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For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

— 2 Timothy 4:3-4

In every age, among all peoples, the truth of God’s word has been under assault. The event that precipitated the Fall of man was the direct contradiction of the clearly spoken word of God by the serpent.  “Indeed, has God said . . .?” From that awful event in history when Adam and Eve were deceived by lies and rejected truth, and all of the human race inherited Adam’s sin until now, truth has been called into question. Timeless truths that were once thought unquestionable are now scoffed at with regularity. For example, Moses wrote, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). While the Genesis account of creation has been routinely ridiculed, it seems to be a recent development to deny that there are two (and only two) sexes — male and female. The Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. President Obama recently issued a directive that public school transgender students should be allowed to use the bathrooms of their choice, regardless of their God-given gender. Lawmakers in the State of Massachusetts recently passed a law allowing use of restrooms based on gender identity.

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Dr. Russell Moore

Dr. Russell Moore

In recent days, the term “family values” has taken a beating.  In response to the recent Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, ERLC President Dr. Russell Moore wrote, “Regardless of what happens with marriage, the gospel doesn’t need “family values” to flourish. In fact, it often thrives when it is in sharp contrast to the cultures around it.”  This sparked a useful and friendly email exchange in which one of our elders, Paul Haines, addressed the topic with some of our young men.  With his permission, I have compiled his email correspondence into a post in which addresses some his concerns with Dr. Moore’s article.

Paul Haines

Paul Haines

While there are some good things that Moore said, there are a couple of issues I have with Moore’s article. I will limit it currently to the “family values” issue, since this is what you sent to me.  While I do not believe that “Family Values” is the gospel by any stretch of the imagination, “Family Values” are very important and should not be downplayed.

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The article below is written by Bro. Earl Blackburn, Senior Pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Bro. Earl is the author of Covenant Theology: A Baptist DistinctiveJesus Loves the Church and So Should You, John Chrysostom, contributed to the book Denominations or Associations, and numerous periodicals including The Founder’s Journal, Reformation Today, and Banner of Truth, and has authored several booklets published by Reformed Baptist Publications including Covenant Theology: A Reformed Baptist Overview, Unconditional Election, Why You Should Join A Church, and Which Church Should You Join.

A slightly edited version of this article is scheduled to appear in the March 14 edition of the Baptist MessageIt is posted here, by permission, in its entirety.

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