Notable Quotable: “Why Christians Should Not Remain in Boy Scouts” – Richard Phillps


“For years, Boy Scouts have asserted that this oath (Boy Scouts’ oath to be morally straight) precludes homosexual perversion. Now, scouts must accept homosexuality as being in line with moral straightness. A Christian, however, can no more submit to this principle than to define adultery or drunkenness as morally straight (see 1 Cor. 6:9-10). The Bible defines homosexual behavior as “dishonorable, impure, unnatural, and shameless” (Rom. 1:24-27). Boy Scouts are now demanding that Christians tolerate not merely people who are tempted by homosexuality but also the principle of homosexuality itself. Disciples of Christ cannot do this without compromising our faithfulness to Him (see Rev. 2:20). . . . In conclusion, the change of moral policy by BSA involves a tragic failure at the levels of morality, character, and leadership. No doubt, the forces of moral barbarism have succeeded here in driving the followers of Christ farther to the margins of society. While this is lamentable, it is unavoidable, in my opinion. But Christians in places like China and Africa have been thriving without being able to participate in secularized youth programs. We must honor God and His Word, remember our calling, and prayerfully take action that will honor biblical principle and send a godly message to our youths. “The Lord declares… ‘Those who honor me, I will honor'” (1 Sam. 2:30).”

(Richard Phillips, “Advice to Christians and Churches Involved in Boy Scouts”, Reformation 21)


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