Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Alum to Speak at "Gay Christianity" Conference

Greenville Seminary alumnus Dr. Gabriel Fluhrer will be among the speakers at a fall conference on the growing inroads of homosexuality on the church.

Dr. Fluhrer will speak at the conference titled "The Two Loves: A Biblical Response to Gay Christianity" in  Escondido, Calif. October 7-9. The conference is sponsored by, headed by Dr. Peter Jones, who lectured recently at GPTS.

Conference sponsors say this about the issue to be examined:

"Facing a mounting cultural pressure to conform, Christians often receive accusations of bigotry and hate. The Bible offers us a positive, life-giving message of salvation, expressed, in particular, in a life of God-honoring heterosexuality. In view of the growing influence of "Gay Christianity" in our churches, do you feel able to speak about your beliefs to the people God has placed in your life?

"You will learn two basic truths to help you speak to the heart of gender and sexuality issues.

"First, the conference will deepen your understanding of why the collapse of our culture into pagan (Oneist) thinking leads naturally to the practice and theory of homosexuality. We will not deal with questions of politics, psychology or "gay" rights; nor will we offer a moralistic and defensive anti-homosexual stance.  At their core level, gender and sexual issues are theological questions.

"Second, the conference will equip you to articulate the Bible's holistic (Twoist) worldview: how God made the world distinct from himself and how the world witnesses to his Trinitarian character. On this basis, we will examine the beautiful and comprehensive calling of biblical wisdom and holiness."

Rev. Fluhrer (Ph.D. Westminster Theological Seminary) is minister of discipleship at the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Miss. Prior to coming to First Presbyterian Church, he served as the church planter and founding pastor of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, N.C. He is the editor of three books, Atonement (P&R 2010), These Last Days (P&R 2011), and Solid Ground (P&R 2012). In addition to his pastoral duties, he serves on the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary's Global Campus.