More than 150 leading voices in the Christian community have issued a landmark joint statement affirming Biblical standards for human sexuality.
Known as the "Nashville Statement," the document refutes the false teaching that homosexuality can somehow be compatible with Christian belief.
John Piper, the co-founder of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, describes the Nashville Statement as a "Christian manifesto" that homosexual activity and approval of such behavior is sinful in the eyes of God.
"The Nashville Statement speaks with forthright clarity, Biblical conviction, gospel compassion, and practical helpfulness," Piper said.
"We believe it will be enormously helpful for thousands of pastors and leaders hoping to give wise, Biblical, and gracious guidance to their people," Piper added.
The opening article of the document states that "God has designed marriage to be a covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman as husband and wife, and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and His bride the Church."
"We deny that sexual attraction for the same sex is part of the natural goodness of God's original creation, or...that an enduring pattern of desire for sexual immorality justifies sexually immoral behavior," the statement continues.
The document also addresses the recent cultural craze normalizing the notion that individuals can choose their personal identity as male or female in contradiction to their actual biological sex.
"We affirm that divinely ordained differences between male and female reflect God's original creation design and are meant for human good and human flourishing," the statement reads.
"We deny that psychological conditions nullify the God-appointed link between biological sex and self-conception as male or female...It is hopeless to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be," the document continues.
The Nashville Statement affirms that "it is our duty to speak the truth in love at all times, including when we speak to or about one another as male or female."
"We affirm that the grace of God in Christ gives both merciful pardoning and transforming power, and that this pardon and power enable a follower of Jesus to put to death sinful desires and to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord."
A coalition of liberal theologians has issued a counter-statement under the title "Christians United." That document is being touted by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's leading homosexual rights organization.
That publication states that "the great diversity expressed in humanity through our wide spectrum of unique sexualities and gender identities is a perfect reflection of the magnitude of God's creative work."
"We deny any teaching that suggests God's creative intent is limited to a gender binary...We affirm that God has created individuals whose gender identity does not fall on such a binary spectrum," the document asserts.
You can read a copy of the full Nashville Statement and find the list of signers by using this link: