Tony Campolo Poisons the Marriage Debate

June 22, 2015

Rev. Tony Campolo, founder of Eastern University and counsellor to Pres. Clinton during Semengate, recently issued a statement in support of same sex marriage. (see LINK)  He is a leading voice of the so-called “progressive” wing of evangelical churches. This latest statement reverses earlier statements made by him against homosexual marriage.

In his statement, he affirms that he does not want to be on the wrong side of history, and refers to other supposed historical “mistakes” the church has made regarding social issues.  However, he provides no Biblical justification for his view.  He talks about his experiences and his marriage to his wife, and the similarity of their relationship with the relationships of gay couples he knows.  Is he going to heaven or to hell?  This writer does not know how Almighty God will deal with him, but if someone is legitimizing sin, rewarding sin, applauding sin, embracing sin, how can he be "partially wrong"? Is he born again?  Is he a Christian minister?  Or is he a secular humanist disguised in sheep's clothing?  

If you embrace sin and justify sin and promote sin, then you are a sinner in the sight of God as well as man. Is that not the case?  He purposely states his view in a humble-sounding way. He declares it without a note of stridency towards other professors who may disagree with him.  He seeks to project a note of sincerity into the tone of his statement.  But, does his sincerity make his statement even one degree more truthful?   

If a couple that is shacking up gets married isn't that a step towards repentance?  (I am not saying that is full repentance because repentance would include acknowledging that in their fornications they have sinned before God.)  However, in the case of the homosexuals, getting married is compounding the's an additional sin on top of their perverse and foul copulations. (Leviticus 17 and Romans 1)

It's a dark day if the Supremes vote 5-4 in favor of homosexual marriage as this writer is expecting them to do.  However, we can take heart from studying about Elijah in 1 Kings in the Holy Bible.  Jezebel had literally killed off the prophets of Yahweh except for a few hundred saved by Obadiah.  Ultimately Elijah leads the opposition against the prophets of Baal and the Baal worshippers, and the false prophets of Baal are killed. Jumping forward about 1400 years, Martin Luther, a modern Elijah, stood up to the Roman Catholic church and said "here I stand" as he faced excommunication and death. Almighty God has a way of turning things around even when it seems events have moved too far in an ungodly direction.  This writer is clinging to this truth through these dark days in our land.  There are still many faithful ones. But even if one does not live to see the ungodly and the syncretists turned around, one may believe and know that the Almighty God is able and can and will turn things around if it is his providential will to do so.

Many believe in "live and let live" - if that's what the gays want let them have it.  "It doesn't affect straight people anyhow.  Men and women can still get married.  And besides not all gays even want to get married. What practical difference does it make anyhow?" Nevertheless, even a solidly blue state like California twice voted that marriage is between a man and a woman, and twice their votes were disallowed – by the U.S. Court of Appeals and then by Jerry Brown.  Thus, we see radical cliques within so-called liberal states blocking the views of the people, even those people who support heterosexual marriage from a purely traditional, historical, non-spiritual point of view.

But this is certain: Without the premise that we are living as created beings under an Almighty God, creator of the heavens and the earth, a God to whom we are accountable, and that this God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - has called us to live new lives in Him and through Him under the lordship of Jesus Christ, their conclusions are skewed and false. We are living in a time where an unbelieving urban subculture of false premises is increasingly dominant leading to false conclusions about homosexuality and just about every other moral issue of our day.  We can expect chaos and impending doom.

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Jeffrey Ludwig is a teacher of history and philosophy and has taught at Harvard, Penn State, Juniata College, and the City University of New York as well as at the secondary school level. He has published numerous articles at,,, and   He also served as pastor of Bible Christian Church in New York City. His latest book is entitled "The Catastrophic Decline of America's Public High Schools." You can get it from Amazon here...