Two SBC presidents in a row appear to invoke Jen Wilken’s sentiments on homosexuality, that the Bible whispers about sexual sin. Ed Litton would join JD Greear in this sentiment and a sermon on Romans 1 delivers January 27th, 2020. However, the red flag statement that seemed to have set off the tripwires of the discernment world is not the worst thing that Ed Litton said in his sermon.
Teaching On Sin
Perhaps the most dangerous teaching of Ed Litton is the deconstruction on the hierarchy of sin’s offensiveness to God. Ed Litton employs a straw man fallacy to argue that homosexuality is not the worst sin. The Bible teaches that blaspheming the Holy Spirit is the unforgivable sin, therefore the worst sin to commit. Murder is a worse sin than homosexuality. That is why it is prescribed the death penalty in each book of the Torah. Ed Litton is leveling sin which is error.
Moreover, Ed Litton argues that people do not go to hell for homosexuality. This too is incorrect. And while Evangelical Dark Web does not believe that disagreements on soteriology are heresy (within reason), people who go to hell are punished their own sins, among them may include homosexuality.
False Teaching on Greed
Ed Litton believes that greed is a substantially worse sin than homosexuality. He claims that the Bible whispers about homosexuality but shouts about greed. The way that Ed Litton’s teachings on greed manifest is to condemn all rich people. He explains how we celebrate greed, thus giving approval to sin, by admiring or valuing our rich neighbors. He teaches that you cannot do business and follow Christ. This is legalism. He is adding to the gospel and rather recklessly. Being a head of a family is doing business. A family has a budget, income, and expenses. It has labor and produces. A family is a business. Litton’s careless teaching in condemning greed does not come from the Bible. It comes from Marxism. This is especially clear during a digression in which Ed Litton goes 1619 Project.
Belief on Homosexuality
Ed Litton makes it very clear that he believes that people are born homosexuals and transvestites, and he uses a Psalm to do so. It’s worth noting that the gold standard of scientific evidence on being born homosexual, identical twin studies, have disproven a genetic component to homosexuality. It is also worth noting that it is not immutable because people can be changed by Christ.
Ambiguity on Repentance
Ed Litton is very ambiguous as to what repentance looks like for homosexuality. He argues that repentance for homosexuals and transvestites is the same as repentance for all of us. He then explains that this means we must repent of the Original Sin of ye be like God. This sounds profound but it’s extremely trite. It does not provide a solid answer to the question that Litton begs. This ambiguity opens the door to the teachings of the Revoice Movement that you can be a homosexual Christian. This is dangerous.
The gospel is a simple concept. It is so simple that it can be used as a trojan horse for teachings that undermine the gospel, such as Ed Litton is teaching.