Pivoting to Surrender: A Warning for All Christians

Pivoting to Surrender: A Warning for All Christians Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. for Albert Mohler

Your vocabulary word for the day is, “pivot.”

According to the Oxford Languages Dictionary, pivot can be used as a noun, meaning, “The central point, pin, or shaft on which a mechanism turns or oscillates.” As a verb, pivot means, “To turn, as if on a pivot.” It means to change direction. That turns out to be important.

In common usage, a pivot can usually indicate a major and fundamental change. That is exactly what has taken place with regard to one of the nation’s largest adoption and foster care ministries. Just consider this two-word word phrase in a breaking Religion News Service article: “Bethany pivoted.” That is exactly what the organization did.

“Bethany,” refers here to Bethany Christian Services (BCS), which had been one of the nation’s largest evangelical agencies involved in adoption and foster care. The “pivot,” points to its policies regarding LGBTQ issues. BCS recently announced that it would now place children in same-sex households and other families identified as LGBTQ. This can only be described as a watershed pivot—a pivot away from orthodox biblical Christianity and towards the aims of the sexual revolution and its new morality.

The phrase, “Bethany pivoted,” is attributed to Robin Fretwell Wilson, a professor of law at the University of Illinois at Champaign. Professor Wilson previously advised Utah lawmakers on the bill known as the Fairness for All Act. Make no mistake: This is exactly the pivot that is increasingly demanded by the moral revolutionaries. They will not equivocate or relent until every operational commitment to an orthodox Christian understanding of marriage and sexuality is eradicated from the public square. This means that every institution, school, ministry, denomination, and individual who would participate in the marketplace, must capitulate their beliefs.

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