Eerdmans: Woke Christian Publishers

15 June 2022

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Another Christian institution sells its soul, capitulating to the ways of the world and celebrating sin. Why does Eerdmans have to jump onto the LGBT bandwagon?

Some of the biggest and most famous Christian — and mainly evangelical — publishing houses in America would include the following: Baker, Zondervan, Kregel, IVP, Westminster John Knox Press, and Eerdmans. I often tell my students that when they are checking out a new book, trying to figure out if it is worth buying, one of the things they should look for is the publisher.

Generally speaking, the sorts of Christian publishers I mentioned above are more or less reliable in giving us solid Christian books. Not always, but for the most part. (One also looks at who the author is, the blurbs of others, and so on.) But some religious publishers are quite theologically unorthodox and politically liberal, so they are usually worth avoiding.

Others tend to be far more dependable. Imagine my massive disappointment when I was alerted about one of the biggest Christian book publishers that seems to have gone full-tilt apostate as it joins in with the ungodly and immoral June homosexual pride month. I refer to Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Of interest, several other big-time Christian publishers are also located there, including Baker, Zondervan, and Kregel. Grand Rapids has a large Dutch Reformed population, and institutions such as Calvin College are located there. So it has had a strong religious background, at least earlier on.

Lost the Plot

Of course, over the years some Christian publishers have been moving away from orthodox, conservative and biblically faithful titles. That has certainly been true of Eerdmans, which has been publishing more and more decidedly lefty and theologically unorthodox volumes.

But this pride madness really does take the cake. And do not take my word on this. On their Facebook page, Eerdmans has this:

Books to read for Pride Month.

Wherever you stand or whatever you think you know, #PrideMonth is an important time to take a step back, listen to real stories, and seek to understand.

Here are some books to help you do that! eerdword.com/pride-month-books/

And if you follow that link to their website, we find this:

Eerdmans

June is Pride Month, and you’ve probably seen countless businesses touting their rainbow flags, multi-colored logos or raising their support in different ways. Yet, there is still such disunity and unrest on this topic, among people of faith especially.

We find ourselves at a time again where we should be willing to listen and seek to understand those in the LGBTQ+ community who are simply fighting to be seen and heard, cared for and loved.

This month, as an Eerdmans reading community, we hope you’ll take time to listen. Check out some of our upcoming and previously published books that give a voice to wonderful stories of life, love, rocky relationships, and what the Bible has to say about it all.

Are you for real, Eerdmans? Pride in what God calls an abomination? Pride in what Scripture condemns in no uncertain terms? Pride in a sinful lifestyle that is sending people to a lost eternity? So Eerdmans, do you celebrate Sodom and Gomorrah Day as well? This is appalling.

And homosexuals are “fighting to be seen and heard”?! Are you serious, Eerdmans? There is no other group in America — or on the planet — that is heard and seen as much as the homosexual lobby. They really do have the greatest platform possible to push their agenda.

Everywhere we turn we see their militant agenda being force-fed down our throats, be it in media, law, politics, entertainment, popular culture, education, and even our churches. It is EVERYWHERE! The rainbow militants are ubiquitous, and no one can avoid seeing their activist crusades and being bombarded with their propaganda.

Nobody Listens to Ex-Homosexuals

The ones who are NOT being seen and heard are biblical Christians who still remain faithful to the Word of God. And even more invisible — and despised and rejected — are all the ex-homosexuals: those who were deeply involved in the homosexual lifestyle, only to be radically set free and redeemed by Christ. Try finding their stories anywhere in the public arena! And try finding their stories at Eerdmans!

Indeed, I just looked at a bibliography I have been compiling on homosexuality over many years. It contains around 150 titles, all of which present the biblical position on this issue, offer titles on counselling, feature stories of those who left the homosexual lifestyle, and even has pro-and-con debate books about this subject.

I assumed that of course some of the earlier volumes on my bibliography would at least be Eerdmans’ titles. But I just took a look: I was shocked to find NOT ONE! Not one single book by Eerdmans affirming the biblical position on homosexuality. Not one.

Sure, there are plenty of books published by Eerdmans that I do not have. But I must say, I believe I have just about every solid title that is out there which affirms the Christian view on homosexuality. And not one of them is from Eerdmans. Shame, Eerdmans, shame.

Rot

Eerdmans is not alone in all this, of course. We have seen too many churches, denominations, pastors, Bible colleges, seminaries and so on that have all sold out over the years on this and related issues. So Eerdmans is not the sole focus of my concerns. But as I say, for so long it was one of the top Christian publishers that so many of us made use of.

Of the many thousands of Christian books I have, probably several hundred at least would be Eerdmans’ titles. Thus my great disappointment and consternation to see them hopping on board the radical homosexual bandwagon and telling us to take pride in an immoral and dead-end lifestyle.

Christians should NEVER take pride in sin — whether their own or that of anyone else. Sin is to be denounced and condemned and avoided at all cost, and we are to pray for sinners to come to Christ in faith and repentance, leaving behind the sins that sent Christ to the cross.

All that groups like Eerdmans are doing is nailing Christ back up onto the cross. That is absolutely despicable. As I just wrote on the Eerdmans Facebook page:

“We NEVER should take pride in sin — any sin. And speaking biblical truth is not being hateful. It is the most loving thing a faithful Christian can do. Shame on you, Eerdmans.”

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Originally published at CultureWatch. Photo by Mikhail Nilov.

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