Dudley continues, “Evangelicalism's greatest failure on homosexuality is not that all evangelicals are filled with conscious hatred toward gays, but its unjustified self-confidence, its close-mindedness, and its egregious failure to learn from its own history.” Yet, Dudley does nothing to inform his readers of the source of his confidence (and he is very confident). Moreover, Dudley seems to be very close-minded on the notion of the morality of gay marriage. His view is the right view and evangelicals should get in line and march along. If anything, Dudley has shown that evangelicals have learned from history. I am not sure what he means by that statement. He has traced the contours of the progressive changes that have taken place over time within evangelicalism.
Evangelical morality is anchored in the nature of God. We know this by revelation of the text of Scripture. Interpreting that text is not nearly as complicated as liberal thinking loves to imply. However, it is not quite as simplistic as others would like to think either. It takes effort, but is within the grasp of anyone who cares enough to do the work. Christian theism contends that morality is unchanging. The relationship between morality and love is expressed in Scripture. Since God is love and morality is the reflection of God’s character to humanity, we can say that the relationship between morality and love is interdependent. It is an act of a loving God to create man and inform man of his moral attributes. Morality is anchored in the nature of a loving God. You cannot speak of one without the other. Since God is the perfection of love, it must follow that one can indeed love the sinner and hate the sin. This is what God does after all. God either loves the sinner or He hates him. God either loves sin or He hates sin. It is clear that in some sense, God loves sinners. That is undeniable. It is equally clear that a holy God hates sin. Therefore, it is an absolute fact that it is possible to love the sinner and hate the sin. This is possible for God, but is it possible for man? God commands us to love our enemies. Therefore, it is possible for Christians to love their enemies. So then, it is possible for us to love our enemies and hate the thing that makes them our enemy. If this is possible, it seems rather clear that Christians can love the sinner and hate the sin. How individual Christians or evangelicals carry that out from one generation to the next is a different question. Human history is filled with the acts of Christians and non-Christians alike that committed a variety of atrocities. Only the Christian worldview possesses a plausible explanation for such phenomena.