Here it is:
1. We affirm that God has designed marriage to be a covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong unon of one man and one woman, as husband and wife, and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and his bride the church. We deny that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human contract rather than a covenant made before God.
2. We affirm that God's revealed will for all people is chastity outside of marriage and fidelity within marriage. We deny that any affections, desires, or commitments ever justify sexual intercourse before or outside marriage; nor do they justify any form of sexual immorality.
3. We affirm that God created Adam and Even, the first human beings, in his own image, equal before God as persons, and distinct as male and female. We deny that the divinely ordained differences between male and female render them unequal in dignity or worth.
4. We affirm that divinely ordained differences between male and female reflect God's original creation design and are meant for human good and human flourishing. We deny that such differences are a result of the Fall or are a tragedy to be overcome.
5. We affirm that the differences between male and female reproductive structures are integral to God's design for self-conception as male or female. We deny that physical anomalies or psychological conditions nullify the God-appointed link between biological sex and self-conception as male or female.
6. We affirm that those born with a physical disorder of sex development are created in the image of God and have dignity and worth equal to all other image-bearers. They are acknowledged by our Lord Jesus in his words about "eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb." With all others they are welcome as faithful followers of Jesus Christ and should embrace their biological sex insofar as it may be known. We deny that ambiguities related to a person's biological sex render one incapable of living a fruitful life in joyful obedience to Christ.
7. We affirm that self-conception as male or female should be defined by God's holy purposes in creation and redemption as revealed in Scripture. We deny that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God's holy purpose in creation and redemption.
8. We affirm that people who experience sexual attraction for the same sex may live a rich and fruitful life pleasing to God through faith in Jesus Christ, as they, like all Christians, walk in purity of life. We deny that sexual attraction for same sex is part of the natural goodness of God's original creation, or that it puts a person outside the hope of the gospel.
9. We affirm that sin distorts sexual desires by directing them away from the marriage covenant and toward sexual immorality -- a distortion that includes both heterosexual and homosexual immorality. We deny that an enduring pattern of desire for sexual immorality justifies sexually immoral behavior.
10. We affirm that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness. We deny that the approval of homosexual immorality or transgenderism is a matter of more indifference about which otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree.
11. We affirm our duty to speak the truth in love at all times, including when we speak to or about one another as male or female. We deny any obligation to speak in such ways that dishonor God's design of his image-bearers as male or female.
12. We affirm that the grace of God in Christ gives both merciful pardon and transforming power, and that this pardon and power enable a follower of Jesus to put to death sinful desires and to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. We deny that the grace of God in Christ is insufficient to forgive all sexual sins and to give power for holiness to every believer who feels drawn into sexual sin.
13. We affirm that the grace of God in Christ enables sinners to forsake transgender self-conceptions and by divine forbearance to accept the God-ordained link between one's biological sex and one's self-conception as male or female. We deny that the grace of God in Christ sanctions self-conceptions that are at odds with God's revealed will.
14. We affirm that Christ Jesus has come into the world to save sinners and that through Christ's death and resurrection forgiveness of sins and eternal life are available to every person who repents of sins and trusts in Christ alone as Savior, Lord, and supreme treasure. We deny that the Lord's arm is too short to save or that any sinner is beyond his reach.In other words, men and women both have their place. Accept it. Being gay is wrong. Being transgender is wrong. Being gay-married is wrong. Being polygamous is wrong. Being poly is wrong. Ex-gay is good. Ex-transgender is good. There's no "agreeing to disagree" when it comes to gay marriage. And if indeed you do disagree, then you're not really a Christian.
Over 150 pastors and evangelical leaders have signed off on the Nashville Statement.
Since this has come out, I've been told by one gay Christian leader that you need to be really careful about how you respond because Side-B gay Christians (i.e., gay Christians who think that it's okay to be gay, but also believe that gay sex is inherently sinful so you gotta be celibate) are already hurting by this Nashville Statement. After all, the Nashville Statement smiles on celibacy, but frowns on adopting a gay identity.
Another progressive Christian pastor friend told me that we (LGBT and gay Christians in general) should just ignore this Nashville Statement. After all, it's the SBC and they've always hated LGBT people and families and nothing has changed with this, so just move along and focus on other things. Which annoys me given that the Southern Baptist Church -- and evangelical Christians -- have lied about and defamed LGBT people for the better part of two generations, to the point when the larger LGBT people whole-heartedly believes that we have no place in the Church or at God's Table. How can one just sit back and say nothing?
So here is my personal statement: Just be good to each other. Don't worry about whether I'm a gay, married dad or whether someone else identifies as gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender or asexual or gender-fluid or whatever. What does it matter to you anyway? So mind your own business and acknowledge that not everyone lives or believes as you do.