On June 8, 2015 Tony Campolo released a statement related to those who identify as “gay Christian couples.” Here is the thrust of his statement:
It has taken countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil to bring me to the place where I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church.
Early in my adult life, Campolo was an influential figure. I appreciate much of what he has to say to the Christian community. However, his new thesis is very disappointing. It is not surprising. In fact, I thought he was already at this point. Still it is disappointing.
In supporting his new thesis, Campolo demonstrates a faulty view of the gospel. We certainly can debate the conclusion he has reached, but I would hope that Campolo would realize his conclusion is built on a sandy presupposition instead of the bedrock truth of the gospel.
In this classic work on prayer, Andrew Murray examines the answer Jesus gave to the disciples when they requested, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Murray was a South African pastor who taught often on a subject he obviously knew well — prayer. He was greatly used of the Lord in the 1860 South African Revival.
This work is a short teaching and call for Christians to be people of prayer. I read it recently during a flight. I closed it with a renewed desire to be a man of prayer. If you have any godly desire, I am confident that it will do the same for any who read it.