150 Evangelical Leaders Affirm: ‘It Is Sinful to Approve of Homosexual Immorality’

A coalition of 150 evangelical leaders agrees that the Bible’s definition of sexuality condemns homosexuality.

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) released The Nashville Statement, signed by evangelicals and pastors throughout the country.

The statement affirms that marriage is between one man and one woman and that the approval of same-sex relationships is sinful.

The message comes at a time when some in the evangelical community have revised their views on human sexuality.

“Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be,” the statement reads.

Article 10 of the statement says, “WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.  WE DENY that the approval of homosexual immorality or trangenderism is a matter of moral indifference about which otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree.”

John Piper, the co-founder of CBMW, called the statement a “Christian manifesto” on human sexuality.

“It speaks with forthright clarity, biblical conviction, gospel compassion, cultural relevance, and practical helpfulness,” Piper said. “It will prove to be, I believe, enormously helpful for thousands of pastors and leaders hoping to give wise, biblical, and gracious guidance to their people.”

The statement comes on the heels of a meeting last Friday hosted by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission during its national conference which addressed “issues related to human sexuality.”

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry criticized the statement saying on Twitter the “so-called ‘Nashville Statement’ is poorly named and does not represent the inclusive values of the city and people of Nashville.”

“It is built on the persuasion that the Christian Scriptures speak with clarity and authority for the good of humankind,” Piper said of the statement.

“It is permeated by the awareness that we are all sinners in need of divine grace through Jesus Christ. It affirms with joy that no form of sexual sin is beyond forgiveness and healing.”



  • John Piper, eh?

    • Brick

      That sounds very Canadian Mr. Trevor.j/k.

      • Piper once said that a woman being raped was God’s will.

        • Brick

          Mr. Trevor, I was referring to the “eh” part. It’s commonly used by Canadians to “positively affirming something while make it sounds like a question”. But, that aside, John Piper actually said that? Now that’s messed up…

        • Kamau41
          • See my comment to Raph.

        • Brenda

          He’s probably a rapist himself them, That’s the assumption I’d have to make, People that do those things will usually say something like that to justify it in their heads and are stupid enough to go around telling on themselves for us wise enough to catch it.

        • Raph Sebastian

          That sorry excuse for a “Doctor” James White calls that predestination, such corrupt heresies as pushed by John Calvin, his god.

          • Which is why I find his participation in the “Nashville Statement” to be hypocritical.

  • Filip

    I had a huge argument with a woman from the UK. Apparently she strongly believes God’s “evil” for not allowing homosexuality. LOL….

    • Brenda

      We will need to stop communicating with people like that, all they are doing is wasting time that could be spent doing other things, From now on send a video link and say this is my final answer and good bye. These people have wasted so much of our time already on this earth, They are not worth giving energy too and we need to study up on and do better things with our time and energy anymore, I can literally see wickedness and always doubted myself, Now it’s easier to understand I wasn’t wrong all the times I second guessed things, There’s just that much sickness in the world and they can make you sick if you give them too much of your time for real.

    • Raph Sebastian

      Only satan wants sexual immortality and perversion and thus finds its roots in evil. God certainly does not.

  • Grandmere

    No. It’s BIG LOTS.

    • David W

      SNAP! The SkippingDog stepped on the mousetrap!

  • Grace Ziem

    Thank you for sharing this; it is encouraging to see true Christian courage!