and deceptive, and because many who currently claim to have Christ’s forgiveness and salvation must be called to account for leading good people astray with false promises and filthy lies,” she further wrote.
“I signed the Nashville Statement because the wolves are prowling, and the lions are roaring, and because they are bold and proud of their heresy, and because you must be warned.”
Butterfield also touched on her past as a lesbian.
“Twenty years ago, I lived as a lesbian. I delighted in my lover, our home on one of the Finger Lakes, our Golden Retrievers, and our careers,” she wrote.
“When Christ claimed me for His own, I did not stop feeling like a lesbian. I did not fall out of love with women. I was not converted out of homosexuality. I was converted out of unbelief.”
She further added, “conversion to Christ did not initially change my sexual attraction for women. What conversion did change immediately was my heart and mind. My mind was on fire for the Bible and I could not read enough of it or enough about it. The gospel gave me a light that was ruinous. It ruined me for the life I had loved.”
“The Lord’s light illumined my sin through the law and illumined my hope through Jesus and the gospel. The gospel destroyed me before the Lord built me back up. In saying “yes” to Jesus and “no” to the desires of my flesh, I learned that the only way to peace with my God was through the Cross—the one that Jesus died on and the one that I was called, with the help of Jesus, to carry.”
Hear more about Butterfield’s conversion below.
Of course, progressives absolutely hate the notion that individuals like Butterfield exist – individuals that turn from their sin after discovering the truth in God’s word and experiencing a transformation of heart.
Much of the commentary condemning The Nashville Statement doesn’t even include mention of her. Instead, it chooses to paint those who have signed the document as bigots with no understanding of what being LGBTQ actually means.
Take The New York Times, for example, which ran a piece mocking The Nashville Statement’s declaration that having alternative gender identities equates to having a disorder.
The Times piece also insinuates that those who signed the bill hate homosexuals and want nothing to do with them.
Nothing could be further from the truth, as R. Albert Mohler Jr. – who himself signed The Nashville Statement – pointed out in a piece for The Washington Post.
“To be clear: Christians understand the brokenness of the world,” he wrote. “We signers know ourselves, like all humanity, to be broken by sin. We have no right to face the world from a claim of moral superiority. We know and confess that Christians have often failed to speak the truth in love.”
“In releasing the Nashville Statement, we in fact are acting out of love and concern for people who are increasingly confused about what God has clarified in Holy Scripture.”