Time for a Great Audio Clip: John Piper on Senator Portman and Homosexuality
In 2013 Senator Rob Portman reversed his stance on same-sex marriage in an editorial entitled “Gay Couples also deserve chance to get married” which can be found here. He had supported traditional marriage between one man and one woman. Pastor John Piper gives his response to Senator Portman’s position in this short audio clip:
Pastor Piper makes two points: 1. For his son to be happy he must be given the right to “marry” another man. So he is elevating happiness above biblical guidelines. The absolutizing of self-defined long-term happiness as opposed to God’s definition of long-term happiness is right at the heart of how people are changing their minds.
2. “For me, it came down to the Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God.” A hermeneutical strategy: The absolutizing of self-defined biblical themes in such a way that they nullify biblical particulars or biblical commands. Your comments?
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