On 01 May 2012, Dr. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, published an article entitled, “Is the Megachurch the New Liberalism?” The article generated a noticeable amount of attention. In it, Mohler pondered the temptation of the megachurch to stray from biblical fidelity, especially in light of a changing cultural context. For the discussion, Mohler used as his primary example the growing normalization of homosexuality. As an illustration, he pointed to a recent sermon delivered by Pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church. About this sermon, Mohler commented:
The most puzzling and shocking part of the message was the illustration and the account of the homosexual couple, however. The inescapable impression left by the account was that the sin of concern was adultery, but not homosexuality. Stanley clearly and repeatedly stressed the sin of adultery, but then left the reality of the homosexual relationship between the two men unaddressed as sin. To the contrary, he seemed to normalize their relationship. They would be allowed to serve on the host team if both were divorced. The moral status of their relationship seemed to be questioned only in terms of adultery, with no moral judgment on their homosexuality.
Was this intended as a salvo of sorts? The story was so well told and the message so well constructed that there can be little doubt of its meaning. Does this signal the normalization of homosexuality at North Point Community Church? This hardly seems possible, but it appeared to be the implication of the message. Given the volatility of this issue, ambiguity will be replaced by clarity one way or the other, and likely sooner than later.
While Andy Stanley has indicated that he may soon issue a formal statement, he has for now offered the following response to the Christian Post:
“We are requesting that everyone watch the entire series: Christian. It concludes this Sunday. It’s 8 parts. That’s a lot of content to wade through. But I figure that’s better than a sound bite or an interview,” Stanley, who leads North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., said in an email to CP. Source