Pope Francis and the Leaven of Ambiguity

The Pope is rightfully being criticized for his decision to sanction the blessing of same-sex couples. But along with the seriousness of his error, there are two critical takeaways from the story. If we miss them, we’ll ignore what Evangelicals need to face in 2024.

It’s well known that several mainline Protestant denominations have departed from biblical positions. I was there at many of their national meetings, participating in debates, discussions, and even General Council meetings.

In each case, it began with ambiguity. “Does the Word really say what we think it says? Could it mean something else? Can’t we listen to those who say it does, considering so many of them are in our own congregations, seeking only to be included?”

How nice it all sounded; how lethal it all became. The Pope’s error began with ambiguity, too. In 2013, when asked about gay clergy within the Catholic church, he shrugged, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

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