Revoice is creating a space/home for itself in the PCA with another conference planned for 2019. Revoice is planning another conference for 2019, and many PCA voices remain silent. One of the primary voices at Revoice 2018, is a speaker/writer at the Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender found here.
There have already been a number of responses. Pastor Steven Wedgeworth of the PCA in Surrey wrote a book review of Nate Collins’ book All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality. In this post, Wedgeworth analyzes the orthodoxy of Collins’ language and observes that it is a departure from the language of Calvin and Augustine. Douglas Wilson questions why the PCA doesn’t respond to Revoice with the same concern and vehemence as they responded to Federal Vision here. To listen too Pastor Joe Boot and Ryan Eras discuss revoice with an attendee of the 2018 conference, listen to The Ezra Institute podcast here and here.
As Joe Boot points out in another podcast, many young men are drawn to the conversations over cultural engagement moreso than doctrinal orthodoxy. This doesn’t mean that doctrinal orthodoxy doesn’t matter, but the question is, how will we cast a vision for the Lordship of Christ over sexuality and questions of gender identity? I believe that orthodox Christians have the answers since many of us are grounded in exegesis and at least a certain scope of historical theology. The question for us is: will we allow Revoice to capture the imagination of the next generation of cultural thinkers?
When it comes down to it, the souls of many confused people who are drowning in the shame and guilt of their sin are drawn by the lies of the LGBTQ community. These souls are at stake. A Queer Theology is a queer theology, and we must draw those who are drawn by the fleeting presence of sin to the holiness of a life that has been delivered from the power of the Devil by our Lord and glorious Saviour Jesus Christ. To continually turn to him as they are harassed by the lies of the Devil as they walk the walk of the Christian life.
I would love to write a more thorough critique of the Revoice movement, but all the exams at seminary hinder me at this point from doing justice at this point to the debates. Jude wrote to his community eager to write about their common salvation, but then he realized that he had to change his approach to call on them to contend for the faith (Jude 3). For now, I want to express my love for these words of Jude in Jude 20-23, which not only express orthodox theology, but theology written in the inspiration of the Holy Spirit: “But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.”
And the battle cry of the Reformation: to God alone be the glory! “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25)