'Why I signed the Nashville Statement: The issue is whether you can trust God to tell you who you are'

Rosaria Butterfield  ·  Sep 28, 2017

Rosaria Butterfield, former professor of English at Syracuse University, is the author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith.

She reflects on why she signed the Nashville Statement:

Twenty years ago, I lived as a lesbian. I delighted in my lover, our home on one of the Finger Lakes, our Golden Retrievers, and our careers. When Christ claimed me for His own, I did not stop feeling like a lesbian. I did not fall out of love with women. I was not converted out of homosexuality. I was converted out of unbelief.

Conversion to Christ did not initially change my sexual attraction for women. What conversion did change immediately was my heart and mind. My mind was on fire for the Bible and I could not read enough of it or enough about it. The gospel gave me a light that was ruinous. It ruined me for the life I had loved. The Lord’s light illumined my sin through the law and illumined my hope through Jesus and the gospel. The gospel destroyed me before the Lord built me back up. In saying “yes” to Jesus and “no” to the desires of my flesh, I learned that the only way to peace with my God was through the Cross—the one that Jesus died on and the one that I was called, with the help of Jesus, to carry ...

The Coalition for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is publishing a series of articles in which signatories of the Nashville Statement offer their own perspectives on it. Read Rosaria Butterfield's full article and many more at CBMW.org

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