Described as a gospel-centered approach to leading in 2020, a panel of church officials offered viewpoints on Florida’s family culture.
Issues of life, marriage and politics were discussed Tuesday. It was an executive webinar billed as “a thoughtful discussion with some of America’s best thinkers, theologians and pastors on how Christians should engage this election.”
On the panel of six men were R. Albert Mohler, Phd., Wayne Grudem, Phd., Pastor Rob Pacienza, Pastor Dean Inserra, Kevin Baird of the Florida Capitol Project and John Stemberger of the Florida Family Policy Council.
Mohler and Grudem were featured panelists and both had strong opinions about marriage.
“You’re looking at people with marriage being so corrupted and redefined such that it’s not recognizable to us and that project’s not over,” said Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “You and I know that can’t lead to human happiness.”
Abortion, Mohler said, remains the “front door issue” for him and he announced his plans to vote for President Donald Trump.
Grudem, 72, an evangelical theologian from Wisconsin, said the Democratic party platform would force Christian businesses to pay for abortions and “sex change surgeries” and “declare counselors to be prohibited from counseling people who want to leave the homosexual lifestyle.”
Grudem also said bakers, photographers and florists would “face heavy fines if they don’t contribute their artistic talents to celebrating same-sex marriage.”
A Trump supporter, Grudem said the Democratic party platform would “require Christian adoption agencies and foster care agencies to close because of discrimination unless they place children with homosexual, lesbian and transgender couples.”
Christian colleges, Grudem warned, will be forced to close unless they “allow transgender students to use restrooms, locker rooms, showers and on-campus housing that corresponds to their chosen gender identity.”
“It’s almost like they are redefining the human experience and everything is subjective,” added Stemberger, an Orlando attorney and longtime opponent of same-sex marriage and transgender rights.
Pacienza, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale and Baird, a Jacksonville minister, did not express anti-LGBT sentiments during the webinar.
Inserra, pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, said there is an onslaught on college campuses against evangelical Christians.
“I see a lot of them being a little confused about gender and sexuality in terms of how they should think about it, not because of their biblical issues but because of their influences,” said Inserra. “That’s something to really pay attention to — how they are being influenced.”
Inserra said younger people are much more reactionary with strong opinions and influenced by social media or “relationships where they know someone in a same-sex relationship who’s a friend of theirs and that really has kind of an emotional weight on them.”
The webinar was hosted by the Florida Family Policy Council, an anti-LGBT organization.