The Sexual Revolution

The Gay Church, by Ronald M. Enroth and Gerald E. Jamison (Eerdmans, 1974, 144 pp., $4.95), and The Sexual Revolution, by J. Rinzema (Eerdmans, 1974, 107 pages, $2.45 pb), are reviewed by Jon R. Kennedy, director, Kuyper Institute, Stanford, California.

Together these books, which were released simultaneously, give the evangelical church and academy valuable new information on what Rinzema calls “the sexual revolution,” the rapidly changing attitudes in Western civilization toward sexual practices and topics that for centuries had been considered taboo. Enroth and Jamison write as a sociological research team based at Westmont College in California, an evangelical liberal arts institution, and Rinzema as a pastor-theologian and ethicist in the Reformed Church of the Netherlands.

Enroth and Jamison tell the fascinating and often surprising story of the Metropolitan Community Church, a denomination of forty congregations (at the time of their writing) that came into existence six years ago primarily to provide a worship community for homosexuals who professed Christianity in greater Los Angeles. The “mother church” there today claims to be the third largest church in that city, and other congregations dot the map from San Diego to Seattle and across the country to Boston.

The most surprising thing about the MCC is that on virtually every doctrine but sexual behavior, it is as fundamental as any evangelical church. The doctrines of the way of salvation, infallibility of the Bible, person and work of Christ, and evangelism its pastors espouse are all in line with the Pentecostal teachings on which the church’s founder, the Reverend Troy Perry, was educated. Some congregations even claim divine healing of physical ...

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