Tim Barnett has already addressed this really bad Bruxy Cavey video. Cavey is the pastor of one of Canada’s largest churches, the Meeting House. I echo so many of Tim’s concerns, and I honestly do believe Bruxy Cavey does need to apologize for his very unchristian apology.
To that, I’ll add four more serious concerns with said video.
First, Bruxy Cavey stereotypes the Church and conservative Christians. He says,
The Christian Church in general and particularly the conservative Christian Church has been absolutely asinine in the way we have approached disagreements over this topic. The queer community has over the years been so horribly stereotyped by conservative Christians.
In an attempt to correct Christians for stereotypes of the homosexual community, Cavey stereotypes Christians as “absolutely asinine.” Have some professing Christians spoken wrongly about homosexuals? Yes, for sure. And that is wrong. But notice he generalizes us all with a broad stroke. If Cavey is lumping us all in with the “God hates fags” people, he’s bearing false witness because most professing Christians aren’t among that small sect of haters. If he’s apologizing for quoting Scripture and preaching the Gospel, then that’s anti-Gospel.
Second, Bruxy Cavey links the fight to redefine marriage with what is godly and beautiful. Essentially, that’s calling evil good and good evil. He says,
Our gay and lesbian friends, brothers, sisters have been fighting, fighting for what? Fighting for the right to experience loyalty, covenant, other centeredness, self-sacrificial love in marriage. Those are really Jesus qualities… Can we not at the same time celebrate the fact that there is something really godly and beautiful that in a community of people are having to fight for the right to achieve?
There is nothing loyal, covenantal, loving, or Jesus-like about so-called homosexual marriage. Like all sin, it’s a perversion of what God deems good. Marriage is the glorious display of the Gospel as a husband and wife covenant together for life. The fight for homosexual marriage is more about normalizing sin than anything. I’m trying to be very careful with the words I choose here. So, what’s a good word for a pastor who calls sin godly and beautiful? I’ll let you, the humble reader, answer.
Third, Bruxy Cavey refers to himself as a “conservative Christian” and claims to speak on our behalf. While he might be Christian, he’s not conservative, and he’s sure not speaking on our behalf. Cavey is known for downplaying the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. He’s questioned the authority of Scripture. He’s ridiculed penal substitutionary atonement. He’s called himself open to open -theism. And he regularly pits the teachings of Jesus against the teachings of Paul. There’s nothing conservative about that. And, sincerely, I’m really questioning how much of that we could even classify as Christian teaching.
Fourth, Bruxy Cavey infers that Christians can disagree over whether homosexuality is sin. He says,
You see, a healthy family can have great discussion and debate over the dinner table, but no one sits through dinner with the insecurity or fear of – if I happen to lose the debate, do I get kicked out of the family after desert?
It sounds really nice, but if people claim to be brothers and still live in immorality, we are not even to eat with them (1 Corinthians 5:9-12). Without repentance, people can’t enter the Kingdom of God.
I’m really sorry for all the terrible things done to homosexuals. And among those terrible things, I’m sorry for pastors who’ve seared their consciences by calling evil good and good evil. Jesus welcomes all sinners into His Kingdom, no matter the sin. And I’m sorry for those who’ll be outside on the Day of His Visitation because someone didn’t call them to repent. I’ve already stated a Christian position on this here.
So I invite you dear reader, repent and believe the loving Saviour. The blood of Christ will remove your guilty stains.