A. Evangelical belief concerning the Bible
B. Evangelical belief in standards of conduct for leaders and regular members
C. Interpretation and application of the moral commands of the Bible to the present
D. Not based on animosity
E. A distinction between desires and conduct is common in evangelical ethical thinking
F. The Bible’s teaching on sexual conduct
G. Agreement among evangelical groups
H. CLS’s belief concerning the Bible leads to its Statement of Faith and its interpretation of the Statement
I. An attempt to compel disobedience to the Word of God
J. Evangelical Christian churches and organizations cannot comply with such a nondiscrimination policy
K. Broader implications
There is no animosity or malice toward any group of people (such as adulterers or homosexuals) that has played any role in the formulation of the CLS Statement of Faith and its interpretation, or in the practice of similar policies by Christian groups throughout history, or in the inclusion of these moral standards in the Bible in the first place. Indeed, animosity toward any such group would be contrary to the Bible itself, for it would violate the command of Jesus to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) and even to “[l]ove your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27).
Therefore it would not be surprising that a student who was known to engage in homosexual conduct would nonetheless be regularly welcomed at CLS meetings at Hastings College of Law, though not invited to become a voting member. This is exactly what one would expect from Christian students seeking to be obedient to both the biblical standards of sexual conduct for leaders and members and the biblical commands to love one’s neighbor.