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Its statements are incompatible with the modern age

Christian leaders, advocates, theologians and pastors in the thousands have roundly denounced the brutal 'Nashville Statement.’ They have described its content as virulently anti-LGBTQ. The response to such a hate filled document was quick: a statement released by the Christian leaders affirmed LGBTQ inclusion along with intersex people in the faith communities and also in wider society.

The statement said that they affirm every human being gets created in God's likeness and image. God's creative range is manifested in humans via a broad bouquet of unique gender identities and sexualities. The statement is titled 'Christians United'. Over 300 religious leaders, activists and educators have signed the statement. Among the signees are members of all the important Christian denominations. The statement read, “We stand in solidarity with LGBTQ folks, and commit to standing alongside them in the work of resisting those who persecute them.” 

Within 24 hours of its release, over 1,000 Christians from all over the globe signed the statement. Among the signees are the world's leaders and top theologians of a few of the world's highest influential Christian denominations. These include Reverend Dr. John C. Dorhauer, President and the General Minister of United Church of Christ, Reverend Rachelle Brown, the Metropolitan Community Churches moderator, and Jayne Ozanne, Church of England's General Synod member.

The Nashville Statement, the document at the center of the storm was created under the aegis of about 150 evangelical leaders. This document not only reinforces the point that marriage can only occur between man and woman, but also repeats the conservative view that God had created only two sexes. The document also states that sex outside any heterosexual marriage should be considered a sin. It also told the reader that the LGBTQ people could not be regarded as Christians.

The Nashville Statement has its many defenders as well. One of them is Denny Burk, who incidentally contributed to making the document said, “There are many ‘evangelicals’ who are trying to convince other evangelicals that homosexual immorality is a special case. Anyone who persistently rejects God’s revelation about sexual holiness and virtue is rejecting Christianity altogether, even if they claim otherwise.”

The Liturgists attacked the Nashville Statement saying, “Yet again, powerful people of means use the platform of the Church to demean the basic dignity of gay, bisexual, lesbian, trans, intersex, and queer people.” 

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