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Official WA state campaign pushes 'gays are broken and disordered' sermon

by Jeremy Hooper

In his sermon titled “Let Marriage Be Held in Honor” — Thinking Biblically About So-Called Same-Sex Marriage," Minnesota pastor John Piper comes right out and admits his believe that gay people are innately "broken and disordered":

3. Same sex desires and same sex orientation are part of our broken and disordered sexuality owing to God’s subjection of the created order to futility because of man’s sin.

In Genesis 2 we read about the catastrophic moment when the first man and woman rebelled against God. The effects on them and on the world are described in chapters 2 and 3, and then illustrated in the sin-soaked and death-ridden history of the Old Testament — indeed the history of the world.

The apostle Paul sums it up like this in Romans 8:20–21:

The creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

And we know from verse 23 that part of the creation that was subjected to death and futility was our own bodies — and he stresses, yes, the bodies of the redeemed. “And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:23).

And I am arguing that same sex desires and same sex orientation are in that category of groaning — waiting for the redemption of our bodies. Which means they are in the same broad category with all kinds of disordered bodies and minds and emotions. If we tried to make a list of the kinds of emotional and mental and physical brokenness of the human family the list would be unending. And all of us are broken and disordered in different ways. All of you are bent to desire things in different degrees that you should not want. We are all disordered in our emotions, or minds, our bodies.

This is a call for careful distinctions lest you hurt people — or yourself — unnecessarily. All our disorders — all our brokenness — is rooted in sin — original sin and our sinful nature. It would be right to say that same-sex desires are sinful in the sense that they are disorders by sin and exist contrary to God's revealed will. It would be right to say that same-sex desires are sinful in the sense that they are disordered by sin and exist contrary to God’s revealed will. But to be caused by sin and rooted in sin does not make a sinful desire equal to sinning. Sinning is what happens when rebellion against God expresses itself through our disorders.

“Let Marriage Be Held in Honor” — Thinking Biblically About So-Called Same-Sex Marriage [John Piper]

So who wants you to think this way about your gay neighbors and their loving relationships? Well, the official campaign trying to take away civil marriage equality in Washington state, natch. That campaign is promoting the above sermon all over its social media properties:

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[Preserve Marriage Washington]

And here I thought the alternate, Ken Hutcherson campaign (branded "Protect Marriage Washington" and geared towards passing a marriage amendment) was going to be the only one to honestly let us know where we stand in the campaign's eyes. Good to know that this official, NOM-backed effort is planning to also call us disordered. I'm pretty confident in our chances against that!

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