Religion and Politics

Why Gentile Inclusion Does and Does Not Matter for LGBTQ Inclusion

Part 4: The Gospel Coalition and “polite discrimination”

Eric Sentell
Backyard Church
Published in
6 min readJun 4, 2024


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Welcome to the conclusion to my series responding to “Why Gentile Inclusion Doesn’t Affirm Same-Sex Marriage” by Rebecca McGlaughlin.

Part 1 places her essay in the context of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric from the early 2000s to the present day. We’ve evolved from homophobic arguments against gay marriage to the “polite” discrimination of Alliance Defending Freedom and “Why Gentile Inclusion Doesn’t Affirm Same-Sex Marriage.”

McGlaughlin’s argument assumes that sexual orientation is a choice and therefore something that can, and should, be repented, recanted, and repressed. I debunk that assumption in Part 2, citing decades of failed conversion therapy and its well-documented harms.

The essay, published by The Gospel Coalition, also weaponizes Jesus’ authority and grace to enforce their LGBTQ-excluding theology onto LGBTQ people. I describe in Part 3 how “polite, respectable” language both weaponizes Jesus and obscures the reality of discrimination.

Now, finally, I point out the flaws in McGlaughlin’s argument and hermeneutic that may be easily missed due to her polite framing and…